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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
good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2002

"a premium dark ale."
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.)

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of rflips86
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ayatsato
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Samir79
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of BrewBros
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Offa
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cgrunin
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.