Sapporo Premium Black Beer
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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #45
Ranked #40,464
3.64 | pDev: 11.54%
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nunitn from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Never thought I would rate a beer from this Brewer so high this is a solid Black lager I thought it would be just some commercial garbage but surprisingly good I know a lot of people are riding the Black lager trend but they did a good job on this one the appeal is Lacey it goes down smooth has a smooth mouthfeel with hints of coffee I think this is probably the best at this brewery is ever going to put out I was amazed but how well this was done I thought this was just going to be whatever pick up but it does interest me to try what else they have besides that mainstream Aal they pump out that they're known for. Good job separo cheers

Oct 30, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz can brewed in Vietnam. Black with a half inch of dark brown head. Faint roasted malt smell. Medium body and creamy feel. Roasted malt flavors with some vanilla notes. Pretty good, reminds me of the lighter Irish stouts.

Oct 24, 2020
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johnreggie from New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant surprise here! 22oz can grab at the local Supermarket at $3.49. Pours super dark brown, lots of lingering lacing, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Rich malty flavor with a slightly dry finish. Very much like classic English nut brown ale.

Sep 18, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Extremely dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of khaki head with good retention.

Smell: Light roasted malt, mild citrus.

Taste: Mild toasted malt, like a “diet porter.” Very low earthy hop flavor with virtually no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, with mild carbonation.

Overall: A mild, pleasant beer without anything really standing out.

Sep 13, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised at how tasty this beer was. I usually hate Japanese rice beers but this one is totally different and very good. It has the appropriate malty taste and the finish is not bad at all. Try it!

Aug 16, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at wasabi sushi in san antonio. Where have you been my whole life? This is the new sushi bar supreme king of beers. This is the beginning of a paradigm shift in sushi bar thinking, and probably the start of a worldwide revolution in rice-fish relations.

Poured pretty black, almost like a porter, with a one finger head that lasted a bit and lingered with a nice top sheen.

The taste is most excellently paired with a good sushi roll. Slightly smoky and a little thick, but still nice and lagery.

Overall, this beer facilitates the transformation of a merely fantastic sushi dinner to a grandiose one, and facilitates the upward trajectory of dinner from earthly to heavenly.

Jul 18, 2020
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jesthu from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Not opaque, dark brown. Close to opaque though. Poor head retention but nice off-white color.

Smell - Roasted aroma comes through decently.

Taste/Feel - Roast flavors obviously, bit of bread crust sweetness, slight acidity on the palette.

Overall - I was very surprised by this. I'm not impressed by Sapporo's other beers, they're okay but you can get equivalent quality or better other places. This one stands out and is actually quite a solid beer that features roasted malt.

Would recommend this to anyone who likes porters, schwarzbier, or any other relatively light beer with a preference for darkness and maybe a bit of roasted flavors.

Jul 11, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark cola brown color with a huge head of tan colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a caramel and brown sugar smell mixed with some notes of chocolate and a bit of roasted malt.
Taste- The taste begins with a lightly roasted and toasted malt flavor that has a decent showing of brown sugar and caramel. As the taste advances a touch of chocolate and some vanilla come to the tongue, sweetening the taste a bit more. At the very end there is just a bit of earth and char, that with the rest leave a lightly sweetened and roasted taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Overall, for the mix of flavors and the abv. the feel is pretty decent, accentuating the dark tastes all while keeping it easy drinking.
Overall – A decent dark brew overall. Easy drinking with a good flavor.

Jul 03, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint from the can.

Appearance: Thin dark brown to black color, light tan head.

Smell: light malts with hint of floral.

Taste: smooth bitter beer with hops and touch of rice. Malty but smooth.

Mouth: medium bubbles with a semi full body.

Overall: good brew. Hit the spot.

Jul 27, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. can with the marking: H1518H-1345FL on the bottom. Sampled on June 2, 2019.

Very attractive looking mahogany, sepia brown color with a moderate, then fading, tan head. Inviting.

Abundant aroma of sweet roasted malts. molasses, char, and a vague backdrop of floral hops.

Light to medium body that is still smooth.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests but even more so. I think that's what brought me down a little. There was a modest feint floral, dry hop finale. Easy to drink overall.

Jun 02, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz / 605ml steel can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked it up at the asian market for about $3 or so. No discernible date other than some cryptic characters printed on bottom.

Appearance - Pours massive light brown head with "clear" ruby black body that's so dark it's actually opaque. Decent retention and very patchy, very irregular lacing with good stick. 4

Smell - Soy sauce. Fish. Dark and roasted malt. After rating this I read the label and it literally says "roasted dark malts" so I guess that definitely rings true. 3.5

Taste - Soy sauce. Oyster. Very weird to have oyster. Maybe it's shell filtered? 3

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Mostly round but has some astringency. 3

Overall - Enjoyable. Has strange characteristics, but they're not actually bad. Just not to my liking. Usually when I experience characters like this it's a lot more harsh and undrinkable. This time it's actually pretty rounded and smooth but still offputting in a drinkable way. 3

May 25, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single 22oz can Don Quijote $1.88
Brewed in Vietnam. Will update if I get a Japan brewed one
Smell of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light roasted malt flavors, cola taste
Overall an ok beer. Flavors is not as strong as the color would have you believe.

Apr 14, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN courtesy of BlakeLive784:

Baked brown bread, pumpernickel, scintillae of roasted barley. Balanced if a bit simplistic and shallow.


Dec 24, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy head that dies a slow death and very dark ruby brown. Aroma is low on roast, slight dark dried fruit but has a very slight sweet chemical smell like low VOC water based paint. Flavor is clean, malty and not really strong: low roast and low bitterness typical of the style. Mouthfeel is light medium and CO2 is moderate. Feels a bit like soda pop. Overall, a typical dark non-German european lager.

Oct 07, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at Katsu-Hama, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color and appears close to being black when viewed from afar, except for a glimmer or red visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet, dark malts and coffee are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, the sweetness fades away and is replaced by hints of toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of coffee and hints of chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness and no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate (and faintly watery) with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pretty good beer for the style—it’s almost like a lighter version of a stout.

Serving type: can

Feb 24, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious beer, with a dark body that is still lets some light through, moderate head, minor lacing. The nose is roasted malt, and the flavor offers chocolate and bread overtones, a bitter bite that suggests tea. The feel is light on the tongue, easily drinkable, and without any trail. Delicious.

Nov 02, 2017
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pro45 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce can picked up at my local grocer. No date on can. Pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, walnuts. Taste follows the nose. The malts are not burnt or sour, just roasted perfectly. Light to medium mouthfeel with a creamy feel even though you can pick up on the carbonation as well. Very refreshing. There is also a very faint hop presence. This is probably the best Schwarzbier I've had. I'm going to gobble up all the remaining cans tomorrow.

Oct 23, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

He often refers to me as "The CANmander of The CANQuest (tm)" or variations on that theme, but my local, in-person trader, tone77, is no slouch in the CANned beer department, either. This was out of one of his drop-offs & with tomorrow's pending solar eclipse, I am making this my first entry in Happy Preparation for Tomorrow's Solar Eclipse New Beer Sunday (Week 652)!

From the massive 22-fl. oz./650-ml. CAN: "A perfectly balanced blend of roasted dark malts with refined hop bitterness. This is one bold lager with an uncommonly smooth finish."

These heavy-duty CANs always seem to fight me on the Crack! & this one was no exception. I always fear snapping off the tab, but somehow, it finally gives & the vent opens like a miracle. As to the Glug, it had to be as gentle as possible so as not to have a messy spill to clean up afterwards. This still resulted in the creation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), unCANpromising in its stygian depth. I think that I saw Cthulhu & The Kraken undulating in there! OMFG. Nose had a roasty, lightly-smoky quality with notes of coffee, chocolate & dried dark fruits. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not exactly watery, but don't get your hopes too high. The taste was definitely roasty with a light smokiness, but I especially liked the melding of the chocolatiness & the dried dark fruits, reminiscent of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut CANdy bar. The relatively-low ABV made it quite drinkable & it was going down quick & fast. In fact, there was a good bit of lacing beginning to appear as a result. Finish was semi-dry, bordering on semi-sweet, but not sweet enough to rate hanging that tag on it. The roasty smokiness lingered well past the swallow, hence semi-dry, but there was also an inherent sweetness. I'll leave it to you to decide. YMMV.

Aug 20, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from can, poured to shaker pint. Mahogany liquid that is lighter around the edges where light comes through. A finger of off white foam floats atop. Lots of chocolate, coffee, char, roast notes woth an undercurrent of dark fruits. Grassy and floral hop presence.

Aug 19, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: bright dark brown in the glass blanket by a rich beige foam collar with a very fine bead and good retention

S: mild roast - nothing burnt or harsh - laced with chocolate, light coffee roast and a hint of fruit

T: expensive bittersweet chocolate taste gently seasoned by a fresh ground city roast coffee

F: very creamy, smooth and is medium bodied with medium, very fine soft carbonation

O: This is not a fizzy yellow incarnation of a black lager but rather a very drinkable interpretation of a Schwartzbier, well balanced and nicely executed.

Aug 16, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 8/8/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great hop/roast bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious schwarzbier style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nice well rounded and complex Munich/roasted malt profile; with just enough hops for balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Jul 01, 2017
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wattoclone from California

4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was very surprised with the quality of Sapporo Black. This is absolutely the most perfect schwarzbier I've had, including the original entries from Germany. I returned to the store to clean out the available stock. Extremely smooth, perfectly balanced dark lager with notes of coffee and chocolate. With this low ABV, I could drink this all day.

Jun 28, 2017
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CrashTestDummy from California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. No bitterness, smooth, caramel flavoring with touch of sweetness, not a lot of carbonation, on the lighter side in terms of weight. I wouldn't compare it to Guiness or any other stout because it is not a heavy beer. Definitely one of the better mainstream beers I have had recently.

Jun 15, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma and flavor is mild/medium roasted/dark malts, grainy in the middle, a hint of fruit and a mix of relatively light acidity and beery in the finish.

Apr 03, 2017
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bigbellysailor from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured mine from a 22 oz. can. Beautiful beer that looks like coffee or cola with a very nice frothy head. Smell is toasty and fruity. Taste is smoky and malty.

This beer is very easy to drink. Had mine ice cold and wished I had purchased two cans.

Nice mouth feel and it goes down smooth without a hint of bitterness you get from some dark beers.

Not bad at all. I will be drinking this one again.

Mar 25, 2017
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