Artezan Samiec Alfa 2016

Brewery: Browar Artezan
Country: Poland
ABV: 11.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperialny Stout leżakowane w beczkach po bourbonie (which translated from Polish means) Imperial Stout aged in boubon casks

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.46
My rating: 4.4

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with no head and very sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, bourbon and oak.
Taste: Chocolate, very roasty malts and coffee, toffee, sweet whiskey, oak barrel, with light smoke and coconut.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, velvety smooth. Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout that was extremely smooth and tastes great. Very well made!


Amager x 18th Street Lawrence Of Arabica

Brewery: Amager Bryghus x 18th Street Brewery
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7%
Style: American Porter
Other Notes: Malts – Pilsner, Roasted Barley, Caraaroma, Chocolate, Flaked Wheat, Wheat and Rye Crystal. Hops – Tomahawk and Citra

Brewer Description: (from bottle) One day we received an email from the Mikkeller HQ saying that they had an American gentleman coming to Copenhagen. The name of this gentleman was Mr. Drew Fox who not only happened to have his own brewery close to Chicago back home, but who also would love to come visit Amager Bryghus to brew a beer. That kind of proposal is simply impossible to turn down, so we found an open slot in our brewing schedule. For quite some time we had been curious about brewing a beer that had both coffee and orange zest, and since Drew has brewed several excellent coffee beers at his 18th Street Brewery we sat down to create Lawrence of Arabica, a Coffee Orange Porter. A mild and easygoing Porter, with an orange twist. We don’t hesitate to call Drew one of the kindest and friendliest dudes in the craft beer world, and we are honored to have made this beer with him.

My rating: 4
My rating: 3.96
My rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle, batch no. 1095 with a best before date of July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a one finger mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts with only subtle hints of orange peel.
Taste: Strong bitter coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts and a light herbal element with only hints of candied orange peel in the background.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy drinking Porter with good strong coffee flavours. The orange was perhaps a little light such that I probably would have missed it if it wasn’t written on the label. Still pretty good though.

Modern Times Devils’ Teeth

Brewery: Modern Times Beer
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: English Old Ale
Other Notes: Special Release. 60 IBUs. Imperial Stout with coffee added. Malts – Barley, Oats, Munich, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Black Barley, Aromatic Roast Barley, Flaked Barley and Biscuit Malt. Coffee – 75% Ethiopian Hambela and 25% Sumatra Mandheling

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Devil’s Teeth is a hybrid of an Old Ale and an Imperial Stout, two English beer styles designed to withstand long voyages and dark winters. It brings rich maltiness & robust roastiness in a thick, tongue-coating, aggressively flavorful package. To this chewy mix of old world beasts, we brought a massive dose of our house roasted Black House Blend coffee, a complimentary mix of blueberry-forward Ethiopian and chocolate-forward Sumatran coffee.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.05
My rating: 3.9

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a nice one fingered tanned head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dessert like, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses and coffee.
Taste: Lightly bitter coffee bean, sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, nearly burnt caramel with hints of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and light booze.
Overall: A self described hybrid Old Ale and Imperial Stout. At first I thought, definitely Imperial Stout, but the more I drank and as it warmed, it grew into an enjoyable Old Ale with its nice chocolate, caramel and dark fruit.


To Øl Fuck Art The Heathens Are Coming

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 5.4%
Style: Belgian Grissette

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Be afraid! Be very afraid! This puppy is twisting history. It is a Grissette from back in the days when mother nature was a young stud twisted with a smack load of hops and fermented with brettanomyces.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.62
My rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 25th November 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange, lemon, yeast, brett, funk and light floralness.
Taste: Brett, funk, orange, lemon zest and a hint of pepper spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Slightly too much brett for me, but still nice and interesting.


Black Isle Organic Yellowhammer

Brewery: Black Isle Brewing Co.
Country: Scotland
ABV: 4%
Style: English Golden Ale
Other Notes: Malts – Lager Malt, Wheat Malt and Crystal Malt. Hops – Chinook, Citra, Cascade, Pacific Gem, Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aroma – slight grapefruit, candied peel, tangerine. Appearance – pale golden yellow, clean white head. Flavour – freshly squeezed grapefruit & zest, slight pine.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.75
My rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of 24th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a just less than two finger frothy white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit zest, candied sugar, light caramel and mandarin peel.
Taste: Grapefruit flesh and zest, pine, citrus peel and light candied toffee.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice relaxing easy to drink session ale.


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