Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beer Review: Ring Them Bells

Reviewing the Ring Them Bells from Mikkeller out of Copenhagen, Denmark. This kopi coffee porter was brewed in conjunction with the release of a self-titled EP from a Copenhagen-local rock band of the same name (Ring Them Bells). According to the Mikkeller website:
Roasted malts and coffee makes this porter a dark, massive, and straight up devilishly tasty beer. Copenhagen based rock dudes Ring Them Bells brewed up their own recipe for a good time, recorded a 12’ EP, then handed us the B side for a so-called recipe engraving on the actual vinyl (record enthusiasts, you are hereby advised). Everything came together when RTB put it all on display last year with a LOUD and explosive set, as Mikkeller & Friends opened up its doors. This package is for the beer freaks who likes to ROCK out!
Score: 91

2014 vintage bottle served in a Great Taste of the Midwest taster glass and enjoyed on 05/04/14 while camping out for Great Taste tickets. Review is from iPhone notes. Big thank you to Mixen for sending me this gift to share, enjoy and review in a recent order.

Appearance: Pours a black color with three fingers of foamy tan head that slowly recedes to a thick layer. Below average head, but solid lacing and good cling. 3.5/5

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and light roast. Light oat character too. Really lovely breakfast-like nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Smooth coffee, roast, and bitter bakers chocolate. Big, lasting flavor and finish. Simple, but effective. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, spot on carbonation. Watery mouthfeel, but dry finish. More bitter than expected, but not acridly so. 2.75/5

Overall: A really nice smelling and tasting beer marred by an underwhelmingly thin body (yes, yes, I know it is a porter).

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle (inclusive of the vinyl EP).

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