Balearic Craft: Popaire and @CervezaIbosim Collaboration – Carob Porter

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I think I’ve mentioned before that my sister-in-law lives in Ibiza, which means that I get the occasional decent Spanish beer to try.

This Carob porter really was one of the decent ones.  Apparently it’s the result of a collaboration between the Popair and Ibosim breweries – and if this is the result, maybe they’d like to do more in future…

Poured out it, was as black as you like with that lovely tan head that you seem to get from the darker malts.

The nose was very faintly metallic, but that didn’t last too long being pretty much obliterated by a solid full roast theme that eventually gave way to a rich chocolate note, which I guess comes from the Carob.

The mouth-feel is a solid malty mouth-full, solid and uncompromising with lots of hefty smooth -and not at all acrid- roast.  Chocolate comes flooding back in at the end and with the 6% volume lends the whole thing an almost Imperial stout feel.

A masterful roasted maltiness.

Well done…and really not what you’d expect from this part of the world.

I’d have this again, without question.  Can’t help thinking that it’d be nice to have this in the Balearic winter when there’s a nip in the air and all the tourists have tickled off home…

http://ibizagastro.com/archive/ibosimbeeribiza.html

For when you’re “Loving it Like That”: (@thebeerofibiza) Islena beer

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My bottle(s) of Islena come from my sister-in-law, Jess – who always seems to bring a welcome couple with her whenever she comes to visit.  She lives in Ibiza full-time; and as far as I can fathom is loving it like that* 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

(*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpx7IWPda8A)

First off – the bottle.  It’s made of aluminium yet it is still a crown capped bottle, could this be the way to get around the UK drinkers dislike of cans?  I’m willing to bet that someone will start whacking craft beer into bottles like this soon.  It’s a sure fire winner as far as I’m concerned.

As it states on the website: this is the beer of Ibiza and Ibiza is lucky to have it as it’s a fairly respectable drop – especially when drunk in context: i.e. coolish and in baking weather.

Straw gold it’s a pretty little drop and the aroma is honeyed and enticing.  There’s some background malt and minerals – but mainly it reminds me of Ron Miel (Honey Rum) and this is good.

The taste is sweet and refreshing, with a little fruitiness that rides atop it.  The after-taste is surprisingly long-lasting and is all malt and refreshing sweetness with a tiny touch of bitter on the back edge.

This is NOT a Euro lager, this is a decent beer indeed.  Well done to Ibiza for their local beer…

http://www.lacervezadeibiza.com/en/beer.php