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Cromarty 2 Craigs Unstout

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Brewed by Cromarty
Style: Low Alcohol
Cromarty, Scotland

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 60   ABV: 2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle and keg, special
Brewed in collaboration with Craig Allan
A pitch black beer with a creamy white head (the “stout” part) coupled with very low alcohol content and a massive American hop charge (the “Un” part).

To make this small beer with huge flavour we used a large proportion of flaked barley and oats into the mash to give plenty un-fermentable sugars which help provide body to the finished beer – a well known challenge to brewers making low alcohol beers. Also in the mash was roast barley and roast rye to give us the black colour and slight roast flavour. We then hopped it radically using an awesome mix of Cascade, Columbus and Chinook. The final beer is 2%abv and crammed full of flavours!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (597) - SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H a dark brown beer with coffee coloured head aroma is hops roasted malts and coffee flavour is hoppy with some roasted malts and coffee flavours reminiscent of a black ipa with some fruity notes coming through quite bitter on the finish and a bit thin but generally pretty good for the abv

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle @ THT May, courtesy of sic1314. Pours a blackish brown beer with a a thin off white head on top. Aroma of apples, herbs and spices, nutmeg. Very bitter aftertaste which starts off quite bitter. Rather watery moutfhfeel, very light flavors. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ tht. Chocolate, dust, liquorice, fruity notes, molasses, roast and more. Flavour is quite dry, roasty, liquorice, chocolate, molasses. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7219) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle shared by sic1314 @ The Hague Tasting. Very dark brown color, small to medium sized beige head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy. Taste is malts, lightly roasty, decently bitter. Really thin but that was expected. Actually pretty good for 2% ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3045) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige ring. Aroma of sweet citrus. Light to medium body, flavour of coffee, roast malt, light liquorice. Very good for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5022) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Sic1314. Thin creamy off white head. Clear black pour. Lovely hoppiness. Very nice for a low alcohol pour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown, not much head. The aroma us good - lots of fruity, leafy hop as well as toast, dark choc and muscovado. Body is modest and the palate is roasty...with a bit of harshness. In that sense, I’d prefer more sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3413) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 26, 2014
Black body and stable head reminiscent of a higher alcohol brew. Citrus and floral hops, crisp yet dark malts, surprisingly not metallic or too dry. Impressed. Okay the body reveals some of that super low abv, being a bit thin. But I regress, this is an achievement of great size, with a characteristic roasted malt bill and an ongoing citrus note for the hops. Very well made and tasty too. And not too expensive! (50cl bottle from La Cave à Bulles)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ruigo (1004) - PORTUGAL - JAN 23, 2014
Tasted at Richement Bière 2014. Pours black in colour with a thin beige head. Aroma has hops, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Soft carbonation and medium oily body. Taste is medium sweet with a very long bitter and dry finish. A lot of hops and a light note of soap. Overall, a nice beer but excessively dry.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2014
Bottled. Near black, mid sized creamy head. Rich lychee aroma. Mid sweet with very light body and empty, spritzy mouhfeel. Loads of perfumy tropical fruit hops, some roastiness. Sterilem empty body. Really bitter finish. A nice attempt at doing something different with a 2% beer. The rich hops are camouflaging a lot of the emptiness the lack of body brings, but it still relatively edgy.


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