Fanzine the Twentieth

For what happened last time round – Fanzine the Nineteenth

I am happy that the beers have reverted to English, as from my perspective, it makes writing the review slightly easier! Nonetheless, it was cool to see Korean symbols coat the neon cans last month and really highlighted how much BrewDog has grown over the last few years.

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

  • Baltic Bandit
  • Mangopolis
  • Transatlantic Telegram

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 “Baltic Bandit” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.62 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: 30
  • Style: Porter
  • Tagline: Baltic Porter
  • Descriptive Comment: Fathom the sticky depths.

The Baltic Porter showcases styles from either side of the Baltic sea, blending more traditional western-European Porters with the sweeter, more alcoholic characteristics of Russian Imperial Stouts. This particular beer came from a deep blue can – like the sea! It poured a thick jet-black liquid that remained dense even when held toward the light. On top of this lay an off-white, almost grey, medium foam head that settled to about half the size over the sampling period. Aromas were gentle, with scents of toffee and chocolate. The beer was quite thick and warmed the palate: a meld of chocolate, oak and toffee created a complex tasting profile, lifted with a small amount of carbonation. It finished with surprisingly little bitterness and a subtle smoky flavour. The ABV continued to warm the gullet after sampling.

Baltic Bandit.jpg

Diagnosis: 3.5/5. “Baltic Bandit” is a rich and complex beer, though I could probably only manage a single can.

Mandatory “Mangopolis” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.40 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBU: 20
  • Style: IPA
  • Tagline: Mango Brut IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: May the Fizz be with you.

Unsurprisingly, this beer was contained within a luminous orange can. It poured a bright, transparent beer with a white bubbly head. As promised by “May the Fizz be with you” lining the can, the “Fizz” was certainly there in abundance. On the nose, a subtle sweet mango was present. The beer was very smooth and almost weightless on the palate. An initial savoury bready-malt backbone washed across my taste buds. This then developed into a juicy mango profile with a moderately boozy dryness.


Diagnosis: 3.25/5. “Mangopolis” has the potential to be a stunning summer brew, which would be beautiful to sample in a beer garden. Personally, I believe a bit more mango is necessary in order for it to become a regular BrewDog beer.

Mandatory “Transatlantic Telegram” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.77 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 63
  • Style: IPA
  • Tagline: New England West Coast IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: Intercoastal Haze.

The final beer of this box and BrewDog’s geographical theme continued! I feel that the name “Trans-American” would be more appropriate than “Transatlantic”, given that it merges both the East Coast and West Coast American IPA varieties. Name aside, this light-green can produced a hazy caramel coloured beer, with a white foam head. Aromas were of tropical citrus, mango and stone fruit, backed up by pine. Upon sampling the flavours directly matched the scent profile. It was a warming beer, which was unsurprising given the ABV. Following the warmth, there was a sweet and light citrus which faded into a strong bitter pine finish. The tasting profile lingered long after sampling, which maintained a boozy and juicy tone between sips!


Diagnosis: 4.25/5. “Transatlantic Telegram” is a comforting beer: one that I would happily have as a regular in my fridge. Would I fill a growler with this? Definitely.

Box Rating: 3.67/5

Interesting to see that the provisional ratings and rankings of the box so far reflect my thoughts!

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.52/5

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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