Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter - Mikkeller ApS
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3.28/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
A - Goodness... Say what you will about Mikkeller, but you can't argue that the man makes amazing looking beers. Bowling ball black body with a towering, creamy, light tan pillow of head. Outrageous retention and lace.
S - Bright orange zest and dark chocolate, dark roast malts, just a hint of smoke, bread crust.
T - Bitter orange, touch of cocoa, lemon zest, light roasted grains.
M - Disappointingly thin body made even lighter by a bright acidity.
O - Great concept but the execution leaves a lot to be desired in the flavor profile and body.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 02:50:52 | More by vfgccp
3.56/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, earth, citrus fruit, and slight hot dog juice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd aroma but solid flavors when the beer warms up.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2014 00:21:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.69/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with colorful label (depicting a flat knock knock joke) and standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Judging by the mini-label on the neck, this seems to be the recommended vessel. Reviewed live. This is my favourite brewer, and his dark beers tend to be amazing, so I have high expectations. 6% ABV. "Ale brewed with orange and yuzu." I had to google yuzu; apparently it's a hybrid citrus fruit. Bravo, Mikkel. More obscure ingredients that will probably make an interesting if not amazing beer.
Cost was $7.49 USD plus tax at a local SoCal beer store. Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No wonder it's so damned expensive.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a beautiful tan colour frothy four finger head of incredible smooth rolling cream, fantastic thickness, and amazing (8+ minute) retention. Good lacing as the head recedes (when it finally does recede, that is). Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for a porter. The head is making me crave it already. I can't wait to try it.
Sm: Roasted barley in the background, coffee, coffee roast, cream, milky notes, dark malts, chocolate/cocoa, and yes - strange subtle fruit notes. A bit like a mandarin orange. Orange flavoured chocolate comes to mind as an overall descriptor for the aroma. Caramelized sugars and light floral hops come through. The fruit is light and backgrounded; if I wasn't looking for it I might not catch it. No, scratch that. It becomes more prominent as it warms. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. An intriguing aroma for a porter. I can't wait to try it. Moderate to fairly strong.
T: A delightful if strange blend of Mandarin orange, orange peel, citrus zest, and chocolate. Dark malts form the foundation with near perfect caramel notes lending it more depth of flavour. Floral hops complement the subtle fruit notes - which work well balanced against the chocolate and light coffee. Roast is too buried, but at least it's there; that's more than I find in most porters. A bit of a sour edge from the fruit just on the finish. Well built for a porter; the fruit is not a gimmick (hey, it's not like Brewdog brewed it...Zing!). No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's nicely executed, but it lacks the complexity I'd expect from a great porter. That said, it is certainly unique - a characteristic I always applaud. The weird orange fruit notes go shockingly well here; at the hands of a lesser brewer this would be a wretched mess. Can you imagine the Karl Strauss version of this? The craft is masterful, and the result is a solid brew that doesn't fit conveniently in the conventions of a porter.
Mf: Strange; it's crisp from the fruit. Smooth and wet with enough coarseness to bring out the flavour but enough smoothness to keep it drinkable and even refreshing. A refreshing Porter? Hm. Who knew fruit would do so well? Perfect carbonation and thickness. Where it suffers is in its palate presence; it's just so brief on the palate. There's hardly any time for the flavours to really impact.
Dr: Very drinkable; I could down it all night. The price is a bit horrid, but I'm glad I tried it. A unique porter that every fan of porters or Mikkeller (or both) should give a go. Another boundary-pushing interesting brew from who I consider to be the best brewer alive. Would I get it again? No, probably not, but only because of the price. I'd pay $5 for this and be satisfied. I'd try it on-draught, I suppose. It's an interesting one, and it stands out in the vast world of porters. That alone says a lot. Hides its ABV well, but that's probably not why you'd buy it.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2013 04:12:58 | More by kojevergas
Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter from Mikkeller ApS
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