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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 286
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-dark brown with ruby hints and a light tan head and a little lacing

S-roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, hint of chocolate

T-roasted malt, caramel, raisins, little chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-OK but a little on the thin side and lacks robustness in flavor

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 334ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Purchased from a supermarket some time back. Imported from Japan - a pleasant surprise as Asahi Super Dry lager is contract brewed over here. The bottle cap says 'munich type', and the ingredients include maize and rice.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Low carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, dried fruit, a hint of brown sugar, faint chocolate and mild stewed hops. Not bad.

Tastes of sweet dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar and stewed hops. Whispers of chocolate and coffee aromas in the background. Quite dry, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with light, tingly carbonation. Aftertaste of sweet dark malt and hints of dried fruit.

A decent dark lager, particularly coming from such a large brewery. It looks great, and the aroma is relatively complex. The flavour is OK but lacklustre - some vitality is missing . Nice, smooth body. Pleasant and easy-drinking; I could imagine having this again. Worth trying.

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Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 !!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely pitch black body but I would never have guessed that the Japanese would give such good head, tan and big and proud.

Lovely malt smells and a hint of toffee.

The taste is dark indeed malty and a hint of liquorice slightly sweet but just slightest bitterness on the way out of the door not much else though.

A very thin mouthfeel but good carbonation.

I guess if I found myself in the land of the rising sun, I would be supping this, quite good, indeed worth trying

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep opaque brown, translucent mahogany nimbus, with bright garnet highlights when held to direct light. Tall, tight spongy light beige head that slowly recedes to a thick cap.

Roasted malt with some sour/tart grains on the nose, rounded toasted notes come out near the end.

Yum, sweet toasted bready malt up front, lingering grain sweetness throughout, dryness in the aftertaste already. Fairly one-dimensional, but enjoyable.

Smooth, slick, medium-bodied mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to offer some minor crispness.

Enjoyable, though far from complex, definitely in line to make a good session beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass at a sushi restaurant in Houston.

Nice pour, although the cola head quickly dissipates to a scant wisp of foam. Attractive, translucent chocolate color with hints of ruby red in the light. For the style, the aroma is above average, with a light dusting of chocolate backed by toasted cereal grains and wild rice.

The taste is a letdown, but still highly quaffable, with a faint kick of toasted coffee and toffee malts amidst a dominant note of brown rice and unsweetened cereal mash. Highly carbonated, medium-thin body that cut through the wasabi spice and heaviness of the sushi. Overall, a pretty good beer all things considered. Not something I'd ever want as a stand-alone brew, but pairs well with a meal.

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Photo of rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: brown 11.2 fl. oz. bottle brags about “our pure cultured yeast”, so much for spontaneous fermentation. Date of 03/2007, which I hope is a brewed on date as I just got it and it’s 11/2007.

Aroma: Mild apple cider, yeast, light whiffs of dark roasted malt and a light medicinal alcohol.

Appearance: Black with thick ruby edges that become transparient about 2/3rd the way through the glass. It holds a dirty tan creamy head at a half finger that lasts about half way through the glass when it retreats to a thick collar leaving short lived lace.

Flavor: Sweet malty front goes over to dark roasted malt that’s slightly astringent and a very mild earthy hop bitter to finish. There’s that apple taste in the middle that lingers a bit as well. Just a hint of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation edges on fizzy, medium body, slick texture.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking beer. No seriously off flavors, fairly clean. A solid offering, but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with a bubbly, tan brown coloured head on top that settles as a thin, patchy lacing after about a minute.

Very dark with lots of strong malts coming through with a good amount of chocolate and toffee. It also has some spice, a sweet sugar aroma and a touch of nut with some bread and very light alcohol right at the end.

Strong roasted barely flavour to begin with along with some nice roasted malts and good amounts of spice. There is a some mild alcohol notes and and a nice, rich chocolate flavour to it.

Light side of medium bodied with a nice amount of spice to it and good, solid carbonation and a nice tang to it.

An excellent beer all round without really excelling in any one area individually. The flavours and aroma were well balanced and complimented each other quite well without overpowering you and the drink was very smooth.

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Photo of JDV
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured Black with about an inch of short lived light beige head. Had a malty smell, and a bit of a metallic odor which dissipated as the beer warmed slightly. Taste was of a dark, sweet, roasty char flavor, but not harshly so. Had good a carbonation level with a small, nice lingering dark aftertaste. Overall the body was somewhat thin, easy to drink, and I can see this being a very drinkable and delicate dark beer to go with japanese food. I liked this much more than the only other Schwarzbier I’ve had too.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and a slight sourness. The flavor is nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with fairly high carbonation. Overall this is pretty good for a Japanese beer.

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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.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.3 oz bottle, into a pilsner.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a hefty, cascading, brown-white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind as it does. Plenty of persistent lacing.

S: Char roasted malt grains, a little peat, and a little dish soap.

T: Roasted pecans, a little licorice, even less unsweetened dark chocolate, and even less still molasses.

M: Hearty body, but feels a little washed out. A little bit of a peaty aftertaste hangs on the palate.

D: Sip or session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark, with a giant head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is roasty, with some pungency, and an unsettling soapy component. Roasted nuts, chocolate, licorice, molasses... well-balanced, as each of the components are lacking a bit. A little shallow when it's all said and done. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle marked U/1827:K132 at 40 degrees into a standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and molasses
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body very dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor begins moderately sweet and tastes like molasses and dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.635. Final weighted score: 3.8625.
This beer was a pleasant surprise. It seems somewhat sweeter than the typical Munich dunkel, but not cloying. The rapid termination of the head and lack of lacing detract from the appearance of this beer. The aroma, flavor, and palate are all above average with the flavor directing me to buy more. Unfortunately, it’s not available around me.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle date U/2113: F043 - poured into a fluted goblet)

A: dark orangey brown liquid, clear... macro lager-esque foam, khaki color, wells up over an inch on the pour, slowly falls, bit of staying power as a cap... (side note - the beer comes in one of the heaviest ~12oz bottles I've come across)

S: brown bread (pumpernickel) crust, hint of roasted grain, bit of milk chocolate... nice aromas, just pretty weak

T: pretty spot on for a dunkel lager style - dark, toasty melanoidin - decidedly bready... dark malt flavor with little sweetness, hint of bubblegum in the far background... hearty, almost nutty-woody, roast character with a moderately ashy-bitter aftertaste... by and large, dry in the finish, with perhaps a light film of residual burnt sugar... not much depth overall

M: medium-bodied, slight perception of feeling filling... mild roundness and light gummy texture... drops off fairly quickly, real dry but not so clean... leaves a fine grainy film on the palate

O: not bad at all... I could see getting this again if that's the best thing around

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.