Aged Stout – Danish/American: Evil Twin/Prairie Fine Ales Bible Belt

Bible Belt - Evil Twin

This week’s beer is an excellent collaboration Imperial Stout from Evil Twin and Prairie Fine Ales called Bible Belt. This one is definitely a beer that will warm you up in this snow, 13% and aged on Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans and Chili Peppers. The picture above is from the first time I had it, at Brewdog’s Shoreditch bar. I loved it so much that I now have a collection of them in my cellar!

Let’s start with Evil Twin and Prairie’s Description of the Beer:

Let’s face it – we love big, flavorful stouts. As luck would have it, our friend Jeppe at Evil Twin Brewing feels the same way. We decided to brew a beer together that took elements from our favorite stouts we each produce to come together as one beer. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world famous stout, Even More Jesus. The end result is a smoky, spicy stout that is sure to please the pallet.

Personally, I think this is a good description of the brew. We’ve got the back story and how it tastes without a long page of blurb. Sometimes that can be a lot better than a story that is pages long – in this case it is. I like how this is a mash up of both of their Stouts, and it made it hard to figure out what the recipe could be! Speaking of recipe…

As this is an Imperial Stout, Malts are king! I think the Malts in this beer are 2-Row, Crystal 150, Chocolate Malt, Special Black Malt, Black Malt and Roasted Barley. After this I think there’s also some fermentables, Flaked Oats and some Brown Sugar. As for the hops, I think a generous amount of Magnum has been used. After this the beer is fermented, and during secondary fermentation the Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, and Chili Peppers are added and it is aged. I’m not sure how long the beer is aged for, but I think it’s most probably around 90 days.

This beer pours dark as tar with a large caramel coloured head that dissipates very quickly to no head leaving little dots of lacing on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the first thing you notice is a huge Chocolate and Coffee aroma, almost like a Mocha. Some Vanilla notes, Dark Roasty Malts and a little bit of an Earthy bouquet towards the tail end. This beer smells absolutely fantastic! When you taste it, the first thing you get is lots of Chocolate, Coffee and Dark Malts followed by earthy and spicy Chilli Pepper that does creep up on you a little but it’s not too high a heat to deal with. There’s hints of Vanilla, but unfortunately it’s merged with the Coffee at the start and the Chilli flavours dominate towards the end. Although there’s a little bit of Chilli heat in this beer, it’s actually really really smooth and finishes medium.

Unfortunately, Bible Belt is pretty tough to find online in the UK, but you can get it from the following places (if it’s not in stock, ask!)

Utobeer – London

Beer Moth – Manchester

Brewdog Shoreditch – London

Bottledog – London

DogTap – Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Hopefully we’ll see this beer better represented online soon!

EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%

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Beer: Tryanuary

Following on from our Guest Post on Monday – Here’s one from Claire’s blog

Dap and Drink

I’m still struggling with pronouncing Tryanuary out loud and I’m maintaining that it is better written. I’ve not been as adventurous as I would have liked, however new breweries have been sought out, new styles of beers have been tried and some new favourites have taken their place in my beer-y heart.

Anyways, here’s my summary of my favourite Tryanuary beers:

Kona – Big Wave Golden Ale: The Beer House, Ecclesall Road. 

4.4% ABV 

I was not disappointed with this beer, my first from Hawaii. Beautifully balanced and ridiculously refreshing. A definite easy drinker.

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Kiuchi – Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale: Starmore Boss, Sharrowvale Road.

7.5% ABV

Kiuchi’s IPA. Just straight up plum jam and Ribena, but surprisingly not overly sweet. Slowly matured in Cedar casks which are commonly used in the brewing of Japanese sake, which I guess the plum flavour might come through from?

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Guest Post – Claire Swaffield (Dap and Drink) – Micropubs and Sheffield’s first, The Beer House

Fad or fixed?
The Micropub was presented in 2005 by publican Martyn Hillier with he opening of the Butchers Arms in Herne, Kent. It stood alone until November 2009 but slowly a trickle lead to a river with 106 currently in trading, 88 of those since January 2013 and 9 currently in planning. Now, according to the Morning Advertiser, by 2020 we should have 5000. But what is and defines this fast-growing business model, I hear you ask?

‘A Micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes
conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’
-The Micropub Association, founded by Stu Hirst & Martyn Hillier in 2012.

In the shunning of electronic entertainment, they have been praised for their encouragement in igniting real-life interaction, forcing people to sit and have a conversation and being packed full of people. Surely they should encourage you to make small-talk to lead to new friendships within your local community! Lovely! Some consider a Micropub to exclusively serve cask ale and refrain to a single room. Some are a little more lax on the rules, including one of the newest additions: The Beer House.

Sheffield’s first Micropub

Sheffield’s newest addition, and only fixed Micropub, graces my part of Sheffield, Hunters Bar. It is a welcome independent addition to Ecclesall Road and the south-western part of the city. Ecclesall road is littered with food chains and bars that are popular after work scene. There are a handful of pubs in the area, but primarily chains: Porter Brook, Porter Cottage, Nursery Tavern and the mixed-reviewed Sheffield institution, the Lescar Hotel.

The Hunters Bar area, particularly Sharrowvale Road, has quickly become the go-to place for Sheffield independents with butchers, bakers, no candle-stick makers, fishmongers, a deli and our very own boutique drinks shop. But still no friendly, independent pub embracing the full range of local northern breweries on a rotational basis, that was until December 2014!

Chris Sinclair, who has run The Dronfield Arms, Dronfield along with business partner John Harrison are the brains behind this venture and are serving up a variety of beverages that go beyond the expected cask. As well as a keg line, the Beerhouse has worked closely with Jeff and Barry of Starmore Boss, the boutique drinks shop on Sharrowvale Road, to provide carefully selected wines, including an organic Rioja and Yorkshire’s own Robin of Locksley gin.

But back to the beer, the ‘beer vision’ is to serve up good tasty beers from good small local breweries. Those not familiar with the brewings-on in the Sheffield area, here’s a little round up! Breweries featured at the Beer House so far have included, but not limited to:

• Blue Bee (2010, Sheffield): Reported to have seriously stepped up their hop presence and with it, their game this year.

• Harthill (2012, Rotherham): Classic English cask, noted especially for their wheat beer.

• Stancill (2014, Sheffield): A new brewery making waves. Their Barnsley Bitter quickly became a South Yorkshire favourite, and more recently Parky’s Pale Charity Ale, a supportive and tasty delight.

• Fuggle Bunny Brew House (2014, Sheffield): Proving solid offerings for it’s first year in the form of Russian Rarebit and Orchard Gold.

• Marble Beers (1997, Manchester): Well established Northern Brewery, making sound contributions and recognised nationally.

• Sky’s Edge Brewing (2008, Sheffield): Previously The Brew Company until 2014, Sky’s Edge have gone for a full refit and branding and with it some marvellous beers, definite firm favourites in Sheffield!

So far, best-sellers have come from Marble and Sky’s Edge, with Pictish Brewery as a house favourite. Additionally, a small number of interesting rotating bottles from far and wide have included contributions from Kona, Hawaii, Cervecería Mexicana, Mexico and Daas Blond, the gluten free abbey/trappist beer from Daas. Currently in stock is the full range of Sonnet 43, a microbrewery in County Durham. Future bottles will hopefully come in the form of Wold Top Brewery, Yorkshire and Green’s gluten free beers.

On my first visit I enjoyed a Big Wave Golden ale from Kona, which refreshing, beautiful and well balanced. I do struggle more with English cask beers having only recently begun my beer journey, less than a year ago. I prompted for a Parky’s Pale Charity Ale as my second choice, which is a solid contribution to the line up, a golden pale body, with the perfect frothy white head, just as smooth in taste as it looks.

On my second visit I began with the cask, prompting my first experience of Fuggle Bunny, and their Orchard Gold. A pleasant pale with sweet honeyed notes and savoury undertones. Finishing off with Sonnet 43’s Steam Beer Amber, which for a amber is really quite savoury, I guess the low ABV (3.8%) accounts for this.

The pub itself is set in one, but almost two, open rooms. It’s quite plain, but homey, in decor with a gorgeous fireplace in back space. It houses about 40 customers and supplements it’s beverages with bhajis and samosas from Sheffield’s own Bhaji Shop and Thali Cafe, there has also been word of the infamous Space Invaders being sold too!

Some entertainment is provided, in case the cat’s got your tongue, and comes in the form of backgammon, dominoes and chess. A weekly quiz has begun, Wednesdays 8pm, if you’re ever in the area and further collaboration with Starmore Boss comes in the form of a Gin tasting on the 3rd of February.

So far, feedback has been glowing. Attentive staff and a great atmosphere have pushed it up to the #1 nightlife spot in Sheffield, according to Trip Advisor and it seems as if I’m not the only one who’s appreciating this independent gem. Bring on the micro-pubs!

Fruit Wheat Beer – Hawaiian Maui Brewing Mana Wheat

Maui Brewing Mana Wheat

This Friday’s beer is not a Winter Brew by any means, but January is drawing to a close now and sometimes there’s nothing better than a nice refreshing brew after a hard days work. Mana Wheat, a Pineapple American Wheat from Maui Brewing in Hawaii is perfect for this in my opinion.

Let’s start with Maui‘s Description of the beer:

An unfiltered, freshly handcrafted American-style Wheat infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine. The yeast stays in suspension making the ale traditionally cloudy.

A short, but sweet description from Maui Brewing. It has a little bit of how they brew the beer, which is nice and lets you know to expect it to be cloudy but leaves the rest to the imagination. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and seeing as this is my first Pineapple Wheat Beer it allowed me to taste the beer without any preconceptions.

I had a good look for the recipe of this brew, and unfortunately I couldn’t find it anywhere! So I tasted a few of these and came up with the recipe as best I could. The malts in this beer are Wheat Malt, Pale Ale Malt and Munich Malt, with some Flaked Wheat added as a fermentable. As for the hops, I think Northern Brewer and a very small amount of Citra have been used. After this the famous Maui Gold Pineapples are added as juice and it’s left to ferment.

When you pour this beer, it pours a Cloudy Golden Colour with a Medium White head. Unfortunately, the picture I took above doesn’t do the Beer as much justice as I would’ve liked. The head leaved sticky lacing around the glass as it dissipates and really clings there if you let it. On the nose, there’s hints of Bubblegum, quite a bit of Pineapple Juice and Tinned Pineapple, Wheat, and a touch of Banana and other Tropical Fruits. This beer smells so inviting, and I honestly think although it’s fruity and a Wheat Beer you really can appriciate it year round. The Palate is more complex than I expected, with Fruity Pineapple Notes, Wheat and a touch of Clove with a fruity slightly Hoppy finish. During this, the Pineapple and Tropical Fruit carry through the flavour very well. It’s not exactly a sweet beer and finishes a little Spicy. It’s quite full-bodied for the style, finishes Medium. I recommend this beer for year round consumption, although it would be better in the Summer with a BBQ going!

You can buy Maui Mana Wheat in the UK at:

Beers of Europe

Amazon

Unfortunately both places are out of stock at the moment, but keep an eye out as this is a truely great brew!

EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%

Rye IPA – American: Green Flash Road Warrior

Green Flash Road Warrior

There hasn’t been an extra Wednesday post for a few weeks, so I thought I’d start it right with this Imperial Rye IPA from Green Flash in San Diego. Green Flash’s Imperial IPA’s are some of my favourites, and Rye Beers are one of my favourite styles so I was looking forward to trying this one for quite some time.

Let’s start with Green Flash‘s description of the beer:

HOP ON AND ENJOY THE RYE OF YOUR LIFE

Our Imperial Rye IPA is brewed in the name of our Road Warriors—the sales team who tirelessly hit the streets, traveling from town to town and pub to pub sharing the Green Flash experience. Road Warrior™ charges full flavor forward. Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts pave the way for Mosaic and Amarillo dry-hopping to boldly shine through in the finish. Raise a glass to those who never settle!

A catchy motto, one of the quirky things I’ve grown to love when it comes to Green Flash. Also a little story – nice they dedicate it to their hardworking sales people. I also like how Green Flash are always so open about their recipe (it makes my job a little easier too) and always seem to have a positive take on everything they make. Some brewers are doom and gloom and focus on taking down that big brewer, but Green Flash always focus on what they do best – making good beers.

The recipe for this one speaks for itself after looking at the description, so I’m going to be quick! On the Malt bill, we’ve got some Crystal, Rye, 2-Row Barley and a little bit of Pale Malt. On the Hop side, during the boil there’s Columbus and Mosaic. After this, during Fermentation it is dry-hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo. The yeast is most probably the Standard American Ale yeast.
When you pour this beer it’s a Ruby/Brown colour with a thick White head. The head retention is great for this style and leaves some great rings of sticky lacing around the glass. This really is an inviting looking brew! On the nose there’s a lot of Rye and Toffee with hints of Pine. I found myself drinking this one as soon as I smelt it and was met with a wave of Pine and Spicy Rye, followed by some Citrus, a lot of Bubblegum from the abundance of Mosaic hops with a nice complex Caramel finish. I’d say the carbonation on this one is Medium for the style, as some IPAs tend to be quite fizzy at the moment. It finishes Dry and Bitter. For fans of Big IPA’s, I really do recommend this one!
You can buy Green Flash Road Warrior in the UK at:
Beer Gonzo (In Stock at time of Writing)
Chester Beer and Wine (In Stock at time of Writing)
Beers of Europe (In Stock at time of Writing)
EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%

Double IPA – American: Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

This week I’m writing about a beer I had a little while ago, and may be a little hard to come by now. It definitely deserves a mention though. This Friday’s beer is Stone 18th Anniversary IPA. A beer brewed for the 18th Anniversary of the company. And, of course it’s an IPA! It’s what Stone has become known for over the years.

Let’s start with Stone‘s description of the beer.

As we compose the text for this celebratory beer‐a golden‐brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops‐we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross‐planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped‐down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

I won’t spoil what’s on the back of the bottle, as these are still around. Just make sure if you get one now, drink it asap! Stone’s IPA’s are never meant to last long. Quite a modest description for Stone, which I like. However, there’s still the comment about the larger brewers. It’s a good description, it celebrates their journey so far and gives you a tiny insight into the beer with the fact they use El Dorado Hops.

Let’s start with the malts in this one, 2-Row Pale, Crystal with a small amount of English Brown Malt and Briess Dark Roasted Malt. This is how it gets it’s colour and also some of the complex flavours that I will talk about a little later. As for the Hops, as it says in the description:- El Dorado Hops are used in both the boil and Dry Hop during Fermentation. El Dorado Hops are relatively new to the table, and I think it was quite brave of Stone to only use them in such a high profile offering.

When you pour this beer, it pours a Ruby colour with Golden sides and a medium white head. It really does look nice in the glass. It leaves dotty lacing on the glass as the head dissipates to a Thin Foam on the top of the beer. On the nose there’s loads of Lemon, a little Liquorice, Pine and some slight Cocoa. The way this beer looks and smells makes you want to drink it straight away, I haven’t written about a beer that looks this good in the glass for a little while! On the palate, the first thing you get is Toffee and Liquorice, followed by a big Lemony Citrus kick, ending with some bitter Orange peel and Pine. The Lemon flavour carries through the entire time, tied in with some complex coffee and toffee undertone. This beer feels quite light in the mouth, is medium carbonated and ends quite dry. What a fantastic beer, one that I wish Stone would brew again! I’d recommend it if you can get hold of one now, but in a few months it may be worth passing up.

I purchased Stone’s 18th Anniversary beer at Bottledog in Kings Cross, unfortunately I can’t find anywhere online in the UK to grab one of these. Even if you can’t this time, I’d recommend looking around August time for their 19th Anniversary beer, they’re always good!

EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%

Fruit Porter – Danish: Mikkeller I Bet Yuzu Glad I Said Orange

Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter

With all this rainy weather, I thought a nice Porter would be a good pick me up. This week’s beer is the legendary Mikkeller‘s I Bet Yuzu Glad I Said Orange. A Porter brewed with a fruit called Yuzu, a popular fruit in Japan and Korea. I’ve only ever posted up one other beer on here brewed by Pressure Drop with this fruit in, and it was a great beer!

Let’s start with Mikkeller‘s description of the beer:

A porter with Yuzu (Citrus fruit), wheat and lactose. Flavor is sweet of yuzu with notes of orange and coffee.

A short but sweet description of this brew. Sources say Mikkel can be quite a quiet man, and this description seems to be evidence towards this. Although it’s short, it’s to the point. As it’s so to the point, I can’t really say much more apart from it’s got the extra ingredients listed and some idea on how it should taste.

The Malts are usually very important in a Porter, but in this one less so. The Malts used are Pale Malt, Brown Malt, Caramel Malt and Chocolate Malt. There’s also Malted Wheat. The Hops in this one are Challenger, Fuggles and to up the Citrus a little I think Mikkeller have used Cascade. After this, the Yuzu is added, I would imagine mainly juice as Yuzu can be hard to work with. During fermentation the Lactose is added.

When you pour this beer, you get a typical Porter looking beer – Black with a big Tan coloured head. The head retention is absolutely great, owing to the Wheat in the brew. On the nose you get lots of Citrus/Orange notes, owing to the Yuzu and some Coffee and Chocolate undertones. There’s also a bit of sweet Lactose in the Aroma too. When you taste this beer, you get a big initial kick of Coffee, followed by some Lactose sweetness and ending with the Citrus and Orange notes in the beer. The mouthfeel is quite light for a Porter and is a little more acidic than some beers. It finishes quite sweet. Quite lightly carbonated also. At 6% I can see myself drinking quite a few of these beers in one day and really recommend it.

You can buy Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter in the UK at:

Mikkeller Webstore (In Stock, Coversion is around £3.45)

Beer Gonzo (In Stock at time of Writing)

EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%

White Ale – Japanese: Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest

Hitachino Nest White Ale

I know you’re probably thinking, a White Ale in Winter?! But, there’s a method to my madness. This week’s beer is Hitachino Nest White Ale, brewed by Kiuchi Brewery in Japan. This beer used to be really hard to get hold of once upon a time. On one of my (not so regular) visits to Waitrose I noticed it on the shelf and had to pick it up! One beer I haven’t tried before, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried Japanese Craft Beer.

Let’s start with Kiuchi Brewing‘s description of the beer:

HITACHINO NEST BEER is a brand of our quality top-fermented ales. We started brewing HITACHINO NEST BEER in 1996 with a hint of our traditional sake brewing method. Since then, we’ve made a name and won numerous awards worldwide. HITACHINO has established the market in the U.S.A. since 2000, is now well known not only as a of unique “Owl” character, but also its innovative brews.
HITACHINO NEST WHITE ALE is a refreshing mildly hopped Belgian styled beer with a complex flavor of coriander, orange peel, nutmeg. White Ale has won gold medals at several beer competition in U.K. and U.S. This is one of HITACHINO’s top-selling beers both in Japan and U.S.

I like this description, there’s the History behind why they decided to start brewing beer. It also enforces the brand and lets you know a little bit about the beer. I get the feeling that Kiuchi don’t want to give away too much and let the reader decide for themselves how the beer tastes, although it’s backed up with the fact it’s won medals!

Let’s start with the Malt and Fermentables in this beer, first we’ve got Lager Malt, Malted Wheat. As for the adjuncts, we’ve got Flaked Barley and Flaked Wheat. Then a small amount of Pearle and Styrian Goldings on the Hop Bill. After this, the Bitter Orange Peel, Orange Juice, Nutmeg and Coriander are added. From just reading around and on the website, either a Sake yeast or a Belgian Wit yeast is used. Personally I think it could be the Sake yeast, as there’s not a lot of Belgian “Funk” coming from this beer.

When you pour this beer it’s a golden/yellow colour with a medium foamy white head. This dissipates after a short while leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. The lacing eventually falls back into the beer. The nose on this beer is great, loads of Spicy Nutmeg and Coriander, some Orange, Lemon and some Floral aromas. This is followed by some bready Yeast and Wheat characteristics. When you taste this beer, the first thing you get is a hit of Sweet Orange, progressing on to notes of Coriander and Nutmeg. Whilst these flavours are in the foreground, behind it is a great backbone of Bready Wheat and Malt flavours to compliment the others. There’s also a little floral bouquet in there too! It ends with the bitter Orange peel. The beer is quite highly carbonated, as with a lot of Wheat Beers but the body of this beer is great! It’s almost creamy, a great change as a lot of Wheat Beers can be a little watery. It finishes Medium Dry. I really do recommend this beer, even if you don’t usually like Wheat Beers. It’s definitely one to try, even if it is the middle of Winter!

You can buy Kiuchi Hitachino Nest White Ale at Waitrose stores and online at:

Beers Of Europe

Amazon (IN STOCK at time of Writing)

EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%

New Years Post – Imperial Amber/Red Ale – Scottish: Brewdog Mashtag #2014

My first Blog post of 2015, but I’m starting off with a great beer from last year – Brewdog‘s Mashtag 2014. Mashtag is a Beer that Brewdog ask the public to nominate ingredients for. They did one in 2013, and 2014 so I’m hoping it happens again this year! I’ll let you know a little more about the recipe later on but I really do think this is a great idea. I’m surprised the combination in this one came out so well!

Let’s start with Brewdog‘s description of the Beer:

#Mashtag 2014 – a beer for the people, by the people.
The #Mashtag concept is simple. We invited the public to vote on each aspect of the brew, from hops to malt to the special twist and even the label design, and from the thousands of possibilities this presented, the result is an imperial red ale, brewed with copious speciality malts, a global blend of hops, and blood orange, lemon peel and orange peel.
On the nose, there’s a riot of citrus, in many forms, from orange pith to lemon zest, via lime juice and even lemongrass. Fresh, bright resinous notes blend with light toasty malt aromas.
The palate is intense with toffee, with tiny hints of tobacco smoke coming through in little bursts, but the star attraction is an all-out bitter orange avalanche. A slightly psychotic, orange-that-thinks-it’s-a-grapefruit character builds upon and intensifies the hop bitterness, squaring up against the rich sweet malt base. The result is a huge red ale with a drinkable quality you’d expect in a beer half this strength.

I quite like this description, it’s not like a lot of the Brewdog’s other (now banned) bottles. It makes me sad in a way, but on the other hand I think it’s an apt description for a beer voted for by people around the world. It has a little back story on how the Public voted for ingredients and then a little insight on the flavours which really do sound incredible!

The Malts used in this beer are Extra Pale, Cara, Crystal, Dark Crystal and Black Malt – A different mix for a Red Ale, but it contributes to the appearance and flavour a lot. Next up, the Hops! Amarillo, Motueka and Mittelfrüh. Definitely a Citrus bomb with the hops, given the other ingredients; a large helping of Blood Orange, Orange Peel and various other Citrus fruits. After this, it’s Fermented with Brewdog’s usual yeast, which is a Dry English Yeast strain.

When you pour this beer, it is a dark Ruby colour with a thin off-white head. It dissipates pretty quickly leaving dotty lacing on the glass, which is a nice touch. On the nose, absolutely loads of Blood Orange, some Honey, Pine and Citrus notes follow. After smelling this beer you want to drink the entire thing straight away, but this is definitely not to be taken lightly as it’s just shy of 10%. The first thing you get when you taste this brew, is yet more Blood Orange, it really dominates this brew but it’s not a bad thing! After this, some Citrus Notes with a little bit of Grapefruit until the Caramel, Honey with a touch of Smoke comes through from the malts. The flavour in this beer sounds completely extreme, but it’s so balanced and that’s not an easy feat! The carbonation isn’t as high as you’d expect in a beer like this, finishing Medium/Dry with some Bitter Orange Peel notes.

This is a beer I’d definitely recommend seeking out before it goes completely! There’s nothing wrong with drinking a beer from last year this year! Let’s look forward to this years Mashtag!

You can still buy Mashtag #2014 at:

Ales By Mail

Beer Gonzo

Beers of Europe

All three of these places are still In Stock at time of writing, and the beer has a pretty long date so don’t worry about that.

For any Bars/Shops looking to stock this beer you can Contact the Brewdog rep in your area for more info.

EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%