I finally found a place that sells this in my town! Not just prefecture, but an actual grocery store in my little town in the center of Yamanashi. The Ito-Yokado shopping center’s grocery store sells Asahi’s Kuronama in the alcohol asile. I rarely ever shop there, especially for food so I can understand how I went for so long without noticing this. From now on I will have to do my shopping in multiple locations to get all the stuff I want. At least I don’t have to go far to get it!
So why am I so excited to have this particular beer? Well for one, I’ve had it many times before when I used to live in the US. I even had it once on tap. Kuronama is a black beer kind of like Guiness but less heavy. It comes in a really plain , boring looking can but looks can be very deceiving. It’s been about 5 or so years since I’ve drank this particular beer so I am kind of coming in with only the good memories that stuck with me.
Let’s open it up already and get to the important stuff... Kuronama pours with a nice, rich, chocolaty color and an inviting caramel head. It pours with a dark beer’s signature thickness that is sadly absent from Asahi’s Dry Black. Why did they even bother making that inferior stuff I will never know… It’s not viscous like a motor oil in how thick it is but if you’ve ever drank heavier dark beers, you’ll know what I mean. The smell is kind of sweet but not overpowering. Over all it has a very inviting look to it when poured into a glass.
But how does it taste? Incredible! It’s pretty much how I remember it and more. I may be a little more favorable to it since I am really into dark beers but it is still pretty good. It was especially a nice change of pace to get back onto a real beer after getting comfortable with Sapporo’s Mugitohop Kuro, which isn’t much of a slouch its self but it’s not real beer. It’s kind of funny how I don’t like Asahi’s flagship beer but I like their less known and unadvertised black beer. Go figure! So I am not completely biased against Asahi. Just Super Dry.
The only down side to this happy tale is that Kuronama isn’t cheap. I think I got my can for about 205 yen or something over 200 yen. Compared to the common Japanese beers like Kirin, Asahi, and regular Sapporo, Kuronama is about 20+ yen above the others putting it into Yebisu and Suntory Premium Malts territory. Despite carrying such a high price, I had no second thoughts buying it for this review even in the future when I crave another. I wish it was competitively priced with other regular brands in Japan but at least it’s now an option for me.
So now I know where to get my dark beer fix and I don’t have to go to Tokyo or another large metropolitan area to get it. I am super excited! Can’t you tell?