77 / 100
On tap at Tørst.
Pours a very dark brown. Head is mocha, of a light-to-darker gradient. Hugely dense with great thick retention. Looks amazing.
Lots of vanilla on the nose with big, sweet dark chocolate and nuts, salted caramel and some oatmeal. Pleasant and sweet.
Very sweet palate: huge chocolate flavour with oaky vanilla characters, caramel toffee, then towards the back it gets a quite subtle dark bitterness mixing with some big boozey notes that are there but not offensively big. Very smooth, big oatmeal stout with loads of flavour.
Shame about the slight boozey heat towards the back. Otherwise a very smooth body.
Great sweet stout, plenty to like. Even on the hottest day of the year (which it was).
75 / 100
Pours a slightly dirty orange colour with a light haze and deliciously foamy head, cream-coloured and extremely voluminous when poured, sinks unevenly but leaves nice specks of lace around the glass. Still at least an inch thick after writing this. Fantastic-looking IPA.
Nose is an appealing fruity bitter with lots of West Coast hop character - pineapple, apricot and steamed pudding, with a nice grassy bitterness lingering at the back. Maybe a slight vanilla character on the sweet part. Very appealing but sadly nothing out of the ordinary as far as complexity goes, just a standard IPA smell.
Taste is very tangy at first, right from the get go it blossoms out with citrus, passionfruit and some very floral characters. Mid-palate is quite sweet with cakey malt and some buttery notes. Bitterness comes through fairly early, slightly funky in its bitterness to be honest - some notes of rosewater mix with some herbal phenols and notes of pine resin and rubber. Basically there are some gravelly bitter notes here and there on the finish but also a residual sourness, that gives it a mild barnyard funk. Pleasant, if a little lacking.
Bit too much fizz on the mouthfeel, but the right fullness for the style, pretty good otherwise.
Overall, could be more bitter and less sour. Still very enjoyable.
73 / 100
Pours a nice golden yellow colour, with a deep orange hint in the deeper parts of the glass, with masses of carbonation feeding a frothy and sticky head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is sticky, but not fine, and there's a great deal of cloudiness in the body. I like it, it's a really good look.
Nose is phenomenally fruity, with huge notes of pineapple, peach and sharper notes of pine resin and passionfruit. Some sweet but piquant citrus notes are in the fore as well, and the sweetness is very well rounded - there's very little hint of grassiness or harshness to it. It's more powerful than complex, but I love the characters on it. As fragrant as anything.
Taste is something of a let down, but the fruit characters are very pronounced here at least. Big peach and dried apricot sweet notes on the front palate, with a light dessication before a moderate bitterness to finish. I expected higher bitterness, and the cleansing bite of hop resin is certainly missing from this brew. Mouthfeel is round, but prickled with light carbonation.
You know, it's a very nice brew all up. The sweetness and fragrance are perhaps slightly too dominant without the bitterness to support it, but it's a very flavoursome and handsomely rewarding IPA. You've gotta like it for that.