#collabfest2018 (Part 2)

BrewDog’s Collabfest is back and it is big better than ever! For 2018 it is the following;

  • 52 beers
  • 52 breweries (though I’d argue 53 as BrewDog are involved with the beers!)
  • 4 days (increased from 3 days last year)
  • Hosted in all of their European bars

For Part 1 of #Collabfest2018 see here

These beers were sampled in the Glasgow BrewDog’s venue. It’s a small bar and it was jammed packed for the festival. Beer flights were everywhere as people were trying all of the limited edition brews. It was great to see a mix of colours, from striking sours, to lighter pale ales and jet black stouts. Below is my thoughts of the beers I tried.


I Woke Up In This

  • Untappd rating: 3.74 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: New Bristol Brewery
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Bristol
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Type of beer: DIPA
  • Beer description: Mango and Coconut DIPA
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: Had this been poured into a glass tumbler, you could be forgiven had you mistaken this for a fruit juice! There was no foam head, though a strong mango aroma was easily identified from this beer. On a deeper inhale, the toasted coconut come through subtly. The beer is cloudy and a deep yellow in colour. This is a ridiculously juicy beer with mango flavour in abundance. The sharpness of the mango fades into a light, dry coconut flavour. It feels like a beer-cocktail, particularly with the moderate alcohol warmth. There is very little bitterness to this beer. I’m not a big coconut fan, but I happily enjoyed my 1/3rd size glass. I probably wouldn’t be able to have a bigger glass, though I’d be able to demolish this if the coconut “disappeared”!
  • Diagnosis: 3.25/5


I Tira-Miss-U

  • Untappd rating: 3.83 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: Wilde Child
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Leeds
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Type of beer: Stout
  • Beer description: Tiramisu milkshake stout
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: I’ve sampled a lot of milkshake IPAs recently, but this is my first milkshake stout. A jet black beer, typical for a stout, with a thin bright white foam head, contrasting beautifully against the body of the beer. Surprisingly little aromas came from the beer, it had scents of “roasted” notes and possibly of chocolate. The beer is silky smooth, with moderate carbonation. Flavours are reminiscent of the famous Italian dessert, coffee and chocolate! It has a BIG sweet finish, the milkshake portion, with a touch of vanilla, really elevates this beer. This is the kind of stout that I would happily drink again and again and again.
  • Diagnosis: 4.25/5


Blackberry Crumble Brut

  • Untappd rating: 3.34 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: 3 Hills Brewery
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Leicester
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Type of beer: IPA
  • Beer description: Fruity brut IPA
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: This was the first beer that my eyes were drawn to. A brilliantly bold red brew sits proudly in the beer flight. It has the strongest aromas out of all the beers sampled and it literally smells like a blackberry desert. There is a few bright bubbles forming the foam head. It starts off as a light, sour with blackberry and is wonderfully smooth in nature, reflecting oats, just like the top of a crumble. With this being a Brut beer, I was expecting a dry finish and this definitely delivers. This beer certainly delivers what it promised fruity and dry, which makes it incredibly easy drinking.
  • Diagnosis: 4.0/5




  • Untappd rating: 3.34 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: Cross Borders Brewing Co
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Lothian Road, Edinburgh
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Type of beer: IPA
  • Beer description: New Zealand IPA
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: A name that is a playful combination of one of their brew’s name “Braw” and the host of the event “BrewDog”! This poured a light, hazy yellow colour with a thin foam head. The aromas are soft of the nose, with the dominating scents being pine and citrus. The taste begins with some grassy notes to it, with a dominant herbaceous, pine comes through in abundance, very typical of New Zealand hops. It is light bodied in mouthfeel and leaves a dry, cleansing finish on the palate with a slight bitterness just at the end. It’s a nice beer, but it’s quite safe for me!
  • Diagnosis: 3.5/5


Radio Java

  • Untappd rating: 3.35 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: Signature Brew
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Soho, London
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Type of beer: Pale Ale
  • Beer description: Coffee pale ale
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: So I’ve finally taken to some coffee in recent stouts that I’ve sampled. I’m not a coffee lover though, so I’m still slightly cautious when trying a new coffee beer. His was different though, the coffee flavour was promised in a pale ale. Sounded really interesting. It was a pale oak colour with a medium white foam head. The coffee scent was noticed from even a far distance! For my first sip, this beer was WAT too much on the coffee front, and this was all I could taste. It settled though with the more I sampled and some lemony-orange notes came through, lifting it slightly. In addition to this I got an aniseed taste at the end. This was my least favourite beer of the event, but I’m glad I still tried it. Oh, when sampling with my partner (who drinks more than enough coffee for the both of us!) I was laughed at when I thought the coffee notes were really strong – she confirmed that this certainly wasn’t the case.
  • Diagnosis: 2.25/5

Dunkel Checks In

  • Untappd rating: 3.48 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering brewery: Seven Brothers Brewery
  • BrewDog partnering bar: Manchester
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Type of beer: Dunkelweisse
  • Beer description: Chocolate and banana dunkelweisse
  • Serving: 1/3 pint, draught
  • Comments: It’s always a sad moment when you drink your last beer during a festival. I try to not let it leave a sour note though and try and be happy at having been at a great festival, with more to come in the future! A “dunkelweisse”, literally meaning a “dark wheat beer” is a category I often overlook, primarily as there isn’t a huge range of this beer available locally to me. It pours a deep chocolate colour with a thin, white foam head that dissipated quickly. Aromas continue to suggest that chocolate is going to be the dominant flavour and it is certainly the first flavour on the tongue. Then a slight bitterness builds this creating a wonderfully complex beer, which, just right at the end brings in the banana! It’s a palate cleanser and overall it tastes like a chocolate, banana pancake!
  • Diagnosis: 3.75/5


A great festival showcasing some beers from wonderful breweries all over Europe!


What was your best beer of Collabfest?

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