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European Dark Lager
Ranked #43
Ranked #38,776
3.63 | pDev: 12.4%
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.


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Photo of BrewAskew
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Tsar_Riga
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 +19.6%
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 woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +23.7%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of wattoclone
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

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Photo of CrashTestDummy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of bigbellysailor
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 22 oz (650 ml) can into a conical pint glass; code D1418G, which translates to April (D) 14, 2018.
A: Pours a deep, mahogany brown color with red-brown highlights and excellent head formation leaving a greater than one inch, foamy light beige head, solid retention, albeit limited lacing.
S: Tangy nose with aromas of mocha, biscuit, and molasses strongly in evidence initially, although less so as it warms.
T: Semisweet with cocoa, toffee, and molasses flavors. Bitterness very nicely in evidence despite sweetness overall.
M: Light bodied with very robust effervescence. Very satisfying creaminess to which the ongoing carbonation contributes substantially.
O: Sapporo Black is a very well constructed and executed dark lager. Really a treat.

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Photo of mynie
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had seen this beer several times before and been leery of it, just because of the brand name. After being pleasantly surprised by Sapporo Reserve, however, I decided to drop 3.50 on a 22 ounce can of their Black.

A slow pour is still very fizzy with a too-voluminous head. After a few minutes, the brown-white head is smaller, but still quite large and rocky, and the base of the beer is a pleasant, very dark brown.

Smells fruity and toasty, similar to a fuller-strength English mild. Very little by hay of hops, and while the malt profile is pleasant it's not really active enough to keep me interested.

Tastes malty, with fruit up front, toastiness in the middle, and a lively end of fruit, nuts, and cereal. The finish is the best part, but it's still not complex enough to bring this beer above "Average" status.

Pretty solid, and not a bad purchase for the price. Still, I doubt I'll revisit it anytime soon.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local Japanese grocery store. Comes in a cool tall boy can, pours a dark Ruby with a lite Mocha head. Aroma is iced coffee, some chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is very similar to a black lager or Schwarzbier, refreshing on the palate with notes of roasted grain, cola, dark chocolate.

This is a worthy session beer to consider if you can find it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sapporo Breweries "Sapporo Black"
22 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating; brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
$3.99 @ Total Wine & more, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Clear mahogany brown body beneath a creamy tan head. Head retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Dark malt with some caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste: Surprisingly chocolatey, with a firm caramel character and just an edge of roastiness. No dark malt acidity. No hop flavors appear. Firmly bitter. Remarkably well-balanced. Well polished. Dry finish with short lingering chocolate and subtle roastiness.

Feel: Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation that lends a caress to the palate before becoming quite smooth.

Overall: Superbly refined and balanced, offering a good deal of flavor with multiple notes while remaining lively (not heavy), smooth, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours out a light transluscent dark cola color with a vigorous head that fades to a thin ring around the edges with no webbing to speak of. Smell is roasty almost coffee like with a sweet backbone. Taste was much better when it was colder and gets a bit dull as it warms up. Initially you got roast, coffee and even a hint of chocolate. The feel on the beer is kind of light and on the low side of effervescence. Overall I must say I was rather impressed by this beer. I was expecting utter crap but got something decent and dare I say even good. Not special by any means but truly enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark, cola brown with a near two-finger width, khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing with just a few small spots.

Smell - Mild roasty malts, eliciting thoughts of light chocolate, some smoke, faint hay and grassiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild flavor that hits on light chocolate sweetness, a touch of smoke behind it and a sturdy caramel base laying beneath. Mild grassy hops hit mid-taste and adds some balance to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy texture makes this an easy drinker.

Overall - I didn't expect much, but I actually found this to be a fairly good euro dark lager. Kicks the hell out of Guinness Lager, that's for sure. It's not gonna kick you in the teeth with flavor, but there's enough strength and intricacy here to keep my attention, sip after sip.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, smokiness. Taste is roasted malts, breadiness, some smoke, easy drinking. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Canada. 650 ml can.

A very dark brown..reddish highlights pour. Nice head of tannish foam.

Smells of roasted malt, grain and some hops?

Light roasted malt flavour, dark chocolate, which I would suggest brings the bitter notes to the table. There are some sweet chocolate/caramel tastes as well.

Decent body with adequate carbonation.

Not bad.

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Sapporo Premium Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 70 ratings