Fanzine the Sixteenth

Fanzine the Sixteenth

For what happened last time round – Fanzine,the fifteenth edition, a Hallowe’en special!

All 330mls, the latest set of Fanzine beers were as follows:

  • Sea Weasel Shanty
  • Closed Circuit
  • Beetle Mania

Remember, your local BrewDog will be serving these three beers on draught for a limited time over the next few days!

Mandatory “Sea Weasel Shanty” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.61 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: Stout
  • Tagline: Sea Salt Stout
  • Descriptive Comment: Shanty – anchors aweigh

A blue can, reflecting the sea, contained a deep black beer. There was a moderate off-white foam head that settled after a few minutes. Aromas were deep: roasted bitterness with a hint of chocolate. Tastes commenced with smooth,dark, coffee and then evolved into a slightly salty note, far milder than that of a gose. The salt gave the beer a dry finish, which also featured a touch of chocolate. It was a full-bodied beer with a small amount of carbonation: quitelight on the palate despite its strong bitterness. Though they were identifiable, the flavours were quite tame for BrewDog and the 7.5% ABV remained remarkably unnoticed.

Diagnosis: 3.0/5. “Sea Weasel Shanty” is pleasant but is quite shy compared to previous BrewDog stouts.

Mandatory “Closed Circuit” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.73 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 6.1%
  • IBU: 60
  • Style: IPA
  • Tagline: West Coast India Pale Ale
  • Descriptive Comment: Open up

West Coast IPA’s have been frequent occupants within the Fanzine boxes to date. This neon green can poured a light, slightly hazy, golden beer with a moderate white foam head. There was a lot of carbonation visible through the glass. It had a juicy tropical scent to it, awakening my salivary glands. On sampling, the crisp and smooth initial impression quickly rolled into a tropical sweetness, with a hint of alcohol noted on the palate. Mango, lemon and resin were the competing, yet complementary flavours, which paved way to a bitter biscuit and pine end, with a touch of spice. Despite the levels of carbonation in the glass, there was little fizz on the tongue and the beer had quite a full-bodied, almost oily texture. 

Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “Closed Circuit” is one I really like. It is well-rounded, with both sweet and savoury notes: I might actually get a growler of this at some point!

Mandatory “Beetle Mania” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.83 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 11.5%
  • IBU: 65
  • Style: Barley wine
  • Tagline: Black Barley Wine
  • Descriptive Comment: Now on tour

A pitch-black barley wine came from the purple can. I looked outside and thesky reflected the liquid: dark with a few deep scattered clouds, reminiscent ofthe sparse bubbles across the top of the beer. Aromas were intriguing, withsweetness and a hint of brandy. This was carried through within the flavours: therewas a roasted backbone initially, provided by the dark malts used during thebrewing process, before an accompanying sweetness of toffee and caramel beganbuilding with each sip. There were some chocolate notes too, along with asmooth warmth offered by the 11.5% ABV gently lingering on the palate. The beerhad no carbonation but was very rich and full-bodied.

Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Beetle Mania” has a slight bitterness initially, which then gives way to a rich sweetness, with a soothing warmth, altogether creating a comforting experience on a cold winter’s night.

Box Rating: 3.58/5

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.46/5

Do you want to join the Fanzine experience AND want a £10 voucher for the BrewDog website? The sign up to Fanzine via the link below, select referred by a friend, and use “Dr Beer” in the referral section! The associated email is:

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For more Fanzine stories, hit here to see the complete journey to date.

PS: The boxes are now monthly

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