Brewery: To Øl
Style: American Black IPA
Other Notes: Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij. Malts – Pilsner, Cara Crystal, Black Malt, Flaked Oats, Melanoidin, Chocolate, Rock Candy. Hops – Centennial, Tettnanger, Simcoe.
(from bottle) We present to you a black IIPA made with french press coffee.
(from To Øl online store) When a brewer is stirring the kettles while steam arises from the mash and when we actually do put some effort into our work, an occasional drop of sweat will drip down into the mash. So this is a salute to all the hard working proletarian brewers around the world. Giving you the perfect amount of body salts, mixed with french press coffee and IIPA’ish amounts of bittering, flavour and dry- hops… Perhaps a slightly schizophrenic beer, but still damm good!
My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.77
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6
Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 1st December 2019 and poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a really nice two finger brown head with good retention but leaves wonderful stringy lacing. It eventually settles to a creamy thin layer.
Aroma: Initial aromas of bready buscuit malts and espresso coffee followed by tropical mango and pineapple fruits. Maybe even some liquorice in the finish.
Taste: Starts strong with bitter espresso coffee, slightly smoky with a hint of dark chocolate which then turns fruitier with dark berries followed by citrus grapefruit before ending with bitter coffee again.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: This was really good as it has a very balanced yet complex aromas and flavours and of course coffee flavours. The 9.9% ABV is well hidden and it just goes down really easy. It is a must buy beer in my opinion.