Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ölbeat 022: Beer Hunter's Mufloni Imperial Stout

Brewery: Beer Hunter's
Country: Finland
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10 %
Beer Hunter's (Facebook, mostly in Finnish), founded in 1998, is a microbrewery (and a beer restaurant) from Pori, Western Finland. The brewery has been awarded e.g. the best brewery in Finland in 2015 by Ratebeer. They occasionally distil whisky named Old Buck, which has been chosen as European Mainland Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray in 2009. Personally I think there are two good reasons to live in Pori - Beer Hunter's is the first.

This beer was part of Alko's Finnish microbrewery craftbeer selection in spring 2016. 

What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small beige crown. Aroma has roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Taste gives first heavily roasted and burned coffee with moderate sweetness. There are flavours of cocoa and liquorice, too. Palate adds late bittersweet hops to the palette, which stays in the coffee and roast section. Aftertaste is warm, bitter and dry. The high abv is well hidden between the superb flavours.

This is what you get when you brew imperial stout by the book. And what you get is perfection: everything has its place and everything is on its place. If someone would point out that "this beer lacks that something special" - I'm not suggesting that anyone would do that, am I? -, I would add that it lacks cracks and inperfections, which are necessary for human beings.


It's obvious that we needed a solid rock song for this one. When you get this kind of jewel, there's no need to stick inside neither the city nor the country borders. Fuck modesty. Sorry, Neumann, Perjantai just won't do:

AC/DC: Back in Black (YouTube)

From the 1980 eponymous album, the title track was written by singer Brian Johnson and the guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young. The song was the band's tribute to the former singer Bon Scott, who had died earlier in February, 1980. The band asked Johnson to write the song's lyrics for Scott and told him that "it can't be morbid, it has to be celebration". The new singer wrote - "whatever came into his head" - about wild lifestyle and immortality, and the bandmates loved it. The song and the album opened the Johnson era by a storm - both became instant classics. In the craftbeer scene, I wish that Mufloni Imperial Stout could be an almost similar classic. ;)

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