I told you about the package from BrewDog that arrived the other week – but how were the beers?
First of all, there were two bottles of the 5 A.M Saint. It was interesting to compare this with the locally available Alpha Dog, the profile is very similar with lots of fresh hops.
On to the rarities:
Abstrakt AB:01 Hazy brown beer with lazy carbonation. It has a plastic “champagne” cork, not the real hing. With your inventive packaging for other beers, I know you can do better, boys.
Roses and herbs in the nose, sweet liqueur, almond bitterness, flowers. Toffee, malt, alcohol warming. Complex beer, on the sweet side, but very enjoyable. I should probably have controlled myself and given this some time in the cellar, but…
The Prototype 27 is really BrewDog at their best, a close relation to their Rake Raspberry Stout from a few years back, but this time using an IPA as the starting point. A glowing amber beer. Strong raspberry aroma, smoke and whisky palate. The smoke plays merrily around the berries, giving flavour you never believed you’d find in a beer. Not much of the IPA character left, but I don’t really miss that.
I wonder how many failed attempts they have before they end up with a brilliant brew like this.