Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ölbeat 226: Pühaste Humalakoda

Brewery: Pühaste
Country: Estonia
Style: Imperial IPA
Abv: 8,9 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is hazy orange with a medium-sized white head. Aroma has pineapple, mango, sweet candy - seducing scent. Taste starts with piny and fruity bitter bite. Spiking pine and bitter grapefruit take over with malty flavour and a tiny bit of alcohol. Towards the end piny bitter grapefruit and boozy sweetish orange tones are in front. Aftertaste has bittersweet citrus followed by lasting sharp piny dryness.

Superb aggressive piny-fruity Imperial IPA. Bitterness, sweetness, dryness. Fruits, pine, malts, booze. All in a crisp and tasty package. Rough but joyful.

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Happy and tough. That means we're going back to the end of the 60's, when there was this new rock band from London. The song's lyrics are about the frustration of falling in love and being unable to show it. Not exactly a happy theme, but it belongs to youth and somehow to the feeling of first love. And reminiscing the personal first crushes... Well, let's say it makes me laugh at myself now though there was nothing to laugh at then.

Led Zeppelin: Communication Breakdown (YouTube)

From the 1969 album Led Zeppelin, the song was written by Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ölbeat 225: Põhjala Porridge Bullet

Brewery: Põhjala
Country: Estonia
Style: American Strong Ale
Abv: 11,9 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is dark bro... actually black with a tiny beige head. Aroma has chocolate, sweet malts, coffee and bourbon - a delicious scent, indeed. Taste begins with aggressive fruity sweetness. Sweet chocolate malts and fruity bitterness start the party. Soon spicy bourbon and fruity brandy barrels - just guessing - take over as fine and rich, complex and growing flavour. Aftertaste has sweet dark fruits and spicy vanillaish alcohol... and lasts unbelievably long.

Incredible. Amazing. How can a beer taste this great and versatile. Every sip is a symphony. Beautifully barrel-aged Strong Ale. Don't know their trick but Pôhjala seem to master the business of barrel-aged strong beers.

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"Porridge" in the name probably comes from multigrain malts used. "Bullet" part should be explained with the deep hit the brew makes to the drinker. This classic rock song from the Prince of Darkness got picked for the beer immediately.

Ozzy Osbourne: Shot in the Dark (Vimeo)

From the 1986 album The Ultimate Sin, the song was written by Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Soussan.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ölbeat 224: Malmgård (Huvila) X-Porter & Malmgård Oak Porter

Brewery: Malmgård
Country: Finland
Style: Porter 
Abv: 7 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small tan head. Aroma has sweet roasted malts, espresso and spices. Taste starts with dark-roasted coffee. Strong coffee and heavily roasted chocolate malts take over with gentle bitterness. Near the finish dark chocolate with a bite of sweet alcohol comes through. Aftertaste has dry-turning roasted malts and bitter boozy coffee.

Delicious and diverse Porter. Nice roast, strong coffee, some bitter chocolate and slightly alcoholic finish. Everything is in its right place. Excellent brew from the Malmgård mansion once again.

...and since I had the chance to taste the Bourbon-oak chipped version from tap at Café Rooster Pub, Oulu, let's bring that on, too:

Malmgård Oak Porter

Brewery: Malmgård
Country: Finland
Style: Porter 
Abv: 7 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small beige head. Aroma has vanilla, chocolate and gentle roast. Taste starts with spiking spicy oaky roast. Dry-bitter roast and spiced dark-roasted coffee take over with oaky vanilla hints. Towards the end strong bitter roast comes in front and leaves dark chocolate in the background. Aftertaste has charcoal-roasty bitterness and oaky-boozy dryness.

Definitely this is X-Porter with bourbon barrel chips. Not over-barreled, just a twist of oak and vanilla mixed in the original. It would be rather easy to pull tricks, but I prefer keeping good things simple. Tasty, a bit twisted, and yet drinkable.

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So let's find something dark and gloomy here. Have to turn to Finnish metal music for a change. Since there were two brews, let's put a couple of songs here, too.

Mokoma: Kuu saa valtansa auringolta (YouTube)

From the 2006 album Kuoleman laulukunnaat, the song was written by Mokoma.

Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus: Hyvä päivä (YouTube)

From the 2006 album Kuoleman laulukunnaat, the song was written by Timo Rautiainen and Tomi Tuomaala.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ölbeat 223: Anderson's Phat Fil

Brewery: Anderson's
Country: Estonia 
Style: India Black Ale
Abv: 6,2 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is black with a large tan head. Aroma has orange, sweet liquorice, fruit candy and a little roast. Taste starts with roasty liquorice and bitter fruits. Biting bitter grapefruit and roasted liquorice get on top with sweet-fruity side tone. Towards the end fruity-piny bitter roast and sweetish orange get through. Aftertaste has strong fresh grapefruit bitterness and roasty dryness... and lasts long.

Excellent India Black Ale. Superb combo of bitter and sweet citrus and roasty liquorice, finished with a lasting aftertaste. Solid brew from this new Estonian brewery.

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Don't know if Ratebeer personality FatPhil - to whom this beer seems to be dedicated to - really is fat or even Phil. But here's a song made by one Phil about perspiration problems that... Actually, it's pretty firm hard rock song from the 80's. 

Thin Lizzy: Cold Sweat (YouTube)

From the 1983 album Thunder and Lightning, the song was written by Phil Lynott and John Sykes.

Ölbeat 222: Sonnisaari Pils

Brewery: Sonnisaari
Country: Finland
Style: Pilsener
Abv: 4,7 %
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What about the beer?
Colour is straw yellow with a medium-sized white head. Aroma has bitter malts, sour citrus and an oily scent. Taste begins with sour-bitter malty bite. Bready bitter malts with some crisp citrus on the side take over. Near the finish malty-fruity bitterness grows stronger. Aftertaste has malty dryness and citrus bitterness.

Crisp and tasty hoppy Pils from Oulu. With only Magnum and Hallertau hops they got this tasty brew. Sounds way too simple, so the result comes from excellence in brewing. Great work, Sonnisaari, waiting for the next one.

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Looking for a song with some crisp bitterness, found George Harrison's voice. Being not so much of a fan of the Beatles, I've always liked the edge in Harrison's vocals compared to the clean boyish sounds of Lennon-McCartney. Maybe it's in my head but at least here's the song with a simple question.

George Harrison: What Is Life (YouTube)

From the 1970 album All Things Must Pass, the song was written by George Harrison.