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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

225 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 225
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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JDS


5/5  rDev +41.6%

07-30-2012 01:20:22 | More by JDS
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Irrationalist

California

5/5  rDev +41.6%

04-23-2012 05:49:08 | More by Irrationalist
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Samir79

California

4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

03-03-2014 16:52:56 | More by Samir79
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EthansBeer


4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

12-17-2012 06:36:19 | More by EthansBeer
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goochpunch

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a ruby-tinged deep brown with a thin head. Smells of chocolate, tobacco, caramel, honey, whole wheat bread. Tastes of dried fruits, wet pipe tobacco, burnt honey, and burnt toast. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light in the body with subdued carbonation. Overall, this is great, but I have a hard time paying $15 for a 6 of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 05:44:57 | More by goochpunch
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kentawan

Singapore

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark brown like Guinness. Good head retention.

Aroma:
Sweet and not so bold.

Taste/Body:
Taste very wholesome. Easy to go down. Good roasted barley and just enough of complexity there. Best Japanese brew tried so far.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Clean and sweet.

Overall Impressions:
AWESOME for this price ! Got it in Singapore for 4 dollars. Awesome beer, awesome price.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 17:11:19 | More by kentawan
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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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viewtiful

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

10-15-2013 18:10:36 | More by viewtiful
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

12-03-2013 18:23:34 | More by Coastal_Brew
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asahi Black has a thick, beige head and a clear, dark red appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and good, thick lacing. The aroma is of sweet, dark, sugary malt and grain husks. Taste is of dark-roasted malts, sweetness, dark cherries, grain husks, cream, cocoa powder, and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Asahi Black finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This bottle was stamped 10/2008, but still, this was excellent.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 14:26:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Mauerhan

California

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i was out to sushi last night when i asked my server what they had as far as beer goes. He rattled off the usual list of sapporo, sapporo light, kirin, kirin light, asahi and asahi black...wait asahi black? it might have just been pure ignorance towards Japanese lagers but i had never heard of this. well its worth a try.

pours a dark rich brown into my glass with a nice fluffy one finger mocha cream fudge head. some nice roasty red highlights when held up to the light.

smell catches me off guard. i am hit by a rich malty aroma. full of chocolate, slight bready smell.

taste is great. i am surprised by how much i really enjoy this beer. smooth cocoa, rich malts are the star of this show. tasty.

this beer is crazy good for a commercial import lager. i will be drinking this again asap.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 16:52:01 | More by Mauerhan
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texashammer

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this beer had a smallish but good head: lots of very small bubbles like a Belgian. It lasted well, laced the glass and remained. Beer was very black until held up to light, when it showed red. Aroma was overwhelmingly roasty, some caramel, coffee, sweet roasted malt. Light bodied. First taste shows bittersweet chocolate, coffee, perhaps a note of vanilla. Overwhelming roasted malt flavor. Light body. Very rich flavors, fairly complex. The finish lingers and is quite pleasing. This Japanese black beer is strangely reminiscent of a Belgian beer. I'm quite happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 22:30:41 | More by texashammer
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FrothyBeverage

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a very rich dark color that lives up to its name. Cannot see through the glass and some decent head. The smell is of roasted malts and coffe. This beer tasted very chochlatey and coffeish. The mouth feel was very smooth and creamy. I found this beer to be quite drinkable. You wouldnt think the japenese know how to make a decent dark beer but i was suprised.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 09:15:35 | More by FrothyBeverage
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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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BeerSox

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug

Nearly opaque black with ruby red edges. Thick tan frothy head which has good retention, and eventually settles to a thin cap with bulky edges. Clingy lacing.

Roasty malt smells along with an avid fruityness which is uncommon in a beer like this. Bits of smooth caramel scents.

Bitter nutty malt flavors in a medium body with light carbonation, giving it a little spritz on the tongue. Light hop characters in the finish, along with light creamy flavors.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Good dark beer that isn't too harsh. Definitely worth it if you can get your hands on it. I had to have it ordered special. Usually it is found in restaraunts.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 05:22:06 | More by BeerSox
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Gap Wines, Belfast...

Poured a deep dark mahogany red / almost black colour. Creamy tan head poured big and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet (treacle), strong roasted maltiness, smokey, strong dark coffee, some pepperiness, aniseed notes...

Taste – Nice bitter chocolate maltiness, strong coffee, dark fruits (raisins), light smokiness, spicy hops...

Feel - Smooth and creamy... Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Quite porter like... Recommended !!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 11:01:57 | More by mdagnew
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-15-2012 15:59:16 | More by beerhunter13
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-06-2014 23:37:14 | More by Seattle_Suds
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-15-2012 18:08:26 | More by valkyre65
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flooshmander

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-04-2013 07:03:39 | More by flooshmander
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Wbarnett24


4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-18-2014 00:41:32 | More by Wbarnett24
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cheers2beers

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Snifter:

Appearance: This beer appears to be a black looking color till held to the light which reveals a dark ruby tint, a pillowy cream colored head that whithers away to just a white ring floating on top.No laceing.

Smell: The nose is of toffee,caramel and a sweet oat aroma.Also a little chocolatey and perhaps a hint of cinnamon.

Taste: Identical to the nose the flavors are right on.The caramel,sweetened chocolate,toffee,french vanilla coffee all play good roles in this beer.

Mouthfeel: A medium to thin mouthfeel.Nicely carbonated to create a bubblely finish.

Drinkability: I can honestly say this is now one of my favorite Japanese beers,but on the down side I paid 13 dollars and some change for a sixer.A little steep if you ask me.Ill try any beer at least once with disreguard to price.Definitely a must try.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 02:05:25 | More by cheers2beers
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-30-2014 19:25:46 | More by tugdriver7
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-13-2012 12:07:46 | More by Pelicanrocks
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asahi Black (Munich Type) @ 5.0% from a single 334 ml bottle
A-pours very dark brown/black with some ruby hints along the glass edge , with a fine cola head that leaves some small lacing along the pint glass
S-hints of cherries , roasted malts
T-a rich and smooth taste of sweet chocolate , a very nicely balanced beer
MF-low carbonation , medium bodied
Ov-a good beer , not great but certainly nothing bad either , give one a go

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:51:38 | More by LampertLand
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Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.