Beer tasting: Malastrana Pils & Black Sheep Orange Stout

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I'm a bit late, it's already solid dark here and about a degree below zero. It has been a sunny and warm day, but the nights and mornings are pork-cold, with no sign (yet) of any spring, birds, or the like.

But, some draft beers are already around, which means that the caterers are getting ready for spring. Usually, in our place, you can't get draught beer over the winter, everyone explains that not enough sales and that's why they don't order kegs ...


Well, I have, as you can see in the picture, two new, interesting bottles, especially for #beersaturday.
One Czech, one English, and I can't wait to open and empty them. :) 🍺 😎
As usual, the one with less alcohol first. :)

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Malastrana Pils


Brewed by Pivovar Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic. Bottle, 0.5 l, alcohol 4.7% ABV, 32 IBU.
It's Czech Pils or bohemian-pilsener style beer, strong malt character, and more sharp hop bitterness than German pilseners.

And what do master brewers say?

A typical example of what is unique about beer from the Czech Republic, the slightly bitter aftertaste typical of Pilsner lager is unmistakable in this specialty of the city of Jihlava, its brewery and the river of the same name, encapsulating the story of its beer and the surrounding countryside in which it is produced using Zatec hops, malt and the purest of water.

Ok, from my personal experience all Czech beers are good, let's taste these Pils.


The beer is clear gold color, medium foam. I smell malt. A sip goes down my throat smoothly, my mouth tastes of malt, wheat, bread. A strong hop bitterness only appears in the aftertaste and lasts for quite a long time, perhaps too long for my taste.


As I said before, I find all the Czech beers I've had so far good. This is no exception. Typical Czech beer, standard Pils, maybe too much bitterness at the end. But it's not excess. It lacks freshness.

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Meme for a good evening :) 😁


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Black Sheep Choc & Orange Stout


Brewed by Black Sheep Brewery, Wellgarth, England. Bottle, 0.5 l, alcohol 6.1% ABV.
It's a Stout style, distincive roasted taste, like coffe or dark chocolate and complexed malt. It could be bitterness-sweet or just bitter. Many variants.

What do master brewers say?

A blend of two iconic flavors packed into a luscious stout.
A match made in heaven! Arguably two of the most loved flavors of chocolate and orange combine perfectly in this rich and deep stout. Big chocolate notes arise from the blend of dark chocolate malt that we use in the mash. Flaked oats are also used to add a velvet-like body which works wonders for this particular style of beer. Dried orange peel is introduced in the hop back to add a subtle citrus note to this flavor-packed ale.


Mostly, I'm not a big fan of dark beers. Not that I don't like them, but I can only ever drink one, too strong and pronounced smoky or roasted flavors for me.


The beer is dark brown in colour, with a small but creamy head. It has no particular smell. A sip goes down the throat smoothly. The biscuit flavour is the first to develop, followed by chocolate and orange in the background. Finally, a distinct hop bitterness covers everything and lingers in the aftertaste for some time.


Yes, a distinctive stout, a very complex beer with several flavors. And some awards, too. Chocolate and orange are a really good combination, but to balance that with the pronounced bitterness of the hops is a masterpiece.

These guys are on the right track, but they are still lacking something. It's not that well balanced, the hop bitterness should come in gradually, unobtrusively, but here in the aftertaste it immediately overpowers everything else. Well, one beer is quite okay, but I wouldn't taste more.

Maybe it can end in my fridge as an example of Stout?

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And what am I listening to as I write this? Something from my last #newtunes post. One of my favorite bands.

Tame Impala – Let It Happen

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