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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
81
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223 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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alesaram

Guam

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

10-16-2012 03:40:16 | More by alesaram
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TGS

California

4/5  rDev +13%

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


4/5  rDev +13%

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:47:38 | More by JayTheFinn
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cgrunin

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

02-05-2014 01:14:47 | More by cgrunin
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SuperMario

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-18-2014 00:25:40 | More by SuperMario
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basica

Singapore

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle tonight at a Sushi place here in Austin.

A: Pours a deep black color w/a good amount of head.

S: Nose is mostly rice and some roasted malts.

T: Up front, this brew is very good, as the toasted malt flavor makes its precense and is very good at that. Finishes with a minial hop bitterness and some estercey flavors as well.

M: Watery, just too darn thin for a dark beer, even if it's meant to go w/food.

D: Overally, I would say this a fairly good, drinkable brew. Not something I would buy on a regular basis, but when I am having sushi, I think it's defenitely one of the better choices out there. It certainly beats the hell out of the lighter Japanese brews I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 06:06:34 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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cheers2beers

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%
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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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

12-03-2013 18:23:34 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-25-2013 18:22:51 | More by Johnq1964
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light black, with a tinge of red. Nice looking beige head that reduces to a thin layer leaving some lacing.

S- Smells sweet, I get caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of chocolate. Really is quite pleasant.

T- The smell is so much better than the taste. I'm getting mild roastiness, a tad bit of coffee and chocolate and a somewhat bitter finish.

M- Thin but creamy body, fairly high carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, it's a lot better than most of the Japanese beers I've had. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:12:05 | More by Dawkfan
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Nate

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-09-2012 00:19:06 | More by Nate
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arfenhouse

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-29-2012 06:48:08 | More by arfenhouse
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joedon

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2009 06:24:38 | More by joedon
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-17-2013 23:13:59 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

04-06-2014 23:37:14 | More by Seattle_Suds
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rflips86

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-23-2014 21:24:29 | More by rflips86
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blackc5

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at unknown (but probably a bit too cold) temp. Bought a six-pack from Uwajimaya as it was the only Japanese beer they had actually imported (and not brewed by Molson, etc), and it definitely one of the best, if not the best, Japanese macro beers out there.

I honestly was impressed with this not being a standard adjunct lager. It is malty and flavorful. Chocolate and caramel with a nice fruity medium-body and ends with a hint of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:01:25 | More by blackc5
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joshwalt

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-19-2012 00:57:22 | More by joshwalt
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-17-2012 16:59:53 | More by zduerr
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RBuckley73

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-25-2014 04:46:42 | More by RBuckley73
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quantumcipher

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-07-2012 09:54:09 | More by quantumcipher
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.