Black Malts And Body Salts - To Øl

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: artoolemomo on 09-14-2013

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Reviews by danieelol:
Photo of danieelol
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a nice creamy, tanned, well-retaining head. Great lacing.

Nose is first off hops- those nondescript hydroponic ones To Ol is known for. Then roast, then coffee, then malt, Barleywine-esque. Juniper. Some pineapple hops, creamy. Alcohol.

Taste is primarily hops- herbal and syrupy. Roast, coffee. Some malt. Juniper.

Mouthfeel is substantial and heavy. Harsh bitterness. Fading gin-bite in the finish.

Definitely a technically proficient beer. All the elements are readily detectable. But works about as well as you'd expect a 10% roasty Black IPA brewed with coffee to. At times tastes more like an imperial stout, but then those hop notes are highly potent and unmistakeable. Then at times almost tastes like a Barleywine. And don't forget the omnipresent coffee. Very complex but I'd prefer if they just picked one or two of these styles and perfected them, rather than having so many present in the same beer. Definitely one to sip.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very very cool beer here, so nice to put coffee and hops together, although its definitely intense, bitterness double jeopardy, and not for everyone, but i personally thought it was exquisite. the pour is amazing, super heady, rising mocha cream overflows even after a modest pour, and it holds on, leaving well defined rings after each sip. jet black and shiny brew with just a little yeast floating around. it smells like day old drip coffee, not super rich or thick, more simple than that, its bold, but its still an accent flavor to the black malts, which have a nice heavy roast on them, very mineral heavy and dense, and the hops are C varietal type, more bitter and high alpha than fruity or oily or anything, but definitely aggressively dosed. carbonation makes the beer lighter than it is, and the nearly 10% abv is extremely well disguised, which is remarkable in this context. one thing i thought was missing is the usual danish yeast weirdness that these guys bring to the table most of the time. there isnt much of a yeast profile here at all, and that hurts it a little for me, i expected it to be a little more bizarre, and i miss it. the hops are very intense against the coffee too, especially as it warms up. great beer, not as unique as it could be given the ingredients and base style, but its very well made and worth the 11 or so dollars i dropped on it. slow sipper though for sure. gorgeous artwork on the label too.

Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantasic brown head, tar black color.

Bready malts, coffee, ripe fruits, mango, peach, a whole lot going on in this, while fruit aromas are the most present.

Taste is much more defined by coffee, as the smell actually promised. Coffee is so intense, it reminds me of espresso, providing a bitter, dry beginning. Bitter chocolate and earthy malts support the bitter, present coffee, providing a underlying sweet- and earthieness. Fruits are also present, giving the beer a great complexity. Fruits turn more and more recognizable, as the palate adjusts to the beer. Surprisingly, those two very different tastes go very well together. Bitter from the beginning, fruity hops add a lovely piney, sweet note to the beer, with a gentle bitter, hoppy ending. Mouthfeel is almost a little oily.

Great melange, full bodied, neither coffee nor fruits seem to be too present on their own, which makes this beer so great for me. Both sides of the beer would work perfectly fine on their own, but thrown into one single bottle, a unique enjoyable taste is created. Very smooth, warm, gentle, while alcohol is detectable at no point.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

This one pours a black that is impenetrable to light with a very lively dark tan head that is very long lived and leaves an exceptionally consistent lacing down the glass.

The nose is somewhat weak with hints of bread, coffee, chocolate and fruity malt.

The taste is a dry malt that subsides to strong hops and a bitter finish but is somewhat lacking is overall satisfaction. The coffee is notable but really doesn't help.

The moutfeel is a bit watery and less rich than I would have expected from such a rich long lived head.

Overall it is drinkable but not exceptional. This Danish interpretation of an American Black Ale is a fail. Maybe if they had left the word American off I wouldn't be so harsh. But, I have to reflect what is advertised on the label. While this is a very drinkable ale it is not an American ale it is extremely danish it its signature hops and reminds me more of a dark Carlsburg with coffee notes.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a short, creamy tan head that’s just barely covering the body, like a stout. Lots of lacing.

The aroma is hops balancing with coffee and dark malts, adding up to a piney nose with supporting tones of toasted marshmallow, creamy butterscotch, and an interesting berry tone (blueberry, juniper).

This palate isn’t coffee on top of hops, it’s hops, coffee, and residual sugars that have been sewn together like a chocolate-covered pine cone. It’s quite thin for its ABV, bringing in more of the IPA versus the stout character. Bring it all together, though, and you get berry tea, cinnamon, caramel, whipped cream, and peanut all in the same sip – what? Yeah, it’s tough to put a finger on, and it’s unlike any other black ale I’ve ever had. The aftertaste is smoky and piney (dry, in other words), a fitting tribute to the burnt hop this beer seems to be focusing on.

When I picked this up, I pictured something like Sleep Over Coffee IPA, which is my favorite To Øl brew. Instead, I got a very unexpected blend of imperial stout, fruity American ale, and tea. Interesting, sure, but I doubt I’ll be seeking this one out again.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, roasted malt, and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, roasted malt, and coffee flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Imperial Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, roasted malt, and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Label describes it as and Imperial Black India Pale Ale brewed with coffee.

Appearance- This one is pretty much a gusher with lots of retention. The head is medium beige while the body is an opaque, chocolate black. Lots of lacing is left behind. Almost sheeting.

Nose- Subtle but nice. Mostly coffee notes, some nuttiness. A little bit of caramel. All of this from the bottle, the glass is rather bland. Only minor roasted notes with a slightly sour hint of coffee. Swirling shows a little bit of raisins, lemon, and caramel. Minor IPA hints in the background: pine, citrus, and resin are all very muted.

Taste- Woody bitterness paired with coffee start off the flavor profile with notes of raisin, followed by even more coffee (almost espresso), then finishing with minor licorice, almost jellybean, and mint. The alcohol plays nicely with the hints of spice that appear on the linger: cinnamon, anise, and nutmeg. Very little IPA character (except for the pine and resin bitterness that lead the front) and seems more like a porter at this time. I don't mind as this has a very interesting flavor profile and shows the variation that can exist in the style. It's also quite possible that some of the hop character has faded as this is an import (it isn't even listed on their website, so it can be that old, right?). Although I'm getting notes of matchstick that seem to mix with vanilla, oak, and licorice. Notes of cherry as well. Lots of complexity and lots of integration. The heat that is present works perfectly with other taste components. Solid, very good beer. Nice, dry finish.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish really clears out the palate and makes the tongue ready for the next drink. Much more of an IPA texture than a porter texture.

Drinkability- Compels you to drink more even though some of the flavor notes would be obstacles in other beers. It, however, is 10-11 dollars a pop which will render it a one time purchase for me.

Overall- A really good coffee beer with loads of alcohol and spice that still manages to be somewhat light and airy. Wins points on being unique and loses a few as it somewhat fails to represent the style, albeit, a new and undefined one. Definitely worth a try if you don't mind plunking down the cash.

Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label describes it as an imperial black IPA brewed with coffee.

375ml bottle pours black, a thick tan head retains as a bubbly cap, leaving webs of lacing. Name aside, it really smells like the darkest of dark malts. Roast and char, only the slightest hint of chocolate, with a good amount of grassy and piny hops.

Taste is much hoppier, loads of pine resin and grapefruit, with big roasty/dark chocolate backing. Not really getting coffee, but some good char going on. The mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, maintains an IPA feel rather than a stout. Some alcohol heat and big bitterness make this somewhat of a sipper but it's good enough to be rather easy drinking.

Definitely solid, very hop forward and bigger on the alcohol than most black IPAs, I was expecting more robustness from the malts but well-done.

Photo of ChristinaLynn
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Makes me what a porter or an IPA. Not a fan of both together.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with mad speckly creamy tan froth. 4
Oak smoke, tar, and crushed mint leaves - interesting. 4.25
Cold coffee, molasses, prunes, black malt acid, some oak chips, cherry stones, then orange skin oil, pine resin, and mildly skunky hops. 4.25
Anise finish and carob linger.
Oily, round, medium, no burn, salty, clean. 4

Fascinating malt interplay - salts and coffee just poke their heads out. What gets lost a bit is the hops - May (2019!) expiry date would suggest this is already 7 months old, so that explains a bit - leaving resinous bitterness but not real aroma, for a licorice-herb cough drop buzz altogether - this is definitely a BIPA, not a stout. This does many things well - it’s neither too heavy or sticky, yet still creamy with no burn; all impressive at the strength. I just wonder if fresher, this could have been epic instead of just very good. 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a dogfish head IPA glass.

Poured a nice dark chocolate color with a tan head. I got a significant amount of head, but that might have been a combination of a bad pour and the glass. The head settled leaving some lacing.

Dark scents of coffee chocolate alcohol and citrus notes

Taste of malt and chocolate with hints of IPA flavors and sweet flavors at the end. Starts of like a stout but finishes like a subtle IPA.

The beer flows freely across the tongue with respectable carbonation. Leaves an alcohol sweetness at the back of the pallet and sides of the mouth.

An enjoyable drink that cuts across styles.

Photo of beholder_pl
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a while back, and will definitely buy a bottle (or 5) again. Aroma was of coffee, hops, dark chocolate and a hint of resin. Same goes for taste. Basically this is an Imperial Stout on hoppy steroids and with more carbonation. Yet again a beer from To Øl that one has to try.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black, with an inch and a half of creamy, tan head. The five is for the lacing, which leaves perfect, sticky rings with every sip.

The smell doesn't give up much until it warms up a bit, coffee and roasted malts to start. Citrus and tropical fruit show up later with a hint of chocolate and booze.

Coffee, creamy chocolate, orange and pine are right up front in this one, slight floral taste near the end. Very well rounded flavor. Thicker body, a bit heavy on the carbonation.

Could it be the best of two worlds??? Why yes it can! Would probably still be good in 8 months. I won't try, but I might grab another one fresh.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle 9.9% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
BBE: 29/05/2018 (This must be one hell of an IPA…)

Appearance: At first glance Black Malts and Body Salts looks somewhat like an imperial stout, appearing pitch black in the glass and sporting a large dark tan coloured head. A back light however reveals the body to be an incredibly deep red with brighter red edges. The head lasts ridiculously well and some decent patchy lacing.

Smell: This smells fantastic – there is a fantastic combination of hops, coffee and imperial stout notes. Initial notes include: Black coffee, a fair amount of roasted malt, dark chocolate, resinous pine, sweet grass, grapefruit and an earthy almost woody note. As the beer warms, the nose becomes a little sweeter with some sweeter chocolate, a touch of caramel and lightly creamy coffee.

Taste: The flavor is far more imperial stout like than either the appearance or the nose, with a ton of bitter roasted malt, some char, a little dark chocolate and a touch of coffee drowning out the majority of the hop flavor. However as the beer warms up a little the hops begin to make an appearance with a little grapefruit, some sweet grass and a little resin becoming apparent. There is absolutely no trace of the 9,9%, even as the beer approaches room temperature. Room temperature also brings out a touch of underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel: As with most beers, this is a little over carbonated for my tastes (medium-high level), however it is just smooth enough to not be too bothersome. The body is just over medium.

Overall: Black Malts and Body Salts is a delicious beer, however I think it strays just a little too close to imperial stout territory for a black IPA. I think a smidgen more hops and a little less roasted malt would be an improvement.

Photo of baumaxx1
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance -
Opaque black, literally lets no light through. Very thick chocolate head, lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Can't see the level of carbonation.

Smell -
Coffee, hops, dark choc, almonds, toffee, biscuit.

Taste -
Lots of hops, slightly salty, a hint of grapefruit, coffee beans, cacao beans, caramel, hazelnut, a hint of chilli, smoky, more ipa than dark ale. Not a lot of alcohol present despite the high abv.

Mouthfeel -
Lots of fizz, pop rocks on the tounge, moderate body, a bit watery, creamy, frothy finish, crisp and refreshing, lots of fizz on the way down.

Overall -
An interesting brew, lots of flavour. A hop and coffee bomb. Looks good, smells good and lots of rich and unusual flavour. Quite refreshing.

Photo of darthvohn
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Teku

Appearance: Midnight black, ink like. Head was a creamy, fluffy chocolate milk color. While the majority of the head disappeared quickly, a thick cap has stuck around near the end.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, cooled black coffee, some dark berry scents ,rich stout notes, and just a smidge of hoppy resin. There is an undistinguished aroma here that I can't place. This offering is definitely leaning toward a stout than IPA.

Taste: Roasted coffee bean, malty, dark berries (rasp,black and blue), chocolatey flavors are all front and mid palate. Hoppy resiny, slight grapefruit notes and bitters on the backend. What a tasty black ale.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting this one to be heavy like a stout but it's surprisingly medium bodied; more IPA like here. Carbonation is higher than I thought it would be.

Overall: First To Ol brew and I'm not disappointed. The 9% ABV is extremely well hidden making this an easy drinking black ale. If you have access to it, get it and try it.

Photo of 50wolves
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma - Coffee and chocolate extracts. Appearance - Dark, minimal carbonation with brown foamy head. Taste - Noticed the bitter aspect the most, elements of sweetness however this is partially overwhelmed by the bitterness which maintains in the finish. Mouth feel - Has a sparkling element but would describe as soft. Overall - Fairly good beer, classified as a Black IPA (first time trail or me) I do however much prefer a regular stout if I am in the mood for a darker heavier beer.

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good beer great concept just feel like it was lacking a little in the hops profile

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a very chewy feel.

Black Malts And Body Salts from To Øl
92 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.