I’ve had this beer sitting in my fridge for a long time. It has been sitting there because it is 14% ABV. That, at the time, was the highest I had ever seen (aside from Utopias, but I’m not rich!). I was trying to build up the nerve and find the right time to drink it. All that has changed, however, now that I have had a 17% Mikkeller Black and now this, a 14.5% Eisbock. 14% isn’t that scary anymore.
Mark picked this up the night before the gym Christmas party and told me he was going to bring it with him. I didn’t want to get stoopid-drunk like I did at Halloween, so I told him there was no way I was going to drink it. Clearly, I caved.
This beast is a collaboration between Ryan Morrow of Nickel Brook and Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø. They set up a “brewery” called Bush Pilot at Nickel Brook’s facility and made a limited run. It poured out very dark brown and it smelled like 14% alcohol and plums. Dammit. I just had a plummy beer and that didn’t go so well. Now I get to drink a very boozy one! The first sip was painful. It was all booze and soy sauce. It was sour and pretty gross. I had my doubts about even finishing it.
Half way though the hour that it took me to drink it, there was a potato sack race. I was “forced” to participate and the results we’re not pretty. By the end, three people were on the floor and one was so out of control that he knocked down a spectator filming it and ended up on his back in the bathroom. Yes, there is video.
By the time I got back to my beer, a magical thing had happened. It was good! Because it had warmed up, a lot of the harsh booziness was gone and what was left was a thick, malty beer. It was much more enjoyable at that stage.
So, to sum up: cold Norseman bad, potato sack race drunk bad, warm Norseman good!
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Vessel: Stein by way of bottle