Black Malts And Body Salts - To Øl
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3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
08-21-2014 18:05:36 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.81/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
03-19-2014 23:54:41 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.09/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-14-2013 02:19:08 | More by artoolemomo
3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-14-2013 00:42:58 | More by Chico1985
Black Malts And Body Salts from To Øl
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.