Fanzine The Twenty-Forth

For what happened last time round – Fanzine the Twenty-Third

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

  • Origami Outlaw
  • Sonic Temple
  • Tsar Struck

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


Mandatory “Origami Outlaw” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.46 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBU: 45
  • Style: Pale ale
  • Tagline: Hibiscus and Yuzu Pale Ale
  • Descriptive Comment: Return to the Fold

A bright pink coloured can pours an attractive copper-ruby coloured beer, with a slim, off white foam head. On the nose, it has gentle floral scents, mixed with grassy pine and lemon. I was slightly hesitant by the use of the hibiscus flower in this pale ale, though I pleasantly surprised upon sampling. The beer is incredibly light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Tasting profile contains a gentle but complimentary mix of yuzu (a Japanese fruit that tastes very similar to lemon), grapefruit and resinous pine. In addition to this, there is a gentle floral-biscuit transition before fading into a moderate dry and bittering finish.


Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “Origami Outlaw” this beer was enjoyed on a warm summer evening and sampled incredibly well! Considering I was cautious before sampling, it turned out that I really enjoyed it.

Mandatory “Sonic Temple” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.62 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • IBU: 40
  • Style: IPA
  • Tagline: Guava IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: Full Metal Jacket Brew

This is actually a special edition brew. It was initially produced in the USA for BrewDog’s hometown rock festival in Columbus. Luckily, thanks to fanzine, we now get an opportunity to sample it! Having read this description on the back of the can, the reasoning behind the punk rock design now becomes clear. Before this beer had even finished pouring I got a strong aroma of guava. A lively light golden beer fizzes away and creates a large white foam head, that begins to mushroom above over the glass. A wide variety of tropical aromas come through, awakening my salivary glands. The beer starts light, savoury biscuit base which develops into a slightly acidic tartness, before a hop-filled, juicy, guava profile comes through in abundance. Guava lingers on the palate long after sampling and is the dominant flavour of this beer which has a dry finish.

Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “Sonic Temple” Guava in abundance, juicy and light. This would be a cracking beer to enjoy at a rockfest!

Mandatory “Tsar Struck” Facts

  • Untappd Rating:  (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 9.1%
  • IBU: 78
  • Style: Stout
  • Tagline: Imperial Stout
  • Descriptive Comment: Dark Nobility

The final of this trio is poured. It pours a thick deep black colour with a slim row of mocha bubbles briefly forming on top. It has scents of chocolate, a dark roasted tone with a contrasting sweetness – from the added demerara sugar. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel with a conflicting coolness from the temperature of the liquid versus the warming alcohol from Tsar Struck’s imperial strength. Strong dark roasted tones dominate this beer, primarily coffee and dark chocolate. It finishes with a boozy sweetness that I really enjoy and is desperately needed to relieve from the deeper flavours. Given the strength, it is hardly surprising that by the end of the beer, a comforting, warming sensation coats the gullet.


Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Tsar Struck” for those that love sugar in their coffee (oh and beer!) this is the perfect imperial stout for you.

Box Rating: 3.92/5

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.54/5

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