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Sort Gul | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
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Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GONZALOYANNA on 08-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.95
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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop 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 solid aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours jet black with a frothy off white head.

The nose is citrus and herbal, lots of pine and resin. Then comes a nice caramel with roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. The flavor is cocoa and resin, some cracker and a little oats and roasted malt. It is very dry with a bitter finish. It leaves a very tobacco like aftertaste in your mouth, which I genuinely dislike.

Overall, alot of good characteristics, but this is slightly better than ok as a whole.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was an xmas present from my wonderful girlfriend. small bottle poured into a wine glass. as always, mikkeller can do no wrong. its nearly black in color with a gorgeous cream colored head just under an inch tall, and lasting the whole glass. simply stunning appearance. the nose is well hopped, zesty and piney at the same time, just right on christmas day. big roasty malt profile, even spicy mixed in with the bitter. i can pick out some rye malt i think, like the wookey jack from firestone in terms of the malt bill. flavor is really hoppy, much more so than expected, with a few notes of coffee on the back end as well. the remaining yeast provides excellent texture and mouthfeel to this beer, which is full enough bodied and brightly carbonated. i love mikkeller beers, every single one of them, and this one to me was very special. the alcohol was felt but not heard from, and the overall vibe of this beer is outstanding. as much a hoppy porter as anything else. look forward to my next one of these!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller "Sort Gul." 7.30% ABV confirmed. "Black India Pale Ale." I've had a great black IPA from Mikkeller before, so I'm hoping this is up to par. Mikkel's my favourite brewer; expectations are high. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: A light bubble show at the bottom of the head as foam seems to run down towards the body. Pours a 5+ finger head of biege-khaki colour. Foamy and a bit frothy. Lacing is sticky and heavy; wow. A bit creamy. Great thickness. Great (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV; that's damned impressive. Body colour is very dark solid brown-black; it's not quite a consistent full jet-black; there's some restraint there. No yeast particles are visible. All around it's pretty impressive.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate malt, dark bittering malts, floral hops, fennel, raisin, light coffee, and light grapefruit citrus. No hop bitterness or bite. It's pretty good for the style. A bit of roast. A subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.

I couldn't wait on the head any longer after five minutes, so I just started drinking through the head - which was still a good 4 fingers in thickness.

T: A marriage of dark bitter malts, light coffee, light roast, and timid caramel with well executed floral hop notes, a touch of grapefruit citrus ester zing, and a bit of biscuity yeast. They don't clash at all. It works surprisingly well. Nicely balanced and built. The coffee in particularly has a delightfully subtle part to play which really helps bring out the roast and hop bitterness; they play off and complement eachother. Its strength is in its subtlety; it isn't amazingly complex but there's plenty going on here. I don't get any alcohol. Any chocolate malt is minimal. One of the better Black IPAs I've had, but Mikkel has done other better ones.

Mf: Soft, chewy, smooth, and wet. Carbonation is perfect. It's light and soothing on the palate, yet presence is still full. It doesn't lack body, but the mouthfeel really aids drinkability. A fine texture that so few brewers seem able to deliver. Complements the flavour profile rather well.

Dr: A success from Mikkel. One of the better beers I've tried in this style. Mikkel's are the only black IPAs I can remember really enjoying. A solid Black IPA that helps remind me why Mikkeller is my favourite 'brewery'. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably get this again, especially when out at a bar. I do wish the price were better as an import, but Danes have no excuse not to try this.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a small, creamy, but really sticky tan head.
Lots of citrus hop in the smell, some peach, sour bread, caramel, toast, really faint chocolate. Pretty light.
Tons more citrus in the taste than on the nose. Lots of bittersweet grapefruit, sour lemon, pomelo, even hints of tangerine. Lots of pineapple, sweet and kinda syrupy, straight from a can. Hint of mango. Toasted malts, some caramel, a bit of cocoa powder and then some ashy hints towards the end. Works well with the rich piney notes. Really bitter.
Aftertaste has bitter hop, faint citrus peel, some burnt malt. Medium body and carbonation.
A nice American black ale concentrated on fresh citrusy hops, with a nice toasted malt backbone to keep it from being too light. Nice, refreshing, but nothing unique.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Chris (spycow). I had been considering picking this one up but was spared the financial risk that comes with Mikkeller offerings. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Off-white light tan foam settles to a thin cap leaving behind a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Piney hops, herbs, a touch of citrus zest, chocolate malts, a bit of sugar cookie. Pretty nice and true to style.

T - The taste starts out quite similar, with a mix of sugar cookie, cocoa, citrus and tropical fruit hops, and a touch of herbal hop bitterness for good measure. Unfortunately there's a touch of astringent and slightly harsh black malt in the finish that I don't really enjoy.

M - Medium body, lightly roasty and dry in texture, with some residual oily hop resins. Medium-low carbonation is appreciated.

D - Not sure how fresh this was, but it was reasonably hoppy and seemed to hold up better than other Mikkeller IPAs from across the pond. Solidly executed and true to style, but there are American offerings I'd rather have at this price point.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with creamy brown head. Aroma is really hoppy with some roasted malts in the background. Taste starts hoppy and balanced, earthy and piney. Finishes hoppy and roasty with moderate bitterness. Smooth, medium body and carbonation. Really nice example of black IPA, balanced and tasty.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Nice blend of black IPA , Belgian strong and a hint of sour. Not quite a black pour, dark brown with soft beige head. Aroma leans towards the sour, taste follows with more hops kicking in. Pushing boundaries all the way around.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body (maybe dark brown) decent khaki head and some minor lace patches around the glass. The aroma steers towards the malts as I get a little sweet caramel edge, some roasted malts, possible chocolate, and then a bit of both spice(?) and some herbal, bitter hops. Not a standout version of this style as it seems to play it safe, if you will, and have a minor hop base supplement a sweet, chocolaty and caramel malt base along with roasted malts for balance. A very enjoyable sipper and this medium bodied beer hits the spot; just wish the hops were slightly more pronounced.

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Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is almost black (100 EBC), the head is pale brown. Some fine lacing occurs.

The smell got citric hops, fresh French bread and some pumpernickel. The bitterness is somewhat sharp.

The taste is somewhat chemical. Lemon peels makes me think of artificial lemon scent. Some sour black malt flavours. Cream. Liquorice. Some wheat flour notes. The aftertaste got bread flavours, some tart notes, chocolate and a clean medium strong bitterness. Lemon peels in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is a bit sticky.

This one taste very much “Mikkeller”. And much like other Black IPAs. A style that I still don’t “get”.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Some sediment floating around. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), light chocolate notes, malt, and a hint of coffee. A somewhat milder flavor than some of the American versions of this style, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A good, well done, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an accurate pitch black with a brown head into my glass. Lacing, etc. Not a stout. Not a porter.

Ok, the aroma kind of reminds me of a hoppy stout. Lots of pine in the nose, even if you have to struggle to find it.

The flavors don't hit one over the head. Instead, you get a mild pine bite followed by the essence of charred malt. More sweet than bitter. Dare I say a mild cocoa bite?

Lingering pine notes and sweet malt make the mouthfeel. It's, dare I say, creamy in a way?

A nice change from the usual over-hopped American Black Ale. A Mikkeller fan can't lose here.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2012.
Strong aroma is smoky and VERY hoppy - like a good stout mixed with a double IPA. Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a very thick tan head that hangs around for a while. Flavor has a core of roast malt with a strong woody malt overtone and hints of licorice, caramel and coffee. Texture has firm body and lots of fizz and sass. If you like dark beers and hoppy beers, this one is a must!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy, thick khaki head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid. Head retention is very good, and as the head settles, a moderate amount of khaki lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet, toasty malt scents of dark bread, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla bean are balanced by hoppy scents of fresh herbs, lime zest, lemon rind, juniper berry, cedar, and bitter orange.

T: Notes of blood orange, bitter orange, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, cedar, juniper berry, grapefruit, pine, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and dark bread wash across the palate. The finish is both bitter and toasty with herbal, citrusy hops balanced by flavors of dark chocolate and dark bread.

M: Medium bodied and oddly dry for the style, though there is a bit of a resinous feel toward the fade. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. Surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of 7% abv or more.

O: This is a very nice Scandinavian take on the American Black Ale style. The aromas and flavors don't separate quite as much as some of the beers of this style produced by Mad River, Stone, Rogue and the like, but the unique aromas and flavors that this ale so skillfully presents make it very appealing, and at least for me, make it pretty memorable. The tell-tale muddled rush of hop bitterness that has become a defining characteristic of Mikkeller's beers is here, but in Sort Gul, it's more approachable, more restrained. One can actually get an idea of how the malt and hops work together in this ale. So, in the end, this ale may be more straight-forward, dare I say more simplistic, than the best American Black Ales produced in the United States, but it presents a different take on the style, one that is more drinkable, more balanced, more integrated, more approachable, and perhaps more fun. It is definitely worth checking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle

Appearance - Thick, billowing khaki head after a careful pour, which leaves solid lacing the whole way through. Black coffee color with ruby highlight coming through when held up to a light. A decent amount of sediment is left in the bottle.

Aroma - Floral hops, dark chocolate covered oranges.

Taste - Floral hops, black coffee, and slight bitter chocolate. Some grapefruit juice pulls through at the end to balance out this complex drink.

Mouthfeel - Slick and oily. Finishes dry and bitter. Fairly low carbonation given the size of the head. So complex, yet easy to drink.

Overall - Good beer, would love to try this fresh (No dates on the bottle). No telling how old it is at this point.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A crazy two finger billowy mocha head was poured that was for the most part slightly reduced and still there. It is a dark brown black color with bo vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy mocha lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, pine, and citrus.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty balanced with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, ashy bitterness, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty standard black ale. I like the beer, but more hop presence would make this beer better.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, touch of brown, finger frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, some coffee.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, bitterness, coffee, bit of black licorice.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, bitter finish.

D - Nice black IPA. Good hop profile and balance.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown, opaque very dark brown in the glass with big light brown head. Sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: pine, navel orange, notes of buttered toasted brown bread and roast. Taste: tangerine into quick sugared dark fruit note into pine blast, with citrus peel, roast, unsweet chocolate, and dark brown sugar towards the finish. Finishes drying but sugary with lingering pine and a burnt-ish note. Better and better as it warms, pretty solid.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not retired no more, sillies. 330ml with a best by of 10/7/19.

A - Pour to a pint is more of a dark-but-translucent brown with red highlights showing through. A ton of tan head to start, ridiculous half-finger retention and lace-a-plenty.

S - Quite a bit of piny and earthy hop, almost woody. More of a dense dark caramel malt and roast vibe than cocoa, though sure, cocoa too.

T - The 'black'/malts come more into play here, quite nicely at that. A nice dense malt hit of dark chocolate, roast, cookie dough and some dark fruit. Hence the hops being a bit masked here, but enough grapefruit and pine coming through to recognize it as a black IPA undoubtedly.

M - Definitely on the maltier/heftier side for a hop-driven beer, but fitting given the beer at hand. A bit too much carbonation foam, nice bitterness and a dry finish, quite drinkable.

O - A nice black IPA with a big and appreciated malt profile worth paying attention to, decent bitterness from the roast+hop side of things but it would've been nice to see a more expressive hop profile coming through.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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