Suntory The Premium Malt’s: Premium Black Beer

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Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・プレミアム・モルツ<黒>
Brewer: Suntory
Release: Dec. 4, 2012
Type: Japanese Beer
Alcohol: 5.5%
Purchase Price: ¥2?? @Aeon

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Tasting Notes:
Suntory’s limited production Premium Black Beer from The Premium Malt’s brand was just re-released. This release is Suntory’s first The Premium Malt’s black beer brew since they reformulated The Premium Malt’s pilsner.

The Premium Malt’s Premium Black Beer has an unexpectedly light, malty flavor and aroma. It’s a bit sharp on the tip of the tongue, with a little sweetness, and not much bitterness on the backend.

This black lager’s light flavor will surprise diehard dark beer drinkers, but for the mainstream audience who wants to change it up occasionally you might enjoy the lightness. I for one would prefer just a little more bitterness, though.

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4 Responses to Suntory The Premium Malt’s: Premium Black Beer

  1. Della House says:

    While I do like dark beers, they’re not something I reach for everyday like some people. This Suntory Black was one I hadn’t seen in a while, so it screamed “BUY ME!” and I pulled the trigger. According to ratebeer.com this black is a Schwarzbier , and after tasting it Suntory The Premium Malt’s Black definitely fits the flavor profile. To me, it’s on the heavy side for a Japanese beer, but not overbearing in any way. Lots of cocoa and charcoal-ish flavors and aroma from the roasted malt, and just a hint of sweetness counteracts any bitterness you might expect.

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  3. Probably my biggest personal complain about Japanese dark lagers, lacking in the bitterness category. Still, I’ll go for a Premium Malt’s Black. It is a good beer.

    Side Note: This past weekend I had a Yubari Coal Mine Dark Lager and it had a decent hoppy kick to it. Nice!

    • DM says:

      I think as a general trend, a lot of the beers you’d expect to have more bitterness don’t have it. I see a lot of the limited beers are being brewed with a “lighter” flavor, so hopefully this trend stops. I don’t venture into the craft market much, but there are some awesome ones out there. Yubari Coal Mine sounds nice!

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