Beer With Me Nano Brewery Old Man

Old Man, Batch 002. Enjoyed 3 weeks after bottling.

Old Man by Beer With Me Nano Brewery, India Pale Ale, 6.6 % ABV, 76 IBU.

Another rating of one of my beers, but I’ll try to be as objective as possible… Old Man is loosely inspired by the Nøgne Ø Pale Ale recipe, but it’s beefed up to be an IPA with major changes both in the grain bill and hops schedule. My goal was to make a bitter IPA with strong citric notes, a smooth mouthfeel and with a quite light colour. See the brew log for further details.

The beer do have a light colour, but oh my, what have I done to make such an utter opaque body? It’s light yellow with a slight amber tint, but it’s also remarkably whitish, it like a mix of beer and milk! This looks more like a dirty Belgian wit than an IPA! The slightly off-white head though has a nice initial size, it’s creamy and reduces to a fully lasting layer of decent thickness. It even laces the glass pretty well.

The aroma is strong and to my surprise it’s pleasant and absolutely clean! I’ve also obtained my goal of making a citric beer: this one is packed with grapefruit, lemon and orange. Also other fruity hints, but the citrus is definitely in charge here. In the back lurk some spices and herbs.

The taste is moderate sweet initially and the finish is moderate to heavy bitter. The flavours are moderate to strong and dominated by the citrus, again grapefruit, lemon and orange. Also a bit resin and some very faint traces of yeast. Simple but quite nice, and the citric bitter finish is very long-lasting. I often complain about too obvious alcohol in home-brews, but in this one I find the alcohol well integrated. I don’t get any butter as I did with my Batch 001 Pale Ale, so I guess the extra week in the fermenter did the trick.

50% beer, 50% milk? No, its an Old Man IPA!

The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant with a medium body, but here’s something about the carbonation that doesn’t feel quite right. It sort of disappears too quickly, leaving the beer too softly carbonated too soon.

Conclusion: a horrible looking beer with a very nice aroma, taste and flavour.

Aroma:      7
Appearance: 2
Taste:      7
Palate:     3
Overall:   12
Ratebeer score: 3.1

Meilby Brewing Imperial Licorice Stout

Imperial Licorice Stout by Meilby Brewing, Imperial Stout, 12.8 % ABV, 80 IBU. 

The autumn is here and with it my crave for dark and powerful beers. What better way to start the stout season than an imperial licorice stout?

Meilby Imperial Licorice Stout, bottled 19.12.2011, batch 003, bottle 22/23.

Out of the bottle pours a very viscous looking, oily, black liquid that doesn’t seem to be carbonated at all. Even when I raise the bottle far above the glass no head is formed, apart from some brown big bubbles that migrate towards the walls of the glass. They are sort of long-lived, but don’t leave any lacing.

Black, oily beer with a few bubbles.

The aroma is amazing, complex, strong and sweet! Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dark caramel, dark sweet fruits, raisin and a touch of port wine. It’s roasted, but not as heavily roasted as the utter black body indicates.

The heavy sweet taste is nicely backed up by a slight salty feel and a moderate to heavy bitter finish. The flavours are quite strong and very, very pleasant. Sweet dark caramel, port wine and roasted notes, but most of all intense and ever-lasting notes of liquorice that explode in the aftertaste. The alcohol is extremely well integrated, it’s only present as this lovely port wine feel. Absolutely amazing!

In the mouth this black monster feels like liquid liquorice, this must be the definition of a full bodied beer! The texture is thick, viscous, oily and wonderful. The only thing that prevents me from giving a 5 is the lack of carbonation. It’s very close to flat with just the slightest tingling sensation on my tongue, but that might as well be caused by the alcohol.

Conclusion: an absolutely delicious beer with stunning aroma and taste, and although the flavour profile is a bit too dominated by the liquorice to be called complex, it’s still one of the very best homebrews I’ve ever tasted. 

Aroma:     8
Apperance: 3
Taste:     8
Palate:    4
Overall:  15
Ratebeer Score: 3.8