Japanese Name: アサヒスーパードライ -ドライブラック-
Release: Apr. 3, 2012
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥?? @Sankus
Amidst the wall of new genre offerings lining the store shelves, is a true Japanese beer according to Japanese law. This black lager from Asahi Super Dry is dubbed “Dry Black” and they’ve got Texas Ranger sensation Yu Dalvish pitching this bad boy in a black leather jacket here in Japan.
Pop the top and pour it into the glass, and you have the dark goodness you’ve been waiting for. There’s not much on the nose; blind folded, you might not even think it was beer. My first gulp, was very smooth going down the hatch with a little tartness on the cheeks, and it has a very similar taste to Asahi Super Dry. Or, should I say, Asahi Super Dry stripped of its malty beer flavor.
Don’t get me wrong, it does not taste bad at all. But let’s think about why you’d want to drink a dark beer in the first place. Unless you’re drinking them all the time, the normal beer drinker is looking for a change of pace. For me, I’d like some different flavors, something more rich, nutty, chocolatey, and full bodied. Asahi has brewed a dark beer, then through some form of witchery, taken out all the things that embody a dark beer, and leave you with a less than super, dry version of a black lager. Richness… gone, nutty, chocolatey, coffee-ish flavors… gone, all you’re left with is a dark beer that tastes like a normal beer. I just don’t see the point in that.
If you’ve got an opposing argument, leave a comment. I personally will not be buying another can.