Stronzo MacLovin

Rating: 4.15

Back to Denmark now for what will be my nineteenth beer from the country and my first from the Stronzo Brewing Company based in Gørløse, around forty kilometres north of Copenhagen. This was one of several beers from the brewery that the Brewdog online shop started to offer earlier this year and also happens to be the only one of theirs that I opted to grab a bottle of. The beer came highly recommended (from Brewdog anyway) and was featured in their pick of guest beers back in March so I’m hoping it lives up to the hype. The word ‘Stronzo’ is Italian and roughly translates as ‘asshole’ so I imagine that’s at least part of the reason for Brewdog suddenly stocking their beers, well that and their love for all Scandinavian breweries; hopefully that love is well placed.

Stronzo MacLovin

Appearance (4/5): Pours a very dark, opaque brown colour with a thin, quarter centimetre lacing on top that looks quite foamy and shows little initial movement, managing to completely cover the surface. Surprisingly even after a few minutes the head hasn’t moved any and if anything it even looks slightly more creamy and a little taller as well.
Aroma (9/10): A definite malt filled aroma upfront with some earthy and peat like notes before some alcohol starts to come through. This was quickly followed by some sweetness and more caramel than I was expecting, some vanilla manages to make itself known as well. The nose was quite a complex one with some darker fruits and sugars coming through from the middle on wards but the beer maintains a good balance throughout with figs and dates plus a slightly nutty smell right at the end; excellent stuff.
Taste (8/10): Like the nose, this one starts fairly malty and definitely quite dry with more alcohol coming through than with the nose but without overpowering. This is cut of with the sugar and sweetness from the darker fruits that featured in the nose, some spice making an appearance too. There was big hits of caramel and toffee around the middle, again matching the aroma before the roasted flavours and woody bitterness start to close things out.
Palate (4/5): Quite a smooth but dry tasting beer with some solid alcohol coming through without overdoing it. The beer is big of flavour and fairly complex but strikes a good balance and goes down quite easily despite the strength. The body was about medium, as were the carbonation levels, maybe just shy of medium in fact but the beer was great on the palate nonetheless.

Overall (17/20): Another very good Danish beer, it’s not often I pick up a bad one from the country (excluding the usual mass produced crap anyway). This one proved to be very drinkable despite its strength and went down easier than I was expecting, especially considering I’m not exactly a huge fan of the Scotch Ale style of beer; maybe if they all tasted like this one then I might be. Very enjoyable from start to finish, Brewdog sure do know their stuff when it comes to importing Scandinavian beers it seems.

Brewed In: Gørløse, Denmark
Brewery: Stronzo Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Scotch Ale
Abv: 8.7%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £5.00

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