Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter - Mikkeller ApS
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3.56/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
07-03-2014 00:21:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface nd a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste very much follows th smell, except that the orange flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels light- to radium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. I just wished that it had a little more flavors of oranges.
09-15-2013 23:38:12 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
330ml bottle. Nice little illustrated knock-knock groaner on the label.
This beer pours solid, impermeable black, with only the slightest of basal cola syrup highlights, and three fingers of densely packed fermenting yeast foam head, finely textured, even a bit bubbly, which leaves some nice splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of gritty, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate - with a musty, dried orange center - some oily nuttiness, coffee beans, and earthy, fallen leaf hops. The taste is more of the same, but with a more rounded orange flavour - still musty, and a bit tarter, but extricated from the cocoa, which does well to otherwise blend with the toasty caramel and coffee notes. A heightened musty, lightly sour green character evolves, sort of hanging on to the soft earthy hops.
The carbonation is generally quite understated, the body mostly smooth, and a decent medium weight, which isn't bad, of course, but kind of underwhelming in the presence of lactose and oats on the ingredient list. It finishes off-dry, the milky chocolate and mirror-world orange sweetness gaining the upper hand over those zingy, sour vegetal hops.
A just adequate porter, as it just seems that there's too many things happening, and not much of it is coordinated. The sourness is a mild put-off as well (given that it seems to come from the hops, and not the lactose), and I would prefer my orange to be more Yuletide-like, when married to chocolate. An amusing marketing concept, though, I'll give them that.
06-30-2013 02:05:13 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
from the knock knock joke on the label to the last citrusy sip, I liked this twisted porter. it pours cocoa brown, shiny, with an inch or so of tan froth. the nose is pretty basic porter, some vanilla and orange peel amongst the heavily roasted barley and ale yeast. the flavor starts that way too when its real cold, but as it warms this beautiful citrus acidic tartness blossoms toward the middle and the finish and really transforms the roasty malt flavors into candy and chocolaty goodness. its amazing how much the fruit open up as this beer warm, making the last sip entirely different from the first. I had to google what yuzu was, its a sour orange to grapefruit tree fruit from asia, and I really do taste it in addition to the orange. this might also be a cool combination of flavors in a lighter beer, say a wit. good feel, creamy despite the acid from the fruit, and full bodied. easy drinking for what it is. not a beer ill rush to buy again at 7 bucks for an 11.2oz. bottle, but like all mikkeller beers it was original and well done.
02-09-2013 18:13:46 | More by StonedTrippin
3.69/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-24-2013 04:12:58 | More by kojevergas
3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
330ml bottle, with some wacky artwork performing the knock-knock joke whose punchline names the beer. Good work, Mikkeller. Purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a deep brown, with translucent edges. Head forms a filmy laced top and a crisper ring of pale brown. Lacing is excellent, tight and intricate. Lighter than expected body, but it holds some nice fine carbonation. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is undeniably odd. Roasted, slightly nutty and quite brown malt tones, giving toasted bread and sweet brioche, mingled with a sharp, bitter-sour citrus tone—peely, dank and potent. Together it provides an earthy, organic character: not far from loamy soil turned with compost. It's rich and pungent, but slightly disconcerting at the same time.
Taste is dark. Indeed, the roast which was present on the nose didn't prepare me for just how sharply dark this was going to be. Bitter chocolate characters, coffee grounds and char are very prominent here, and I believe they're accentuated by the bitter citrus character. This character doesn't linger like hop acids would, but they set off the tastebuds to accept the bitterness from the roasted malts, so they have a similar effect. It's quite an intense experience, and an extremely interesting one.
Feel is light, but decent enough. It doesn't get in the way of the beer by any means.
Overall, this was an odd, but rewarding beer experience. The yuzu doesn't make its own flavour so noticeable, but it does accentuate and distinguish some of the flavours already extant in the beer. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but I'm very pleased to have tried it.
05-09-2013 03:05:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.28/5 rDev +10%
750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan had that sticked around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. It's a great smelling brew, it smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, oranges/orange peel, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, milk and bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt, slightly tart citrus/oranges, citrus peel and a bit of a mineral flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and slick. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I like this beer a lot, I should have bought another bottle. I'll have to grab one if I ever come across this again. It's pricey at $17.99 a bottle, but I liked this one a lot.
11-09-2013 01:09:16 | More by bluejacket74
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
01-10-2014 02:50:52 | More by vfgccp
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A: Pours a jet black with an enormous, thick khaki head.
S: Aromas of mandarin orange, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, roasted grain, and leather express themselves on the nose.
T: Notes of mandarin orange, dark chocolate, heather, leather, heavy cream, roasted grain, yuzu, vanilla bean, coffee, mulberry, blackberry, and lemony, grassy hops fill the mouth. The finish is sweet, rich, and fruity with robust vanilla bean, orange, yuzu, heavy cream, and dark chocolate notes.
M: On the lighter side of medium and smooth. Starts off dry, but gets a bit syrupy by mid-palate. Carbonation is a bit discreet for my liking-it could stand to be firmer.
O: An interesting porter to say the least and one that would make a perfect dessert beer. A few minor tweaks would make this a smashing success.
07-06-2013 21:39:00 | More by mrfrancis
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a dark reddish brown. The beer isn't quite black in the middle, and there's a fair border of color around the edges. Smallish beige head, lots of small bubbles. The aroma has an interesting blend of citrus bite and chocolate and roasted malt flavors. It's just a bit simple, and the citrus is a little too astringent. The underlying porter is rather gentle and sweet, and the harsher citrus doesn't quite work against it. The same issues exist in the taste, though you get more porter flavor, which is a plus. The beer smells and tastes more like limes than oranges. I can't quite speak to yuzu flavor, which I have tried but not for some time. At any rate, it's actually growing on me quite a bit as the beer warms. However, this is a beer that you really need to smell and taste at the same time. The delicacy of the citrus comes out more in the aroma and the complexity of the porter shines in the taste. Mikkeller makes excellent porters/stouts, and the base beer here is no different. Lots of chocolate, some pleasant coffee notes, solid roast and a sweet caramel background. Finish is all citrus and chocolate, like a chocolate orange slice. Mouthfeel is rather gentle. Soft little bubbles. At first, it seemed a bit crisp and light, but I think that's just the citrus flavor playing tricks on my palate. This is an interesting beer. At first, I was ready to give it a lower rating, but this beer works quite well as a package. On their own, the aroma and taste aren't particularly impressive. It's when the two are allowed to blend that this beer reaches its potential. That said, I would be interested to try a similar combination of flavors in a stronger beer. I would definitely buy an imperial version of this beer.
01-25-2013 07:34:31 | More by popery
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
On tap at When Pigs Fly. Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a good deal of lace.
Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and citrus.
The taste improved on the aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee, and molasses up front, leading to orange zest, then a bit of cocoa late. Nice.
A sweet beer, very enjoyable.
05-22-2013 21:28:49 | More by lordofthewiens
Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter from Mikkeller ApS
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