Dr. M nr. 23 – Camilla

Camilla by Dr. M, Belgian Blond, 5.8% ABV, 17 IBU.

Dr. M nr 23 - Camilla

Dr. M nr 23 – Camilla

I’ve been cursed with a some bad bottles the last few times I’ve rated Dr. M beers, let’s see if this one is clean!

Dr. M BLAHBLAHBLAH BLONDEIt pours an opaque, cloudy medium amber to orange body with a huge, off-white, creamy fairly long-lasting head that sticks to the glass.

Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and lots of light fruits, I get both cidery apples and notes of pear. It’s a sweet smell, with gentle spicy hints for the sake of balance.

The flavour is strong and is dominated by the yeast, but the fruity notes are also very evident, so is a sprinkle of black pepper. It’s a bit sharp with the usual solventy hints that I tend to pick up in homebrews, but they are not overwhelming. The taste is somewhat sweeter than most blondes, and the bitterness is very gentle. There is some dryness in the finish, but this is far from a bone dry beer.

Conclusion: a decent blonde, I like the massive fruitiness. I’m still no fan of solvent, even though it’s reasonably subtle in this brew. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0

 

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ClubGonzo’s M

M by ClubGonzo, Imperial Stout, 10.7% ABV, 67 IBU.

Looks good, tasted good.

Looks good, tasted good.

ClubGonzo batch number 50 is a birthday present for his gal's on her 40th birthday. Isn't that sweet?

ClubGonzo batch number 50 is a birthday present for his lady on her 40th birthday. Isn’t that sweet?

Is there something about the letter M that attracts homebrewers? I’ve rated several beers on this blog from Dr. M and from Meilby Brewing, the latter using a big bold M on his labels. Anyway, this time it’s the beer itself that’s called M.

It pours a viscous-looking, pitch black body with a dark brown head of decent size.

The aroma is strong and it’s dominated by dark roasted malt, strong coffee (you’ve added coffee to this one, right?) and chocolate. Maybe a bit too dominated by coffee for my nose, but absolutely an inviting aroma.

The flavour is very strong, magnificently complex and lovely! It’s not at all as dominated by coffee as the aroma, coffee is just one of many delicious flavours.  In additional to the coffee, I get chocolate, chocolate sauce, liquorice, dark caramel, vanilla, a touch of raspberries, some brown sugar and hints of leather. It’s a very sweet brew, with just the right amount of bitterness to back it up. The alcohol is perfectly integrated.

It’s a full-bodied brew with a smooth and creamy texture with a fitting soft carbonation. The pleasant mouthfeel makes it hard not to drink this masterpiece too quickly.

Conclusion: I’m speechless. One of the very best homebrews I’ve ever had. A tad less coffee, and it would have been perfect. This should be in the core lineup when you start a commercial brewery. Thanks to Marianne for inspiring ClubGonzo, Hurra!

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      8/10
Palate:     5/5
Overall:    16/20
Ratebeer score: 4.0/5.0