Some months ago I reviewed a few different beers brewed by LoverBeer in Italy, and the one I’m reviewing today is the last of the LoverBeer beers I picked up from Vinmonopolet Vika. It’s also the most strange of the lot. The beer is a coffee spiced Stout that has been aged for 12 months in oak barrels. While in the barrel it’s spiced with coffee, rhubarb, saffron, gentian and cinchona. Not a very typical stout in other words…
Very dark brown color with a light brown head. The beer has an oily look to it when poured.
Pretty sour aroma with roasted malts and a huge amount of coffee. There are also some fruity notes present along with a hint of sweet soy sauce.
All in all this is one of the weirdest aromas I have experienced in a long time.
As in the aroma there is a big touch of coffee in the flavor. The flavor is also a bit sour but less than what I’d expected from the aroma. There are some spicy notes present as well and also some of the soy sauce hints I picked up from the aroma.
The beer has a silky smooth mouth feel and a mellow carbonation.
The finish is somewhat astringent up front and then goes over to a hint of sour berries. All the way towards the end there is a hint of coffee present.
I somehow really enjoyed this beer. The mix of the sour notes, the coffee and the other spices made it really interesting. Score: 4/5.
I picked up this bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika some months back and it might still be available there.