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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website

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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

08-09-2014 03:19:23 | More by Doodamis-Maximus
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4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

03-11-2014 05:44:57 | More by goochpunch
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4.3/5  rDev +21.8%

Dark brown like Guinness. Good head retention.

Sweet and not so bold.

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

Clean and sweet.

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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 17:11:19 | More by kentawan
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

06-17-2014 08:35:24 | More by Dach
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

10-15-2013 18:10:36 | More by viewtiful
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

12-03-2013 18:23:34 | More by Coastal_Brew
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4.23/5  rDev +19.8%

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.


05-29-2012 14:26:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.2/5  rDev +19%

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.

01-12-2009 16:52:01 | More by Mauerhan
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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

08-04-2004 22:30:41 | More by texashammer
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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

04-11-2009 09:15:35 | More by FrothyBeverage
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United Kingdom (England)

4.14/5  rDev +17.3%

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

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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

10-14-2006 05:22:06 | More by BeerSox
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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 !!

03-28-2006 11:01:57 | More by mdagnew
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-15-2012 15:59:16 | More by beerhunter13
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.


02-21-2006 02:05:25 | More by cheers2beers
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-30-2014 19:25:46 | More by tugdriver7
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Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.