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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
80
good

243 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of samparkique4
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprise when the staff send the beer
color is dark and yet clear
beautiful
and
dark rye
on palate
the roasty yet texture is thin easy and crisp
lite bitterness and easy on mouthfeel
84/100
-- 87/100
Kyushu Ferry | feeling is like hopping on Kyushu Ferry
ale
51% caramel malt golden bar
malty
litely hops presence
yet malty

samparkique4, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jordanmckell, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of amano_h
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -15%

Bieniek30, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -15%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +13.3%

mquinn919, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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

Bouleboubier, May 13, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of Auraan
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.

Auraan, May 12, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Texasfan549, May 01, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark black with a decent head. Smells decent. Taste is typical dark but very easy to drink. Goes down nice and clean. Not a lot of body or substance but a decent black beer that you can drink a lot of especially eating Japanese yakitori.

Richardbeerlover, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

vinicole, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

334 mL poured into a tall, pilsner glass.

A nice smell came from the 4-finger head which covered a dark, brown-red body. Some light could be seen through the body. Aroma was the typical smell you get from dark beers, though at first some metallic scents were present.

This beer had a decent dark-beer taste, though with some metal tinge at first. This metallic flavour gave way to some bitterness that took its place. This beer is bitter (for my tastes), but still good. No cocoa flavour that I've come to expect from darker beers, and not much roastiness. It's more of a bitter fruitiness.

Faint carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer. Given a choice among several dark beers in a bar or restaurant, this would not be what I'd order (I'd rather get, say, a Guiness). However, if it were the only dark beer offered (which was the case in this restaurant), I'd get it again. One thing became clear, though: This doesn't pair well with sushi. (I'm not sure any beer would.)

The-Jolly-Imbiber, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Seattle_Suds, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of rflips86
3/5  rDev -15%

rflips86, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of ayatsato
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ayatsato, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

dbarny76, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a ruby-tinged deep brown with a thin head. Smells of chocolate, tobacco, caramel, honey, whole wheat bread. Tastes of dried fruits, wet pipe tobacco, burnt honey, and burnt toast. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light in the body with subdued carbonation. Overall, this is great, but I have a hard time paying $15 for a 6 of this.

goochpunch, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Samir79
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Samir79, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BrewBros
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BrewBros, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

vcoggins, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Offa
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Offa, Feb 19, 2014
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.