Sort Gul - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by crnipeter:
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
Apparently opaque black body gets crowned by spectacular beige to light tan creamy head that sets at slow pace leaving hanging patches of lace about the glass.
Sniffing reveals citrusy, spicy and piney hops overlaying the dark malt aroma with
chocolate quality and roastiness. Evident are minty notes resulting from interaction of hops
with dark, roasted malts/grains and faint sulphury undertones can be picked up.
Flavor features resinous hop bitterness, pronounced roasted grain character and dark malts providing tannins for a dry mouthfeel. The roast character lingering through the aftertaste is a bit overpowering.
Body is close to medium with creamy mouthfeel probably given by oats. Doesn't feel
overcarbonated as I feared seeing the thick long-lasting head.
Overall, a black IPA with lots of roast character and no inappropriate cloying sweetness or heavy body resembling a Stout. (330 ml without bottling/BB date indication,into tulip.)
11-13-2012 17:22:22 | More by crnipeter
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United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2016. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Bizarre name - unsure what this has to do with the beer.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark brown colour that appears pitch black in the glass, with some chunky sediment floating around at the bottom. Produces a massive head of creamy beige foam with superb retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing as it settles. Aroma of bright fruity hop notes: grapefruit, orange rind, citrus and pine resin. This is underpinned by subtle hints of dark malt and earthy yeast. Fantastic.
Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a dark malt backbone and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, burnt grain, subtle roasted malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with hints of spicy hop oils. A dry bitterness upon swallowing, though it's severity is mitigated by the hop aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth, peppery and tingly, with relatively low carbonation. Nice, creamy body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and a hint of yeast.
Very nice - lots of light, fruity citrus notes and a hint of pine. Delicious. The malt seems highly attenuated and very restrained; there are hints of burnt grain and dark malt but not that much. Still, this allows the hops to shine all the more brightly so it doesn't detract unduly from the experience. The carbonation seems low but the mouthfeel remains pleasing. All said, another quality brew from Mikkeller. Were it not for the price I would happily grab more of this and guzzle it down. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.
11-11-2012 00:48:48 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
330ml bottle. Sort Gul? 'Black Yellow', apparently. Beyond the label, I have no inclination as to what this means.
This beer pours a muddled, very dark chestnut brown hue, with diluted cola basal highlights, and a teeming amount of nearly overflowing tightly puffy, broadly bubbly beige head, which settles at a snail's pace, eventually leaving some nice lock and tumbler mechanism lace around the glass.
It smells of moderately roasted caramel malt, a strong oily nuttiness, subtle powdered baker's chocolate, some faint citrus rind, wet pine needles, and herbal liqueur. The taste is lightly toasted grainy malt, an even nutty caramel sweetness, some nicely bitter chocolate notes, a softly fruity citrus peel astringency, and herbal, piney hops. A gentle warming increases in sync with that of the beer.
The carbonation is on the reserved side, flirting a little too much with being flat, the body a somewhat thin medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the roasted cocoa and bitter hops finally coming head to head, both in their relatively quiet manner.
A decent version of the style, nice and dialed down from some of the anemic or unbalanced offerings we've been seeing lately. That seems to be the calling card here - sure, the roasted malt, hops, and booze are all there, but they go about their work, all nicely integrated, so much so that you just wanna sit back and enjoy what they've done for you. Worthy of further indulgence, I do say.
11-06-2012 02:39:13 | More by biboergosum
3.96/5 rDev -0.5%
Met my expectation of a tasty black ipa. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant. The roast and hop balance was very good. The hops lead, would it be as good another 2 months? I do not know, good malting aided great drinkability. Somewhat expensive but worth it for me.
05-05-2013 02:46:39 | More by Sammy
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
Pours a large, thick head that lasts for a little while with good lacing. Color is dark, close to that of a nice coffee. Smell is primarily that of the roasted malt and pine aroma. The roasted malt and caramel flavor comes through as well as some fruitiness from the hops present but hidden behind the dominant piney and woodsy flavor. Not a bad balance of flavor overall. Medium body for a Black IPA, alcohol hidden nicely. Easy drinker for this style. Very good example of this style. Would like to have had it a bit fresher.
03-04-2014 02:09:14 | More by beersdmf17
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows pine, roasted malt and grapefruit. Somewhat limited.
Big roasted malt flavours but with a fair bit of caramel sweetness behind it. Also pine and grapefruit.
Too much carbonation for these flavours.
11-30-2013 22:29:43 | More by CrazyDavros
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.
Smells of pine, citrus, and some light roasted notes.
Tastes of the light roasted notes combined with the full hop notes. Leads off with clean hop notes that give off notes of citrus, pine, and some herbs. This gives way to a moderate bitterness. The herbal notes give a bit of a medicinal feel, that I find to be a fault. Malts come in with a nice roasted combination of cocoa powder and a bit of burnt coffee. Only lightly sweet, this definitely leans towards bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a good black IPA, but for the price, $5.60 a 12oz, I expected near perfection, which would be achieved if the medicinal notes were done away with.
11-17-2012 01:54:19 | More by ocelot2500
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
Had on tap at Craft Beer in London, then had the good fortune of having again two weeks later at the hopleaf in Chicago. Both poured into tulip glasses
Pours a very deep black with mocha like head, which frankly had disippated quite a bit by the time it hit th bar. Very good looking beer.
Definitely some roasted malts in the smell, but the presence of pine and citrus from the hops is very forward.
Taste is where this one blows me away. It's not over creamy or thick as some other dark ales, very medium body, but the combination of dark malt flavor and heavy hops really works very well. I'm curious what hop is used, since the lingering aftertaste is as good as any I've ever had.
I don't care what you call it, black ale black IPA etc., but this is one delicious beer.
10-17-2012 16:31:10 | More by DAllspaw
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Thoroughly enjoyable and easy-drinking beer. From the first appearance to the last drop, this was very satisfying and impressive. I could get used to this style. Although there is some bitterness and hoppiness, it is much less prominent than typical IPAs, with a more prominent dark fruit flavor. Some subtle roasted flavors make it more appealing as well. This also is less expensive than most Mikkeller beers, so that's a good thing too.
02-26-2013 01:21:44 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
330ml bottle. ½ pt Shaker glass. Enjoyed on jul´12 - funny no-planned tasting session in good company at the Freiburg- Very dark brown color headed by tan froth. Lasting & spotty crown. Intense- too much- flowery fragrance, roasted malt , roasted coffee, burnt bread & piney aromas to the nose. Roasted malty upfront followed by sharp resiny hoppiness & bitter cocoa hues. Light to medium, flavorful body. Moderate carbonation. Light oily texture. Hints of coffee in the middle lingers into a dry bitter finish. Bitter cocoa comes back on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden resolves in an easy drinkability.
08-01-2012 01:02:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.14/5 rDev +4%
Purchased 11.2 oz bottle at Calandro's in baton Rouge while on business for around $6. Pours a deep brown to black color with a finger of off white creamy head. Seriously intense hop aroma, super hot and sharp. Mixed with some roasted black bitter malts and a slight amount of vanilla. Really crisp black bitter malt, piney sharp hop and a tad of creamy vanilla flavor. Its slightly bitter but smooth and creamy at the same time. There is such a war of the senses going on here...but it all evens out. Thed alcohol is completely hidden. This is another great brew from Mikkeller.
01-17-2013 02:39:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.84/5 rDev -3.5%
Batch no. 011112
Appearance: Almost pitch black. Pours a massive thick head with a dark tint -- perfect head.
Aroma: Aromatic hops, reminiscent of strong American IPAs. A little bit of citrus-like sweetness.
Taste: Not an insane hop attack, but the hops bitterness is especially present in the aftertaste, which is sharp. Other than there's some intense grapefruit, but not all that much depth.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, feels rather prickly, light to medium body.
Overall: Nothing amazing in the end, but perfectly reasonable version of the Black IPA style. A little too sharp though, especially in the aftertaste.
02-24-2013 16:39:14 | More by Arborescence
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