If there’s one thing Brewdog almost as well as ‘in your face’ hop-bomb IPA’s, it’s stouts. Even if they’re not as well known or notorious for them.
So when I read that Brewdog were adding aromatic Magnum and Sorachi Ace hops to a milk stout I simply had to try it.
It pours, as the name suggests, jet black, with a rich, coffee coloured head that laces as it fades. The nose is ristretto coffee, full roast.
The flavour is mellower than the nose suggests, there are flaked oats in the mix, along with wheat, dark crystal, crystal, black and brown malts. Brewdog describe it as ‘smooth as hell’ and while that’s not the description I would have used, it’s certainly a velvet smooth stout.
And then, beneath the chocolate and roast coffee, those exotic hops make their presence felt, giving a bed of flavours that enhance the dark bitterness.
Normally I’d give this four Brewclub Stars for being a brew that it achieves what it sets out to, but in this case I was tempted to mark Brewdog down by half a star for their use of the Sorachi hop, until now I’ve loved the Sorachi brews I’ve tasted, but it’s almost drowned in the intensity of this brew.
Nevertheless, it’s still worth four Brewclub stars.