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Westwood Stout

Rating: 3.4

This one is the first of two beer that I managed to try recently as part of Brewdog’s #CollabFest2014 event where their 16 UK bars each teamed up with a local brewery to make a unique beer for the day This one was definitely one of the more unusual offerings, a white chocolate stout that was a collaboration between the Brewdog Leeds bar and the nearby Ilkley Brewery from the town of the same name in West Yorkshire. I was recommended this by the barmen in Brewdog Glasgow when I first went to the bar, apparently it was one of the days more popular offerings so based on that and the fact it was such an unusual beer I opted to make it my first of the day. I’m a big fan of these sort of events that Brewdog are increasingly hosting and they do seem to showcase some of the UK’s more less known breweries which can only be a good thing, anyway here’s what I thought of this one. I would also like to note that this one will be my 200th unique beer from England, it’s not far behind Scotland at all it seems.

Westwood Stout

Appearance (4/5): An almost orange amber colour with a clear body and minimal white lacing in lieu of a head. It’s quite patchy and looks very unusual for a stout but looks okay it must be said.
Aroma (7/10): White chocolate is the overriding aroma from this one, it’s certainly unusual but quite enjoyable with some bitterness making an appearance and faint touches of alcohol too. Some creamy notes and background fruits are in there as well as some light malts but it’s not overly complex and the white chocolate certainly dominates.
Taste (7/10): Quite sweet tasting with some bitterness and then the strong chocolate from the nose, there is some creamy notes again as well but the white chocolate is easily the most noticeable flavour before some milky coffee rounds things off nicely.
Palate (3/5): Light medium bodied with a smooth feel and faint alcohol lingering in the background throughout. The beer was fairly straight forward with the one flavour dominating proceedings but it was pleasant with a dry finish.

Overall (12/20): This one was very unusual, partly the reason I opted to make this my first beer of the day and it was enjoyable but it did seem to fade as I worked my way down the glass, luckily it wasn’t a full pint I was drinking. It proved to be a slight challenge to get to the end of and the hints of alcohol that did manage to sneak through into the taste weren’t exactly welcome but it was by no means a bad beer, it’s just not one I’d get again.

Brewed In: Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Ilkley Brewery / Brewdog Leeds (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2014
Type: White Stout
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Draught (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.85

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  1. November 19, 2014 at 12:25
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