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Style American Double / Imperial IPA · ABV 9.75% · 330 ml bottle
Brewed by Mikkeller · Copenhagen · Denmark
Read more www.mikkeller.dk

This is Mikkeller’s contributing version to the BrewDog/Mikkeller beer triptych I/Beat/Hardcore/You/IPA, the other two being BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and their collaboration I Hardcore You. I Beat yoU is yet another recommendation from Ratebeer Joergen when we were at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen last year. The guy has written reviews for a mind-blowing 13760 beer to this date, so when Joergen points at a bottle and tells me to pick it up, I listen and execute his command.

The bill lists Hercules, Warrior, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus hops seasoning the English thoroughbred Maris otter, Munich and Cara-munich mash. Sounds yummy to me, did Mikkeller get the proportions, boil and fermentation right though?

Appearance 2/3

An average orange colored beer with a thick finger of off-white collar which almost instantly settles into a thin carpet, leaving little to mention lace. An average “John Doe” looking type of IIPA.

Nerd Note. On the label, notice the upper case letters – IBU (International Bitterness Unit). Could be that we’re in for a ride here.

Aroma 10/12

Passion fruit, mango and marzipan in the aroma hops. A medium piney and grapefruity bitter hops. The hops feel dry, almost woodsy. Malt wise I get a Belgian influenced fudge and toffee profile. It is the mango and fudge that do really dominate the nose though.

Flavor 18/20

Overall a balanced and ample beer. The taste is firstly about bitterness, a distinct, dry and crisp bitter hops. Then the caramalt comes in releasing strong fudge and toffee flavors. Fainter mango, passion fruit and orange flavors come through too. A nice warming alcohol brings up the flavor a notch. The alcohol lends a wine similar but not vinous aspect to the taste. Bitterness is strong through out the taste and as well as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4/5

This one here is a strong medium body, softly carbonated with small gentle bubbles, could perhaps been a tad more of them. The sweet and smooth liquid give the flavors an extra push. Bitter aftertaste with a soft and round finish.

Overall impression 9/10

Intense is what I’d call this IIPA. Everything including flavors, alcohol and bitterness is in divine equilibrium. Flavor wise the sweet and the bitter match each other fantastically well. I agree with Marcus when he calls it a “A psuedo-Barley Wine in the IIPA jungle”.

Both BrewDog and Mikkeller are extreme brewers so I’m really on my toes, biting my nails and what-not for what the their collaborative brew will end up like.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

Style Baltic Porter · ABV 5.5% · 330 ml bottle
Brewed by Carlsberg Sverige · Falkenberg · Sweden
Read more www.carlsbergsverige.se

This beer is a real golden oldie. Actually, this is probably the first beer that I remember seeing in our refrigerator as a kid growing up, as this was one of my moms favorite beers, back in the 80′s. She use to enjoy it together with a slice of kavring (a dark sweet rye bread), a match that goes really well together with this almost equally sweet-tasting beer.

Me and my buddy Tobias drank this one straight up when reviewing it, but I wouldn’t have mind drinking it together with something sweet, to accompany this beer’s rich and flavorful taste.

Appearance 3/3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a beige colored massive 3 finger creamy head. It settled after a while, but still held up pretty nicely.

Aroma 10/12

Very sweet aroma, high roasted, slightly smoked notes. Also big whiffs of grounded coffee, mixed with 70% dark chocolate. A very pleasant experience imho.

Flavor 18/20

A good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel, loads of roasted notes. A big chunk of chocolate. Very sweet, slight alcoholic taste.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Get a medium to heavy mouthfeel Very rich and creamy. Good and adequate carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall impression 8/10

It’s not hard to figure out why this beer has become such a true classic within its style. With its rich flavor and complex character, its a great porter, that goes as well together with a rich autumn stew, as with a chocolatey dessert. It’s fascinating to know that this beer has been brewed and enjoyed since 1836, making it one of the oldest beers brewed here in Sweden. If you haven’t tried this one already, I suggest you do so.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

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Style American IPA · ABV 6.9% · 355 ml bottle
Brewed by Stone Brewing Company · Escondido · California · United States
Read more www.stonebrew.com

I tell, you need to be persistent and search high and low in order to be rewarded with a Stone beer in this remote part of the world. Occasionally our beloved goverment controlled alcohol outlets decide to put a few of their bottles on their shelves. Mostly not though, so the option is then to sniff out a bar with a wide selection of imported brews and pray for the best. Tonight I put my faith in Akkurat in Stockholm and was fortunately given a beer meny with no less than nine different Stone beers. I was thoroughly impressed! After a whole lot of spiced up Xmas beers I wanted something homey and hoppy so my choice fell on their classic base india pale ale, the Stone IPA.

Appearance 2/3

Splashes down into a ordinary but beautiful and unbranded imperial pint glass. Clear, light yellow(yeah I know the photo doesn’t do it much justice), much lighter than I thought it would be. Looks like a pale ale. Random bubbles surfacing, nearly two fingers of bright white head. Leaves a solid lid of foam resting on top of the beer.

Aroma 10/12

Wow! Massive dosage of hops instantly coming through including notes of citrus, grapefruit plus pine needles. An incredibly intense dankness, smells funky funky I tell you. A sweetness with a slight peach, vanilla fudge character.

Flavor 18/20

This is such a refreshing and balanced an IPA. Massive amounts of dry aroma hops, a citric profile including, grapefruit, lemon and lime plus some grassy flavor too. Such a crisp and clean profile. None of the that bitter hops that sometimes can over take the flavor. Some bitterness eventually comes through.

Mouthfeel 3/5

A medium body on the lighter side of the scale. Lots of small bubbles spreading the flavors across the palate. Surprisingly light liquid.

Overall impression 10/10

This is, if not epic, classic stuff. Stone’s IPA has been around for years now and did once upon a time help define the style as we know it.

Like all other Stone brews their IPA’s a bold and flavor intense beer, a true flavor-bomb. There’s a solid malt base just packed with wonderful citric, grassy and dank aroma hops, laced with what today would be considered as a modest amount of bittering hops. Truly amazing aroma hops though! The result is an all-round nicely balanced, dry and refershing IPA fit for kings and commoners. The aftertaste is suprisingly light and smooth, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

Style American India Pale Ale · ABV 6.5% · Draft
Brewed by Beer Here · Copenhagen · Denmark
Read more www.beerhere.dk

This beer was actually consumed a while ago at the Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival, but for some reason, the review for this fine brew, never saw the light of day. So, let’s blow the dust off this one, and dive right into it, shall we?

Beer Here or the man behind the brewery Christian Skovdal Andersen, has slowly but surely started to become a favorite brewery/brewer of mine. Mainly because of his willingness to try different ingredients, and having the courage to mix various beer styles every now and then. Up until now, every Beer Here brew that I’ve tried has been a pleasant and interesting experience, I hope that there will be many more to come.

Appearance 2/3

We got this one right off the tap here at Brill & Co. When served, it had a nice rich amber colored body, with a thick beige carpet of head sitting nicely on top of it. It appeared to be adequately carbonated. Looked like it had a slight chill-haze going on.

Aroma 10/12

OMG, as the youngster like to put it. Taking a sniff on this one, is like taking the elevator straight up to hop-heaven. Loads of apricots come through, as does other exotic miscellaneous fruits. For a short while I even got a slight ripe banana flavor. God, it’s like sticking your head into a big healthy fruit basket. This fruitiness goes very well together with the flavor of rye thats comes through as well.

Flavor 18/20

A freight train fully loaded with hops is the first thing and also the last thing that hits you. In between you also get pine, grapefruit, citrus, herbal, spiciness and notes of caramel that shine through. The bitterness from the hops lingers on, for what feels like an eternity. I guess, the name of the beer, Hop Fix, should have been some sort of indication, but I still feel a bit blown away by all the hoppiness (in a good way though).

Mouthfeel 5/5

Medium to thick creamy body that is smooth like silk, very well carbonated. The mouthfeel on this beer is really spot on!

Overall impression 8/10

As previously stated, I have yet to be disappointed by Beer Here / Christian Skovdal Andersen, and this beer is no exception. Beer Here Hop Fix gives you exactly what it promises, a big healthy dose of hops, that is balanced out really well with the malty rye flavor.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning

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Style Belgian IPA · ABV 9.0% · Draft
Brewed by Brouwerij De Musketiers · Ursel · Belgium
Read more www.troubadourbieren.be

It’s Father’s Day here in the elongated country of Sweden, a chilly mid-November Sunday. My bother-in-law and I have been granted a couple of hours on our own so we head over to Belgobaren in the center of town for some grub and beer. I order a Moules-frites and ask the waiter for a beer to pair it with. He pours me a fresh glass of Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers. It’s a Belgian IPA, a cross between a yeasty Belgian trippel style body and an American hoppy IPA at IBU 50. Like many other beers this one’s brewed at De Proef.

Appearance 3/3

The barman hands me a gold rimmed goblet filled with a dark peach/orange barley beverage. Hop or chill haze? I’m not sure what but it’s cloudy. Yields a text book head of a Belgian IPA, it’s dense, creamy and frothy. Rock solid retention and sticky icky lacings.

Aroma 10/12

An explosion of hops, overwhelmingly dominant at first. Secondly peaches and apricots, some citrus too. There’s a malt backbone that comes through paired with traces of passion fruit. Last thing that came to me was a sensation of cardboard and dust.

Flavor 18/20

Toffee, vanilla and fudge sweetness. This must be a one-way street to diabetes. It’s really the perfect marriage bewtween hops and sugary malts in a bottle. Although extremely hoppy there’s none of the coarse bitterness that tend to overtake the flavor in many AIPA (American India Pale Ale). Just a sprinkle of pine needles, some swiftly coming and going light grape fruit. Lots of dusty/wheaty Belgian yeast taste too.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Corpus Humongous! This is a full-bodied brew with high viscosity yet there’s a smooth and clean finish to the liquid. Carbonation’s like a string of well and evenly spaced little bubbles tickling the palate.

Overall impression 8/10

This is one heck of a Hop Bomb! And it’s also one heck of a Belgian Yeast Bomb too. Carefully crafted by the guys at De Musketiers, this is a perfect balance of hops and yeast. An intertwining story of complex flavors. Although high in alcohol, these guys have done a wonderful job masking it only letting blossom as a flavor booster here and there. Could be that there’s an off-flavor somewhere but it’s too small and momentary to take into consideration.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.