Beer review

Review of Hopping in a Black Hole - English Dark IPA with anise seeds

Hopping in a Black Hole

Name: Hopping in a Black Hole

Brewery: www.brew-beer-home.com

Type of beer: English Dark IPA

Alcohol vol%: 4.8

Review: This beer have a dark brown, almost black, color. The dark IPA have a nice head, almost like the commercial beers with liquid nitrogen widgets. However the head disappears quickly, and that is not so good. The beer has a citrusy aroma from the mix of hops used. One can sense some of the liquorice aromas from the anise seeds. The beer has a nice flavor with notes of liquorice, and the hops gives it a nice bitterness. The dark malt gives the beer a nice full body. This beer is good with the food you get a christmas, so it is truly a season beer. However there is no problem drinking this beer at all times. It is suitable for the cold winter nights. The beer is best served at 12-15 celcius. This is a beer best suited for the experienced beerdrinker, because of it's dark and hoppy taste.

Additional information: I have had many discussions with my fellow craft brewers, whether or not it is possible to brew a dark IPA. This is my shot at it, and I think it was a succes. If this beer should be improved, I would add more hops and perhaps leave out the anise seeds.

Recipe for Hopping in a Black Hole - English Dark IPA

Review of Cascade Effect - American Pale Ale

Cascade Effect

Name: Cascade Effect

Brewery: www.brew-beer-home.com

Type of beer: American Pale Ale

Alcohol vol%: 5.1

Review: This beer have a dark brown, almost red, color. The pale ale have a high, foamy head, and it feels almost creamy when you drink it. The beer has a characteristic cascade aroma of flowers and citrus. The beer has a nice, full taste of the malts. But of course the hops gives this beer the most taste. Being a single hop beer, and with plenty of it, this beer tastes like flowers, citrus and grapefruit. The beer is best served at 10-12 celcius. This is a beer that is drinkable for most people - from the novice to the experienced beer drinker. The only problem with this beer is, that it tastes so good and is so easy to drink, that you can't have just one. Serve it in your garden in the summertime, and I bet you will drink more than one!

Recipe for Cascade Effect - American Pale Ale

Review of Brown Eagle - English Brown Ale

Brown Eagle

Name: Brown Eagle

Brewery: www.brew-beer-home.com

Type of beer: English Brown Ale

Alcohol vol%: 5.0

Review: This beer have a dark brown color. The brown ale have a nice, almost sparkling head, that gives the drinker a fizzy feeling when drinking it. The beer has a characteristic caramel aroma from the mix of malts used. The beer has a nice caramel flavor with a somewhat "metal like" notes. The beer is best served at 10-12 celcius. This is a beer that is drinkable for most people - from the novice to the experienced beerdrinker.

Additional information: I put plenty of cane sugar in the beer, when I carbonated it, to make it a sparkling beer, but it tends to over-carbonate. If it shall be brewed again, it is advisable to use less sugar for carbonation, than described in the recipe.

Recipe for Brown Eagle - English brown ale

Review of Vestfyen Christmas Ale

Vestfyen Christmas Ale

Name: Christmas Ale

Brewery: Bryggeriet Vestfyen A/S

Country: Denmark

Type of beer: Ale

Alcohol vol%: 6.5

Review: Vestfyen Christmas Ale is brown, almost turning red, with a white to light brown head. It has a rich aroma of nuts and sweet wine. This beer has a light bitterness and a good nice sweetness with notes of wine. It must be served at about 8-10 celcius to get the most of the flavour and aroma of this beer. This is a beer for the novice to the experienced beer drinker. There is nothing extraordinary about this beer. It tastes good, but you'll probably forget about it within an hour or so. It is worth drinking, and it goes well with the greasy food during Christmas, and there is nothing more to it.

Additional information: I think perhaps this beer will be better if you store it in a dark and cold place for a couple of years. I think this will bring out the wine taste and make a richer, and even a better beer. I have not tried it, but perhaps I will!

Review of Bruin - Brown Ale

Bruin

Name: Bruin

Brewery: Jefferson Brewery (Ørbæk)

Country: Denmark

Type of beer: Brown Ale

Alcohol vol%: 5.5

Review: Bruin is light brown, almost red, with a white and vey foamy head. It has a nice aroma of hops and nuts, and a sort of citrus note. The beer has a nutty and caramel taste and it is very malty with a good bitterness at the end. However the taste is not durable. 10 seconds after your last sip the taste has completely disappeared. It must be served at about 8-10 celcius to get the most of the flavour and aroma of this brown ale. This is a beer to enjoy in your garden on a hot summer day, and perhaps to your sandwich at lunchtime. This is a beer for everyone to drink - from the experienced beer drinker to the beginner. A beer that is drinkable, but there is not much more to say about it - you drink it, enjoys it and forgets it!

Review of Pirate - Stout with black liquorice

Cold Wheats

Name: Pirate

Brewery: www.brew-beer-home.com

Type of beer: Imperial Stout

Alcohol vol%: 7.3

Review: The color of the beer is almost completely black. The beer has a nice and dark brown head that is carataristic for the Stout type. The beer has a nice aroma from the hops and black liquorice, with notes of burntness and fruit. The beer has a bitter and dark taste with notes of black liquorice, and the dark malts gives the beer a nice and deep taste. The beer is best served at 10-12 celcius. This is a beer that is drinkable for the experienced beer drinker.

Additional information: This beer needs a minimum of 6 months storing before you drink it. It is possible to drink it when it has been bottled for four weeks, but wait until it has matured. This turned out to be a very, very nice beer.

Recipe for Pirate - Stout with black liquorice

Review of Sort Hvede - Wheat Stout

Sort Hvede

Name: Sort Hvede

Brewery: Indslev Bryggeri

Country: Denmark

Type of beer: Wheat Stout

Alcohol vol%: 6.5

Review: Sort Hvede is dark, almost black, with a light, brown and foamy head. It has a nice, rich aroma of smoke, black liquorice and notes of coffee and chocolate. It must be served at about 12-15 celcius to get the most of the flavour and aroma of this great beer. This is a good beer for the novice stout drinker, and people that are not yet into drinking stouts and other dark beers, because it is easy to drink, even though it has a richness in aroma and flavour. A great beer, that surprised me positively the first time I drank it!

Review of 1795 - Original Czech Lager Dark

1795 - Original Czech Lager Dark

Name: 1795 - Original Czech Lager Dark

Brewery: Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar

Country: Czech Republic

Type of beer: Lager - Dark

Alcohol vol%: 4.5

Review: 1795 is a dark, almost dark red lager from the Czech Republic. It has almost no head, but still has a sparkling feel to it, when you drink it. The beer have got a nice aroma of a sort of fresh caramel. And the aroma gives the drinker a good hint of the taste. 1795 has a nice caramel taste with a slight sparkling feeling to it. The can feel the sweetness of the beer long after you actually finished it. This beer is best served at 8-10 celscius. 1795 is drinkable to anyone. This is a good beer to introduce to people who are "affraid" to taste dark beers, because of it's mild and gentle taste.

Review of Ølfabrikken Jule Ale

Ølfabrikken Jule Ale

Name: Jule Ale

Brewery: Ølfabrikken

Country: Denmark

Type of beer: Ale

Alcohol vol%: 5.5

Review: Ølfabrikkens Jule Ale has a golden, amber colour. It has a nice, rather small white head. The Jule Ale has a rather potent and deep, strong aroma, that gives the drinker a promise of a nice strong beer. However the drinker gets a bit disappointed - or at least I did. It does not keep the promises. The beer has a sweet taste at first, but quickly dries out to nothing. There is nothing surprising there - a beer for the novice to the experienced beer taster. This beer does not harm your taste buds!

Review of Cold Wheats - Weizen with cardamom

Cold Wheats

Name: Cold Wheats

Brewery: www.brew-beer-home.com

Type of beer: Weizen

Alcohol vol%: 5.8

Review: The color of the beer is kind of "light amber". The beer has the nice, foamy and white head that is carataristic for the weizen type of beer. The beer has a little aroma from the cardemom, but is more sourish. The beer has a dry and sourish taste with fruit notes, and the cardamom is only slightly tastable. The beer is best served at 5-7 celcius. This is a beer that is drinkable for most people - from the novice to the experienced beerdrinker.

Additional information: I put plenty of cane sugar in the beer, when I carbonated it, to make it a sparkling beer, but it tends to over carbonate. If it shall be brewed again, it is advisable to use less sugar for carbonation, than described in the recipe.

Recipe for Cold Wheats - Weizen with cardamom

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