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Asahi Black (Kuronama) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)

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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 278
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | 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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 278
Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with tall, off-white head. Aroma is of plums and toasted malt. Body is medium and very crisp, way too much carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma with some herbal hops in the background. Finish is short and barely noticeable. Overall it is drinkable brew. (291 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottle marked U/1827:K132 at 40 degrees into a standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and molasses
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body very dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor begins moderately sweet and tastes like molasses and dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.635. Final weighted score: 3.8625.
This beer was a pleasant surprise. It seems somewhat sweeter than the typical Munich dunkel, but not cloying. The rapid termination of the head and lack of lacing detract from the appearance of this beer. The aroma, flavor, and palate are all above average with the flavor directing me to buy more. Unfortunately, it’s not available around me. (816 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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) (474 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle in sasebo, japan.

pours a dark brown with a small off-white head, some lacing.

smells of roasted malt, some cocoa, and a hint of caramel.

taste is a bit on the chalky side, dark fruits, roasted malts, some chocolate, and a touch of sweetness, end is a little dry.

overall not too impressed. (301 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/18/2009 (bottle dated 10/2008):

Pours a very dark red color body, with an average creamy head, lastingish. Very pilsnery, malty aroma. Malty nutty taste. Some roasted flavor too. Light tasting. Tasty. Sweet, almost fruity. Not bad. Shiner-black like. (262 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asahi Black (Munich Type) @ 5.0% from a single 334 ml bottle
A-pours very dark brown/black with some ruby hints along the glass edge , with a fine cola head that leaves some small lacing along the pint glass
S-hints of cherries , roasted malts
T-a rich and smooth taste of sweet chocolate , a very nicely balanced beer
MF-low carbonation , medium bodied
Ov-a good beer , not great but certainly nothing bad either , give one a go

cheers LampertLand (449 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Asahi Kuronama

Second tasting: 21 January 2003
Compared to the Sopporo Black and Kirin Black I drank against this, it was just weak. Dark water in a bottle. I significantly droped my rating, though the drinkability remains high. Has no character.

First tasting 30 Dec. 2003
I thought the beautiful red hugh to this dark beer was really beautiful. There was an uneven head that died right away. Simple dark bread taste and the faintest aroma of chocolate. Very light, like all Asahi beers, but it I am impressed with it. If I have to have an Asahi, make it a kuronama.

Bottle stated this was a Munich-style beer. Unfortunately, it does not pass the Bavarian beer purity law. On the bottle, the ingredients in Japanese are listed as malts, hops, rice, corn and starch. (777 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow, Asahi can actually brew a beer that isn't yellow and fizzy. Gorgeous, creamy ivory-yellow-beige head with startlingly good retention atop a deep, dark, 90% opaque coffee-brown body. This one's a looker.

Smell: Caramel, and lots of it, rich chocolate milk, rum, raisins, prunes, and a bit of coffee with a slight soy sauce-ish funk.

Taste: Peanuts, burnt sugar, day-old coffee, dark chocolate, and some understated dark fruit notes (especially cherries). Smooth, malty, and sweet, but rounded out nicely with a touch of resinous hops and a nice, full, roasty dryness. A bit watery at times with an unspectacular finish (which develops into a pleasant, lingering hoppy mocha flavor), but overall, quite well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: Silky, crushed-velvety smooth, yet thin-bodied and somewhat syrupy in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a really nice alternative to the usual Japanese crap, and it's easier to find and not as expensive as ji-biru. Definitely recommended, especially as a pair with Gruyere. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's a big, tan plateau of a head: dense with a cookie dough collapse. Thin swoops of lacing. The beer is clear, dark red-brown; almost black. Faint toffee aroma gives away the dry, tangy, toffee front. Middle is milky with just a little chocolate. Finishes with coffee and bitter chocolate. It's quite nice. A light toffee, coffee, bitter chocolate beer. Gets quite nice and milky in the middle with temperature. I like it. (427 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour me impressed...These guys know how to make a good brew...should have rated it higher on drinkability but am unsure...Try it..........Hmmmm...seems to be a little bitter after taste sneaking thru....Nice head.....Karakuchi. (229 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

334ml bottle, poured into a straight sided pint glass

Pours with an almost jet black body. Tight off white head forms about an inch thick but soon settles to a reasonable half inch of form. Some slight lacing but not a whole lot

Smell, rich dark malts, black malt, tiny little bit of very dark chocolate powder. Bready malt and a little bit of a phenolic character. Little bit of sweetness in the form of caramel or burnt sugars

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt, chalky mouthfeel, noticeable blood like metallic flavours, dark malts dominate with quite a thin mouthfeel.

A drinkable dark lager, not quite as good as those made in Europe but pretty interesting (670 characters)

Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, almost orange. Hard to see in dark restaurant. Finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing is minimal, but we were given very small glasses. Dark, slightly roasted aroma. Can discern figs. Moderately roasted malty taste, followed by dark fruits, maybe figs. Not bad. Not my style, but it is representative of the style. (344 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.92/5  rDev -18%
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. (462 characters)

Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.