Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 274
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2002

"a premium dark ale."
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Photo of JRed
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in body with reddish tints when brought to the light. Beige head rests on top and slowly fades. Real nice aroma of toffee, slight gingerbread, and faint chocolate. Mild flavors that are bready, toffee, some earth, herbal/slightly woody hop presence, faint cocoa hints. Light in body with light carbonation. A subtle and enjoyable stout. Not nearly as bad as I thought this was going to be. (395 characters)

Photo of askantik
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer with some veggie sushi. It paired nicely with the spiciness of the roll and the umami of the shoyu. If you like stouts, this is a safe bet.

I'd love to try it on draft, and I wish it wasn't so expensive (maybe that was just the place I got it-- I paid $5.50 for a bottle-- but I was just glad to have a stout in a sushi place, which I wasn't expecting).

The maltiness was awesome, and it didn't have the Pine-Sol hoppy tinge at the end like some "stouts" do (I'm looking at you, Storm King). (508 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a cold pint glass at a restaurant. Light black color with some ruby highlights. Head fades away quickly into some large brown bubbles.

A bit cold, but has a deep earthy malty nose...somewhat stout like. Smells pretty good and fresh. Has hints of rice and chocolate.

Light bodied and tasty roasty malts are foremost. A bit of sweet chocolate and nuttyness...almost like a schwarzbier. A surprisingly flavorful and balanced offering from one of Japan's largest breweries. Me likey, might have to grab a sixer of this soon. (533 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a miniscule head that quickly disappears. Smell is nutty with a mild roasted character. The taste is crisp, malty, and satisfying. Light in body, as it should be, but not thin by any means. This is an easy drinking brew. I use these when I am eating light and I want a simple session brew to accompany the food. I recommend it. (348 characters)

Photo of DoesntMatter46
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (803 characters)

Photo of HeroJH
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real nice dark lager with some nice flavors as it warms, but quite light and accessible and easy to drink.

A - Black from a distance, slight ruby red/brown in the light.

S - light notes of caramel and toasted bread.

T - refreshing but with some nice underlying flavor.very balanced. Coffee, toasty, hint of deep fruits like prune, buscuit. All subtle, which is nice for a change. Lightest dryness at the end from the toasted malt and hops.

M - Clean and dry

D - Very easy to drink, best when it warms up a bit. (517 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is also heavy of roasted malts, some mild notes of coffee, some notes of chocolate.Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer. (279 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came across this at a Japanese restaurant (Edomasa) in Santa Barbara. I didn't realize Asahi did a dark lager.

A - Dark body like a stout with a pretty big off-white head.
S - Sweet malty scent. Slight coffee smell in there.
T - Smooth and malty. Not overly sweet, nor chalky, just a little of both. There's a roasty slight chocolate flavor.
M - Kind of a little thin in the mouthfeel. There's flavors yes, but they don't spread about the tongue much.
D - Very smooth, easy drinker. (489 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it from the bottle at a small sushi joint in downtown Toronto. Therefore, I do not know much about looks and taste. But is was really tasty and smooth and accompanied the food well. (187 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's a big, tan plateau of a head: dense with a cookie dough collapse. Thin swoops of lacing. The beer is clear, dark red-brown; almost black. Faint toffee aroma gives away the dry, tangy, toffee front. Middle is milky with just a little chocolate. Finishes with coffee and bitter chocolate. It's quite nice. A light toffee, coffee, bitter chocolate beer. Gets quite nice and milky in the middle with temperature. I like it. (427 characters)

Photo of massshortage
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a surprisingly decent accompaniment to a sushi dinner.

It is crisp and clean. In the glass it is a dark burnt brown and fizzy. I didn't get a lot of foam out of it. The nose and flavor is straight up nutty. Body is light and dry, with plenty of fizz.

I liked it a lot, particularly for being light and refreshing, while still having some solid bold flavors. (368 characters)

Photo of joedon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black with a nice beige head. Even a bit of lacing evident.
Smells of dark malt, caramel and bread.
Taste has more dark-roasted malt flavor, a bit of sourness and a dry finish. Very smooth mouth feel but sort of a thin body.
Very good session beer; nicely drinkable.

Good effort from Asahi, especially compared to the mass-market stuff. (356 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (577 characters)

Photo of DT7
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Lighter black, the beer is black but you can see through it, its between a very dark brown and a lighter black. The head is not white it is yellow

S-Roasted Malt, brown sugar and back notes of vanilla and cloves

T-Roasted Malts, brown sugar and a finishes a little bitter. But the bitterness goes away after a few minutes. A little bit watery

M-Smooth not very carbonated at all, quite similar to the mouthfeel of Guinness except its not a nitro-can

D-Not bad its easy to down fast because of the lack of carbonation but I don't think I would have more than 2 or 3

Overall one of the better dark asian beers i've had (I know Asia does not produce many) but overall a big surprise. I wasn't expecting much from this beer but its actually quite nice. I wouldn't drink it religiously like Guinness but it would be nice to drink it once in a while (850 characters)

Photo of jamiejohnson
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just had this beer with some takeout sushi and it fit nicely. I used to frequent a Guinness-serving Seattle sushi restuarant where I noticed dark malts complimented the raw fish, so I thought I'd give this a try. I was thrilled to see this was actually brewed in Japan instead of Los Angeles or Canada or mama's laundry room. I probably won't buy this again except for a sushi accompaniment, however this is a potential lifesaver if on tap amongst malted weaklings in a Japanese restuarant. Wonder how Alaskan Smoked Porter would match with sushi?

Eat'n raw,
Drink'n dark.
Fat Cat meow
Big Dog bark (601 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look was dark black with a mocha head.
The aroma of malts,chocolate and a touch of fruit hints.

The taste starts off with a chocolate caramel flavor which is then followed by some toffee notes. Some hops are present.I also detected some light fruit flavors.

The feel was high carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: A pretty good beer. I liked the taste and it was a lot like the German dark lagers. (407 characters)

Photo of packetknife
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells wonderful. Candy and sweet. Strangely so. Almost black with a off-white fluffy head that almost held. It's suprisingly thick for the lighter taste. Slightly sweet. (173 characters)

Photo of Evocatus
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark black body that's not completely opaque and a nice beige top. It has a distinct aroma of a nice dark toasted malt. Tastes has hints of coffee and cocoa; nothing too sweet or too bitter. Not too thin either. Definitely one of the better asian brews. (259 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was an exchange student in Japan, Asahi was my brand. They had a vending machine on the corner. Anyway, I don't often find it in the Texas Hill Country. I've never had an Kuronama before, so...

A - Pours up black with dark ruby highlights. The thin dense head dissipates quickly lacing up the sides of the glass. Looks good already.

S - Very subtle hint of roasted malts. No hops detected.

T - There's a hint of sweetness at the start, then is replaced with a subtle coffee like roasted flavor. Not overwhelming. Subtle.

M - It's on the thin side, but good.

D - The roasted malt lingers but doesn't overwhelm my palate. Three or four of these in a row is possible. If it wasn't $15 a 6 pack! (704 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good black lager.

Deep brown, almost black, medium-big tan head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is toasty, hint of burnt toast & prunes but all very light.

Taste clean, light but tasty dark toast, hint of prunes & wine, light zesty bitterness. It's not complex, flavour is light but it's firm with some depth, a very good drinkable dark lager, clean with nice light bitterness to back it up. (397 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with traces of red throughout. Hard pour yields a 1 inch tan head with ok retention

Smell: Bready yeast that Japanese beers seem to have is upfront. HInts of chocolate on the backend

Taste: Flavor is kind of sweet typical of Japanese beers which since its a dark beer I was hoping it wasnt going to be overly sweet. Hints of dark fruits on the backend

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and medium carbonation

Overall: I was really hoping for more with this one but the flavor was of a typical japanese beer which I am not really a fan of. (542 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really black, but a deep garnet color. Thick tan head composed of ultra-fine bubbles, lots of irregular broken lace. Rich dark malt aroma with hints of dark fruits. Taste is slightly tart, lots of maltiness and a black bread flavor, finishes crisp and dry with just a hint of bitterness. Not too complex in character, but very pleasing. (344 characters)

Photo of pradipta
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this could compete with the very best from Munich if not for the slightly sour-bitter taste which lingers in the aftertaste. Ends up tasting like an unintended fusion between a Munich dark and a stout...of course this could be due to the rather long trip from Japan. A pleasant beer, overall, much preferable to other supermarket brands. (337 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in a cooler of a Korean grocery. Never seen it before.

A: Black in color, but a thin black, somewhat translucent. Forms a moderate sized tan head. Decent retention, but does eventually fall to a thick ring around the edge.

S: Aroma is sweet and roasty. There is a slight milk-stout quality to the beer.

T: Taste reminds me of a sweet, light, black IPA. Roasty malts. Mild sweetness. Chocolate. A bit of dark fruit.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Low bitterness. Low carbonation.

O: An interesting find. Not a bad beer. Rather approachable. But nothing too complex or exciting either. (606 characters)

Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear coffee black. Brew has a very small light tan head. Nearly no head, wispy layer sits around the edges. No lace at all. Meh - Average at best looks.

Brew smells of faint coffee, roasted nuts, some barley. Average nose.

Brew is smooth and has a nice medium mouthfeel. Sweet roasted malts, coffee, roasted nuts. Maybe a slight bit of earthy hops in there as well. Finishes smooth and clean. Good tasting brew.

Very drinkable stuff here, nothing but a simple good drinking sessionable dark brew here. Sometimes thats all you need. Good stuff. (586 characters)

Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.