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armando_otchoa’s D.S.O.T.G.(Dark Side Of The Grabanc)

Brewed at Brandecker Sörház

Style: Black IPA
Budapest, Hungary
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This beer shows the Dark Side Of The Grabanc.
Brewed with roasted barley, chocolate malt, pale malt and caramunch.
Hops: bittering: Summit, aroma : Cascade.
Formerly brewed at Fóti, production moved to KÖ-CSE in late 2012.

Batch 2 notes: The second batch, released in April 2014, ABV was raised up to 6% (from 4.5%) - and some Simcoe was added at the last hop step. Just to develop the recipe and get more aroma. ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pityu (294) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2015
On tap @ Főzdefeszt 2012 june - Opaque black colour with a stable beige head. Strong aromas of coffee, cocoa, burnt breadcrust and ash with some herbal hops. Taste is very bitter with coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Herbal hop bitterness in the end. Light body, moderate carbonation and a long dry finish with a lot of hop bitterness. I miss the refreshing citrussy hop aromas, but its still a great brew. On tap @ Csakajósör 2014 spring - Black colour, nice beige head with lacing. Lot of chocolate and coffee aromas with resinous and herbal hops. Smoother than the first batch, nice chocolate and cocoa taste with some citrussy, resinous hops. Creamy body, average carbonation, bitter finish. Improved, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrjambrik01 (7) - Budapest, - MAY 9, 2014 does not count
Nagyon különleges, szerettem nagyon. Kicsit csokis és nekem kissé krémes, kellemes, hosszan tartó utóízzel. Gratula

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4418) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 18, 2014
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Batch 2 - 6%. On tap @CAJS, of course, thanks Armando! Very dark brown, almost black body,. Medium sized off white head. Slightly mild aroma, caramel/chocolate notes (did I imagine that?) with some slightly dank hopiness and maybe lemon. Nice, full creamy body, the biggest improvement from the original. Mild roastiness (Armando said that this one is intentionally less roasty, and it’s perhaps true, but I still thought some was present) and nice hoppy notes, bitter lemon peel, quite well balanced. Long, lasting fine herbal bitter finish, slightly peppery at some point. Nothing off about it (did think I caught some slightly soapy note, but nothing to complain about), and while it doesn’t dazzle you with overtly flashy flavors, this is another great beer from Gergely - great job!

Earlier Rating: 6/3/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Batch 1 - 4.5% Draft at the F-Fest. Poured an almost black body with an off whtie head. Coffee in the nose, sweet maltiness, some herbal-agrumey aroma hops too. nice roastiness getting bludgeoned by herbal hopiness, quite dry, and it’s just 4.5% wow! Softly rounded, maybe a touch soapy. The coffee and roasty notes are sorta superior to some aspects of the hopiness, but it’s a damn nice beer for its class! Thanks to armando for giving another sample too :).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mjp12 (966) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2014
Draught from cask a Jo sar . Dark ipa, good dry hop kick , very drinkable, very tasty .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (887) - HUNGARY - APR 8, 2014
On tap. Black body, creamy beige head. Aroma and taste of cocoa, caramel, chocolate and fruity hops. The aroma is a bit sulfury but not that disturbing. Other than that it’s a well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1656) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 4, 2014
dark brown colour, significant amount of creamy beige head; aroma of intensive chocolate, coffee,resiny notes; taste is the same; as always, excellent beer from master armando

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 8, 2013
csakajosor.hu Nagyon hasonlít a világos testvérére, de ez nem annyira aromás, gyümölcsös, viszont van benne csipetnyi fekete csokis, kakaós beütések és kissé szárazabb. Ez is finom, ebben sem nyúlt mellé Armando mester.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rozsoma (589) - Győr, HUNGARY - SEP 23, 2012
Ezt még a múltkori főzdefeszten kóstoltam, és egyből a Matuska Cerna Rakétája jutott eszembe a maga erőteljes, már-már erőltetett szőlősségével. Amúgy ugyanolyan mint a sima Grabanc: jó.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 18, 2012
Very interesting brew. Lovely dark black liquid with coffee-like head. Strong, bitter aroma with chocolate and coffee and some bitter hops. Taste is very, very, very bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. I can recommend it for both the fans of chocolate-like imperial stouts and bitter IPA’s too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (462) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 7, 2012
Delicious. Wasn’t sure what to expect from a black Ipa. Turned out a very interesting mix of a nutty black ale mixed with hoppy and bitter notes. The finish was oily and filled with alcohol. Very enjoyable.

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