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Barrel-Aged Albino Squid Assassin

Rating: 3.5

My second Albino Squid Assassin beer from Brewdog now, this one being the barrel-aged edition of a beer that I first tried from the brewery back in February and one that ended up being my 100th unique beer from Brewdog at the time; this one will be my 119th. Like its predecessor, this one is a small batch, limited release from the brewery and is one that I ordered online earlier this year after enjoying the original enough to justify trying this ‘souped up’ version. Falling somewhere between a rye beer and an American strong ale, this one comes in at 9.2% abv. and spent six months ageing in rye whiskey barrels before being bottled. To be honest, this one isn’t a beer I heard a whole lot about from Brewdog when it was released and it almost flew under the radar for me, I knew it would be released at some point but I only spotted it when ordering a few other beers from their website towards the end of the summer just gone; luckily I did as the beer now appears to be sold out online.


Appearance (4/5): A dark caramel to copper colour, this one has a slightly hazy body and is topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is foamy looking and sits a touch thicker in the centre of the beer. There wasn’t much movement on the head either, it retained its height very well and looked a lot better than I’d expected given the abv. of this one.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a sweet-smelling beer on the nose, there is plenty of caramel to open up proceedings and a whiff of toffee follows. There was some background spice and a pleasant combination of dark fruits featured; most notably some figs and dates. There was a slightly sticky aroma to the beer around the middle and I got a few hints of alcohol coming through as well, something that I’d be expecting in truth and it hinted at a whiskey-like aroma. Towards the end there was some plums and an additional sweetness to see things out but overall it was a pleasant enough beer on the nose without really exciting.
Taste (7/10): The nose was followed by quite a strong taste that featured some early toffee sweetness backed up by more alcohol than the nose hinted at, again reminding me of whiskey at times. There was some spice in there around the middle and some darker fruits weren’t too far behind; again the figs and dates featured but so did some raisins and plums this time around. The beer seemed malty and complex without being a classic with some hints of oak and a faint vanilla taste towards the end too; it was definitely an interesting one.
Palate (3/5): Quite a thick, full-bodied beer with light-medium carbonation and a very sweet palate. There was a lot of toffee and caramel throughout this one but the earthy bitterness helped balance things out a little thankfully. It was quite a complex beer and the alcohol was relatively well hidden, although some whiskey flavours did sneak through at times as well.

Overall (14/20): This one turned out to be an okay Brewdog offering, it wasn’t quite as good as the original and I certainly wouldn’t class it as an IPA or even a rye beer but it was enjoyable enough for what it was. Falling somewhere between an American strong ale and a barleywine, the beer had a lot of toffee and caramel flavours that gave it quite a sweet, complex taste that was backed up by a combination of dark fruits that made the beer a pleasant one to sip away at but I doubt it’s one that I’d go back to again.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Strong Ale/Rye Beer
Abv: 9.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.00

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