Asahi Black. A somewhat arcane beer that I’d seen a few times when reading old, old beer books with titles like ‘The Worlds Greatest Beers’ or ‘Beer: An Aficionado’s Guide’ and usually written by Jackson or Protz circa 1990. I don’t mind Asahi, as It goes, as long it’s it’s colder than cold and there’s something suitably fiery food-wise that’s it’s dousing down. But Black? Never had it.
Not until Foley’s Dean alerted me to the Leeds branch of Gerry’s, a pretty good wine and whiskey merchant that’s opened up in Leeds. Aside from Wine and Whiskey, they have a decent beer range – so drop by if you want to buy some decent beer in Leeds City Centre.
Anyway – back to the beer. Asahi Black. Looked great in the fridge, with that cool gold label, and it somehow fits this weather, being all lager-y but also a bit roasty. And…well, that’s about it. With a tawny head and a great red streak coming through the glass it if you hold it the light, there’s a slight hint of Liquorice on the nose. There’s not much body to speak of, just that dry Asahi sort of graininess. The finish has a little bitter chocolate, and a weird lactic creaminess to finish. It doesn’t taste 5%, but you wouldn’t want loads of the stuff.
Would I try it again? Probably, yeah, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to. Still, that’s another one from the vaults that I can ‘tick’ off.
Gerry’s is just next to North Bar; and if you don’t know where that is, you shouldn’t be reading this blog!