For what happened last time round – Fanzine the Twentieth
Firstly, I have to apologise for my recent period of dormancy: I’ve been busy with work and professional exams, so things have been a bit quiet on the beer front! Tired after four busy night shifts in the medical receiving department, I came home to my monthly Fanzine trio. Though my exam and more busy shifts were on the horizon, there was absolutely no way that I could wait to sample these.
All served in 330ml cans, the latest set of Fanzine beers were as follows:
- Bounty Hunter
- Prime Time
- Dead Empire
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 “Bounty Hunter” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.65 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 6.1%
- IBU: 25
- Style: Porter
- Tagline: Coconut Porter
- Descriptive Comment: Arrest your senses
Not being a fan of coconut, when I saw this beer, I felt a little disappointed as I’ve never taken to the flavour. Therefore, from the beginning, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the “Bounty Hunter” experience. I liked the name, as “Bounty” came from the chocolate covered confectionary (though this was always the variety left in the bottom of the ‘Celebrations’ tub at any party…). The bright blue can produced a pitch-black beer, with a small-medium mocha foam head. On the nose, though I had predicted coconut-galore, it was milder than anticipated: the main aroma was a dark roasted chocolate. The beer had a silky texture and began with a deep chocolatey malt background. This then built into a roasted, almost smoky, nutty tone, before a very gentle dry coconut finish. Initially I didn’t notice the flavour of coconut, though it did appear upon further sampling. Overall, it was a rich and complex beer.
Diagnosis: 3.25/5. “Bounty Hunter” is smooth, with a bold depth of flavour. The mild coconut doesn’t detract from this beer, but another flavour (such as a bittersweet caramel or toffee) would suit my palate better! For any coconut beer lovers out there, I expect this will be a pleasure.
Mandatory “Dead Empire” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.85 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 9.5%
- IBU: 85
- Style: Imperial IPA
- Tagline: Imperial IPA
- Descriptive Comment: Live Again
It was Saturday afternoon; the sun was shining, and I was neither working nor studying for the first time in approximately 3 months. The clock was well past midday, so I asked myself: “why on earth do I not have a beer!?”
The purple can poured a luxurious caramel colour, which had a hazy appearance and a tan foam head. The aromas really encouraged my taste buds to come alive! Mango, grapefruit and sweetness came through and I took a seat with this beer, because I had the feeling that I was going to need to sit down for this! On sampling, this hop fuelled beer had a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. Despite being chilled and fresh from the fridge, the imperial ABV strength was immediately warming, resulting in a slight numbness on the sides of my tongue. Flavours were of a citrus-tropical meld and the aromas of mango and grapefruit were carried through into the taste too. Passionfruit was identifiable, but mild. A lingering bitter resinous tone remained on the palate at the end of sampling, though there was also a very slight artificial metallic taste in the background. Overall this was really good!
Diagnosis: 4.25/5. “Dead Empire” is boozy, citrusy and resinous – my kind of beer.
Mandatory “Prime Time” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.08 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 4.0%
- IBU: 40
- Style: IPA
- Tagline: Euro Hopped Session IPA
- Descriptive Comment: Central European Standard Time
Using hops sourced from one of Europe’s biggest countries, Germany, I couldn’t help but hope that Brexit wouldn’t result in less diversity in future BrewDog beers. Setting troubling political thoughts aside, I poured a transparent straw-coloured beer, with a soft, bubbling, white head. There was a huge amount of carbonation and from a distance, the beer looked much more like a lager than an IPA. Given that Germany are famous for their lagers, I was hardly surprised by its appearance. On the nose, no significant aromas shone; on the palate though, the beer was much more complex. It had a dominant malt base which really enhanced the initial mouthfuls. As the malt base faded, I experienced a cleansing and refreshing lightness. The hop profile built upon sampling, with both subtle hints of spice and a floral burst. At the end, there was a mild bitterness to give the familiarity of an IPA. Although multifaceted, everything was very subtle.
Diagnosis: 2.5/5. “Prime Time” is easier to associate to the lager variety than a session IPA. It’s light, clean and refreshing, though lacks any real intensity.
Box Rating: 3.33/5
Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.51/5
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