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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gagnonsux, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

cgrunin, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

tugdriver7, Jan 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

bigbeerfan, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Schmoog, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Florida9, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

jscheuf, Dec 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

-ronin-, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%

I poured this really black brew into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer was uhhh black. I said That. The beer poured a really nice big head and I like that. The beer had a slight beer smell, oh I guess it should. Really could not come up with anything else. I liked the beer and its a good product that I believe I will will have to buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Coastal_Brew, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

gritz147, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

viewtiful, Oct 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

cyrushire, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Jame515, Oct 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

S_C, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Matthew_Taylor
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%

Perhaps it was my expectation of how it should taste that interfered with my assertion of how it "did" taste. Poured thick, with a dark brown cola color that produced a medium head of coffee. I attempted to pair with sushi, as you would a traditional Japanese beer, but this failed to compliment the richness of the fish.

I will have to try again, because I feel like I gave the beer a raw deal based upon the circumstances on which it was consumed. However, the taste was lacking in my opinion, done better by many American stouts.

That being said, the beer had a rich mouth-feel and a silky texture which I did enjoy.

Matthew_Taylor, Sep 01, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

bmwats, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

dar482, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

tom79mp, Aug 10, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Who knew that there would be a market for Dark German Lagers in the land of Rice Beers?

Asahi Black pours with a deep garnet, nearly bark brown color. Its brilliant clarity casts ruby highlights and bronze shaddows. Ample carbonation streams through the lager to form a dainty sheet of foam on the beer's surface. Dissipating fairly quickly, the lager trails with random spots of lace.

Distinctive aromas of light roast, toast, light coffee grounds and a hint of chocolate. Decorated with mild raisin and licorice fruitiness, the clean toasted malt profile shows a delicate ester profile. Its early palate is slightly of caramel and sweet cereal grain. Dry on the middle palate, the taste is scant with the robust pilsner malt to back up the toast and fruit and leaves the scent and taste needing a tad more support. Its finish is short, toasted and nutty with the flavor of more delicate coffee and dates.

Light on the palate, the lager sheds its carbonation quickly as it has little malt support to retain much creaminess. Though the beer thins out considerably, it remains refreshing from the try toast elements and slight coffee-like bitterness. Shy alcohol warmth and mild grain-derived astringency closes the beer with a linger of fruit and toast.

Though largely void of malt underpinnings and roundness, its understated savory taste lends itself to seared fish and robust sushi dishes.

BEERchitect, Aug 06, 2013
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.