This is the day of reckoning for Burger King Japan's Kuro Burger, otherwise known as that thing with the black cheese, dyed-black bun, and squid-ink-powered onion-garlic sauce that became the fast-food media sensation of the year. Alas, the hamburgers people have been served so far seem considerably less delicious-looking than the ones in ad, as seen here.
"This is black enough to be bored to death," this one says, of the all-black, entry-level "Kuro Pearl."
バーガーキングの黒バーガーパール。これはげんなりするほど黒い pic.twitter.com/xoZ58gd2RI— 船木屋紫一 (@Funakiya) September 19, 2014
And it just gets worse from there.
バーガーキングの黒バーガー。味はまぁ普通。 pic.twitter.com/hZpYjvUv9E— NYAGORO (@nyagoro2001) September 19, 2014
And here's a close up shot of my friend's black hamburger at Burger King in Osaka, Japan :3 pic.twitter.com/JJES5jn0ry— Kallisti (@Kallisti) September 19, 2014
I ate the burger. pic.twitter.com/0qH55ih1vc— Aaron Patterson (@tenderlove) September 19, 2014
The "Kuro Diamond," otherwise known as the same hamburger with all the fixins, doesn't look like it really worked out, either.
バーガーキングの黒バーガーダイヤモンド。闇のブラックダイヤとはこれだったのか！ pic.twitter.com/qpdUrRoyRZ— 船木屋紫一 (@Funakiya) September 19, 2014
As far as the taste goes, most reactions so far to the limited-edition burger have been planted more or less firmly on the good-to-not-bad spectrum, and there have been isolated reports of a mysterious "peppery" flavor. Mixed martial artist Urijah Faber says it tastes "like a school lunch," which isn't really an endorsement, but does sort of suggest these maybe could catch on in the U.S. after all.
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Related: Why Japanese People Aren’t Grossed Out by That Black Burger King Burger [Science of Us]