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Asahi Black (Kuronama) | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd
Japan | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"a premium dark ale."

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 295
Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thin tan colored head that fades into a wispy lace. Nose is sweet dark malts and fresh brewed coffee. Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Lots of sweet roasted malts in the flavor along with notes of dark fruits, bitter coffee, and burnt toast. A decent brew and certainly more enjoyable than their “Super Dry” beer.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pijiu
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An easily drinkable dark. Its red-black appearance is betrayed by the light-bodied, thin, nature of the beer. Hence, the easy drinkability. I was hoping for a more comprehensive flavour with a thicker mouthfeel. Flavour is sweeter than expected and pleasing, with cider, coffee, and slight pineapple and cherry pit flavors. There is a weak roasted aftertaste that doesn't linger long. Best served only slightly chilled, as the coldness creates a false crispness and masks the underlying flavor. Overall a solid beer; good as an introductory dark lager.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

334ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass feb18 2010

A not far from cola with the fast falling tan head to match, lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass but to dark to see bubbles inside

S some molasses with a little chocolate and raisin

T not far from the smell but with some very mild coffee

M decent carbonation gives it a slightly creamy feel but it's still fairly light in the mouth surprising considering the color

D better then expected and that's never a bad thing but not blown away by any aspects of this beer

not a bad beer and for a big brewer from Japan I was fairly happy with what I got for my money

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice deep true black body with off-white head that fades a little too quickly leaving just a white coating on top

s: not amazingly fragrant and the hints of milk chocolate and coffee

t: chocolate taste followed by some coffee; very simple but very good

m: for a japanese macro this beer is incredibly creamy w/ maybe a little too much carbonation

d: this is a great beer for Asia but still a good beer anywhere else; i'll definitely have it at a japanese bar anyday

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Photo of wl0307
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 334ml slim brown glass bottle, the gravity is 5%abv. as stated on the beer label. BB 01/09/2006, served lightly chilled in a slim goblet.

A: pours a very dark brown colour, with caramely red glows; the tan head comes thick and very foamy with superb retention, against a lively carbonated body--looking very decent and elegant.
S: a semi-thick note of buttery+toffeeish+caramely malts and bitter-sweet burned sugar dominates, sprinkled with lots of brown sugar, bread-crust like grainy note and a very faint trace of hops. Slightly overly malty whereas other elements are subdued, yet crafted nicely all the same.
T: upfront the texture is indeed akin to a rice-added lager with its slightly thin-ish and metallic touch, but not too much of a distraction. Like the aroma, the palate is dark malt-dominated, with plenty of caramely flavour of dark malts and bitter-sweet burned/roasty and sweet-coffeeish edge of roasted malts, backed by a slightly rough, chewy, whole-meal bready as well as nutty malts underneath. Rather clean finish with only a touch of sugar, true to a dark lager, but the roast-malty and nutty aroma and a residual chewy texture sustain nicely at the back of the palate.
M&D: medium-plus bodied for a Schwarzbier-style lager, the rich and grainy content makes it a quite chewy and enjoyable beer. And, fortunately, the added corn and rice are not played to the detriment to the beer's texture, thus I'd say this Japanese brewery's self-appointed task of producing a Munich-style dark lager (as specified on the beer cap) is no disappointment at all.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and roasted malt. Smells a bit like a stout and nothing like I expected. The flavor is also stout-like. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, mixed with some light coffee and milky lactose notes. Overall, this reminds me a lot of a milk stout. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had a small tan head that dissipated into a thin collar. It was dark with deep mahogany highlights. The aroma was very weak with roasted malts. The taste was nutty and alot better than I expected after the disappointing aroma. Goes down smooth and had a bit of smoky taste to it. Similar to a schwarzbier but weaker. Overall a decent beer that I could see trying in a Japanese restaurant if nothing better around. (3.5, RB, T, O)

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel and nuts.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty and caramel malts with hints of cola; there are some hints of initial sweetness which are then followed by a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, a little watery and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Munich-Type Asahi? Okay. Cool.

Pours pretty dark brown with a thin creme head. Nose is quite malty and sweet with what's coming off as molasses. A bit too malty sweet really. Mellows out enough as time goes on to make it drinkable enough. Decent, yes. Especially coming from a major brewer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola brown that's garnet in light with puffy sepia head that fades fast.
Ash, tin, cherry stones, and grass on the muted nose.
Brown bread dough, sugar coated raisins, miso and cola, a little roasty edge, then cut hay hops.
Malteser finish and tingly linger.
Crisp, fizzy, light, flinty.

Confused by this one - Roger Protz says that Japanese black lagers are "more Saxon than Franconian" - schwarzbiers, not dunkels.

Nevertheless, this lines up with all the right sweet, bready dunkel notes (albeit in a watered down fashion) and the hops are there. Maybe I'm supposed to ignore the rice and corn, but this is thin by any lager standard, yet still sweet enough to almost cloy, and the roast is more burnt sugar than chocolate.

Quenching, but I feel like a headache is not far away.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dill
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a whiskey glass as provided by a restaurant. it had a date on it of 08/2007, but i'm not sure if that was a brewed on or fresh before date. also it was brewed in japan and then imported to the u.s.

A - black in color, but not too deep and not too thick looking. it was hard to get any sort of head on this one.

S - the smell reminded me a bit of raw meat.

T - it's not too bad. a bit roasty, but lightly so. actually about what i expected of this japanese black beer.

M - a bit light on the tongue with a fair bit of carbonation.

D - this is quite drinkable and would be a good choice if out at a japanese restaurant and it's available. especially in america i'd avoid the kirin and asashi that are brewed domestically and the sapporo that's imported from canada. yebisu is now being imported and is a nice option when available, and i'd put this on the list of beers to order if available as well.

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Photo of jdense
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is malty and dark fruity with some toast, nut, and caramel. Slightly sour. Smells pretty good... kind of like a Schwartzbier.

Pours a very, very dark brown (~44 srm), fair clarity, moderate head with fairly long lasting retention. Looks good.

Malty and dark fruit. Lots of dry roast accompanied by sweet, ripe fruit. A little bitter, and a little sour. Some chocolate, some deep woody roast. A little creamy. Finishes slightly dry and nutty. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good.

Impressively good considering the other, more common Asahi beer availible. I like it, and would recommend it to people interested in trying a bolder beer.

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Photo of MarsMoose
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My friend mentioned this beer in an email chat we were having and I happened see it at the liquor store a few hours later, so I picked up a 6-pack.

Wasn't sure what to expect, but poured one into my pint and tried to determine how black it was. It's filtered, but still very hard to see through that super-dark brown color. The head, which was thick and foamy but didn't last that long and wasn't lacy, didn't give away too much from its smell. I could make out only a little bit of the smell of roasted malt, and not much else. It took a sip expecting a strong flavor but was surprised to find a roasty-malty sweetness with little bitter hoppiness. The carbonation is medium, and the flavor doesn't linger too long. I took another sip, and another, and another. After 3 beers, I still feel like I could drink another 12. Did not expect such drinkability from such a dark colored beer. All in all the flavor is not something that would make me drool, but the beer was a great was to relax this evening and I would buy it again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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