Welcome to the latest edition of 'Piwo Uncut'!
In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, the city's best venue for craft beer and tapas. Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
This month we're reviewing Golem Lilith, Produkt Wzorowy, Czarna Polewka, Pupen-Schulzes-Schwarzes and Taupo.
From left to right: Golem Lilith, Czarna Polewka, Produkt Wzorowy
Golem Lilith, Browar Golem (10%)
This brewery based in Poznań marks their debut on the Piwo Uncut pages with a stunning Imperial Stout.
Take your time with this beer, as there are various aspects to be savoured. It looks beautiful, with a solidly black colour and a rusty brown head. Pick it up and give it a slow sniff; this will give you an indication of the strength of this beer through rich aromas of malt, dark bread crust, grains, wood and licorice. Then the drinking starts, again, do it slowly – It does have a 10% alcohol percentage after all.
The beer has a heavy texture and has flavours of roasted malts, coffee, ash, caramel and notes of licorice. A malty stout with lots of character, almost in the direction of whisky, you won't forget Golem Lilith in a hurry.
Produkt Wzorowy, Browar Zakładowy (6.3%)
This is American Indian Pale Ale is one of the latest efforts from Browar Zakładowy.
Produkt Wzorowy has a dark amber colour and mild head, with decent lacing. Aromas of mango, grapefruit and oranges are present too. The flavours are generally akin to that, although the beer does also have a citrus and mildly sweet (from caramel) edge to it, with a nice bracing bitterness backing it up.
There are of course many Pale Ales brewed in Poland nowadays, be that Indian or American Indian, but this beer still very much holds its own in what is a very crowded marketplace.
Czarna Polewka, Browar Lańcut (4.8%)
Here we have an Oat Stout that's been named 'Czarna Polewka' after a soup made with blood (usually duck blood). The soup has its roots in Poland as well as in Belarus and Lithuania, and it is also known for being a plot element in Adam Mickiewicz's legendary text Pan Tadeusz.
This beer, like the soup, has a dark colour, even black (which is rather fitting of the title). The beer's head is rather creamy, while the aromas present are coffee, chocolate, oats and roasted malts. The latter plays a strong role in the taste of this oat stout, although the presence of resin, grains and coffee does not go unnoticed. Indeed, the aforementioned flavours provide a slight sourness, which is nicely complimented by the sweetness the chocolate brings to the table.
At 4.8% and a medium body, this is a pretty drinkable oat stout.
Pupen-Schulzes-Schwarzes, Landskron Brauerei (3.8%)
Here's a beer from just across the border, specifically the Görlitzer brewery, where they have brewed a Cottbus specialty.
Pupen-Schulzes-Schwarzes has a brown to black colour and a mild creamy head. Sporting aromas of chocolate and malt, this is a simple beer with added saccharain and other sweeteners. As a result, this is a beer quite appropriate for people with a particular taste; apart from the artificial sweetness, the beer has notes of mild roasted malt and caramel.
This Malzbier-esque beer's low alcohol percentage and light body make it one that you can sink back rather quickly, owing to the fact that the flavours are not overly strong.
Taupo, Browar Nepomucen (5.7%)
Finally, here's a New Zealand IPA named after a town on the north island.
As an alternative to American hops, the use of New Zealand hops is gradually on the increase in Poland. The Nelson Sauvin hops used in this beer are known for giving aromas and flavours of gooseberries and white grapes, so Taupo may interest those who want to try hops without such bitter, tropical fruits and citrus flavours. On top of that, Taupo features notes of resin and grapefruit, while the aftertaste is mildly bitter.
Wheat is used in this beer and one can certainly taste it; hay plays a small role in the taste but is detectable. An amber colour, mild lacing and aroma of malt round off this beer.
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