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#Mashtag 2013

Rating: 3.75

This one is another 2013 release from Brewdog that is labelled as the worlds first ever democratic brown ale. This beer took shape thanks to around 5000 Brewdog fans voting mainly via Twitter on all the aspects of this beer, from the strength to the hops to be used in the brewing process and finally the name.The end result was announced at the end of May with the beer being available shortly after that. After voting on the beer myself, it was one I was eager to try but didn’t want enough to justify an online order. I finally found the beer in a bottle shop in Glasgow and picked it up a few months ago, with it sitting in the fridge waiting to be tried since then.


Appearance (4/5): A very dark brown that boarders on black with a thin, tan-brown head of tiny  bubbles that turns to a patchy lacing after about forty-five seconds. The beer is opaque and still looking.
Aroma (7/10): Surprisingly faint on the nose if I’m honest and nothing that really jumps out at you. There is some malts and a nutty aroma that is followed by a definite coffee bean one and some sweetness but not a lot. There is some chocolate and after that the coffee becomes more pronounced. Not a bad smell but it would have benefited from a boast in strength.
Taste (7/10): Medium strength roasted malts to begin along with some subtle hints of coffee and a general nutty flavour throughout. Some hops made themselves noticed as well but these were minimal and not overly strong, as are the touches of citrus. After this the taste was rounded off with a bit of sugar and some toffee.
Palate (4/5): Almost creamy in texture with a medium body and medium to full carbonation on top of that, The beer was nutty as you would expect but with some hints of citrus thrown in to keep things interesting.

Overall (15/20): This one was a fairly average beer throughout really, it did taste okay but there just wasn’t enough there to really set it apart from the crowd. A nice start with some malts and coffee on the nose but I felt the aroma was too weak, especially to begin with and the taste was nice although a little basic for a brown ale other than the touches of citrus and hops at the end. Good but not a stand out beer sadly.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American Brown Ale
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.60

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