This happened on saturday at Brewdog. All I’ll say is, we got to try their Prototype beers 🙂
There was a Black IPA, a Hopped-up brown ale, a Session IPL and, my personal favourite, was a Milk stout.
Colin’s comment: Yep, the milk stout was the best. Though the hopped up brown ale and black IPA were also good.
The reason theres so little in the glass, apart from the obvious, this beer was a violent one and went everywhere from the desk to another nearby mug, except from going into the glass. Apart from that it is very drinkable with a pleasant carbonation *cough* with a nice punchy alcoholic strength. Aromas are yeasty and malty. Taste is sweet, light dried fruits and malty. After taste is actually really good, it is quite dry but leaves you with a real nice sweetness. Im suprised by its lightness in texture too. This beer named Spring Tipple from t’ Gaverhopke/White pony brewery standing at 8% is somehow an incredibly simple drink that is quite endearing. Though I might have to get two bottles and hold them over a bowl when opening.
Hahahaha I just looked at some other reviews of it and many of them had the same thing happen. Didnt realise the term ‘Gusher’ was used in describing beers 🙂
An odd one we have tonight, and I dont just mean the label design, this is Saxo from Caracole brewery standing at 7.5%. It does not smell of taste of that alcoholic strength at all, it is very hidden. Yet the sheer strength of the yeast aroma and taste makes you think otherwise. Other aromas consist of bitter grass and hay. The carbonation is suprisingly mellow considering the massive head it produced when I first poured it. This is a murky blonde beer, leaning towards the heavier end of the medium bodied beers. The taste is sour, bitter tarte, orange zest and somewhat sharp consistently. Aftertaste is hay like but leaves you quickly. This is just an odd beer, I neither dislike or approve of it.
The more I look at the bottle the more creeped out I’m getting. Dont stare into his eyes….
Today/tonight we have Dissolution Extra IPA from Kirkstall Brewery standing at 6.0%. Photo doesnt show it the best but it pours clear gold, with zero head and the tiniest amount of carbonation. The aroma is typical IPA with some citrus and light pine like notes. The taste is mostly bitter, with a hint of sweetness and some floral touches. The alcoholic strength is well balanced with the flavours. It has a texture that I couldnt place properly, it is thin but quite soapy/likes to hang around. The aftertaste is the same the drinking tastes actually. Overall a good IPA but didnt get my motor running in any way.
Today we have Boont amber ale from Anerson Valley brewery standing at 5.8%. The smell of malt really kicks you in the face straight away, followed by a hint of non sweet caramel with an enduring wedge of hay. The colour is dark clear brown, with no head and very low carbonation. Taste is very malty, nutty, a little sweet, bready, an edge of bitter and also caramac (yes that childhood confectionery). Its full of flavour while drinking but really quickly disappears, leaving you with a malty bitterness then dough like aftertaste which leaves you wanting more.
This is somehow quite a fun beer. And by the way, that isn’t a moose on the label.
Tonight tonight we have Cloudwater Autumn range IPA from Cloudwater Brewery standing at 6.6%. This one will be short and sweet. The colour is clear orange. The aroma is orange zest. While the taste is orange mixed with orange zest. Thankfully the texture isn’t orange like, it is more medium carbonated and very clean to drink and has a clean bitter aftertaste.
Okay fine theres a bit more. The alcohol is present but well hidden. At a push I could also say hints of bitter grapefruit exist, lemon zest also makes an appearance between the orange. Also finally placed the slightest of herby floral aroma mixed in.
This beer is confusing!
Lets try to find out just what we have tonight, there is nothing else on the bottle. Righto, we have Edelstoff from Augustiner-Braeu standing at 5.6%. One of the many reasons I’m so confused by this one, its more like juice than a beer, near zero carbonation so maybe sparkling would be a bettter term for this one. Plus it had pretty much one aroma, a light fruity vinegar. The taste is just the right level of sour for me (sour is not my jam), light light hops and watery apple. After taste is very mellow apple like sourness. Very light texture, its there and gone. The colour is pretty ace though. Theres nothing wrong with this beer, but that is my issue, I dont think I would let anyone try this without warning them of the extreme plainness it possesses.
Tonight we have Luppoo from Belgoo brewing standing at 6.5%. It feels like its been a while since I’ve had this yellowy blonde of a beer. Aroma is slighty sugar mixed with a sweet spice, fruits but not citrusy and a nice dry grassy hint. The taste was nothing special at the start but did develop more as time went by. The strength is very well hidden while the sweet, lightly hoppy and fruity notes roll around the pallet nicey. The low carbonation really works for this beer as well. All the textures, aromas and tastes mix very well together. The bittersweet tarte aftertaste hangs around for a while and remains pleasant, will also note that this is quite refreshing actually.
As you can see, tonight we have Sofa King Pale from To Ol Sessions series (though done with symbols I dont know how to type here, seriously ) standing at 4.7%. And its just a hoppy ale. No bells or whistles. And in all honesty, its not trying to be anything else either so props to that. It is a cloudy amber with a gentle white head. Taste is hoppy and bitter. With a medium carbonation that doesnt interfere with the gentleness of this beer. Aroma is citrus with hops. The word session fits it perfectly as it disappears rather quickly
Though looking into the breweries other stuff I find their style quite funny, with beers called Fuck art lets dance and Fuck art this is advertising.
Eeeeuuuuugggghhhh this one is delicious! This ale is delicious! A slightly creamy thick head, so bitter (so good) to drink but no clingy bitter aftertaste, it leans on being too bitter but just manages to reign it in. Not an oily texture but very smooth very slick, a good medium body, the carbonation is present and its very welcome. Aroma’s are short, sweet and punchy with roasted darkness, and I guess roasted malts, darker berries and a little of the alcohol strength. The taste isnt actually to complex but it doesnt need to be when its this good. But the bitterness, the hops, very slight bit of sweetness, dark fruits and roasty maltiness are stunning. Even has a somewhat salty finish which of course makes you want more.
Oh come on this is also known as the Black shark, stop being so cool. This borderline love letter is for Imperial Black IPA from Camba Bavaria standing at 8.5%. This might just have to be reordered in January.