Einstok is an Icelandic brewer which has started exporting bottles to the UK. At the moment these are available only in Harvey Nichols stores. I was sent some bottles for review in autumn 2011.
There’s biscuity malt and a hint of apricot on the aroma of well produced pale ale. It pours deep amber in colour with a slight off-white head.
This is a really well balanced, refreshing pale ale, with orange peel notes and biscuity malt on the palate, with a hint of caramel. Very clean taste, no doubt helped by the glacial water with which it is made. There is a long satisfying bitter finish. Cascade and Northern Brewer hops stand out well. The malts are pale ale and crystal.
The gorgeous ‘toastiness’ asserts itself strongly, with a suggestion of plain chocolate, too, but the palate is, none the less, well balanced, with deep winter fruit notes coming through. The body is smooth and full and the finish velvety, warming and long, almost spirity.
I really enjoyed this and would definitely seek it out again, especially for a blustery autumnal evening like the one during which I tasted it.
A very, very pale beer with wheat beer cloudiness. The aroma is amazing, intense and very inviting, with some coriander and a hint of orange peel which really develops on the palate. It’s very similar to a well-known Belgian wheat beer, served in an iconic glass, but well done all the same and worth trying.
Did I save the best until last? On a stormy winter evening, wind-driven rain lashing at the windows, this seasonal beer is the perfect tonic. A very deep amber red colour, it is presented in excellent condition in the glass, with a slightly off white, thickish head (rather like I may have in the morning). There is a really robust aroma which gives you a good idea of what’s coming your way in terms of malt and winter fruit. The body is full and smooth and the palate malty, with biscuit, caramel, chocolate and fruit cake notes. The finish is long and warming and can’t fail to put a smile on your face.