Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
Forms an easy head and keeps a fine line of head for the duration of the glass this is black but with many reddish brown highlights. Medium roasty flavour, some sweetness and a quick dash of treacle but slightly on the dilute side. Thinnish and easy drinking. Reminscent of Labatt Velevet Cream Porter but without the shrilling zing.
This beer has been terribly miscateogrised on BA. A bottom fermented black lager is as much an English Stout as sake. Total BS.
11-16-2011 19:39:57 | More by Zimbo
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3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
Dining out in a Japanese restaurant for my daughter's birthday, this seemd like the best bet for a beverage. It was dark brown, almost black, with a thin head. Aroma was lacking. A little sweet, that's all. Improvement in the taste. Somewhat of a milk chocolated/caramel taste, not unpleasant. A bit on the thin side in the mouth, but good enough for me that I had two of them.
04-30-2008 14:00:58 | More by lordofthewiens
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
poured from a bottle into a whiskey glass as provided by a restaurant. it had a date on it of 08/2007, but i'm not sure if that was a brewed on or fresh before date. also it was brewed in japan and then imported to the u.s.
A - black in color, but not too deep and not too thick looking. it was hard to get any sort of head on this one.
S - the smell reminded me a bit of raw meat.
T - it's not too bad. a bit roasty, but lightly so. actually about what i expected of this japanese black beer.
M - a bit light on the tongue with a fair bit of carbonation.
D - this is quite drinkable and would be a good choice if out at a japanese restaurant and it's available. especially in america i'd avoid the kirin and asashi that are brewed domestically and the sapporo that's imported from canada. yebisu is now being imported and is a nice option when available, and i'd put this on the list of beers to order if available as well.
04-11-2008 18:32:03 | More by dill
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and roasted malt. Smells a bit like a stout and nothing like I expected. The flavor is also stout-like. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, mixed with some light coffee and milky lactose notes. Overall, this reminds me a lot of a milk stout. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
09-29-2011 04:27:41 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
A 334ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Purchased from a supermarket some time back. Imported from Japan - a pleasant surprise as Asahi Super Dry lager is contract brewed over here. The bottle cap says 'munich type', and the ingredients include maize and rice.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Low carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, dried fruit, a hint of brown sugar, faint chocolate and mild stewed hops. Not bad.
Tastes of sweet dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar and stewed hops. Whispers of chocolate and coffee aromas in the background. Quite dry, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with light, tingly carbonation. Aftertaste of sweet dark malt and hints of dried fruit.
A decent dark lager, particularly coming from such a large brewery. It looks great, and the aroma is relatively complex. The flavour is OK but lacklustre - some vitality is missing . Nice, smooth body. Pleasant and easy-drinking; I could imagine having this again. Worth trying.
10-09-2012 23:13:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and a slight sourness. The flavor is nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with fairly high carbonation. Overall this is pretty good for a Japanese beer.
03-02-2010 03:41:44 | More by chickenm
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
11.2 oz 2009 bottle served in a pint glass
Clear dark mahogany on pour but nearly black in glass. 1 finger of tan head disappeared very quickly leaving no lacing or even a ring.
aroma: Sweet medium roasted malt and molasses. Somewhat floral with hints of dark bread and dark fruits. Approaches 4.5.
Taste follows aroma, allow not as sweet as aroma. Elements of rice or corn?
M - medium-light carbonation; medium body. A bit of tongue bite; given the ABV and sparse hops, this must be a rather high acidity.
O - a drinkable and tasty brew. Aroma is the strong point IMO.
06-25-2011 23:17:20 | More by chinchill
3.89/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured a deep, rich brownish black with a thin ring of off-white head that dissipated quickly. It looks fairly good, like a dark lager should. Scents of fruity esters, especially apple, some lager yeast and a nice, rich caramel maltiness. A very simple aroma profile, but a very pleasant one that is quite appealing. Flavor begins with malty sweet flavors, some caramel and molasses with a hint of smokiness. This moves into more smokey, malty flavors and some further caramel notes with some Noble hop floral character and a hint of toasted malt. Finish is smokey, toasted and modestly floral with Noble hop flavor notes. Aftertaste is smokey, roasted malt and Noble hops. A very nice flavor profile that actually has quite a bit going on, but with none of the flavors hurting the others. Very well executed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Quite easy to drink and pleasant. Overall this is a good dark lager with a nice aroma and flavor profile and a good mouthfeel that lends it self well to the flavor profile. Worth trying.
05-12-2014 02:30:56 | More by Auraan
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
334ml (ok) bottle - a much more impressive presentation than their standard rice lager, it would seem.
This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mostly creamy tan head, which leaves a thick arched ring of villain's lair lace around the glass as it rather slowly falls away.
It smells of lightly roasted bready caramel malt, a bit of lactic sourness, subtle coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, and semi-sweet, dried orchard fruit. The taste is toasted bready malt, a bit of caramelized molasses, singed black fruit, faint bitter chocolate, an oily nuttiness, and earthy, softly leafy hops.
The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough as required, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate-tinged malt becoming more prominent as the roasted character fades into that good night.
A nicely rounded, and fully flavoured dark lager, and true enough to the European style. 'Light' is a but a mere dot in the distance, for all those who might mistake this lager for something, well, a lot more ordinary.
03-28-2010 01:29:30 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
I haven't seen this beer for a while, so I was excited to find it at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. I bought a 6-pack for $14.99 + tax. (And a whole lot more!)
In my mind, Asahi Kuronama is more like a German schwarzbier than anything else. Perhaps it can pas as a Munich-style dunkel, but I think it's too rich for that.
It's black with a tan head that holds well and leaves nice lacing about the glass. The aroma is fairly closed, and it expresses a suggestion or really dark, almost burnt caramel, but nothing more. It's certainly not roasty or chocolatey. And that mostly follows into the flavor. It's dark but it's not really roasty, and it has lots of nutty and caramelish flavors as well, but only minor suggestions of chocolate. And some hops appear, in this case spicy and lightly woody and leafy. It offers that sweet malty note at first, but then it vanishes in the finish, leaving it clean and dry. Again, no roastiness or chocolate-like flavors remain. And it's quite drinkable. There's a lot of flavor there, but it's superbly balanced and it never builds on the palate. It's like each sip is its own little reward, and you could keep going back to the well all night for little dollops of refreshment.
02-15-2009 17:09:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Queens. I wasn't sure what to expect here, but it's basically a classic, inoffensive dark lager with a hint of roasted malt. There was a smooth body with just a little more weight than a standard lager. It's sweet up front with a dry finish. Not a bad beer.
04-09-2011 15:26:24 | More by tempest
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured a very deep, dark black, had a reddish hue when held up to light. Not much of light tan foam formed on the top of the beer.
Smell was of floral and toasty.
Taste was fairly mild roasted malt, dried fruit, not very bitter at first, finish is a bit hoppier, and a hint of a burnt malty aftertaste. The bottle was labeled as an ale, maybe it's just translation, didn't have taste much like one, but compared to the Kirin I had before this one or any other Asian brew I've tried, this one definitely had most distinctive flavor.
Quite carbonated, but still very smooth.
Went very well with the Japanese BBQ I was having, and will have the next time I eat at a Japanese place, but it's not my personal favorite style, and I doubt that I'll buy a six pack. For it's genre, it is better than most.
01-24-2009 05:21:26 | More by DoesntMatter46
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
My friend mentioned this beer in an email chat we were having and I happened see it at the liquor store a few hours later, so I picked up a 6-pack.
Wasn't sure what to expect, but poured one into my pint and tried to determine how black it was. It's filtered, but still very hard to see through that super-dark brown color. The head, which was thick and foamy but didn't last that long and wasn't lacy, didn't give away too much from its smell. I could make out only a little bit of the smell of roasted malt, and not much else. It took a sip expecting a strong flavor but was surprised to find a roasty-malty sweetness with little bitter hoppiness. The carbonation is medium, and the flavor doesn't linger too long. I took another sip, and another, and another. After 3 beers, I still feel like I could drink another 12. Did not expect such drinkability from such a dark colored beer. All in all the flavor is not something that would make me drool, but the beer was a great was to relax this evening and I would buy it again.
01-13-2010 01:52:33 | More by MarsMoose
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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