I remember what I like to consider my first “real” craft beer as if it were yesterday. It was a sunny day in
Barrel aged beer…who among us isn’t a sucker for that stuff? I’d be hard pressed to name a barrel aged beer I’ve had that wasn’t at least pretty good, likewise with beers from that wacky Mikkeller. Even if you don’t like Mikkeller – and why the hell don’t you?- even their biggest critic has to admit to the brewery’s creativity.
I’m going to cut to the chase here. This beer, this beautiful beer, is liquid brilliance. Throw out every common conception of what a porter is and maybe keep less than half of them. I was loo Lets begin with it’s gorgoues appearance. Vicki Volt mistook this beer for a dessert, for chocolate pudding with chocolate mousse on top. It’s so pretty to look at. The complexity is phenomenal. Boozy, beautiful orange notes outweigh the tired, boring choclate, coffee and bready aromas. I was expecting this beer to taste like the best choclate treat at christmas, which unless you’re some Godless heathen is a Terry’s chocolate orange, but I was mistaken by a landslide. This beer is tart with orange and woody like a barrel that uses to hold orange liqueur that most likely originated from France. These delightful, subtly tart citrus notes are followed by more orangey goodness, so much in fact that I skipped my daily vitamin C supplement. After the initial burst of orange comes the toasty, roasty dark chocolate and cold pressed coffee. These flavours meld together on the aftertaste into a spectacular display of flavour fireworks. I think the worst thing about this beer is that I hadn’t tried it sooner. If you enjoy oranges, orange liqueur, dark beer, original beer, creative beer or bottles that have slightly tacky, slightly classy orange foil do yourself the ultimate favour and pick this beer up.
Our Score 4.5/5