Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ölbeat 117: Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: United States
Style: American Strong Ale
Abv: 9 %
What about the beer?
Colour is coffee brown with a finger-thick beige head. Aroma has bready malts, coffee beans and a mild scent of chocolate. Taste begins with gently bitter hops and malty coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate malts and roasted espresso take over, coffee taking the upper hand with cocoa flavour. Towards the end some hoppy bitterness shows up. Aftertaste has bitter malty dark chocolate and alcohol warmth.

Delicious mix of American strong ale and Indonesian coffee with distinctive chocolate flavour. Coffee seems to be an excellent companion to brown ale as well as stout and porter. Founders has already received a fine quality stamp from me before - this is another success in the line.


Don't know if there's a lot of mist in the mountains of Sumatra. The highest peak of the Barisan range in Sumatra is 3.800 metres high, so probably there is during the warm and humid season. Enough with the babbling - let's match the unique brew with a unique song.

Led Zeppelin: Misty Mountain Hop (YouTube)

From the 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV, the song was written by John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ölbeat 116: Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: United States
Style: Scotch Ale
Abv: 8,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark nut brown with a nice medium-sized tan head. Aroma has syrupy, sweet malty and spicy scent with some caramel and raisins. Taste begins with smoothly bitter and sweet malty bite. Syrupy caramel malts with sweet bitterness and alcohol flavour take over, and the flavours grow enjoyably slowly. Some spicy and peppery flavours are in the background. Towards the end bitter caramel hops strike back. Aftertaste has sweet bitterness and alcoholic dryness.

Scotch Ale - or Wee Heavy as they also call it - beautiful style. Rich and tasty as hell. Caramel malts make the taste smooth and silky but bittersweet hops add some complexity and spice to the experience. Once again great work from the quality brewery.


The brew is clearly attached to "Ölmönger brand" (What the fuck is that?) by its name at least. Hence it's easy to find a matching song for this rich beer. And simultaneuosly I confess something that doesn't surprise anyone.

Ugly Kid Joe: Everything About You (YouTube)

From the 1991 EP As Ugly as They Wanna Be and the 1992 album America's Least Wanted, the song was written by Whitfield Crane and Klaus Eichstadt.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Skitbit Oct 2016: Laitilan American Brown Ale

Brewery: Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas (in Finnish)
Country: Finland
Style: Brown Ale
Abv: 4,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is bright brown with a small diminishing white head. Aroma has gently sweet malts and a thin slice of fruits. Taste begins with malty bitterness. Gently sweet malty start turns then to supermarket lager-like musty harshness, even some vegetably flavour near the finish. Aftertaste is unpleasantly bitter malty and harsh, not nice at all.

The aroma and the start of the taste give a promise of tasty malty brown ale, but it changes to unpleasant vegginess that ruins this one. Not undrinkable but had more consistent brown ales. Somehow it feels bad to make this to be the one to open the shitpipe, but let's hope that there'll be worse tasting brews to follow.


I hate anything trying to imitate American - the emphasis on the verb trying. This brew is a failed try of an American Brown Ale. In the 90's - the golden decade of shit music - there was this country-disco wannabe-Yankee crap pump from Sweden. Yes, you too are trying hard to forget it. Try harder.

Rednex: Cotton Eye Joe (YouTube)

From the 1995 album Sex & Violins, the song was written by Janne Ericsson, Örjan Öban Öberg and Pat Reiniz.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ölbeat 115: Brewdog Albino Squid Assassin

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
Style: Specialty Grain
Abv: 7,4 %

What about the beer?
Colour is murky amber brown with a small vanishing white head. Aroma has pineapple, citrus and rye-bready malts. Taste starts with hoppy and fruity sweet bitterness. Bitter grapefruit with tender malty and sweet pineapple flavours takes over. Sweet fruit comes more in front later, and near the finish smooth piny dryness gets through. Aftertaste has citrus, malts, pine and alcoholic bitterness.

Quite complex Rye IPA with moderate-to-heavy bitterness, sweet fruits and steady rye malts. Ending adds some piny dryness and alcohol warmth. This is tasty as hell, and it surely would have been a murder (or a lesser crime) to leave this on the shelf.


What comes to mind from a multi-tentacled octopus hitman? What comes to mind from a heavy brew with bloody damn tasty flavours? Right. And I select the original version of the song.

Adamski & Seal: Killer (YouTube)

From the 1990 album Doctor Adamski's Musical Pharmacy, the song was written by Adamski and Seal.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ölbeat 114: Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Brewery: Bell's Brewery
Country: United States
Style: India Pale Ale
Abv: 7 %
What about the beer?
Colour is hazy golden orange with nice large foamy white head. Aroma has mild lemon and orange with a flowery scent. Taste begins with gently bitter, a little lemon-tart bite and smooth carbonation. Fresh, not overly bitter grapefruit takes over with sweet slowly-growing orange flavour on the side. Near the finish a gently dry touch of pine comes out. Aftertaste has mostly bitter grapefruit, some piny dryness and the final touch of orange.
Smooth and balanced performance. Delicious citrus-driven semisweet India Pale Ale that gives bitter kicks all the way and some moderate dryness in the end. Even though this wasn't as fresh as it could be but still extremely tasty and drinkable. A classic that had to be tasted.


One of the legendary IPA's requires a rock classic. So I'll pick the immediate association that I had after the first mouthful: I just stopped fighting and looking for flaws.

Rainbow: I Surrender (YouTube)

From the 1981 album Difficult to Cure, the song was written by Russ Ballard.