”I rate – therefore I am”. These very few words were for many years the simple governing rule for Hr. Papsø to live by. For years he would seek out exotic and faraway places like Onetaka, Windischeschenbach, San Diego – yes even Køge – in his constant quest for the holy grail: that perfect beer. What started as a way of spending time while being romatically involved with a certain girl at a youth hostel in Newcastle, NSW turned into a 25 year long passion of rating every beer he encountered. With his faithful companinon – Mr. Pink – and his set of gold coated tasting thimbles always ready for action Hr. Papsø has now reached 25.000 ratings on the world’s most renowned beer rating portal www.ratebeer.com. And that for sure calls for a beer to celebrate. “Hr. Papsø In Black” is such a beer combining three of the things Hr. Papsø really loves in a beer: that cool darkness, a fresh and crisp dryhopping and high drinkability. Be calm – be cool. Enjoy. ”
This is an interesting one from a brewery that’s very highly rated in our eyes. Served in a beer goblet the dark mahogany pour produced a big three finger off-white head that maintains good retention. Laced well. Aroma is massively hopped, plenty of pine, grassy hops, malt, chocolate, coffee and a subtle undertone of mint. Good balance in the aroma. In the mouth it’s quite foamy and highly carbonated. Medium-full body. On the palate there is an aggressive bitterness up front that lingers the whole way through. Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate come to the party through the mid but are quickly evaporated by a dry hopped, piney and herbal finish. Not many things wrong this BIPA but we just weren’t overly excited with this beer. At 5.5% ABV and a highly hopped palate it wouldn’t be very sessional at all. In it’s defence, though it’s a good quaffer. A bit undecided here.