A summary of my recent BrewDog tastings from the 8th Anniversary Imperial Stout through to the new prototype citrus IPA.
Dog D | BrewDog
This 8th Anniversary imperial stout is the latest in the line of fantastic annual releases. Coming in at 16.1%abv this is a real heavyweight stout! The nose is chock full of dark malts, chocolate & coffee. The taste is initially a deep malty bitterness with mocha coffee notes and then the heat from the chilli hits on the finish. This is a great stout, very warming, nice & comforting! Although this is not quite as good as Dog C for me, this is a typically impressive imperial stout from BrewDog.
Black Tokyo Horizon | BrewDog x Nøgne Ø x Mikkeller
This collaboration mix of some fantastic heavyweight stouts (Black, Dark Horizon and Tokyo*) is a heavy hitter at 15.2%abv. It pours jet black with almost no head. Plenty of rich malt, chocolate and caramelised sugar on the nose. Alcohol and bitter malts sit at the front of the flavour, smoothing off to dark chocolate bitterness and roasted caramel malts. Softens further to raisins and sweet chocolate in the finish. A fantastic mix of great stouts and it comes highly recommended if you are a fan of either of the ‘ingredient stouts’.
#MashTag 2015 | BrewDog
A U.S. Hopped Black Barley Wine at 10%, this is the latest in the line of BrewDog’s democratic annual beer releases. It pours pure black with a foamy, sandy head. The look and aroma are both reminiscent of a stout or porter, with a lot of malt and bitter cocoa aromas on the nose. I personally didn’t get much hops in the aroma, although they are there in the flavour, toward the finish. The taste up front is malt, bitter chocolate and hints of pine. This is a good beer, and a fairly unusual one too; definitely worth trying if you are a fan of dark, unusual beers!
Elvis Juice | BrewDog
A new prototype beer from BrewDog is always interesting and this one is no exception. At 6.7%abv it’s toward the upper end of the IPA scale, but it doesn’t feel too heavy with alcohol. The nose is very hop heavy and it smells not unlike Hardcore IPA or JackHammer, but the flavour is all lemon zest, orange and grapefruit; a huge citrus hit. The flavours mellow in the mouth and the finish is smoother with less bitterness. It’s an unusual beer for me, it perhaps smells better than it tastes, but it’s still a good beer. I’m interested to see if they rework it for a future release, similar to Hop Fiction perhaps, which leads me nicely on to…
This summer seasonal brew is a slightly reworked 2014 Prototype beer. It’s brewed at 5.2%abv and is a very light, citrusy, pale ale ideal for summer sessions. The nose is full of clean grapefruit citrus notes and it smells really fresh. The taste is also a very crisp grapefruit, lemon and pale malt balance with light hops and it goes down very easily. The finish softens into slight bitterness with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. This is a great seasonal release and an improvement on the prototype release late last year. I will enjoy a few of these when the sun eventually begins to shine!