Six beers into BrewDog’s fanzine subscription and the third instalment has arrived at home. I get a text whilst at work, stating that my package has been delivered – woop!
All 330mls, the third set of Fanzine beers are as follows:
- Ten Ton Truck
- Zephyr V2
- Pulp Fiction
Mandatory ‘Ten Ton Truck’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 4.03 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 10%
- IBU: 70
- Style: Stout
- Tagline: Espresso Edition
- Descriptive Comment: Low down torque
This is the second stout of the fanzine collection. Having sampled Nebula, I knew before sampling this beer that I was going to have to take it slow and steady. I knew that given the name, this beer was going to be an imperial variety weighing in at a mighty 10% ABV. Honestly, given that it was a coffee stout, I was pessimistic: it is not my style of beer, so I assumed it was not going to satisfy my flavour desires. That is why I chose to decant this beer first, in order to advance onto my preferred options!
The can poured a thick jet-black liquid, with an initial modest mocha foam head. This settled quickly, leaving only a slither on top. Had this brew have been served in a transparent espresso cup, one could easily have been convinced that it was a black coffee! Taking my first sip, nervously, I could smell the coffee-chocolate blend. This comes through immediately on tasting, but I’m pleased to say it was not overwhelming. The chocolate malts are easily identified and formed the primary taste. Following the brewing process, espresso, brown sugar and honey are added – the two latter additions are probably what makes this beer enjoyable for my palate, adding a sweetness. The bitterness was just right on this beer, complementing the thick yet remarkably silky mouthfeel of this brew. I taste the coffee near the end: I taste it again and again, but remarkably I am still enjoying this beer! Remember it is 10% ABV: take your time and enjoy it.
Rating: 3.0/5. ‘Ten Ton Truck’ is one that I believe stout lovers are going to absolutely adore. So if this is your drink, please take my score with a pinch of salt, given that this isn’t my kind of style. On paper this wasn’t my beer – but well done BrewDog, my palate is evolving thanks to fanzine and I enjoyed it more than I would have thought possible! I’m really glad that not only I’ve had it, but even more importantly – I enjoyed it! Regardless of ABV, I couldn’t have a pint of this stout. This is most definitely the longest I’ve ever taken to finish a beer!
Oh side note – my fiancée tried it. The background – she “likes” (i.e. adores/is reliant upon) coffee, but not stouts. On her first (and only) sip, she hurriedly looked at her surroundings and she needed to spit it straight out! She hated it! Oh well, it’s probably good that it’s my subscription.
Mandatory ‘Zephyr V2’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.5 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 4.6%
- IBU: 10
- Style: Gose
- Tagline: V2 – Lime Gose Edition
- Descriptive Comment: Breeze in, breeze out
Back to a hoppier beer – a gose this time. Gose’s are notorious for having the “salty-hit”. Until I started exploring beer further, this style went unnoticed in my beer library, primarily because it wasn’t stocked in your typical supermarkets. To find sours and gose beers, you will have to venture into craft beer stores. This beer looks similar to a can released in the Fanzine first round, which was also called Zephyr (and for those of you that are particularly observant, the initial one was labelled as “V1”). This can is different, however, with a more luminous can design – instead of a lemon inspired beer, this time its citrus cousin lime was promised.
The beer poured a transparent light-golden colour. A large white foam head was formed, which nearly overflowed from my Jackhammer glass. The lime added to this beer was the primary scent. It was light in taste, starting with a lager-esque profile, followed by a large hit of lime. A light salty taste was noted, reinforcing the gose status. I totally appreciate that this isn’t to everyone’s taste but it really hit home to me. It reminded me of my teenage years of drinking a cerveza with a wedge of lime in the bottle neck. On a lovely warm summer evening, this beer nicely quenched my thirst.
Rating: 3.5/5. ‘Zephyr V2’ is a light-drinking lager, with a surprising complexity to it. I could easily have a few pints of this on a warm evening after a tiresome shift – preferably with some fries or chips! Rating this compared to ‘Zephyr V1’ is really difficult given the fact that the two were sampled about a month apart… From a quick reflection, I’d say the V2 is more of a true gose, compared to the sour-styled V1. The citrus flavours clearly differentiate these two beers – despite the fact that they are both ‘Zephyr’, this one really does pack a punch specifically with lime.
Mandatory ‘Pulp Patriot’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 4.21 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 9.5%
- IBU: 10
- Style: NEIPA
- Tagline: Milkshake IPA
- Descriptive comment: Swear allegiance
Last but not least, the elusive Milkshake IPA. A variant style, primarily based on my beloved NEIPA, I saved this till last as I expected this to be my favourite from the box. A rusty orange colour coated portions of the can and beer itself looked near-identical in colour. A slight white head was formed, though this evaporated quickly leaving some tracing at the edges. Peach tantalised the nose as I took in the aromas from above my Teku glass. This transformed into predominantly stone-fruit flavours lingering on the tongue. In addition to this, a persuasive sweetness lined the beer from start to finish. This, in combination with a creamy-smooth mouthfeel, kept my taste buds tingling all the way to the next sip! This imperial beer comes in at 9.5%: it tastes big, but not THAT strong!
Rating: 4.0/5. ‘Pulp Patriot’ is what I look for in a beer. It is light in flavour, with a nice undercurrent of imperial ABV strength in the background and has a sweetness that satisfies my sweet-tooth. Previously I could only gain such a sweetness from stouts, but now I can get my sugar-hit from an IPA. As the name suggests, milkshake IPAs are designed to be sweeter than your typical pale ales, and I am becoming a fan of this novel variety! I’m away for the weekend, so I reckon I’ll be getting a sample of this on draught whilst I visit the new BrewDog bar on Lothian Road in Edinburgh!
Box Rating: 3.5/5
Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.28/5
Let me know your thoughts of fanzine so far!