For what happened last time round – Fanzine, the Tenth Edition
It’s been a hell of a few weeks: I’ve had lots of on-call shifts at work, I sat my first exam in three and a half years and this little parcel arrived in the post! For those of you that haven’t signed up to Fanzine yet, hit here to sign up. If you maybe just want to try one or two of the options below, then head to your nearest BrewDog bar, as these will be available on draught for a very limited period.
All 330mls, the third set of Fanzine beers are as follows:
- Alter Ego
- King of Eights V4
- Ten Ton Truck V3
Mandatory ‘Alter Ego’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.59 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 8.5%
- IBU: 70
- Style: West Coast IPA
- Tagline: West Coast IPA
- Descriptive Comment: Don’t alter a thing
A bold descriptive comment… let’s see if BrewDog were right. This beer was from the lighter green can contained within the 11th edition of Fanzine. I poured it into my Jack Hammer glass (a personal favourite) and it was pale orange, with a medium-sized tan foam head that lasted for the majority of drinking. Aromas were light on the nose, with a hint of citrus. Incidentally, the majority of the hops matched those used in Jack Hammer (part of BrewDog’s core range)! A light, creamy head formed the first taste, which was then followed by a touch of pine. Compared to the other beers, I felt that it tasted almost artificial. Despite it being 8.5% ABV, I didn’t even notice the alcohol due to a plain, mildly bitter, watery finish.
Diagnosis: 2.25/5. “Alter Ego” doesn’t impress me much. It doesn’t taste like a BrewDog – it tastes like a generic IPA bought from the local supermarket. Future varieties need altered – and quite a bit.
Mandatory ‘King of Eights V4’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.67 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 7.4%
- IBU: 20
- Style: NEIPA
- Tagline: German Hop Edition
- Descriptive Comment: Cue ‘em up
I have not enjoyed the “King of Eights” series so far. I feel that overall, the aromas are superior, but flavours are those of a somewhat flat, lifeless beer. My full thoughts on V1, V2 and V3. As a result, I didn’t have high hopes for this beer. It poured a mid-orange colour with a moderate haze to it. There was a shallow row of pearly white bubbles that formed the foam head. It smelled good, with aromas of a typical NEIPA along with a hint of alcohol and a light note of citrus. The taste lived up to the aromas! It was light: lime-galore given the Citra hops used and had a medium bodied mouthfeel with carbonation noted. The 7.4% ABV built slowly at the sides of my mouth as I quickly demolished this beer. The German hops left a clean finish on the palate, making it very drinkable!
Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “King of Eights V4” is one I was not expecting to be good. Was it the best NEIPA I’ve ever had? No, but it is certainly a significant step up from previous versions and my partner’s personal favourite!
Mandatory ‘Ten Ton Truck V3’ Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.82 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 10%
- IBU: 70
- Style: Stout
- Tagline: Black Forest Edition
- Descriptive comment: Low down torque
Additions of honey, vanilla and cherry were promised in this can. An intense jet-black beer was poured from the dark can, leaving a chocolatey foam head on top. The foam head settled quite quickly and within five minutes it was gone. Aromas were subtly complex: there was a chocolate base, with cherry and vanilla flavours that awakened my senses prior to sampling. At 10%, I know that the “Ten Ton Truck” series creates a huge warmth from the booze hit, so I took caution whilst drinking!
The flavours really complemented the aromas. Firstly, I got a slight touch of coffee (the consistent flavour throughout the series). The coffee then faded, being replaced by hints of cherry, sweet vanilla and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was great, being slightly lighter than some of its predecessors, which were quite thick in nature. There was no carbonation to this brew, though I didn’t feel as though carbonation would have added anything beneficial to this beer!
Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Ten Ton Truck V3” is a beer not to be drunk quickly. It provides a wonderful blend of sweetness, bitterness and warmth. I wonder what this would be like to drink with an actual black forest dessert!
A V3 and a V4 in the same box? Let’s get some new concepts or bring back some retired favourites please for edition number 12!
Box Rating: 3.25/5
Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.39/5
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