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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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BA SCORE
80
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"a premium dark ale."

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2002)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

334ml bottle, poured into a straight sided pint glass

Pours with an almost jet black body. Tight off white head forms about an inch thick but soon settles to a reasonable half inch of form. Some slight lacing but not a whole lot

Smell, rich dark malts, black malt, tiny little bit of very dark chocolate powder. Bready malt and a little bit of a phenolic character. Little bit of sweetness in the form of caramel or burnt sugars

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt, chalky mouthfeel, noticeable blood like metallic flavours, dark malts dominate with quite a thin mouthfeel.

A drinkable dark lager, not quite as good as those made in Europe but pretty interesting

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 13:09:13 | More by cypressbob
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mrjez

Japan

3/5  rDev -15%

07-27-2014 10:26:25 | More by mrjez
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Rob8404


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-27-2014 02:13:30 | More by Rob8404
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, almost orange. Hard to see in dark restaurant. Finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing is minimal, but we were given very small glasses. Dark, slightly roasted aroma. Can discern figs. Moderately roasted malty taste, followed by dark fruits, maybe figs. Not bad. Not my style, but it is representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 01:31:13 | More by jngrizzaffi
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-25-2014 13:43:47 | More by HRamz3
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Kyonashi

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-20-2014 00:24:18 | More by Kyonashi
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RBuckley73

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-25-2014 04:46:42 | More by RBuckley73
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Wbarnett24


4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-18-2014 00:41:32 | More by Wbarnett24
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SuperMario

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-18-2014 00:25:40 | More by SuperMario
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Dach

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

06-17-2014 08:35:24 | More by Dach
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samparkique4

United Kingdom (England)

4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprise when the staff send the beer
color is dark and yet clear
beautiful
and
dark rye
on palate
the roasty yet texture is thin easy and crisp
lite bitterness and easy on mouthfeel
84/100
-- 87/100
Kyushu Ferry | feeling is like hopping on Kyushu Ferry
ale
51% caramel malt golden bar
malty
litely hops presence
yet malty

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2014 16:54:23 | More by samparkique4
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-13-2014 16:46:01 | More by jordanmckell
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amano_h

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-08-2014 05:28:08 | More by amano_h
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Bieniek30

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

06-07-2014 11:36:36 | More by Bieniek30
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15%

06-06-2014 02:10:38 | More by wrightst
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-01-2014 13:51:10 | More by mquinn919
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2014 20:44:37 | More by Latarnik
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle date U/2113: F043 - poured into a fluted goblet)

A: dark orangey brown liquid, clear... macro lager-esque foam, khaki color, wells up over an inch on the pour, slowly falls, bit of staying power as a cap... (side note - the beer comes in one of the heaviest ~12oz bottles I've come across)

S: brown bread (pumpernickel) crust, hint of roasted grain, bit of milk chocolate... nice aromas, just pretty weak

T: pretty spot on for a dunkel lager style - dark, toasty melanoidin - decidedly bready... dark malt flavor with little sweetness, hint of bubblegum in the far background... hearty, almost nutty-woody, roast character with a moderately ashy-bitter aftertaste... by and large, dry in the finish, with perhaps a light film of residual burnt sugar... not much depth overall

M: medium-bodied, slight perception of feeling filling... mild roundness and light gummy texture... drops off fairly quickly, real dry but not so clean... leaves a fine grainy film on the palate

O: not bad at all... I could see getting this again if that's the best thing around

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 04:15:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

05-12-2014 03:42:29 | More by Georgiabeer
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Auraan

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 02:30:56 | More by Auraan
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-01-2014 01:23:44 | More by Texasfan549
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark black with a decent head. Smells decent. Taste is typical dark but very easy to drink. Goes down nice and clean. Not a lot of body or substance but a decent black beer that you can drink a lot of especially eating Japanese yakitori.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 03:23:04 | More by Richardbeerlover
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-25-2014 16:35:59 | More by vinicole
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

04-25-2014 15:20:11 | More by atrocity
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The-Jolly-Imbiber

Antarctica

3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

334 mL poured into a tall, pilsner glass.

A nice smell came from the 4-finger head which covered a dark, brown-red body. Some light could be seen through the body. Aroma was the typical smell you get from dark beers, though at first some metallic scents were present.

This beer had a decent dark-beer taste, though with some metal tinge at first. This metallic flavour gave way to some bitterness that took its place. This beer is bitter (for my tastes), but still good. No cocoa flavour that I've come to expect from darker beers, and not much roastiness. It's more of a bitter fruitiness.

Faint carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer. Given a choice among several dark beers in a bar or restaurant, this would not be what I'd order (I'd rather get, say, a Guiness). However, if it were the only dark beer offered (which was the case in this restaurant), I'd get it again. One thing became clear, though: This doesn't pair well with sushi. (I'm not sure any beer would.)

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:55:08 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.