Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ölbeat 105: Mad Viking Night Raid (8 %)

Brewery: United Beverage Nordic (? - according the label)
Country: Denmark
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 8% 
What about the beer?
Colour is blacky black with a small beige head. Aroma has roasted malts, bitter black coffee and liquorice. Taste starts with roasted chocolate malts. Deliciously charcoaly-roasted malts, coffee and slightly bitter chocolate take control with a tiny bit of sweetness. Towards the end bitterness grows with liquorice. Aftertaste has mostly roast and bitterness with some dryness.

Surprisingly magnificent Imperial Stout. Wow-factor is hit with roast, coffee and bitter flavours. This beer challenges even the higher abv brews in the style. It's a pity that the brewery remains as a mystery.


Found through the viking connection - the track is played during the opening credits of Vikings TV series - the ambient mood and the lyrical theme of the song make it a trip to the dark side. The calm and repetitive synth background create a distressing and sinister feeling making another link between the brew and the tune.

Fever Ray: If I Had a Heart (YouTube)

From the 2009 album Fever Ray, the song was written by Fever Ray.

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