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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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80
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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | 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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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

334ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big, billowy mocha head off the pour. Dark brown-black with a lot of ruby highlights. Head settles nicely.

S - Dark, roasty malt and molasses with some brown sugar sweetness.

T - A lot of roasted malt creating a light bitterness in the aftertaste. A little thin to be honest. Still pretty strong on the molasses, but the brown sugar and dark chocolate sweetness backed off a lot. Fairly easy to drink, but nothing really exceptional here.

M - Pretty smooth, without a ton of carbonation. Body is surprisingly thin and feels a little watered down.

D - Lacks something in the flavor profile. I'm usually not a fan of really bitter flavors, but even this was a little tame for me. A nice drinkable stout, but nothing fantastic.

08-14-2011 04:07:22 | More by Converge
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askantik

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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).

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a 334ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black colour with a small head. No lacing.

Smells strongly of malts, a bit skunky too.

Taste is mostly a more malty version of regular Asahi. Still refreshing yet more wholesome and with more taste.

Overall an alright beer.

07-27-2011 17:26:54 | More by CwrwAmByth
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Hachiman

Japan

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

This isn't up to the rather impressive Asahi Stout. The label says, "Munich Style", so maybe it's a Svartzbeer.

Pours a very deep brown, with a 1cm tan head. I had some lacing, but the viscosity of the beer made it rather drippy looking.

Th aroma is quite fine: strong molasses aroma mixed with sweet malt.

The malt isn't apparent in the flavor, just molasses and an alcoholic hghi note. Very smooth, and it went well both with steak and a rich desert.

The mouthfeel is medium and it leaves some stickiness on the lips.

Good, but not the best Japanese mass market dark beer. If you have a choice, the Stout is better.

07-24-2011 03:45:34 | More by Hachiman
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

06-25-2011 23:17:20 | More by chinchill
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

I kind of like Japanese lagers, so i figured I'd try something a bit different from one of Japan's biggest brewers.

It pours a very dark ruby colour with a nice foamy head that quickly settles down to a thin layer over the beer.

The smell is delicious! Nice and roasty with a hint of chocolate, but nothing overpowering.

The flavour is light but the roasty character is present the whole way through. It is slightly sweet which is nice as well. It doesn't have too much hop bite, which makes it "warmer" than other lagers. I would say this is an excellent beer to use when introducing people to dark beers. It is highly drinkable while having all the nice qualities of a dark lager.

05-31-2011 00:46:02 | More by evlu1441
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bearish

Singapore

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Second beer this evening. I'm a person who has just developed a taste for dark beers, so thought I'd try out this one. Looking at the ingredients, could barely make out a word that said rice Think I've got something for Japanese beers today. Haha. Beer is quite nice, smells like coffee and a little hint of caramel.

This one poured a great thick head, but it went down soon after. There's a nice small little head to protect your beer from getting exposed to air, so I'm quite glad that the head retained. The beer tasted smooth, quite sweet (not like the sugary sweet) and the roasted character definitely came through. Sour aftertaste reminds me of a Petrus Dubbel Bruin. This one is just to tell someone the little sourness, not to place it side by side against a nice Belgian.

Not that I'd buy this again, but still its a good drink.

05-27-2011 12:02:55 | More by bearish
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

04-29-2011 01:19:07 | More by magine
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Queens. I wasn't sure what to expect here, but it's basically a classic, inoffensive dark lager with a hint of roasted malt. There was a smooth body with just a little more weight than a standard lager. It's sweet up front with a dry finish. Not a bad beer.

04-09-2011 15:26:24 | More by tempest
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kentawan

Singapore

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%

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

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

Australia

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Clear, brown colour with a small, tan head. Average head retention.

Nice, nutty, bready aroma with distinct yeast and caramel notes. Decent.

Malty yet crisp and dry. Slightly roasty with more yeast notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A decent beer from Asahi and a real surprise.

03-20-2011 03:18:40 | More by dgilks
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massshortage

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-24-2011 04:33:39 | More by massshortage
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mjurney

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

01-16-2011 20:31:47 | More by mjurney
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soju6

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

On-Tap at local pub in Fussa, Japan.

A: Served a very dark brown color with a good head that slowly fades.

S: Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of coffee and some sweetness.

T: Has a nice malt flavor with a touch of chocolate sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

F: Fairly full body, very smooth and creamy.

D: This is a good easy drinker. This beer is best from the tap. One of my go to beers when working in Japan.

01-11-2011 17:17:07 | More by soju6
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basica

Singapore

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Pours almost opaque dark amber brown into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass with a nice, thick, beige, milky-foamy head (4)

S - Nutty notes blended with dark malts and a slight smokiness on the nose (3.5)

T - Roasted malts with a touch of sweetness upfront revealing a fairly mild and watered-down middle; subtle hints of hops show up towards the finish accompanied by a very mild bitterness. Light dashes of dark fruity notes were detected towards the finish and in the after taste (3.5)

M - Light to medium bodied with little carbonation and a watery texture (3)

D - Easy drinking and refreshing but unimpressive in the nose, flavor and feel; quite a stark contrast from the accolades about this beer (3.5)

12-21-2010 16:25:55 | More by basica
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle at Uzu Japanese restaurant in the core. From all indications, Asahi seem to be trying to move into the Canadian market with the Black.

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy light tan head that drops to a significant film. Some lace spots left behind. Slightly smoky nose, dry grain, a touch of oxidisation (the bottle seems to be from the UK, but I can't see a freshness date) and a mixture of sweet and roasted malts. Relatively straightforward flavour has a watered down roast component, with a sweetness to balance the astringency. Very limited hop profile. Some tobacco and a touch of plastic. Seems to be drifting towards a Munich Dunkel. Medium body with a matching carbonation.

Not a spectacular effort by any measurement, though a decent companion drink to a meal that doesn't draw away too significantly.

11-19-2010 12:47:23 | More by bobsy
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rarbring

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

The beer is very dark brown, it has a tan head, rather firm, but leaving no lacing.

The smell has mostly weak sweet malty nut tones.

The taste is rather sweet, brown dark bread, some fruit notes, pears and ripe apples, a small bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a rather simple body, fresh. A dry finish.

Not bad, but nothing to remember, possibly a bit too sweet.

10-27-2010 17:33:08 | More by rarbring
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

08-08-2010 17:38:32 | More by tone77
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GeneralZod

California

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

APPEARANCE - Low head. Dark Lager
SMELL - a malty smell. Burnt like smell.
TASTE - Taste like burnt malt. Leaves an aftertaste of the roasting. Typical of these types of beer. I like personally like the Gordon Biersch version of a black lager better.
MOUTHFEEL - Slighty coarse, carbonated
DRINKABILITY - Would not go out of my way to have another, but will have one if there are some.

08-06-2010 00:52:27 | More by GeneralZod
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ryanmac06

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -22.7%

A - The color and look of this beer is exactly what you would want from a dark lager. Two fingers of head was present most of the time and stood there through the entire drink.

S - The smell was light and mostly non-existent. As it began to warm, the smell increased to a light/dull malty smell but never impacted taste.

T - At the front it was mostly bland with a subtle caramel malt taste at the beginning. At the end there was still a subtle malt flavor lacking hops to balance. It finished clean but was poorly balanced.

M - Very smooth and well carbonated. The feel was typical of a dark lager and could easily stand up to other beers in it's class. The long lasting head added a nice feel as well

D - This beer is very easy to consume and is a good starting point for folks who don't typically like "dark beers". It's carbonation and smooth mouth feel will help people come back to this beer.

Overall - This beer is very bland to me and is not as impressive as many beers in it's class. The balance is lacking and it's a straight forward non-complex brew. It's an easy-to-drink dark lager that's a good entry point for folks who typically drink pilsners and very light lagers. I probably won't drink this beer again.

07-24-2010 18:47:46 | More by ryanmac06
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jdense

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +2%

12 oz. bottle served at Elaisu SFO 5.28.2010.

1/2 finger off white head, dark brown body no visible carbonation, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Very malty nose with some hops. Taste is caramel malts with a bit of molasses, minimal grassy hop presence. Fairly full mouthfeel. OK drinkability, if I wasn't in a Japanese restaurant I wouldn't have ordered this, though it did pair nicely with the Kobe skewer appetizers.

05-30-2010 15:58:29 | More by jdense
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lamergod

Singapore

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Served from a stub into a Anchor Draft mug

Appearance: Very dark red. Very similar to Coca Cola. Even the head is also very similar. A dark tanned red 2 finger head. Carbonated. Typical from what you get from a stubbed beer.

Smell: Very strong Roasted malts and caramel up front. Slight hint of Coffee slips in. Hops smell is very very little. Almost negligible.

Taste: The first sip is very noteworthy. Strong caramel and roasted malts. Coffee is not present in taste. After subsequent drinks, taste gets more and more bland. But roasted malt taste is still ever present. If it weren't for the roasted malt taste, it's as good as drinking coloured plain water. Aftertaste is not present. It starts off sweet, then slight bitter, then once it goes down your throat, there is no aftertaste. The drink is acidic

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It's like stout, except more drinkable and not so heavy.

Overall, it's a very nice beer. If you are a stout guy, you will be impressed with this kind of beer. Another Euro Dark lager is the Sapporo black. It's like a stout in terms of taste and smell, but it's heaps less heavy.

05-02-2010 04:21:34 | More by lamergod
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Halcyondays

California

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

11.2 oz. bottle, I don't know why this is the EDL category, it's an ale on the label and I remember reading in one of Michael Jackson's books that this was a stout, anyway,

A: Pours black with a finger of light tan head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Light roasted malt, coffee.

T: Dark chocolate with a lot of charcoal, but not overly burnt. Minor notes of raisin/dark fruit, but really in the background, better as it warms up.

M: Very dry, thin finish, fizzy on the palate.

D: This was OK, I expected a little more, I've been wanting to try this for a while, nice enough.

04-11-2010 05:18:06 | More by Halcyondays
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

334ml (ok) bottle - a much more impressive presentation than their standard rice lager, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mostly creamy tan head, which leaves a thick arched ring of villain's lair lace around the glass as it rather slowly falls away.

It smells of lightly roasted bready caramel malt, a bit of lactic sourness, subtle coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, and semi-sweet, dried orchard fruit. The taste is toasted bready malt, a bit of caramelized molasses, singed black fruit, faint bitter chocolate, an oily nuttiness, and earthy, softly leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough as required, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate-tinged malt becoming more prominent as the roasted character fades into that good night.

A nicely rounded, and fully flavoured dark lager, and true enough to the European style. 'Light' is a but a mere dot in the distance, for all those who might mistake this lager for something, well, a lot more ordinary.

03-28-2010 01:29:30 | More by biboergosum
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.