Lupulin Polarnattens Paradis. The Polar night's Paradis. 7.8% ABV. 50 IBU. Lupulin Brewing, Big Lake, MN.
Solid blackness, rich brown head above.
In the nose: intense cocoa and coffee, rich malt. Beautiful. Warm and flavorful.
In the mouth: the anise hits first on the palate, with malt rushing in, and cocoa and coffee joining the fray. Anise remains on top of it, and I've got no problem with that. Spicy rye malt holds it down. Full body, full flavor, richly rewarding.
I liked this one quite a bit, although I did drink it just a little out of season.
From the label: "Around these parts, mid- to late-December is the darkest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t beauty to be found in nature. The polar night is the time during winter, near the north (and south) pole, when the sun never rises above the horizon. Polarnattens paradis is a dark winter ale inspired by the starkly beautiful winter of the polar regions of northern Scandinavia. The beer is 7.8% ABV, densely dark and incorporates several flavors associated with winter in the far north of Sweden, such as light smokiness, subtle rye spiciness, black licorice, and, of course, coffee."