Black Weiss by JoKr Brewers, black weiss/dark wheat ale, ABV approx. 7 %, IBU unknown
If you ever have wondered what to call a “stout-like hybrid ale with wheat, chocolate malt and roasted barley, fermented with hefeweizen yeast” that holds 7 % ABV, the answer is provided by JoKr Brewers: this is a black weiss. This sounds like some seriously exciting stuff! Remembering the previous JoKr brew, the gushing Hops meet Mango, I remove the cap cautiously. A delicate psssst is all that comes out the bottle, no beer fountain this time. So far so good. A gorgeous looking, large (or should I say huge), creamy, dense, tan head forms easily. The beer is not over-carbonated by any means, so it’s easy to control the formation of the head. The head reluctantly reduces to a fully lasting thick layer after quite some time, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body is totally black and absolutely completely opaque, so I have no idea if the liquid is clear or hazy.
A very pleasant and strong toasted aroma with coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, sweet dark fruits and berries (yep, the black currants are here!). Also some smoky hints and a yeasty element that I don’t find particularly hefeweizen-ish. I haven’t actually tried a non-hefeweizen beer that is brewed with hefeweizen yeast, so the yeasty notes I get might of course be exactly what this kind of yeast smells like.
The taste is light to moderate sweet, I had expected even more sweetness due to the sweet aroma. Is there also a light acidic touch? The fairly long-lasting finish has a lovely moderate bitterness. The first thing I notice when I take the first sip is the alcohol. Maybe not-that-well-integrated-alchol is the trademark of JoKr Brewers? After a couple more sips the alcoholic starts to feel more mellow, and is transformed into a nearly red wine-ish feel. A few sips later the alcohol seems to be rather well integrated, so I won’t let the first impression influence my rating. Enough about the alcohol, there are other flavours that are far more obvious: I get dark roasted coffee, chocolate and faint traces of smoke and tobacco, the latter two are especially present in the aftertaste. Also dark sweet fruits and black currant plus yeasty notes. The flavours are not as strong as the aroma, but this is still a very tasty brew. The body isn’t exactly light, but I might have expected it to be a bit fuller? The texture is quite dry, but not annoyingly chalky dry as the previous JoKr brew I tried. A slight metallic feel is a bit disturbing, at least at first, but the mouthfeel is still quite good. Soft carbonation.
Conclusion: a very nice brew with strong aroma and flavours. I’ll buy this if it ends up in my local Vinmonopol!
Ratebeer score: 3.5