The Black Metal Brewery are an Edinburgh (Loanhead) based brewery. Founded in 2012 by friends Jaan and Pan they are currently brewing on Top Out’s 1000 Liter brew kit. They released their first beers in August 2014 and I’ve been able to get a hold of two of them from Alesela.
The first beer I tried was the Yggdrasil which to cut a long story short is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology, in connection to which the nine worlds exist. In this case it’s also a strong pale ale hopped with amarillo weighing in at 6.6%.
The beer is a deep cloudy orange colour with a thin white head.
The nose has hits of pine resin, orange and notes of fresh herbs. There are also hints of sweetness and a sligtly dry almost wooden note.
The flavour is a huge hit of resin and grapefruit pith. This is followed by notes of herb, malt sweetness and lemon.
The finish is very dry with a lingering herbal note. The beer is refreshing and very well balanced!
Next is Will-o’-the-wisp is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travelers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached. In this case it’s a smoked juniper ale, which weights in at 6%.
It pours a dark reddish brown colour and is very hazy in the glass. The head is a thin white film across the beer.
The nose is initially a burst of sweet smoke, followed by hits of juniper and malt sweetness.
The flavour is very juniper forward with notes of sweet malt and citrus. This is balanced out by a dry smoked note at the end of the taste.
The finish is dry and slightly sweet. The balance of this beer again is superb.
For a very young brewery the balance of these beers are amazing and are very worth looking in to!
I was able to get mine from Alesela.