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BrewDog Black Dog

BrewDog Black Dog
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
We also thought it would be great if Jeremy brewed his own beer while he was here, with Jeremy deciding everything right down to the name! The result a special 20HL batch of BlackDog, a 5.5% dark wheat stout with Columbus, Simcoe and Chinook and of course plenty of dry hopping action

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2010
Cask, Pivo, York. Black as the abyss with a medium tan head. Whopping big hit of resinous hops in the nose with juicy tropical fruit notes. Yet more big hoppage comin’ right at ya in the flavour , with some citrus and roasted malt character also evident, gorgeous stuff. Stonking bitter finish. Massively downable, could go all night on this. Gutted that this is a one off as its a straight up belter!! Hey hey mama said the way you move, gon’ make you sweat, gon’ make you groove etc

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2009
Cask conditioned handpump The Rake London. A black stout with a slight beige head. An excellent stout with lovely hoppy notes from the US stuff but with a really good roastiness as well. The hops are bitter with grapefruit shining through. Very nouveau but superbly balanced and delightfully drinkable. Super stuff that should be brewed permanently as there is a gap in the BrewDog range this would ideally fill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2009
cask at the bow .... stillage ... deep black ...pine hops and roast malt nose ... big solid roast ... little charcoal ... loads of coffee ... little bitter ... big hop linger ... yeah loads of pine hops ... so pleased to see a UK strength stout from the dog ... shame its a 1 off

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11640) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2010
Cask @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours completely black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma is roasted, some sharp ashes, dark chocolate and a whole lot of wonderul hops. Resiny, piney, lemony and some plant sap. Damn, there’s a lot of hops in this! Low carbonation, fine light and dry mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet and malty at first with chocolate and roasted malts. Slightly ashy. Really lovely hops power, Simcoe?, citrus, light plant sap. A touch of liqourice. Super elegant and well put together despite the very different stout and hops flavours. Roasted black IPA or American Stout? Don’t care, it’s just lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2010
Cask gravity at You’ll Never Walk Alone, Kolding. Black with a small but lasting tan head. Fruity and resinous hop aroma, with a hint of licorice. Sweet licorice and fruity hops flavour with a roasted malt. After a long lasting flavour experience, the finish is strong roasted with a slightly ashy touch. Delicious! Wheat character? Not so much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Tap @ Small Bar. Pours a fairly viscour dark brown with a creamy tan head that left some nice lacing. Nice nose of roasted malts, wheat and oats. A pretty tasty one from Brewdog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2010
Hmmm. My score seems possibly greater than my actual thoughts on the beer, but I just rated it objectively. All in all a very drinkable beer with nice flavours. Hops are up front with a good black IPA rubber flavour. Aroma is spot on though, lots of hops earth, orange, grapefruit and tar. Looks good. All in all a well enough made beer, it just doesn’t excite me massively, however, I would happily drink it all night long. I suppose my main complaint is that the beer starts off appearing to have great complexity, but half way through it just seems to become a bit linear and dare I say it boring - I found this to be the case with the Chaos Theory. In my mind these are beers with undoubted flavour, but it’s all up front and in your face, which in it’s own way is great, but after a while they leave you thinking: "Is it all shock and awe tactics?" I mean is it all about the attack and not the sustained effort, are these beers becoming like the Iraq/Afghanistan war: rush in, flex the muscles then try and figure out how to sustain the attack hold ground and eventually pull out leaving behind a better world? I love brewdog, don’t get me wrong, they’re breathing life and youth into a beer world saturated with tame "beardy-weirdy" politics, and for the UK they’re the closest thing we have to US style craft breweries, but I feel that the beers have the clout but lack the complexity and richness of their US contemporaries. This seems like a bit of harsh crit, but I’m just being honest, and having had a fareshare of Brewdog beers recently, back-to-back (which perhaps is not the best way in terms of not becoming saturated) I’m seeing a trend toward blitzing the palate and leveling it, but not thinking to much about how to construct a fuller picture. You can bomb a country to bits, but you gotta think how your gonna rebuild it. I want Brewdog to be in the running for a long time, and IMHO to do this they’re gonna have to work on a long-term strategy with stages and complexity, otherwise they’re in danger of only targeting the "new Ale" drinker who thinks they’ve hit upon something great but is really only feeling the first stages of premature enlightenment. I hope they don’t just market towards the begginer palate. This may saound teriibly arrogant, but hey whats experience for if not to be oppinionated? Wish I could spell though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
On tap at Stone. Black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, roasted grain, and coffee aroma and taste with some mild fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask at the Rake, 22nd Dec 09. Pure black with a small bubbly tan head. Fresh American green hop aroma - lychee and flowers. Great grapefruit hit on the tongue and then balancing caramel. Quite light palate and definitely drinkable for the strength. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2010
Pours out a lovely dense black, no messing, with perhaps a ruby hue. You may not be surprised to hear that the nose is pretty powerful, they’ve stuffed in plenty of hops & it shows. Punchy resinous pineapple, along with some treacle & malt on the nose. Big booming flavours on the palate as well, lots of grassy resin, wafts of citrus, black malts, bit of treacle again then a proper bitter finish. A very tasty beer, not quite in the very top league though, it just lacks a bit of depth & complexity but if you see it on tap somewhere get a pint in quick.

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