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Stereo Wolf Stout

Rating: 3.75

An American style, hop-driven stout from Brewdog now and another prototype beer of theirs that was released separately from their annual prototype series of beers in March this year. Falling somewhere between an American stout and a black IPA, this is one that I’ve been wanting to try since it was launched. It is one that I managed to pick up from Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow last week on the second time of asking after the first few bottles they got in sold out within a couple of days. I didn’t think I’d manage to get my hands on a bottle to be honest with it being a limited release but as luck would have it they managed to get another few bottles in and I managed to grab one for myself. The fact that it sold out so quickly the first time round hopefully means that it is a good beer so I’m optimistic going into this one and it’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the four prototype beers from the brewery that I tried a couple of months ago, in particular the best of the bunch and prototype winner, Vagabond Pale Ale. Whether this one becomes a regular beer for Brewdog or disappears as quickly as it came along remains to be seen, I just hope it tastes good.
Stereo Wolf Stout

Appearance (4/5): Really dark brown bordering right on black  and opaque with a beige coloured head that starts as a fairly large, three or four centimetre tall one with a foamy texture. After about a minute the head starts to reduce in size, leaving some good lacing on the sides of the glass is gradually goes down to sits as a thick surface lacing about a quarter of a centimetre tall.
Aroma (7/10): Quite dark on on the nose with a lot of roasted malts and an almost nutty smell coming off the beer initially with some smoky notes coming through as well. This is followed by dark, ripe fruits to give the beer a touch of sweetness then some of the hops start to make themselves know and impart a faint tropical fruits aroma towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Starting again with some dark, roasted malts this one seems to match the nose well initially and is again quite dark to begin with however the hop bitterness is noticeable early than it was with the nose but is still isn’t overpowering. Dark chocolate flavours and some dark fruits start to come through around the middle with some cherries and the like alongside hints of tropical fruits from the hops as well. There is quite a rich taste to this one with some sweetness imparted to but the dark malts seem to come out strongest, closely followed by the hops.
Palate (4/5): Quite a smooth, medium bodied beer that has light-medium carbonation and is quite dry towards the end. The beer was quite rich on the palate with touches of sweetness dotted about the place and the beer goes down quiet easily with some touches of bitterness at the end giving the beer a nice balance.

Overall (15/20): A very nice beer from Brewdog, I’m a little surprised considering it is a prototype offering after the disappointment of their prototype four-pack I reviewed earlier in the year. This one is a highly drinkable, well-balanced beer that I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing making its way into the year-round Brewdog roster. Whilst it’s certainly not a classic, it is a good tasting beer and the addition of the extra hops definitely make this one a better beer and one well worth trying if you happen to get the chance.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American Stout
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.00

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