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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 117
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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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-19-2014 01:55:16 | More by bigbeerfan
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-06-2013 21:40:54 | More by weerezboy
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-16-2011 04:57:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

I found this on the menu at Japanese restaraunt in Toronto. While the food wasnt the greatest, this beer was a pleasant surprise.

It pours from the fancy old school looking can black with cognac hints. The caramel colored head is creamy and thick at first, only to shrink down to a ring after a couple minutes. Lacing is very plentiful. The aroma is sweet and malty. Some roastyness, caramel and dark chocolate are also there. The taste is subtle. Its quite malty with a pleasant grainy feel. Hops and BPM bitterness provide great balance. The mouthfeel is light with an understated carbonation (at least compared to other Asahi beers). The finish is sweet and slightly hoppy.

This beer has a very lager like quality, its clean and completely lacking in esters. Id classify it as a very good Schwarzbier. I was very surprised to find this in Toronto.

Serving type: can

04-22-2006 03:12:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-28-2012 02:21:24 | More by barbellsNbeers
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TGS

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-16-2012 04:14:59 | More by TGS
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FriedGold2112


4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-24-2012 03:20:19 | More by FriedGold2112
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-28-2011 17:12:50 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Shumj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-05-2011 01:07:31 | More by Shumj
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-16-2011 05:59:55 | More by nickfl
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archey

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-04-2012 19:29:32 | More by archey
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 17:09:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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mjurney

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark amber-brownish color, see through. Good amount of carbonation. Head looks very impressive.

Aroma:
Sweet roasted malts, caramel, slight hint of earthy.

Taste/Body:
Malty... Nice blend of sweet roasted malts, caramel, nutty, slight touch of burnt. There some hint of earthy in the taste (hops or maybe yeast?). Body is light, almost towards medium. Carbonation is nice, not overpowering.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Crisp finish, clean aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Very good for a Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:31:47 | More by mjurney
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow, Asahi can actually brew a beer that isn't yellow and fizzy. Gorgeous, creamy ivory-yellow-beige head with startlingly good retention atop a deep, dark, 90% opaque coffee-brown body. This one's a looker.

Smell: Caramel, and lots of it, rich chocolate milk, rum, raisins, prunes, and a bit of coffee with a slight soy sauce-ish funk.

Taste: Peanuts, burnt sugar, day-old coffee, dark chocolate, and some understated dark fruit notes (especially cherries). Smooth, malty, and sweet, but rounded out nicely with a touch of resinous hops and a nice, full, roasty dryness. A bit watery at times with an unspectacular finish (which develops into a pleasant, lingering hoppy mocha flavor), but overall, quite well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: Silky, crushed-velvety smooth, yet thin-bodied and somewhat syrupy in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a really nice alternative to the usual Japanese crap, and it's easier to find and not as expensive as ji-biru. Definitely recommended, especially as a pair with Gruyere.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 10:33:42 | More by soulgrowl
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optikon44

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this reddish beer. It's got a nice, clean coffee/vanilla taste, with an extremely pleasant finish. Sure, it's on the lighter side, but it's still loaded with flavor. Pleasant aroma of vanilla and maybe a little bit of cappucino. Definitely worth trying, not an everyday beer b/c of it's slightly inflated price, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 20:35:26 | More by optikon44
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a tempting cola brown, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head - but the latter may be an artifact of the waitress’ pour. Aroma is crisp and malty with hints of molasses and caramel. Flavor is crisp and malty, like a typical lager but with a stout-like undertone of molasses and a hint of smoke. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly, rather typical. A good one to have at a Japanese restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:54:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well after seeing this beer for years in Michael Jackson books it finally shows up in Vancouver. This is a real smooth dark lager that has a very nice malty finish. Finesse is the name of the game in this beer. There is a nutty roasty note in the midbody which I really enjoy. So much more flavourful than their Dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:18:51 | More by canucklehead
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark walnut brown body with a beige-colored frothing of a head.

Smell: While it comes up a bit short of being either truly roasty or chocolaty, those are the initial impressions I get from smelling this one. Also presents are notes of dark bread, caramel, with a dark fruitiness smelling of prunes.

Taste: Mild coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a taste of coarse pumpernickel bread splashed with a bit of sweet cola. Hint of sweet caramel as well. Slight dark fruitiness. Scant hop presence, though some bitterness is provided and more than welcome. Finishes relatively clean with only a small touch of bitterness at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A "Munich-Type" beer according to the bottle cap. Japanese brewing know-how teamed up with a German-style recipe, it's good to see those two countries coming together for something other than world domination. Though still a lager brewed with both rice and corn, it at least offers something a bit different from Asahi.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 21:12:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour me impressed...These guys know how to make a good brew...should have rated it higher on drinkability but am unsure...Try it..........Hmmmm...seems to be a little bitter after taste sneaking thru....Nice head.....Karakuchi.

Serving type: can

10-19-2002 20:39:29 | More by Shiloh
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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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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one tonight at dinner as the girlfriend wanted to eat sushi.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a lot of red highlights. The head is off-white and dissipates quickly.

S: A decent enough nose on this one, mostly roasted malt with a slight coffee aroma.

T: This beer has an interesting flavor to it. There is certainly the roasted malt flavor, but also a touch of coffee and even a bit of what I would describe as cola.

M: The body is medium and surprisingly creamy with plenty of carbonation.

D: I'm not generally expecting a lot when I order one of the Japanese beers, but this one was quite good. I would definitely do so again if I see it on a menu at a Japanese restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 06:43:06 | More by womencantsail
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askantik

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:15:42 | More by askantik
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 21:34:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:43:39 | More by pentathlete
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.