Friday, November 18, 2016

Ölbeat 135: The Flying Dutchman Black Is Black And I Want My Baby Back

Brewery: The Flying Dutchman Nomad Brewing Company
Country: Finland (brewed in Belgium)
Style: India Black Ale
Abv: 5,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a huge, quickly dissolving natural white head. Aroma has mainly bitter grapefruit, then some faint grassy hops and sweet fruit. Taste bites first with dry grapefruit bitterness. Juicy and heavily bitter grapefruit takes over with gently roasted malts in the background. Towards the end we get strong dry pine. Aftertaste has lasting dryness and roasty bitterness.

Delicious and powerful India Black Ale. Bitter grapefruit bomb explodes in the mouth in the start and levels down to fresh tasty juice. The finish shows the extreme dryness without running over the dominating bitterness. Pure, simple and superb.


Picking the obvious choice, probably linked to the origin of the brew's name, the 1960's pop rock classic matches the mood quite well. At least it's lyrically more catchy than the Finnish version (Näen mustaa vain by Topmost, 1966).

Los Bravos: Black Is Black (YouTube)

From the 1966 album Black Is Black, the song was written by Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes and Steve Wadey.