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Bourbon Baby

Rating: 3.8

Now for a beer that I picked up when it was released back in March this year, Bourbon Baby from Brewdog. This beer was brewed as part of a collaboration with London based Honest Burgers for something known on Twitter as ‘#BrewBurger’ whereby Brewdog came up with this barrel aged Scotch Ale and the guys at Honest Burgers made the burger to accompany the beer. It was available for a limited time at the burger chains stores as well as from through Brewdog and the burger also toured several of the brewery’s UK bars although I never managed to try it. Since it’s claimed to be a perfect beer to accompany a burger I thought I’d hold back on drinking this one until I could try it alongside some burgers and give my own verdict, and finally that day has arrived so here goes.

Bourbon Baby

Appearance (3/5): Dark brown in body with a slightly murky appearance and the odd ruby tinge around the edges. The beer has a slightly bubbly looking lacing on top that fails to cover the surface entirely and gets more patchy as time goes on.
Aroma (8/10): This one was really quite sweet on the nose with more coming through than I had been expecting, there is some oak and plenty of vanilla upfront with some faint bourbon and wood like aromas backing them up. The beer is excellent on the nose with some grain and a solid chocolate aroma that also features some darker fruits and sugar giving the beer a complex but well balanced aroma throughout.
Taste (8/10): This one starts with a good helping of butterscotch, some sugar and more of the vanilla from the nose. Again the beer is sweeter than I anticipated with plenty of chocolate backing these flavours up, there is even some oak and darker fruits in there too. I started to notice a slightly bitter flavouring towards the end of this one with pleasant roasted malts coming through as well, a great tasting beer from the get go and not entirely what I had been expecting.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and a strong sweetness throughout, definitely coming through stronger than I expected with the vanilla playing more of a part than I reckoned for. There was some bitterness dotted throughout with light carbonation and a great balance.

Overall (16/20): Another highly enjoyable Brewdog offering, this one definitely goes some way to covering for the disappointment I had after trying their Magic Stone Dog collaboration with Magic Rock and Stone. Despite the fact it probably wouldn’t be my first choice of beer to pair with a burger I can see why people would enjoy the two together, it was smooth and not too light with plenty going for it; definitely one worth trying.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Scotch Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £4.20

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