Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ölbeat 312: Cool Head Copacabana

Brewery: Cool Head Brew
Country: Finland
Style: Specialty Grain
Abv: 7 %
What about the beer?
Colour is hazy dark orange with a large natural white head. Aroma has lemon, grapefruit, resin and pine. Taste starts with piny bitter grapefruit. Sharp pine and bitter grapefruit take over with slightly sweet malty flavour in the background. Towards the end pine beats the citrus, sweet orange sticks out a little. Aftertaste has sharp resiny dryness and citrus bitterness.

Heavily piny and resiny Rye IPA. Some citrus and malts in the flavour, too. Not superfresh, not too exciting, but strong and tasty. In some nice way slaps the drinker in the face with bitterness.


Since one of the brewers is Cleber from Brazil and since the brew offered a fruity face-slapping session, it's self-evident that I chose Brazilian music that slaps - and hits and kicks and bites - in the face. No fruit, tho: it's the Cavalera brothers and the rest of Sepultura!

Sepultura: Arise (YouTube)

From the 1991 album Arise, the song was written by Sepultura.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ölbeat 311: BrewDog Cocoa Psycho

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a two-finger thick brown head. Aroma has dark chocolate, cappuccino and roasted malts. Taste starts with biting bittersweet chocolate. Sweet roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate take over with hints of espresso. Towards the end dark chocolate and slightly sweet coffee rise up with smooth bitterness. Aftertaste has lasting bitter cocoa and strong dry roast.

Strong and absolutely delicious Imperial Stout. Chocolate leads the way, roast and coffee follow. Smooth bitterness grows all the way. It's not punk - it's damn good beer.


Punk sells. Just ask Henry Rollins. Or BrewDog. ;)

Black Flag: Black Coffee (YouTube)

From the 1984 album Slip It In, the song was written by Greg Ginn.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ölbeat 310: Rocking Bear Porkka Portteri

Brewery: Rocking Bear Brewers
Country: Finland
Style: Porter
Abv: 4,3 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a huge beige head. Aroma has roast, bready malts and dark chocolate. Taste begins with dry charcoal roast. Charred bready malts take over with gently bitter dark chocolate. Near the finish roasted malty sweetness gets on top. Aftertaste has dry and bitter malty roast.

Mild but flawless basic Porter. Charred roast with some bitter chocolate and sweet malts. After one and a half year of active business, Rocking Bear seems to have succeeded in breaking into the brewing scene of Pori.


The brew "Porkka" is named after Pormestarinluoto, a notorious part of the city in Pori. Although its blocks of rental flats have cleaned up and also polished the reputation of the neigbourhood, for me it will always represent pure darkness. I have no reason to visit or stay on that side of the city. Well, not in this lifetime, at least.

Depressed Mode: Suffer in Darkness (YouTube)

From the 2007 album Ghosts of Devotion, the song was written by Ossy Salonen.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ölbeat 309: Ôllenaut Wahtula

Brewery: Õllenaut 
Country: Estonia
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 9,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small tan head. Aroma has roasted malts, sweet coffee and chocolate. Taste begins with strong and bitter roast. Heavily roasted malts and bitter black coffee take over with spicy dark chocolate. Towards the end cocoa bitterness and roasted-malty sweetness get through with some salty liquorice. Aftertaste has roasty-ashy dryness and strong cocoa bitterness.

Powerful and straightforward Imperial Stout. Strong basic flavours - roast, dark chocolate, coffee, bitterness, salty liquorice - , no fancy tricks. In the end there's nothing but a delicious quality brew. Ôllenaut hits the spot once again.


Because the brew is named after the nickname of female Mark V tank used by Estonian Army in the Estonian Independence War in 1919-20, I chose a war-themed song. The beer deserves a heavy song with a strong message. The simplified message is: "Warmonging is f**king stupid." 

Black Sabbath: War Pigs (YouTube)

From the 1970 album Paranoid, the song was written by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ölbeat 308: Linden Red Ale

Brewery: Linden Brewery (in Finnish)
Country: Finland
Style: Irish Ale
Abv: 4,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark brown with a huge natural white head. Aroma has caramel malts, dark fruits and gentle roast. Taste starts with bitter bready malts. Dry grainy malts and bitter hops take over with mild fruity side tones. Near the finish malty dryness comes out strongest. Aftertaste has dry malts and bitter grainy flavour.

Dry malty Irish Ale - first of this style in the blog. Alright, but would've expected a little more depth behind the grainy main flavour. The first one from the brewery tasted a lot better for me.


Simply put, I picked a song from a band from the same town as the brewery. Some experimental rock for the experiments of a rather new brewery.

Musta Valo: 26200 Rauma (YouTube)

From the 2014 album Musta Valo, the song was written by Lauri-Matti Parppei and Timo Kuismanen.