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Brewdog Alt Amber

Rating: 3.15

Another from the 2014 Brewdog Prototype Challenge now, this one being my second from the four beers released at the tail end of last year and amazingly for me the beer will actually be my first ever altbier. Translating from German as ‘old beer’, the beer will be the first of the style I will have tried so it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to despite the fact that it came third out of the four in the public vote when the challenge was launched, only scoring marginally better than the last placed and fairly disappointing All Day Long that I reviewed here previously. I’m at least hoping that this one scores a little higher for me but regardless, I’m just happy to be trying a new style of beer for the first time since there can’t be too many left out there that I’ve not sampled already.
Update: Since I reviewed this beer it has been re-released by Brewdog under the new name of ‘Candy Kaiser’ as a winter seasonal.

Brewdog Alt Amber

Appearance (3/5): A brown amber colour, slightly copper but the beer pours surprisingly clear and is topped with a bubbly looking, very slightly off-white head that sits about half a centimetre tall and has the odd foamy patch across its surface.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a dark beer on the nose with a lot of malts and earthy notes coming through, there is some toasted notes too and a bit of toffee as well. The beer seems quite nutty on the nose with some grain coming through as well before some biscuit and the faintest of hops see things out.
Taste (7/10): Nutty and definitely quite malty, there is some of the biscuit and grain from the nose but there is the addition of some sweetness to the taste as well, most noticeably some vanilla making itself known around the middle of this one. There is a touch of caramel and some toffee as well with what seemed at first to be a slightly burnt sugar like taste.
Palate (3/5): Smooth and seemingly quite clean, this one was a dry beer with a lot of bitterness coming from the toasted flavours. Carbonation is about medium and some sweetness started to come through later on.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad one from Brewdog really, it was easy enough to drink without doing too much to excite or grab your attention. I’m not sure how this compares to other altbiers out there given this is my first one but I was surprised with both the sweetness and the faint hops to it, a nice beer but again probably one that’s best left as a prototype.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Now Known As: Candy Kaiser
Type: Altbier
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.00

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