Monthly Archives: July 2011

Meantime Yakima Red

 

  • Brewery: Meantime
  • Country: England
  • Style: Amber Ale
  • ABV: 4%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket, 4.20€
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    Today it’s time for Meantime’s Yakima Red, an Amber Ale hopped with 5 hop varieties from the Yakima Valley, USA. I have no idea what these hop varieties are, but I assume they are American in style and probably includes some C hops. The label is artsy, with silhouettes of hops vines, making me guess this will probably be a hop centered beer.

    [easyreview title=”Meantime Yakima Red” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a deep amber color, and is clear (the beer is unpasteurized though), and has a thin white head, that collapses leaving no lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”3.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is quite light, but contains fruity and floral hops tones, as well as some sweetness.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The flavour is mostly fruity hops with tones of grass and citrus, together with a slight caramelly and maltiness, and a surprisingly bitter and dry finish. Even though this is an amber ale, there isn’t much malt, caramel and biscuits available in the flavour, and I would certainly like a fuller body, but considering the low ABV the light and dry finish is understandable. The beer is unbalanced, with not enough focus on the amber, and too much focus on the hops and bitterness.” cat3rating=”3″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a quite light body and a moderate-high carbonation level, making it a bit tough to drink, especially with the sharp finish.” cat4rating=”2.5″ summary=”It’s too bad that a beer focusing this much on hops turns out to be a disappointment. This beer suffers from the same syndromes that many other low ABV hop-driven beers suffer from, and that is a dry and bitter finish, that overtake that hop flavours and maltiness, that should stand in front.”]

    SOPP Helsinki 2011 – Suuret Oluet – Pienet Panimot

    Yesterday I paid a visit to the Suuret Oluet – Pienet Panimot (Big Beers – Small Breweries) festival at Rautatientori. This 3-day event (28-30.07)  is a chance for Finnish microbreweries to exhibit and advertise their products, and consequently beer lovers to taste new brews. The event is free if you enter before 18:00, after that entrance is 5 euros. You also get to buy a deposit glass for 2 euros, in which all beer is served, and when you leave you can either return the glass and get back your 2 euro deposit or take it home as a memory. There is a glass rinsing station available, if you wish to give your glass a rinse between beers. All in all there are 14 microbreweries (one Estonian) at the event, offering a total of 81 beers (you can find the whole list by clicking here). Prices varied between 3 and 4 euros for a 20 cl portion (bigger portions were also available, but if you want to try out many different beers I recommend the smaller ones). The following microbreweries could be found at the event:

    • Hollolan Hirvi, Hollola
    • Koskipanimo / Panimoravintola Plevna, Tampere
    • Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas, Laitila
    • Lakeuden Panimo / Mallaskoski, Seinäjoki
    • Lammin Sahti, Hämeenlinna
    • Malmgårdin Panimo, Loviisa
    • Nokian Panimo, Nokia
    • Panimoravintola Beer Hunter´s, Pori
    • Saimaan Juomatehdas, Mikkeli
    • Stadin Panimo, Helsinki
    • Suomenlinnan Panimo, Helsinki
    • Teerenpeli Yhtiöt, Lahti ja Helsinki
    • Vakka-Suomen Panimo, Uusikaupunki
    • Taako / Pihtlan Olut, Saarenmaa, Estonia

     

    I had time for a short visit yesterday, and was planning on tasting the following 6 beers:

    • Beer Hunter’s CCCCC IPA
    • Beer Hunter’s Nasty Suicide Imperial Stout
    • Hollolan Ameriikan Hirvi APA
    • Malmgård Arctic Circle Ale
    • Plevnan Siperia Imperial Stout
    • Stadin Panimo Vintage Ale 2005 Barley Wine

     

    I was able to test all of them except Malmgård’s Arctic Circle Ale. I unfortunately have no pictures from the visit, but I’ll post some short taste notes below:

    Beer Hunter’s CCCCC IPA

    This American IPA is brewed with five C hops, i.e. Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook and Columbus, and has an ABV of 7%. The beer has an amber color, with a minimal head that quickly collapses leaving almost no lacing along the glass. The aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruits, and it is clear that this beer is hop-centered. The flavour contains some tones of caramel, but is quickly overtaken by tones of citrus, mango, pineapple, and resin, and ends with a (slight) bitter finish. Quite well balanced, with nothing overpowering, but I felt the body was a little light, and it somehow seemed as if the beer had been watered down. The carbonation level was also on the low side. A good attempt on an American IPA, but it seemed as if something was missing from it. Score: around 3.5

    Beer Hunter’s Nasty Suicide Imperial Stout

    This Imperial Stout was one of the new releases at the event. I have no further information on this beer other than it contains muscovado sugar, honey, has an ABV of 12%, and is supposedly ‘Belgian-styled’. The beer poured with a very dark brown/black color, and a minimal cream head. The aroma was sweet, with tones of raisins and roasted malts. The flavour was quite sweet and similar to the aroma and contained tones of roasted malts, licorice, raisins, and fruits. Could find much hoppiness in the beer, and bitterness was low as well. The high alcohol level was very well hid behind the sweetness. I felt this beer was a little too sweet for my taste, and would rather have had some bitterness and slight hoppy tones instead of the rich and fruity tones. The body was quite full and the carbonation level was low. Did not really enjoy this one, was a bit too sweet and ‘Belgian’ for my liking. I would have prefered a more bitter finish. Score: around 3.0

    Hollolan Ameriikan Hirvi APA

    This American Pale Ale by Hollolan Hirvi has been brewed using pilsener, münchener and dark caramel malts, and hopped with Tettnanger, Magnum and Tomahawk (dry hops), to an ABV of 5.3% and an IBU of 51. The beer poured a clear amber color, with a thin white head. The aroma was sweet, resiny, citrusy and aggressive, with the Tomahawk (a.k.a. Columbus or Zeus) tones dominating. The flavour is also hop dominated with citrusy and resiny tones upfront, and some maltiness in the background. The flavour ends in a slightly bitter finish. This beer also seemed watered down, and I felt it had a bit too light body. The carbonation level was also on the low side, but overall this was a very drinkable APA, with some delicious and aggressive hop tones from the Tomahawk.  Score: around 3.0-3.5

    Plevnan Siperia Imperial Stout

    This Imperial Stout by Panimoravintola Plevna was definitely my favorite of the day. This has been hopped to an IBU of 100 with Tomahawk, Mount-hood, Simcoe and Vanguard, has a EBC of 300 (meaning its pretty damn dark), and an ABV of 8%. The beer was originally brewed for Olutravintola Pikkulintu’s 5 year anniversary. The beer poured pitch black, with a tan head, that left some lacing on the glass. The aroma contained tones of vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and hops. The flavour was full of roasted tones, featuring coffee, chocolate, licorice, as well as some bitter, citrusy and resiny tones from the massive hoppiness. The beer was very well balanced, and no particular flavour element dominates. The body was full and smooth, while the carbonation level was quite low. A very drinkable and tasty Imperial Stout, that definitely was my favorite of the day. This is also the only beer I tested that is available from Alko as well. You can (only) buy it from the Arkadia Alko for 18.21€.  Score: around 4.0-4.5

    Stadin Panimo Vintage Ale 2005

    This Barley Wine from Stadin Panimo was the least favorite of the day, and the only one I was close to pouring out. Since I haven’t tried many other (aged) Barley Wines I can’t tell how well this beer fits the style, but I at least didn’t like it. I have no information about this beer, other that it was brewed in 2005, is described by the brewery as a Madeira-like Barley Wine, and has an ABV of 11%. The beer poured a murky amber-brown color, with an almost non-existing head. The aroma is sweet, and has tones of raisins, plums and alcohol. The flavour is pretty much equivalent to the aroma, and is very sweet and caramelly, together with tones of raisins, plums, madeira, and alcohol. The beer was way too sweet for my liking, and the fruity and rich tones put me off. This definitely not a session beer, and body was full, and the carbonation level was low. This might have worked better sitting by the fireplace a cold and stormy winter night, but here in the warm summer under the scorching sun, it was a real challenge to finish the beer. The keg is unfortunately empty so there is no possibility to taste it anymore for those interested. Score: around 2.0-2.5

     

    All in all it was a great experience, and there are some beers I still want to try, so might have to make a trip to Rautantientori today 🙂

    Around the World in 1 day

    Last Saturday my girlfriend had organized an ‘Around the World’-themed date for me. The day included trips to a lot of bars, and I was to have a ‘local’ beer in each one. The day began with some breakfast in France at home, and after that the first stop was Belge, a Belgian-styled bar. Here I had a Poperings Hommelbier (from tap; Beer Advocate; Ratebeer), while my girlfriend had a Lindemans Cassis (bottle; Beer Advocate; Ratebeer). The Hommelbier was OK, with both fruity hop tones and spicy Belgian yeast tones, but it is not amongst my favorites. Belge is a cozy place, but a little on the expensive side. They have a (average) selection of Belgian beers on bottle and tap. We also had a waffle there that was tasty, though service was a little slow (we were one of the only customers in the bar, and it took them almost 30 minutes to prepare the waffle).

     

    Lindemans Cassis to the left and Poperings Hommelbier to the right

     

    After Belge, we travelled to (Bierhuis) Rotterdam, where I had a Dutch beer: Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale (bottle; Beer Advocate; Ratebeer). I was thinking about having a La Trappe, but since I knew it would be a long day and many beers I opted for the lower ABV beers in the first bars. My girlfriend a Magners Pear Cider, since she didn’t really find any beers she liked. The brown ale was also OK, with a taste that was malty, caramelly and slightly chocolately and roasty. Some Belgian yeast tones were detectable as well. It didn’t fit so well with the warm weather though. The label on the bottle featured a painting from “Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch. Rotterdam has a nice selection, a cozy interior, and great location, which makes it worth a visit (if you can fit in).

     

    Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale in the front, Magners Pear Cider in the back.

     

    After Holland it was time to travel to Italy. This time it wasn’t a bar, but we went to Cafe Java to have an espresso and ice latte. With some caffeine in the body we traveled to Africa, and went to Kiasma, where they had an African art exhibition. After some interesting art, we had lunch in Japan (Daruma Sushi in Kamppi). They had some tasty and reasonably priced sushi, so I can recommend the place! It is a little hidden in Kamppi, but worth the search. After Japan we traveled to China and with Nomads, when we visited Kulttuurien museo in Tennispalatsi. They had two exhibitions Värimatka Kiinaan (Colorful Travels in China) and Liikkuva Koti (Movable Home). The visit was free, and certainly interesting. After China it was time for another beer, so we traveled to nearby Australia, which meant a visit to Aussie Bar of course. Here I had a Coopers Sparkling Ale (bottle; Beer Advocate; Ratebeer). This is an Australian Pale/Golden Ale, featuring some honey and fruit tones in the aroma and flavour. Unfortunately I don’t recall anymore details on the beer (this was not because I was drunk, just because this beer wasn’t anything special). It was a good thirst quencher in the heat though.

     

    Coopers Sparkling Ale

     

    After Australia, it was time for a trip over the Pacific Ocean to the United States. It was a long visit in this country, as we first went to Chico’s, where we had some snacks and I had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo (you can read a review here). After this we went to William K Tennispalatsi, where I had a Victory HopDevil (taste notes here) and we played Kimble while waiting for our US comedy (Bad Teacher) to start at Finnkino Tennispalatsi.

     

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Victory HopDevil

     

    After the movie, we headed towards Spain and Bar Celona to have some Tapas, Cava and San Miguel. The beer was unfortunately, as I remembered, a quite typical and tasteless bulk-lager. Then it was time for the final destination of the journey: Siberia/North Pole/Some goddamn cold place. We ended the day with a visit to Arctic Icebar, a bar made out of ice and with an interior temperature of -5 degrees C. They had a very limited cocktail range, and it was expensive, but it certainly was a fantastic experience and a perfect end to a great ‘trip around the world’ here in Helsinki. I had a Screwdriver and a shot of Minttu Black (they had no beer, and only Absolut products), which helped warm the body up in the cold bar.

     

     

    Icebar

     

    Thanks to Pia for arranging this fantastic day!

    Mikkeller Green Gold

     

  • Brewery: Mikkeller (Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 7%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Alko (Arkadia), 5.38€
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    Today it’s time for an India Pale Ale from the Danish craftbrewers Mikkeller, that should be packed with hoppy goodness. Green Gold is made from Pilsner, Munich, and Caramunich malt, Flaked Oats, and is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade. Sounds delicious! There are no notes on the bottle when the contents was brewed, but it is batch number 201128 (maybe 28th batch 2011?) and the best before date is 22/06/2013, so hopefully it should be quite fresh. Let’s see how it does!

    [easyreview title=”Mikkeller Green Gold” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a deep amber color, is slighty hazy (the beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned), and has a fluffy, cream colored, couple centimeter thick head, that collapses leaving some nice lacing along the glass. Really nice appearance.” cat1rating=”4.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is a nice balance between resiny and citrusy hop tones, lending hints of pine and grapefruit, and a caramelly maltiness.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”There is a slight initial maltiness, with tones of biscuits and caramel, but it quickly becomes clear that this beer is all about hops, as resiny, piney, citrusy and grassy hop flavours take over in the mouth. The flavour ends with a quite sharp, but nice, bitterness on the tongue. Well balanced, but could maybe have had a slightly less dry finish.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a smooth medium body and a moderate carbonation level, making it quite easy to drink, despite the sharp bitterness.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”Overall a very good American IPA by the Danish brewers, that is packed with a lot of hop flavour and bitterness, but is still backed up by a nice malt backbone. Mikkeller continue to impress me (even though Not Just Another Wit wasn’t any spectacular) and will definitely continue to try out their beers whenever I have a chance. Luckily I have another bottle in the fridge, and might even have to take another trip to the Arkadia Alko before they run out. I recommend this one!”]

    Stadin Panimo Bismarck Imperial Pilsner

     

  • Brewery: Stadin Panimo
  • Country: Finland
  • Style: Imperial Pilsner
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Alko (Arkadia), 5.98€
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    Here is another one from Stadin Panimo. This beer was just released in the Arkadia Alko and is an Imperial Pilsner hopped with German Noble Hops to an IBU of 40 IBU. Batch 368. This beer seems to have had a recipe change, as it was previously 80 IBU.

    [easyreview title=”Stadin Panimo Bismarck” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a deep golden-amber color, and is slighty hazy (the beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned), with an almost minimal white head.” cat1rating=”3″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a malty aroma, with hints of biscuits and caramel. There are some fruity tones (peach) present as well.” cat2rating=”3″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The flavour is sweet and is dominated by malt (biscuits and caramel). There are also fruity tones present, with hints of peach, plums, and spices. The bitterness of the beer is not very detectable, and the flavour ends with a more sweet than bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden quite well, but is just detectable. Overall the beer flavour is balanced towards the malt spectrum.” cat3rating=”3″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is medium full, with a slight oily texture, and the beer has a low carbonation level. The beer is a little on the sweet side, and not very refreshing, especially now in the hot summer weather.” cat4rating=”2.5″ summary=”Was disappointed with this one, as I expected a bit more bitterness and hop flavour, and less of a malt-centered beer. Probably would of liked this a bit more on a colder day, which would pair up with the sweet and malty flavour better. I got to admit that when I drank the beer it was a bit too warm, so I might have liked it better as well if the temperature of the beer was colder. A moderate beer by this Finnish microbrewery, that I unfortunately won’t be buying again. A little on the expensive side, and a bit too sweet for my taste.”]

    Homebrew: Tasting the Centennial Blonde

    The Centennial Blonde has been a week in the keg now, and I tried it out. It is light, refreshing, and has a pleasant hop aroma to it. Perfect beer to drink a hot summer day. I also put the West Coast IPA in a keg, after it had been dry hopped for a week, and its gravity had fallen to 1.008 (7 brix, from 14.8 brix). Hopefully the IPA won’t be too dry, but we will see in a week. If it is a bit too dry I plan on adding a slight amount of maltodextrin and lactose (maybe 100-150g of each).

    Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit

  • Brewery: Mikkeller
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: (Imperial) Witbier
  • ABV: 7.6%
  • Size: 750 ml
  • Bought from: Alko, 10.99€
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    This is Mikkeller’s attempt at a ‘more extreme’ witbier, with more hops and spices than usual. This is brewed at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium), is hopped with Goldings, Amarillo, Saaz and Cascade, and spiced with coriander and orange peel.

    [easyreview title=”Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a yellow-golden color, and is hazy. The beer has a slight white colored head, that leaves some traces of lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”3.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer’s aroma is dominated by spicy belgian-style yeast and citrus (orange and grapefruits) tones.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The flavour begins with some light sweetness, and is then joined by the spicy tones already encountered in the aroma. There are hints of coriander, cloves, orange, lemon and grapefruit. The taste ends with a slight bitter aftertaste, a quite dry finish and a tiny presence of alcohol. An interesting witbier, but nothing very overwhelming.” cat3rating=”3.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer is smooth, with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation level. The drinkability is good, and the beer is quite well balanced.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”A better-than-average witbier, with some nice strong flavours. I find the beer a bit too expensive to really recommend it, but it is worth a taste. A refreshing beer to have in the warm weather. I didn’t find the ‘extra’ hoppiness too dominant, but there are definitely hop tones present.”]

    Brewdog Hardcore IPA

  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 9.2%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 2.89€
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    Brewdog’s Hardcore IPA has also (as their Punk IPA) recently had its recipe updated. The new version has an ABV of 9.2%, and is hopped with Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe to give a massive IBU of 150. The malts used in the mash are Maris Otter, Crystal, and Caramalt. This should be an awesome beer for a hop lover like me!

    [easyreview title=”Brewdog Hardcore IPA” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has an amber (translucent) color, with an almost non-existing cream colored head, that leaves some traces of lacing along the glass. The texture seems slightly oily.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer’s aroma is full of resin, citrus, and spice, and you can tell from it that this beer is full-packed with hops. There is also some caramel present in the aroma.” cat2rating=”4.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The first flavours that hit the tongue are sweet, caramelly, and biscuity, but there are quickly overtaken by a hop explosion, lending tones of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, resin and spices, that leave a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. The beer is very well balanced, with an almost barleywine maltiness, balancing out the hoppiness, high bitterness, and alcohol level very well.” cat3rating=”4.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer is smooth and oily, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation level. The drinkability is good, and the beer is well balanced.” cat4rating=”4″ cat5title=”Summary” cat5detail=”A fantastic beer, full of hop flavour and aroma, well balanced in a malty and bitter beer. The Hardcore IPA will be available in Alko next week, so you should all pay a visit and have a taste, I definitely recommend it. One of my absolute favorites!” cat5rating=”4.5″ overall=”false”]

    Huvila Black Door H.O.D.A.

  • Brewery: Malmgårdin Panimo
  • Country: Finland
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 3.9%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket, 4.25€
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    This is Huvila’s Hop Overdose Ale (H.O.D.A.) that they brewed for Blackdoor, a beer pub in Helsinki. This India Pale Ale, or probably better classified as a strongly hopped golden ale, is hopped with First Gold, Tomahawk and Styrian Golding, and boasts an IBU of 100. I’m a little afraid the bitterness will be too overpowering, since this a ‘milk shop’ (i.e. under 4.7%) beer. But lets see how it does.

    [easyreview title=”Huvila Black Door H.O.D.A.” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The color is golden, with just a hint of amber, and the beer is slightly hazy. When pouring a low white head is formed, that quickly collapses, leaving almost no lacing on the glass.” cat1rating=”3″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is full of floral and fruity (slight citrus and pineapple) hop tones, with some slight maltiness in the background. Nothing special in the aroma department, as the beer has a quite light, but pleasant aroma.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”As you take a sip, you are almost immediately hit by a wave of massive bitterness, and as such the beer does exactly what it says on the bottle (‘If life feels bitter – then taste this’). There is not space for much else in the flavour department, but you get some hints of caramel and floral hops hidden behind the bitterness. This is, as expected, a quite unbalanced beer, with way too little maltiness and alcohol to mellow out the bitterness, but I still feel this is more pleasant than other similar attempts at low alcohol-super bitter IPAs (e.g. as the Mufloni Intianpässi).” cat3rating=”3″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a light body, with moderate carbonation, and together with the dry and bitter finish, this beer is a little harsh to drink. As mentioned earlier, this could really use more body, but then again the alcohol level rises, making impossible to sell it in grocery stores here in Finland.” cat4rating=”2.5″ summary=”An OK beer, that suffers from the same problems as similar attempts at a low alcohol-super bitter beer. Still, a brave attempt by Malmgårdin Panimo, to bring a beer like this out on the market. Would not drink again, but I enjoyed the experience of tasting one.”]

    Nøgne Ø #100

  • Brewery: Nøgne Ø
  • Country: Norway
  • Style: American Barleywine
  • ABV: 10%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: Alko, 7.71€
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    #100 was first brewed by Nøgne Ø as (and to celebrate) their 100th batch. It became so popular that it was rebrewed and rereleased as a commercial product. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter, wheat and chocolate malt, hopped to 80 IBU with Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops, and fermented with an English Ale yeast. My bottle was from batch 568, and was brewed 30.11.2010, so its around 7.5 months old.

    [easyreview title=”Nøgne Ø #100″ cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer pours with a dark brown color (not much light shining through), and seems a bit hazy, with a large cream-colored head, that collapses leaving some nice lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is dominated by citrusy (grapefruit) hops, but it is coupled with sweet tones of caramel and roasted chocolate.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The initial taste is sweet and malty, with tones of caramel, biscuits, and chocolate, while a roasted flavour quickly joins as well. The hops are hidden quite well in the dark and complex flavour combination supplied by the malt. There are though some hints of grapefruit, herbs and spices, that come through, and the beer leaves a pleasant bitterness (not at all bad for 80 IBU) on the tongue as the other flavours fade away. This is a very well balanced Barleywine, full of nice flavours, that aren’t overpowering.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a full body, with moderate-low carbonation. As mentioned, the beer is well balanced, and the bitterness and alcohol is hidden well in the rich malty flavours. A very drinkable beer.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”A very good beer, that though is (like other beers from the same brewery) a little on the expensive side. If your after a pleasant taste experience I can definitely recommend this beer.”]