Thursday, 10 May 2012

Mikkeller In May
10. Mikkeller Jackie Brown 5.9%

Jackie Brown. Loathe as I am to start this blog as I did the last with a synopsis of a film, with a beer actually named after the eponymous heroine of the Quentin Tarantino movie I'd be dumb not too. I'll use IMDb again with their minimal descriptions : A female flight attendant becomes the key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer. That should be enough to whet your appetite, now it's time to wet mine.
I'm well aware that there have been many reviews of this brown ale. Who would not want to try it, combining as it does two masters of their art, one brewing and one nonlinear movie storytelling. Let's face it this beer could be nothing but cool.
It pours, as you would expect, a very rich dark brown, with a high beige head that soon collapses in on itself. Big spicy tangerine hoppiness floods the nose. There's a little meaty earthyness, with white chocolate, dark chocolate and mango juice. Tangy, roasty, sharp, sweet, it's all here. It rushes over the tongue like water breaching a damn (or maybe that's just my eagerness to drink it) with a zingy citrus zestiness melting into a beautiful sweet milk chocolate. Suddenly, back comes some tropical fruit flavours pushing the sweet chocolate aside, but it doesn't give up that easily, forcing itself back darker and with some powerful coffee roastiness entirely filling the mouth. This drys with some smokey malt and liquorice into a wonderful confusion of tastes, textures and flavours.
Jackie Brown, the film, is an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, and whilst this beer is certainly no rum punch its is so achingly cool that it should come with a Kangol branded bottle cap. To mis-quote Ordell Robbie in the movie: Yeah, Mikkeller, damn!

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