Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sapporo Premium Black Beer

ChadPolenz (1802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2017

DOC: 3/16/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Medium malt presence, especially dark malt with slight confectionery overtones. Roasted malt is present akin to a black iced coffee aroma (nothing acrid or burnt). Faint herbal/spicy hops presence. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark [mahogany] brown with magenta/garnet blush. Large tan foam retains and laces well. Clear body. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light-moderate malt flavor with mild sweetness up front. There is a toasted bready presence in the background. Low earthy/spicy bitterness offers balance throughout the palette. As it finishes there’s a fairly assertive taste of coffee with cream and a roasted malt flavor on the aftertaste without astringency. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Texture is smooth and just the faintest bit watery. This could be served on nitro just as well. Plenty of flavor and easy to quaff at only 5% ABV. Versatile palette would pair well with a savory dinner or dessert. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely to-spec in all aspects. This beer could hold it own with authentic German examples. 9/10