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Tasted Tuesday 4 August 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.9% Alc/Vol

Scotland

BrewDog - 77 - LagerAh hah! A lager with bite! Golden in colour and sparkling clear. Light toffee on the nose with floral and nutty hints. The palate is crisp, light, quite malty, mildly sweet toffee, grassy, bread dough, citrus, and a gobful of hop bitterness that gets it over the line.

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Tasted Tuesday 5 May 2009. 330ml bottle, 12% Alc/Vol.

Scotland.

brew-dog-tokyo

“Intergalactic fantastic oak-aged stout” is what the label says. Intergalactic indeed….this is light years away from regular beer. This is a beer in the extreme. An orchestra of flavour, a Normandy landing, a fully worked muscle car, a Mr Olympian, a small thermonuclear device….and I tried a stronger beer the night after……

So having recovered I refer to my notes: Black, black as sin in colour, almost no head. Aromas are incredibly tarry, charcoal, burnt chestnuts, and even fragrant pine like notes trying to be heard. It even smells sweet and thick and rich. No holds barred flavours of very sweet/ molasses darkest roasted malt (understatement) charcoal, warm and toasty chestnut, soft dark berries, road tar, crushed rock and cedar.  Then to finish some strong hop bitterness comes out of nowhere lingering and offsetting the sweetness. This is a beer for the experienced, someone who has been around the block (quite a few times). For me this was a bit too overpowering and sweet, but an experience it was and it will be remembered.

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Tasted Saturday April 25 2009. 500ml bottle, 8.5% Alc/Vol.

England.

An English Strong Ale, but closer to a Barley Wine I thought. The label says it is made from “the finest Challenger and Northdown hops, Maris Otter malted barley, and of course, our unique yeast.”

Colour is copper red and clear. Aromas are of malt extract, roasted chestnuts, sultana and yeast. Very rich and sweet on the palate and the alcohol a little too obvious at the moment, this will probably settle with time, with, dried tropical fruits, butterscotch, yeast and roasted, nutty sweet malt. Hops are mild and build toward the end leaving a pleasing bitterness and lingering sweetness at the end. A very good beer and it will improve with some years cellaring.

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