Asahi Black (Kuronama) | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)Asahi Black (Kuronama)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd
Japan
asahibeer.co.jp

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"a premium dark ale."

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
306
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
49
For Trade:
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Photo of jzlyo
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is roasted malts and mild grainy sweetness. The flavor is roasted/dark malts, mild grainy sweetness in the middle, mild fruit and a bit of acidity in the finish.

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Photo of Mtn
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying right now at Tau New Asian restaurant in Billings, Montana. For some reason I have not seen this for sale locally anywhere so this is the first I've seen it let alone tried it, though I have heard of it.

Very dim lighting in here, but from what I can tell, dark reddish brown ("black"), at least moderately clear. Weaker aroma, my bottle was opened for me when inreturned from restroom so perhaps that is why. Dark fruit or toffee and tartness, I suppose. Predominantly toffee flavor, some smokiness/roastiness, some fruit hardness but almost more so a musty sour suggestion from the malt that do not distract too much, weaker than what you would find in certain odd Scotch Ales and Vienna Lagers. Cleaner, drier finish than expected, but probably within style parameters. Surprisingly effervescent and light in body for what it is but it works well enough with everything else, equal parts fine tingles and velvet.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pokal. Ring of head gives way to bubbly lace, and then nothing. Cola black, ruby when held to light.

Malty nose, no hops.

Light smoked taste, almost hickory. Malts. A little nutty.

Watery and light mouth.

Has a little more personality than the usual Japanese imports. A modest, but drinkable dunkel. If a sushi bar has it, go for it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad.

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Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Cold_1
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MtOrion
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Photchkiss
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Meh. Looks almost as dark as a porter. Smells metallic. Tastes mostly bland. Probably better than the traditional Japanese lagers (that all taste like Budweiser), but nothing to get excited about. Probably won't order again.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
2.21/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the greatest, but good at Asian and sushi places. Wouldn't buy this for at home.

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Photo of BEER88
2/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
3.54 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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