Japanese Name: サントリー 金麦〈黒のひととき〉
Release: Dec. 1, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
Recently released in the Kinmugi line, Kuro no Hitotoki from Suntory offers a black lager type brew at half the cost of the dark beers on the shelf. This brew uses rye and caramel malts along with long maturation for a full, rich flavor.
Kuro no Hitotoki pours out a dark black in the glass, as the name states. It has a very malty nose with acidic coffee-like notes. The front end is very rich and flavorful, roasted malt and a nice amount of depth. The flavor carries across the mouth and down the throat leaving a smooth bitterness that hangs around in the throat. Hints of roasted peanuts come through in the end.
For a black lager type new genre brew, Kuro no Hitotoki is very good. It might even rival some of the black beers on the market that go for twice the price. I loved the roasted flavors and the malty depth that has been nuanced into this low malt brew. If you like to drink the dark lagers, give Kuro no Hitotoki a try.