Japanese Name: ヱビス プレミアムブラック
Release: May. 22, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥205 @Aeon
Sapporo’s premium Yebisu brand has released a new dark beer to the masses. Let’s get right to the point, and see how Yebisu Premium Black stacks up.
As with all Yebisu beers, it is an all malt brew, roasted to impart color and flavor and giving the Premium Black name. It pours out a coffee brown, and along with the can is quite difficult to shoot with an iPhone in florescent light. The nose gives off a charred aroma that really opens up in the glass to a roasted malt. Sipping this Premium Black, you’ll notice it’s on the lighter side, but really packs a lot of flavor. For a dark beer, it sticks to the roasted malt side, there isn’t much of a coffee or chocolate flavor you might expect from a stout, for example. There’s a lot of bitterness and acidity, making me want to compare it to a Starbucks drip (without a coffee flavor).
In the end, I’m a little disappointed with Yebisu Premium Black. I think there is way too much acidity, and combined with the bitterness it’s very overpowering. I would like to taste just a bit more sweetness to round out the flavor. This is one beer you’ll need to pair off with food to appreciate.