Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ölbeat 172: Mallaskosken Black Imperial Rye

Brewery: Mallaskosken Panimo
Country: Finland
Style: Specialty Grain
Abv: 11,4 %

What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small cream white head. Aroma has berries, dark fruits and sweet malts. Taste begins with thick and sweet caramel malts. Sweet caramel malts and rich dark fruits with slight bitterness and bite of alcohol take over. Towards the end deep fruity and warming alcohol flavours get on top. Aftertaste has malty fruits, sweet bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Strong and rich-flavoured dark Rye Wine. Thick malty liquid is filled with taste of fruits and caramel, which makes a complex and rich beer. Superb brew from Seinäjoki.


Beautifully rich dark beer needs to be accompanied with a melodic dark-toned music. Well, band fronted by guitar wizard Timo Tolkki and high pitch vocalist Timo Kotipelto seem to have just right song for the occasion.

Stratovarius: Black Diamond (YouTube)

From the 1997 album Visions, the song was written by Timo Tolkki and Timo Kotipelto.