CAP DOG

Rating: 4.3

This one is yet another 2014 release from Brewdog and another collaboration, this time with Swedish CAP Brewery based in Stockholm. The beer has a fairly basic label, one could be forgiven for assuming it was another of Brewdog’s yearly prototype releases but I can confirm it is (for the time being at least) a one-off, limited release that was introduced in September this year. The beer is a 9% abv. smoky black IPA that is closer to a imperial black IPA with an alcohol content such as it has. I wasn’t sure if I was going to order a bottle of this one or not when I last placed an order with Brewdog but in the end I was convinced partly due to the relatively good price for such a strong beer and because black IPA’s don’t seem as easy to pick up as I’d like. The beer is one I’m quietly optimistic about as I’ve heard good things about CAP without actually ever trying any of their beers, hopefully I’ll not be disappointed anyway but let’s find out either way.

CAP DOG

Appearance (5/5): Pours a really dark looking, opaque black colour with a huge head that is light brown coloured and foamy, sitting at about two inches tall in the glass and relatively thick looking. Retention is a lot better than you’d expect from a 9% abv. beer with a low reduction over the opening minute before settling at about half a centimetre tall.
Aroma (9/10): Quite hop filled initially with some good pine and floral notes that are backed up by a few darker malts and a coffee aroma as well. The beer seems quite fruity on the nose with a tropical edge to it, there is some grapefruit and mango, perhaps some other fruits as well and a hint of sweetness from them too. Some of the alcohol does come through but it’s at least partially hidden but the hops and tropical notes, the malts to a lesser extent too.
Taste (8/10): The taste starts with a lot of the dark malts from the nose, they definitely come through stronger here with a good amount of coffee and chocolate as well. The hops are present as well but take more of a back seat here, the tropical flavours being drowned out by the roasted ones and the beer almost seemed like an imperial stout at times, not at all what I had been expecting given how the beer smelt but it was by no means a disappointment. Some caramel malts and further cocoa rounded things off alongside some nice floral flavours but the coffee came out on top with regards to the taste.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and medium bodied with some alcohol giving the beer quite a warming feel to it. Carbonation was about average for an American IPA and helped the beer down well with the bitterness starting to come through a little stronger towards the end.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite an unusual offering taste-wise, going by the look and aroma this one was a straight up black IPA but as soon as you took a drink the dark malts and coffee took over making it almost seem like a stout-IPA hybrid but a nice one at that, particularly after I gave it some time to open up a little. Another excellent Brewdog limited release, it’s just a shame that it’ll probably be a one-off but you never know given that I Hardcore You has been brewed a few times now, a man can hope.

Brewed In: Fraserburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog / CAP (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Black IPA (Double IPA)
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.25

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  1. January 26, 2016 at 08:38

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