Mikkeller beers are usually a very adventurous brewery to buy from. Very cool artwork on the labels that usually don’t tell you much about the beer but for some reason I always go for it. Their beer usually costs a bit more but I have yet to be absolutely disappointed in any that I’ve tried.
My most recent Mikkeller purchase was their black IPA, Sort Gul. I was drawn by the awesome artwork on the label and then seeing black IPA made it a no-brainer.
Dark mahogany pour with a nice thick tan head. Toasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and then the hoppy pine aroma as well. Huge lacing on the glass. On the first sip you get the roasted malt flavor and then the citrus from the hops comes through. Not overpowering, great mix with the roasted malts. Very drinkable beer.
I get that the price tag on Mikkeller beers can be a bit hefty, but they sure a fun brewery to try. This was a very good black IPA. I would go back to this one without any hesitation.
STYLE: Black IPA
PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery; Iowa City, IA
POUR: Medium sized tan head, dark black pour.
AROMA: Roasted malts, piney hops.
TASTE: Roasted malt flavor balance nicely by the hops.
Ratebeer.com rating: 98
Beeradvocate raing: 88
My recommendation: Give it a shot. If you’ve had Black Top from New Glarus you will definitely enjoy this brew.