Thursday, July 26, 2018

July 26th, 2018 - A Little Myrcenary From The Mercenary

Good evening! Your buddy the Meista here tonight pairing a Myrcenary Double IPA from Odell Brewing Company and "Mercenary" by British death metal band Bolt Thrower!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Bolt Thrower
  • Title: "Mercenary"
  • Recorded: December 1997 through January 1998 at Chapel Studios in Lincoln, England
  • Release date: November 10th, 1998 (6th studio album by Bolt Thrower)
  • Record company: Metal Blade
  • Production: Ewan Davis and Bolt Thrower
  • Album cover art: Jan Meininghaus
  • Personnel: Jo Bench (bass guitar), Alex Thomas (drums), Barry "Baz" Thompson (rhythm and lead guitars), Gavin Ward (rhythm guitar), and Karl Willetts (lead vocals)
  • Musical style: Death metal, thrash metal
  • Sound: Slower and heavier than the previous album and with the return of Willetts on vocals, with "Mercenary", Bolt Thrower returned to their earlier, signature sound.  But make no mistake, this may be slower, but it is still aggressive and angry as hell!  Baz and Ward tear it up!!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, war, violence, bravery, valor, honor, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Zeroed"
  2. "Laid to Waste"
  3. "Return From Chaos"
  4. "Mercenary"
  5. "To The Last..."
  6. "Powder Burns"
  7. "Behind Enemy Lines"
  8. "No Guts, No Glory"
  9. "Sixth Chapter"
  10. "Infiltrator"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado)
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  • Brew: Myrcenary Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 9.3%
  • IBUs: 80
  • Pour: The Myrcenary pours a fairly clear golden peach hue with a 1+ finger, fluffy and creamy white head with great retention and intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, citrusy, dank, floral, and slightly malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, pineapple, mango, pine needles, hop resin, subtle sweet malts, and a hint of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Myrcenary is resinous, piney, hoppy, earthy, and fruity.  There are notes of pink grapefruit rind, pineapple, hop resin, hop oil, grassy hops, pine, cedar, and more subtle caramel/toffee flavors.    
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Myrcenary is oily, slick, yet crisp and bitter with a clean finish.
Overall pairing: The Myrcenary Double IPA form Odell is a bold, yet very drinkable DIPA... perfect for the aggression, fury, and sheer power of Bolt Thrower's amazing "Mercenary" album!  'Nuff said!


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