I have heard people say “Once you go black, you’ll never go back”. I’m assuming they talk about Black IPA’s so I’m eager to see if the phrase holds ground for this beer. This beer is a celebration of HaandBryggeriet’s new brewery at Sundland that used to hold a railway workshop. Let’s get started!
Dark brown pour with a big frothy head. Once in the glass it looks pitch black.
Roasted/smoked malt, hops and some wood are the first things that comes to mind.
I’m getting some slight hints of grapefruit from the hops along with hints of chocolate and meat.
The flavor has hints of ash, chocolate, grapefruit, coffee and is overall quite smoky. I find it very balanced despite the huge difference in flavors.
The mouth feel is nice and smooth and the carbonation level is medium/low.
The bitterness of the beer comes through nicely in the finish. The smokiness comes in towards the end of the finish.
I really enjoy beers in this style, and this particular beer is both aggressive and smooth at the same time. I’d have to say one of the better beers I have had from HaandBryggeriet in a long time. Score: 4.3/5.
I picked up this bottle at Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo.
Even though it was a very good beer I don’t think the phrase I mentioned at the start of the review holds ground. They must have been talking about something else…