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:
309
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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21
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51
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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Minkybut
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jscheuf
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of mcdsports
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of DioS
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SargeC
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JBogan
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Asahi Kuronama. This beer had a very "porter" like appearance. It poured out a dark brown with a 1" creamy tan head. The head dropped to a cap and then it was gone. No lacing.
The aroma was a very mild roasted malt. There was not much going on that I could pick out in the nose.
The taste was also mild, with a little roasted coffee bean and some slight chocolate flavors. No discernible hops. To my surprise the taste really came through in the finish with the roasted and chocolate flavors really opening up.
The beer had a creamy mouthfeel and was of a medium carbonation level.
This is an enjoyable beer, very mild and pleasant. If I had to pick a Japanese beer right now it would be this one.

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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

Asahi Black (Kuronama) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
3.54 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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