Sapporo Premium Black Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zaktcc on 12-12-2014

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Ranking:
#30,171
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
52
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewAskew
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tippington
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RLancaster
2.27/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Callednumbers
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sexmortus
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of ChrisMartinez
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonmbell
4.9/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of craigbelly
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of pro45
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of holder1422
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 52 ratings