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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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80
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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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JRed

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in body with reddish tints when brought to the light. Beige head rests on top and slowly fades. Real nice aroma of toffee, slight gingerbread, and faint chocolate. Mild flavors that are bready, toffee, some earth, herbal/slightly woody hop presence, faint cocoa hints. Light in body with light carbonation. A subtle and enjoyable stout. Not nearly as bad as I thought this was going to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:46:24 | More by JRed
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cyrushire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

10-06-2013 15:13:51 | More by cyrushire
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

06-03-2012 16:35:49 | More by JohnQVD
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zbooks

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

05-22-2013 22:59:56 | More by zbooks
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear coffee black. Brew has a very small light tan head. Nearly no head, wispy layer sits around the edges. No lace at all. Meh - Average at best looks.

Brew smells of faint coffee, roasted nuts, some barley. Average nose.

Brew is smooth and has a nice medium mouthfeel. Sweet roasted malts, coffee, roasted nuts. Maybe a slight bit of earthy hops in there as well. Finishes smooth and clean. Good tasting brew.

Very drinkable stuff here, nothing but a simple good drinking sessionable dark brew here. Sometimes thats all you need. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:19:07 | More by magine
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I continue my quest of trying as many "ji-BEERU" or Japanese micro-brews as possible, this porter-like "black beer" jumps out at me--although it is certainly NOT a micro-brew. Asahi, the maker, is one of the four big Japanese brewers, along with Kirin, Sapporo, and Suntory. Getting to the point, this beer for me is the best dark beer--really the best beer in general--one can easily purchase at any local COMBINI, or convenience store, in Japan. All of the other "black beers" I've tasted here are quite bad, except for Sapporo's "kuro-nama", which can unfortunately only be found on tap at their beergarten in Sapporo.

This beer has a solid taste, with a bunch of flavors coming out like coffee, caramel, vanilla, nuts, and molassas. However, it is not too sweet or over-done like other Japanese "black" beers. Check this one out if you get the chance--it's one of Japan's best macrobrews.

Serving type: can

12-18-2003 10:58:02 | More by donnebaby
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-29-2012 06:27:58 | More by KalanM
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SargeC

Japan

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black colored brew with a light tan head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malt with a hint of molasses.

Taste: Very subdued dark malt flavor. Very smooth. A hint of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew. Easily sessionable, but complex enough to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 08:04:47 | More by SargeC
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-18-2013 00:52:47 | More by Beerswag
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_morandi_

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-29-2014 03:27:45 | More by _morandi_
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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-20-2013 02:07:24 | More by mcdsports
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look was dark black with a mocha head.
The aroma of malts,chocolate and a touch of fruit hints.

The taste starts off with a chocolate caramel flavor which is then followed by some toffee notes. Some hops are present.I also detected some light fruit flavors.

The feel was high carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: A pretty good beer. I liked the taste and it was a lot like the German dark lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:46:51 | More by Lexluthor33
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mjurney

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark amber-brownish color, see through. Good amount of carbonation. Head looks very impressive.

Aroma:
Sweet roasted malts, caramel, slight hint of earthy.

Taste/Body:
Malty... Nice blend of sweet roasted malts, caramel, nutty, slight touch of burnt. There some hint of earthy in the taste (hops or maybe yeast?). Body is light, almost towards medium. Carbonation is nice, not overpowering.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Crisp finish, clean aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Very good for a Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:31:47 | More by mjurney
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RaulMondesi

California

3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When in sushi, you drank sushi thangs.

Coca cola head, coca cola beer - but not bad. Maybe this is the Mexican coke of beers (sans high fructose corn syrup, insert cane sugar - the "real stuff"). Aite enough when I'm macking down some toro and mackerel, but that's about it.

Holla, my children.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 04:17:27 | More by RaulMondesi
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-25-2013 04:18:09 | More by warpedrevolution
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Auraan

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 02:30:56 | More by Auraan
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JBogan

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smells of roasted coffee and nuts.

Tastes just as it smells, roasted coffee and nuts, although slightly watered down and with a hint of cola.

Mouthfeel was quite thin, certainly not what you'd expect when looking at this beer. Minimal carbonation as well.

This is a beer which, while not bad, didn't have any traits which left me wanting more. I doubt I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:17:10 | More by JBogan
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-19-2012 13:44:53 | More by YamagamiTravis
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Bieniek30

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

06-07-2014 11:36:36 | More by Bieniek30
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-30-2014 19:25:46 | More by tugdriver7
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a miniscule head that quickly disappears. Smell is nutty with a mild roasted character. The taste is crisp, malty, and satisfying. Light in body, as it should be, but not thin by any means. This is an easy drinking brew. I use these when I am eating light and I want a simple session brew to accompany the food. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:43:39 | More by pentathlete
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Asahi Kuronama. This beer had a very "porter" like appearance. It poured out a dark brown with a 1" creamy tan head. The head dropped to a cap and then it was gone. No lacing.
The aroma was a very mild roasted malt. There was not much going on that I could pick out in the nose.
The taste was also mild, with a little roasted coffee bean and some slight chocolate flavors. No discernible hops. To my surprise the taste really came through in the finish with the roasted and chocolate flavors really opening up.
The beer had a creamy mouthfeel and was of a medium carbonation level.
This is an enjoyable beer, very mild and pleasant. If I had to pick a Japanese beer right now it would be this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 02:13:07 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

10-22-2012 06:17:51 | More by Hardcore
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-18-2014 10:46:44 | More by Schmoog
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NeverSettle

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

05-22-2013 22:37:22 | More by NeverSettle
Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.