Fanzine the Eighteenth

For what happened last time round – Fanzine, the Seventeenth

Fanzine has now become a monthly subscription, so these updates are going to become less frequent. I was a bit surprised that BrewDog didn’t use a festive theme for this box, but then again, they have recently released a few new Christmas edition beers…

All served as 330ml cans, the latest set of Fanzine beers were as follows:

  • Mallow Martian
  • Passionista
  • American Dream

Remember, your local BrewDog will be serving these three beers on draught for a limited time, so if you haven’t managed to subscribe to this box, get down to one of their bars!

Mandatory “Mallow Martian” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 4.07 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 10.5%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: Stout
  • Tagline: Imperial Milk Stout
  • Descriptive Comment: Extra terrestrial stout

Marshmallow + beer + BrewDog = how could this go wrong? That is the question I asked myself as I poured the thick, pitch-black stout. BrewDog are famous for some of their imperial stouts, so I hoped that it was going to live up to their standard. Aromas were hugely sweet, with marshmallow easily identifiable. It was really strange to look at such a dark beer whilst getting strong scents of the typically light-coloured confectionary. There was also a moderate chocolate bubbly head. The beer was full-bodied but incredibly smooth, as I have come to expect in a stout. It began with a generic sweetness, but developed into a rich, sugary marshmallow. As the marshmallow taste slipped away, it was replaced by a deep, warming, roasted bitterness, reminiscent of roasting marshmallows on an open fire. The drink was concluded by the commanding double figure ABV, which rounded-off the beer with a deep warmth; it made my mouth feel as though it was right next to the campfire!

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Diagnosis: 4.5/5. “Mallow Martian” reminds me of roasting marshmallows. What else can I say?! Oh yeah – it’s 10.5% ABV, so take it slow! Just like fire, it should be treated with respect.

Mandatory “Passionista” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.79 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 7.6%
  • IBU: 75
  • Style: NEIPA
  • Tagline: Passionfruit New England IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: Embrace the opaque

At first glance of the name “Passionista”, paired with the bright yellow colour of the can, it was obvious that passionfruit was going to be the star of this beer. It was hardly surprising that the popular New England style was chosen to carry this big tropical flavour. The beer poured a similar colour to the can; familiarly hazy in appearance, with a thick, fluffy, white head. I think I could be convinced that I was able to detect a hint of passionfruit amongst a collision of other fruit aromas. The drink began with a thick, deep, juicy texture, with exotic fruits coming through in abundance: I was able to identify mango, grapefruit, citrus and a hint of passionfruit. It had a warming alcohol heat and bitter end, reflecting the high IBU and ABV, which lingered on the palate well-beyond the sample and began to tingle the cheeks. This beer reminded me of a previously adored beer: BrewDog vs Cloudwater V2. As I continued to sample, I got more of the passionfruit, but still not as much as I desired.

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Diagnosis: 3.5/5. “Passionista” is a lovely beer, but the tartness and zing of passionfruit doesn’t come through enough for me. If this was called something else, it would probably rate a little higher.

Mandatory “American Dream” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.65 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: American IPA
  • Tagline: Throwback East Coast American IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: Liquid Americana

A beautiful, bold, golden caramel, transparent beer was produced from the red can. It had a moderate tan foam head, which settled very quickly in my BrewDog Teku glass; however, this could be easily restored on a gentle swirl of the glass. Aromas were of toffee, pine and citrus, each in equal proportions. The beer was light, with a great depth of body to it. It started-off with biscuit flavours, as a hint of carbonation built on my palate. It then evolved with a boozy note, which warmed the mouth. Hints of pine and lemon came through, along with an undertone of warming caramel. It finished dry and clean with a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste, refreshing the palate for the next sip.

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Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “American Dream” has a scent I would like to bottle in order to use it as an aftershave! The flavours aren’t as prominent as the incredible aroma promises, but aren’t too far from it.

Box Rating: 3.92/5

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.49/5

Do you wantto join the Fanzine experience AND want a £10 voucher for the BrewDog website? Then 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: thebeerbloguk@mail.com

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

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