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Dead Metaphor

Rating: 3.8

Another one-off Brewdog release here, Dead Metaphor is a joint effort from two UK based beer bloggers (Rob from Hopzine and Rich from The Beer Cast) brewed at Brewdogs Fraserburgh brewery last year. The beer is a coffee and chocolate infused, Scottish breakfast stout with the Scottish part taken from the fact that they used some oatmeal in the brewing process to give it a nice twist. This one was released back in October last year and I believe I grabbed a bottle earlier in 2014 but I can’t honestly remember all that well. It’s one that I had been saving for a lazy morning/early afternoon whilst enjoying a day off but I recently realised that it was one of the few bottles I had left that comes in at under 9% abv. and decided this one might be best for a school night whilst enjoying some World Cup action; this one clocks in at a more reasonable 3.4% for those interested.
Dead Metaphor

Appearance (4/5): A deep black with a thick and creamy looking head that is a light brown in colour, starting about two and a half centimetres tall before settling down to a thin lacing that covers the surface of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and rich, dark chocolate notes initially with a solid coffee aroma and some earthy notes coming through. There is a little sweetness from the chocolate and a little lactose comes through as well but the smell is pretty much as you’d expect from a stout with nothing out of the ordinary really. The nose is rounded out with some liquorice and touches of sugar as swell before some bitterness closes things out.
Taste (7/10): Dark chocolate and some sweetness coming through along with some coffee but the chocolate seems more pronounced. There is a few earthy malts and touches of bitterness with a definite lactose and milky taste with some cream too. The taste was a good, well-rounded one and it went down well.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, soft carbonation with a semi-sweet mouthfeel and a dry, clean finish that is incredibly smooth going down.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite a good stout from Brewdog, it had a good balance and was very easy-going down. I was struggling to detect much in the way of the oatmeal mentioned on the bottle, the beer almost tasted like a milk or sweet stout in places but it was a taste that I enjoyed despite the fact there wasn’t too much out of the ordinary with this one; a good beer but probably not a classic.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Also Known As: Brewdog Scottish Chocolate Breakfast Stout
Type: Oatmeal Stout
Abv: 6.4%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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  1. August 28, 2014 at 11:29

    Always cool to find a review of Dead Metaphor. As you rightly mentioned it is at its heart a milk stout. I took the sweet stout recipe from John Palmer’s “Brewing Classic Styles” at the template for the brew. I would have like more sweetness and body.
    Thanks for review, cheers.

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