#2020BlackJanuary – a homage to all kinds of black beers

Since oktober last year I have been part of an Instagram community called BeerBloggersDK. BeerBloggersDK are 11 Instagrammers posting about beer and all of them are from Denmark.

What we mostly post is things related to a certain hashtag. In January 2020 we wanted to do something different from the widespread “Dry January” or “White January”. We quickly agreed on a homage to black beers of all kinds – not only stouts and porters but every beer that is black or nearly black in color. To make it Instagram-friendly we used the hashtag #2020BlackJanuary for the event. If you want to check out what BeerBloggersDK and others posted for this event go to Instagram and search for #2020BlackJanuary.

In January I managed to post 23 different black beers with the best being difficult to point out. I had more than one great black beer from Belgian De Struise Brouwers with different versions of Black Albert being super tasty – Cuvée Delphine, Black Damnation XXVI – Froggie and Black Damnation II – Mocha Bomb were the best!

The best #2020BlackJanuary beer for me was Rocky Mountain Barrel-Aged T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant Triple Oatmeal Imperial Stout by Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.

The viscosity of this beer is crazy! It’s like thick motor oil from a worn-out beat-up engine. The aroma is amazing too – it’s dark chocolate fudge, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malt. The taste of this beer is awesome – dark chocolate fudge brownie, bourbon, coffee, molasses, vanilla, caramel, umami, charred oak, soya sauce, and then bourbon again! Rocky Mountain Barrel-Aged T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant Triple Oatmeal Imperial Stout is smooth like crazy and incredibly tasty. The Rocky Mountain barrels make it boozy and then not boozy at all!
Everything in this beer is just right!

It’s not B.O.R.I.S.!

It’s not D.O.R.I.S. (double B.O.R.I.S.)!!

It’s T.O.R.I.S. (triple B.O.R.I.S.) and then some!!

This big barrel-aged imperial stout is kind of old school but tasty as hell and it might possibly be the biggest, thickest and meanest imperial stout I’ve had in a long time. It might even be the meanest yet.
This beer is without a doubt what barrel-aged imperial stouts are supposed to be like – motor-oil-thick, smooth, bittersweet and downright tasty! I want more!!!

With Rocky Mountain Barrel-Aged T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant Triple Oatmeal Imperial Stout in mind I think it’s safe to say that #2020BlackJanuary is a succes that hopefully will return in January 2021.

Barley wine is life!

As you may have noticed on my Instagram I have been part of a happening using the hashtag #BarleyWember – in essence drinking barley wine in November.

What is it about those sweet, malted and often barrel aged beers with an ABV through the roof. Some people (craft beer people mostly) say “Barley wine is life!” If you haven’t truely explored these mastodonts you may not have found the pleasure of drinking a beer that can last a full evening.

Where should I begin? When it comes to barley wine there is no easy way in. Personally I find that bourbon barrel aged versions often are easier to drink. This might be because the alcohol from the time in the barrel helps lighten the heavy malt sweetness in these beers. One thing you have to remember is that you have a fair excuse to buy and drink more than one of these beer-giants since you have to try new things at least seven times to be sure if you like it or not.

If you fall in the pot and love barley wine almost as much as life itself you have to explore the style and find out the difference between English and American versions. To help a little the English barley wines are often more malted and sometimes almost cloyingly sweet than the American ones. The American barley wines can sometimes be dry hopped and destined for consumption fresh. Most barley wines are well suited for ageing and when you buy one be sure to buy an extra to store for a year or three to experience they full potential of this nectar of gods. In time you’ll come to understanding of the wise words: Barley wine is life!

See you!