BrewDog Radio Zombie Phone-In

Sometimes I really enjoy a rainy weekend day. It gives Val and I an excuse to hang out at home. Since we had a rainy Sunday, it gave me a lot of time to update the blog, so I’m finally pre-posting again. Since BrewDog has a brewery in Ohio now, we’re starting to see more distribution in Jersey. This was one that I picked up awhile ago.

ABV: 14%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dial in those digits and tune in to this Russian Imperial Stout. Smooth talking, dark and decadent – imperialism goes digital. Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate. Hints of pit fruits. Toffee, coffee and dark chocolate on the palate. Finished late with American hops for a dash of bitterness. Radio Zombie Phone In – a firm favorite amongst the living and the living dead”

Random: I really want to get to their brewery in Ohio. I really enjoyed Columbus when I was out there.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black and had no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso. There was a touch of licorice as well. The taste was similar to the nose and started with the same roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso. After that, there was some toffee and licorice, along with a large dose of alcohol. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with booze. There was dark chocolate as well. My biggest complain about the beer was that the alcohol was abrasive. I wouldn’t rush to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

BrewDog Punk IPA

I’ve mentioned it before, but I really like “Brew Dogs.” When I heard about the show coming to the Esquire network, I was cautiously optimistic given how the “Brew Masters” show on Discovery Channel went. But, I think it’s really well done and I look forward to watching every new episode. Anyways, let’s try their IPA.

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ABV: 5.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother of an ale. A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg Bopping around India and the sub-continent. This light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create a devastating explosion of flavour. Steel yourself for Kalashnikov bursts of caramel, incendiary tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, before a spiky bitter finish. This is quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist. Turn up the volume. Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, pimped up Maharajah of Pale Ales. Nothing will ever be the same again.”

Random: The Lions just scored on a 59 yard reception. The Jets completely botched the coverage.

This beer poured with one finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, orange with moderate carbonation. There was a decent amount of floaties visible. The nose was all grapefruit and pith without any malt to back it up. The taste was a bit more malt-dominant. I got bready malt, followed up by grapefruit pith and lemon. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was long and bitter with grapefruit. This was a good IPA for someone who is more into hops. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

BrewDog Paradox Smokehead

All I have done all day is laundry, or at least that’s what I feel like. I think I’m load number 4 and hopefully should be done soon. Anyways, here’s a beer that I was really excited to try.

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ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paradox Smokehead (10% abv) – has already sent a wave of excitement across the beer world with fans of the award winning stout predicting great things from the new partnership. The smooth, robust stout has been completely infused with the Atlantic smoke, heavy peat, vanilla oak and balancing fruit and honey flavours of the powerful Smokehead whisky to deliver a deliciously complex flavour.”

Random: At least my clothes are going to smell really nice since I’ve been doing laundry all day.

This brew poured with a huge, three finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left lighter lacing on the glass than I expected. The body was a very dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was perhaps the smokiest one I’ve ever smelled. It was like sticking my face into a barbecue with some peat thrown in for good measure. The taste was very complex and insanely smoky. There was a significant amount of ash that was coupled with some whiskey and a touch of tobacco. There was some charcoal smoke as well. There was some oak too and some chocolate at the end, but the primary flavor on this is smoke. The body was thick with very low carbonation. The finish was long with a touch of alcohol burn at the end. I did forget to mention that despite the ABV, the smoke hid it well until the end. I was glad I tried this brew because it was really, really unique and I did enjoy it, but I definitely could not have this one with any frequency, especially with the really high price tag on this one ($12 for a single 12 ounce bottle). Despite that, if you’re into a lot of smoke and scotch, definitely give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Today managed to be one of those days that I’m stuck at work really, really late. I thought it was going to be a decently early day and keep the streak running, but I was most definitely wrong. We had a few trucks run really late with some really demanding customers. I guess if you’re spending insane amounts of money on furniture, you can do that. Anyways, I picked this brew up a week ago for no reason in particular. I’ve really been enjoying BrewDog beers and saw a picture on Facebook last night that they were filming their TV show at Dogfish Head. I will definitely be watching next season. Let’s see how this one went.

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ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Libertine Black Ale is a 7.2% wickedly decadent black beast of a beer that has been hammered with the epic Simcoe hop. With a drinkability that defies its colour and depth of flavour, Libertine delivers a dark hop bomb combining the west coast hop awesomeness of an IPA, the dark and indulgent malt flavours of big stout with a lightness on the palate that bellies the punch that this beer packs. Bags of flavour and loads of hops.”

Random: I wished I worked one of those jobs that gave Good Friday off.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger, tan head that was slow to dissipate. It coated the glass with lacing. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose presented with pine sap up front and lots of hops. There was a touch of roasted malts at the end of the sniff, but if I had to guess, this was going to be on the hoppier side as opposed to the roastier side. I was surprised when the taste was the exact opposite. It started with roasted malts and dark chocolate, then a little bit of bitterness came through with some pine. Roasted malts were definitely the standout flavor on this one. The body was thick and almost silky with moderate carbonation to go with it. It had a long finish with dark chocolate. The booze was well-hidden on this one. This style is normally hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint

So, the brewers of this beer have been recently featured on television. I was shocked to say that I found it incredibly enjoyable and was very excited to hear that their show was going to be renewed for a second season. Anyways, here’s one of their beers that I hadn’t try yet.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. We live in a world of disposable deities. Someone, somehow has managed to press that big, flashing moronic override button and we are hard wired straight into the pockets of false idols trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, for a lot of people the same mentality applies to beer. But who is to know what is worth worshiping when monolithic advertising budgets have you sucked down the rabbit hole in the blink of an eye? At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many peoples eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you will never want to look back.”

Random: I am really not enjoying how cold it is today.

First of all, this beer poured with an insanely large head, and I didn’t pour all that aggressively. It was about four fingers high and almost tan in color. It dissipated really slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut color with some hop residue at the bottom of the glass and had high carbonation visible. The nose was very hoppy with lots of citrus and then some bready malt came through with some toffee. The taste started hoppy with grapefruit, but quickly went into toffee malt and some marked nuttiness. At first, it seemed like it was going to be overly hoppy, but mellowed after each sip. The body was on the thick side with very strong carbonation present. The finish was long and had the nuttiness and toffee aspects lingering on the tongue. I have to say, I definitely enjoyed this beer. It went down easy and had a lot of character to it. If you see it, definitely grab one and give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

BrewDog Hardcore IPA

Today was my first day back to class after Spring Break. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t miss class. Then, I was off to work and found out that my buddies at Cranbury Buy Rite got their shipment of Founders KBS (see shameless picture below).

Needless to say, I had to stop by after work and pick up a bottle. I can’t wait to try it. I think I’m going to save this one for my first beer after graduation. Anyways, onto the beer.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the BrewDog website, “This little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell. 2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 6 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks. This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars.”

Random: I’ve found that not having a usable thumb really limits one’s beer shopping.

I poured this beer into my Flying Fish tulip glass (gotta represent Jersey) and I remember that it’s been awhile since I’ve had a nice hoppy brew. I tend to get cravings for hoppy brews and hopefully this will do it for me. The brew itself poured a cloudy chestnut-brown topped with a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no sign of its existence on the glass. The nose presented with some piney notes, followed by grapefruit and a floral scent. There were also some hints of booze and a buttery caramel malt. There was also some carbonation visible. On the taste, it was much more balanced than I expected. The caramel malt transitioned into piney hops with some resin and grapefruit. For me, the malt really dominated more than expected and the booze also made a quick appearance. The finish was pretty long with significant bitterness. Despite the high booze, it was pretty well hidden. I could easily down a few of these without a problem, but it’s definitely best to stop at one. The brew was also a bit lighter than expected, although not problematic. I definitely enjoyed this. It was a solid DIPA, but not the best one I’ve ever tasted.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

BrewDog Tokyo

Today was a crazy day. Work was really busy, even for a Monday. I came home and went for a run. Although it was a little colder than I’d like, I really got a burst of energy from it. I sat down to have some dinner while watching another disc of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I really love this show. It’s absolutely ridiculous and hilarious.

ABV: 18%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the BrewDog website, “The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottles contents. This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips. It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.”

Random: I’ve always thought that BrewDog as a whole was kinda like attention whores, but I’ve heard great things about this brew, so I had to pick a bottle up when I got the chance.

I let this brew warm up for a good 15 minutes. I even grabbed a snifter for it (probably because my Duvel glass was dirty). This beer is already intimidating. I think any beer that’s over 8% really has to balance the high alcohol with the other flavors, because anything that high can just overwhelm anything else going on in the brew. I poured the brew into the snifter and got immediately surprised by two things. First, the color was a cloudy reddish-brown, almost mahogany. Then, the booze was apparent on the pour. It smacked me in the face. This is going to be an intense beer. The head was barely a half a finger and tan. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose was laden with booze, then some dark fruit, especially raisins and prunes. There was also a hint of smoke to it with some roasted malts. The nose definitely came out more as it warmed. The first sip is not at all what I expected. Spice, like anise was apparent with some vanilla, oak and roasted malts. There is a lot of booze on this and is really apparent on the finish and leaves my throat really warm. The booze is a little too much and just overwhelmed everything else. It was definitely a big beer and a little on the syrupy side with minimal carbonation. This is a beer for me that I’m glad I tried, but there’s almost too much going on with it. There was almost a licorice flavor that I just couldn’t get past. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You

I hate Mondays like no other. Not that I think I’m alone in that, but it doesn’t help that I’ve been studying all night for a midterm tomorrow. So, now that I’m on a study break before I go to bed early, I think I deserve a nice hoppy beer.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to BrewDog.com, “I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ‘n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You (2 of my favourite beers). After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count. As far as we are aware this is the first collaboration of this type anywhere in the world. The first time a collaboration beer has been made by blending beers from the respective brewers together.”

Random: I picked this brew up along with a few others I hadn’t seen when I was out to dinner with my sister. She said that she found a great beer store and I had to go. I walked out a very happy girl.

This brew poured with a one finger pure white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. After I poured the beer, I thought that I probably should have used a tulip glass…oh well. The body was a hazy orange color with some carbonation visible. The nose smelled inviting with some definite sweetness and then happy hoppiness. It reminded me of another beer that I’ve had and enjoyed, but I couldn’t really place it. The first sip was really good and exactly what I expected from the nose. I got a definite malt flavor and then some sticky piney hops. Minor flavors that started to come out were nuts, almost a little like a brown ale. The booze is pretty well hidden on this. The finish was more on the bitter side with hops lingering on my tongue for awhile. This is a pretty good beer, although definitely more malty than I expected. I would have it again, but not the best double IPA I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

BrewDog/Stone Bashah

It’s been a crazy week. I’m so happy that it’s the weekend. I was in a really bad mood today, so to make myself feel better, I made an unnecessary beer run and then went to Wegmans to get stuff to try out some recipes to tailgate for opening night. I came home, prepped some stuff, made a tapenade and a chimichurri and now it’s time to review some beer!

 

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to BeerAdvocate, “Also referred to as a Black IPA (India Pale Ale) or Cascadian Dark Ale, ales of this style range from dark brown to pitch black and showcase malty and light to moderate roasty notes and are often quite hoppy generally with the use of American hops. Alcohol can range from average to high depending on if the brewery is going for a “double / imperial” version.”

Random: These brews seems like all the rage now. I haven’t had a lot of them, but I definitely get a little more smoky flavor on the ones that I have had. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this one, especially since it was on my list of beers to try for all of last year.

This brew poured a black color with mild carbonation visible at the top of the brew. The head was a slight off white and one finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose didn’t really remind me of an IPA. I get some roasted malts and a slight hint of hops, but nothing all that inviting. The taste is mild carbonation and I definite got roasted malts and then a slight bitterness comes up. I also got a hint of peat as it warms. The hops also came up more as it warmed. The finish was slightly bitter and pretty quick. It was also pretty well-balanced. I thought the beer would be a little more impressive. It was good, but not great.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran

Not a great weekend, to say the least. But, at least I have some good beer to make me feel better. I spent most of the day running errands and I managed to find a bomber of Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, which is pretty exciting. I think that I really need to stop buying beer and drink down some of my reserves, but everytime I see a brew that I haven’t seen before, I have to grab it because I’m afraid that I won’t see it again. Onto the beer…

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the BrewDog website:

The Life and Times of a BrewDog Whisky Cask

  1. little acorn into a mighty oak tree, really long ago
  2. oak tree turned into a cask by a skilled human
  3. cask is then used to mature American Bourbon, releasing wonderful flavours from the oak
  4. cask then undertakes a perilous marine voyage across the Atlantic, narrowly escaping the clutches of storms, giant squid and pirates
  5. safely at the Scottish distillery it is used to mature the finest Whisky, adding depth and character to the flavours inculcated in the oak
  6. cask arrives at BrewDog where we fill it with our Imperial Stout. The ageing process infuses all the Whisky flavours and emblazons the casks journey deep into our smooth robust stout, resulting in an unrivalled taste adventure for the lucky human who gets their paws on the finished masterpiece

Random: I found this beer along while I was trying to grab a bottle of Tokyo. I didn’t find a bottle of that, but I grabbed this (although I did grab a bottle of Tokyo last week). I keep seeing their beer all over Jersey, so I figured I would try this one, which has since been retired.

This brew poured with a half of finger of tan head that dissipated almost right after I had taken my picture. The body is definitely black with no visible carbonation due to the color. I let this beer warm for about 20 minutes before having it. On the nose, I got some hints of booze, some vanilla and chocolate notes and a hint of earthiness, maybe peat? On the taste, the aging definitely comes out. I get peat and some definitely burnt malts with some subtle hints of chocolate. But, the definite overwhelming taste is burnt and smoky. The finish isn’t crazy long and the peat is the main flavor that hangs around. This is definitely an interesting beer, and the alcohol does warm you up a little bit. Not the best stout I’ve had, but definitely solid.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0