ANodyn Nubian Princess

Nubian Princess by ANodyn, Porter, 8% ABV, Unknown IBU.

This daring beer has been waiting patiently in my cellar for more than a year, and it’s now close to two years since it was brewed. In other words, it should be ready to be enjoyed!

The label of Nubian Princess is quite NSFW, but adding a cute teddy bear should do the trick.

The label of Nubian Princess is quite NSFW, but adding a cute teddy bear should do the trick.

It pours a black body with a creamy, medium brown head that is very long-lived. After a while it settles as a fully lasting layer of impressive thickness, and a good amount of foam is left on the glass.

If I should mention one thing I don't like that much about this beer, it must be that the label makes me feel old. Could someone please translate?

If I should mention one thing I don’t like that much about this beer, it must be that the label makes me feel old and out of touch. Could someone please translate?

The aroma is very strong and is laden with ridiculous amounts of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and thick and creamy cocoa. It’s almost too much of a good thing, but if you’re a sucker for chocolate, like me, the aroma is incredibly tempting. I get some darker roasted notes as well, but it’s definitely the chocolate that runs the show.

A black beauty!

A black beauty!

The very strong flavour has the same massive and delicious chocolate feel, but there are just the right amount of other elements to prevent it from becoming too one-dimensional. It’s a nice mix of both sweet milk chocolate and darker chocolate. How on earth did they manage to cram that much taste out of 14 g/L of cocoa powder? In addition to the chocolate there are other roasted notes, faint fruits and hints of vanilla. The taste is moderate sweet and the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter. The alcohol is perfectly integrated.

To top the whole experience the mouthfeel is of course fantastic. It’s thick and creamy on the palate with a fitting soft carbonation.

Conclusion: Wow. Simply wow. I’m not worthy! This is simply the best homebrew I’ve ever had, it’s an amazing beer without a single flaw. This should be made commercially available as soon as possible! Massive chocolate both in the aroma and the flavour, it looks good and it has a mouthfeel to die for. Please send me more beer!

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      8/10
Palate:     5/5
Overall:    15/20
Ratebeer score: 4.0/5.0
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ANodYN Never Nude

Never Nude by ANodYN, Imperial/Double India Pale Ale, 8% ABV, Unknown IBU.

Rating homebrews is a mixed pleasure. I get to taste lots of fun and crazy beers, many of them far too experimental, demanding and special to ever be brewed commercially. The drawback is of course that another reason why many of these beers will never be on sale in my local shop is that they’re not that good. But then, from time to time, I get to taste a beer that is a true pleasure, that is a clean, no-fuzz, powerful and delicious brew that I’d buy without hesitating if I’d had the chance. The latter is definitely the case for the Never Nude DIPA.

ANodYN Never Nude, Batch no 9.

ANodYN Never Nude, Batch no 9, enjoyed 1 year after bottling. I forgot to take a photo of the beer in the glass. I blame the wonderful aroma and the lovely taste.

It pours a very hazy, medium amber body with a quite large, creamy, off-white head. The head stays big for quite some time, before it’s reduces to a bubbly thin layer that laces the glass very well.

The aroma is very strong and extremely pleasant, this is exactly how a DIPA should smell like! I get lots of lovely notes of overripe tropical fruits like mango and peach. This is perfectly backed up by a sweet, malty, caramel background. Finally there are some vague herbal traces in the back.

The flavours are a bit strong, but nevertheless an itsy bitsy teeny weeny disappointment compared to the quite intense aroma. However, they do follow the delicious aroma, but with some additional notes of clean alcohol that could have been better integrated. The taste is moderate to light sweet, with a long-lasting, moderate to heavy bitter finish. I like DIPAs to have even more bite in the finish, and thereby also some more sweetness, but this is still a wonderful taste.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant. The beer has a lovely smooth texture, there is some dryness in the finish, the carbonation is moderate and the body is close to full. A quite gentle and light DIPA, or an overwhelmingly powerful IPA, take your pick.

Conclusion: an unusually successful homebrew! The only things that could have made this even better would be to mellow the alcohol flavour and boost the other flavours somewhat, and add a few more grams of bittering hops.

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    15/20
Ratebeer score: 3.8/5.0

Anodyn Hindu Saison

Hindu Saison by Anodyn, 7% ABV, unknown IBU.

The previous saison I rated on this blog was the delicious ANodyn Rosenkrantz Sommer-Saison, a beer with a bit more bittering hops that I’m used to for this style. One of the very best homebrews I’ve ever rated is the Houblon Saison from Meilby Brewing, so my hopes are really high when I open the bottle of extra hoppy saison from the Anodyn crew.

Anodyn Hindu Saigon (batch 5)

Anodyn Hindu Saigon (batch 5)

In the glass it looks opaque, with a medium orange colour. The huge, white head is very long-lived, and it laces the glass very well.

The strong aroma is definitely more IPA than saison, it lacks the crispiness and freshness of the latter style. Instead this is very sweet, it’s almost like smelling a soft drink. I get notes of sugary, overripe tropical fruits like peach. The aroma is in fact so overripe that I sense some rotting leaves far in the back. Also yeast, bubble gum, candy and some faint ripe strawberries. It’s a pleasant aroma, but a bit unexpected.Hindu Saison, enjoyed in the sun 7 months after brewing

There is quite much sweetness in the taste as well, and the finish is moderate bitter. The flavours aren’t that strong, but they are fairly decent. Fruits, yeast, a bit too much alcohol and traces of spices.

On the palate the beer feels dry to oily, but the finish is definitely dry. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate.

Conclusion: a quite ok IPA with hints of saison, but a bit too sweet and overripe fruity.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0