We are back on the beer tasting trail. This beer caused a bit of a commotion as our tasters either loved or hated it, but that in turn generated interesting comments as glasses were raised and taste-buds put to work, as well as a lot of positive and negative face-pulling and merriment..
As usual as the non-beer drinking member of the group I’m doing the write ups of the reviews and everyone is being very accommodating as meetings are being held at our place whilst I am less mobile.
The bad news is that all the information of the bottle was in Danish (no great shock since this beer is also Danish) and our linguistic skills did not reach far enough to decipher what was on the bottle.
The good news is that I have some Danish work colleagues and one was exceeding kind to do a translation of the text (Thanks S!) that I wrote out from the bottle (which I have included below, just in case (a) you happen to speak Danish or ( b) you would like to amuse yourself by trying to try and pronounce any of it).
Apologies for any inadvertent spelling errors I may have made in the Danish text, as spell checking was step too far (writing it out was hard enough). The English translation is below the Danish text.
“BryghuSet Svaneke ‘ Choco Stout’
ufiltreret , 50 cl
Information on the bottle:
På Bornholm – Østersøens perle 0-ligger den lille købstad Svaneke med sit bryghus. Atmosfæren af klipper, bindingsværk og det åbne hav
sætter sit præg på livet-og på øllet. Vi giver tid, vi holder a f de små nuancer og tænker en kende længere. Det kan smages…
Choko Stout: Kraftig chokolade duft spredes når øllet skækes op og d et nøddebrune skum stå r smukt I glasset. Den sorte farve tillader røde nuancer foran en lyskilde, medens den første tå afslører en moderat fyldig Stout, der mætter knapt så meget. Fire forskellige slags malt, der I blandt chokolade malt og karamel malt, sætter sit præg og humlen er fint afstemt dertil. Drikkes snildt til desserter eller en sød
eftermiddagsstund. Undergæret. Øllet er ufiltreret og kan indeholde bundfald af gær. Lagres oprejst og skæ nkes næ nsomt.
Brygget og tappet på Bornholm.
http://www.svanekebryghus.dk Ingredienser: Vand, bygmalt, aroma essens, humle og g ær.
On Bornholm – called the ‘Pearl of the Östersöen’ – situated in the little village called Svaneke its’ little brew house. The atmosphere with rocks, timbered houses and the open sea influences the life ,and the beer. We give it time, we care for the small details and think further. You can taste that…
Choko Stout: A strong chocolate scent spreads out when the beer is poured up and the nut brown foam stands beautifully in the glass.
The black colour allows red shades in front of a light source, while the first sip reveals a moderate, plump Stout, which saturates less. Four different malts, of which chocolate malt and caramel malt put their stamp on the beer and the (I missed a word here, sorry)…… is made for it. Can be enjoyed with desserts or a sweet afternoon moment. Under yeasted. The beer is unfiltered and can contain precipitate of yeast. Is to be stored upright and should be poured gently. Brewed and tapped on Bornholm.
Ingredients: water, barley malt, aroma essence, ….. and yeast.
Himself: “recognise the quality …but it’s not me, (Rating=5)”
Andrew: “ I do like it because I like nice sweet things, whilst I’ve not met a chocolate stout that I don’t like, I would say that “Fuller’s” chocolate stout (UK ) is even better (Rating = 8)”
Friedel: ” I love the chocolaty taste , but it smells more chocolaty than it tastes (Rating = 9)”
Evan: “ I really like it , I like chocolate beers, this one smells great, not overpowering at all (Rating = 9)”
Tamara: “Smells like liquid nutshell, but the taste is like a coffee flavoured syrup that has gone bad (Rating = 1)”
Li: ” Tastes like coffee, … yum…filthy, put this next to chocolate cake or liquid chocolate pudding or any chocolate dessert and I would be very happy (Rating =8)“
Erik: “Chocolaty, it smells delicious and I like it, …the moon is waxing ,solid . (Rating = 7.3)”
Alicia: “ The chocolate is really good, you wouldn’t want more than one glass, a great beer to finish off an evening …(Rating = 8 )”
.. and in case you are wondering, the shape of the label is indeed the shape of the Danish Island of Bornholm and the dot in the far right corner marks where the village of Svaneke is. A very cunning idea to leave directions to your brewery!