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Negra Modelo

    Style: Dunkel lager
    Brewery: Modelo
    Origin: Mexico
    Size: 35.5cl
    Alcohol: 5.4%
    Price: 19kr
    Systembolaget: 1628

    I’m so happy to have finally had this beer in one of my tasting nights! This is a beer I’ve been buying for a few years and is one of my “go to” beers whenever I pick up a few beers from the local Systembolaget. This is a Munich style lager, first produced in 1926 by Austrian immigrants. The name itself translates as “Dark Example”. Known for its distinctive bottle shape, this beer is brewed with galena and super galena hops as well as caramel malt, black malt and two and six row malt barley. But would it be a hit with the guests? I was happy to say it was!

    This beer was a lovely shiny milk chocolate colour with a beige head that held well.  There was a lot of toffee in the aroma, with the sweet dark malts pushing through well. There was also a hint of metal, but it doesn’t disturb the aroma. Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation, it seemed to have tiny bubbles that danced on the tongue upon sipping. The fudge, honey, currants and prunes blended beautifully together, filling the mouth with a delicate yet delicious taste. Syrup and brown sugar notes were also detected, coming through in the soft aftertaste, which left the palate warmed.

    Personally, I think this is an amazing beer, with the lovely sweet dark malts working perfectly with the earthy notes of the hops.  This is one of the best dark lagers you can find on the Swedish market today and will continue to be a main stay in my fridge for many years to come!