Another month goes by, which means that another three little cans from BrewDog have been For what happened last time round – Fanzine, the Eighteenth
I was surprised when I opened this box of beers… The trio inside still had the typical neon design of BrewDog, and their iconic logo was still proudly showcased on the can; however, instead of being able to look at the names of the beers and study the cans in detail, I found myself looking at characters from an Asian alphabet – specifically Korean. This month, BrewDog are using Fanzine to promote their recent bar in Itaewon, South Korea. Luckily though, I’ve got the formal translations – see the end for the full details if you aren’t fluent in Korean.
All served in 330ml cans, the latest set of Fanzine beers were as follows:
- Sticky Black
- Porridge Head
- Pulp Patriot V3
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 “Sticky Black” (스티키 블랙) Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.84 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 11%
- IBU: 50
- Style: Barley Wine
- Tagline: Maple and Coffee Barley Wine
- Descriptive Comment: Finger Lickin’ Good
This beer, contained within a green neon can, really jumped off the countertop. It poured a deep black colour, though it had a slight ruby hue when lifted to the light. On top of the beer was a small mocha foam head that settled at the side of the glass. Aromas were of both maple and coffee, leading to a conflicting bitter-sweet olfactory confusion. This beer was very, very powerful. On my first, cautious mouthful, I got a pleasant coolness, which quickly shifted into a boozy warmth from the double-digit ABV. I felt a shiver and was surprised at how strong it tasted – I promise it was only a small initial sip! Sampling further, the flavours matched the aromas, with the sweetness being provided by toffee and an ingredient usually starring as a pancake topping – maple syrup! Behind the lighter flavours, there was a deep roasted note from the coffee, but the sweetness inarguably outweighed that.
Diagnosis: 3.25/5. “Sticky Black” is very complex and boozy. Between the sweetness and strength, time and caution should be given to this brew: a lovely beer to be enjoyed over a prolonged sampling time to truly appreciate the full flavours and characteristics that it contains. I’m glad that this is a 330ml serving, as I don’t think I would manage much more! To be honest, 330ml was becoming a bit sickly sweet, even for me!
Mandatory “Porridge Head” (죽마 머리) Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.65 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 4.2%
- IBU: 10
- Style: Pale Ale
- Tagline: Oat and Milk Pale Ale
- Descriptive Comment: For Session Heads
Porridge, a breakfast favourite for many people in Scotland, is made from oats, which have also been used in beers to create a creamier mouthfeel. The beer poured a hazy yellow colour, with a bright white foam head. It had a mixture of savoury and sweet elements on the nose. On sampling, the beer was silky smooth: it had a beautiful mouthfeel with little carbonation. The savoury aroma continued upon tasting, with the beer having flavours of oats. The milk-sugar addition complemented the brew well, giving a slight sweet spin at the end, reminding me of a comforting breakfast on a crisp winter day. There was little bitterness, which when paired with the low ABV, made it feel very sessionable.
Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “Porridge Head” certainly lives up to its name: smooth and savoury with a touch of sweetness.
Mandatory “Pulp Patriot V3” (펄프 애국자) Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.81 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 9.5%
- IBU: 10
- Style: Milkshake IPA
- Descriptive Comment: Swear Allegiance
“Pulp Patriot V1” had been one of my most desirable Fanzine beers to date – so much so that I bought the last remaining can in Rome when they only had one left (actually on display, promoting Fanzine). It was one that I would hope might become a regular in their bars. This V3 had a lot to live up to, especially given that V2 didn’t live up to its predecessor… It poured a murky bronze colour, with a few bubbles that were too sparse to create a foam top. It produced a berry aroma, with a creamy after-scent. The tasting profile reflected this: it started off as a thin-bodied, juicy beer with minimal carbonation, but built upon a deep oat base that transitioned into a warming, hoppy, boozy finish. The alcohol and hop tastes were pronounced, but not overwhelming, which allowed bursts of raspberry and vanilla to shine through. Lovely.
Diagnosis: 4.25/5. “Pulp Patriot V3” is better than the second version and is close to rivalling the first. Very drinkable and very, very enjoyable.
Box Rating: 3.83/5
Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.51/5
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Thanks to the BrewDog Fanzine team for their quick response and full English translation of the can
As big as the Rockies and as deep as a canyon. This Barley Wine flexes it’s sticky muscle. Big, bold and black. Chewy, toasted flavours are amplified by rich roasted coffee and smoky maple notes. Light the camp-fires the black beast is here.
Sticky Black – Finger lickin’ good.
Pale as Goldilocks hair, this session pale ale is as fruity as it is creamy. Dollops of grapefruit and passion-fruit sit on top of a light milkiness. With a huge rounded mouth-feel and a silky smooth delivery. All built on malty foundations with a subtle bitterness shining through.
Porridge Head – For session heads
PULP PATRIOT V3
Third time very lucky. This powerhouse of a double IPA is back and this time it’s packing rhubarb. Delivering intense stewed raspberry aromas and jammy flavour upfront. Tail-gated by bitter citrus notes that balance out the sweetness. Milk sugar rounds out the thick jammy delivery.
Pulp Patriot – Swear allegiance.