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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: 27   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 60   ABV: 2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11798) - 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 (3173) - 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 (857) - 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 (18954) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (1050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a thin beige head. Nice lacing. Faint aroma of filter coffee, pepper and liquorice. Surprisingly refreshing flavour of metal, sharp plum and chocolate. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft carbonation. A really unusual beer - and quite tricky to rate, to be honest. To get this much flavour into a 2.0% ABV beer takes a lot of skill.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Not that hoppy, not that fruity a slight chocolate flavour right at the end. For me it lacks a depth of flavour that something this weak needs. Without the alcohol base it just needs more of everything.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013

Draught @ BrewDog Camden, 113 Bayham Street, London, Greater London, England NW1 0AG.

Clear dark black brown color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, licorice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, licorice, thin, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130812]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15542) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2013
Draft @ BrewDog Camden, Camden NW1. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice chocolate hoppy flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate citrus hoppy licorice finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4654) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
On tap at La Fine Mousse, Paris. Black with a great lacing head. Complex nose of citrus hops, roasted malts, hints of milk. Semi-dry, more roast in the mouth. Willing too much?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Keg, BrewDog, Brum, 21/08/13. A 2% stout is fucking brave. Visionary, even. Is it any good? Fuck yes. As an experiment I deliberately confused this with BrewDog Mashtag. Could I tell the difference? Not at first. It tastes like a heavily barbequed saveloy. It sniffs of frozen raspberries dusted with anthracite and Happy Shopper coffee granules. Pitch with ruby trim and lacing like a perfectly kept cask twice as strong. Lingers with smoke. Unprecedented.


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