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Bracken’s Porter

Rating: 4.0

This one is a beer I didn’t think I would get the chance to try, a porter brewed as a one off special by the bar managers of the various UK based Brewdog pubs earlier this year. The 6% porter was brewed in a small, 20HL batch at the original Fraserburgh brewery as an experimental beer that was named in honour of the original ‘Brewdog’, the pet dog of one of the brewery’s founders that died last year. I popped into the Glasgow Brewdog bar last weekend and luckily they had some of this one left on tap so I opted to try it whilst I could, a decision that proved to be a wise one.
Bracken's Porter

Appearance (4/5): Really dark, a black beer with a thin, tan lace on top and a tiny amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): Strong roasted malts to begin with, some coffee and earthy malts along with some sugar and sweetness. There is a creamy chocolate aroma towards the end as well.
Taste (8/10): Sweet roasted malts to begin with, some milk chocolate and a lot of sugar with some coffee as well. There is a touch of light alcohol but it is a welcome one and there is a few earthy malts coming through as well. A standard but very nice porter taste that goes down well.
Palate (4/5): Sweet, sugary malts and a medium body along with some light alcohol and a good, creamy mouthfeel. A very easy beer to drink and one that went down well.

Overall (16/20): A very nice beer and one that I’m really glad I got to try whilst it was still available. The taste and smell were as you would expect, quite rich and with plenty of roasted malts but the balance was really nice. Much better than I was expecting and one that I’d be likely to try again were it to become a regular Brewdog beer.

Brewed In: Fraserborough, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Porter
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Draught (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.90

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