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Brewdog Hinterland

Rating: 4.0

A review of what was the penultimate new Brewdog beer for me at the end of last year now, this one was actually a beer that I ordered from their online shop back in 2015 but seeing as it was an imperial stout, I opted to cellar it for a year before seeing how it had developed. Despite being a Brewery that is famous for their ‘big beers’, I can think of only a handful of imperial stouts that I have tried from Brewdog (although part of that has to do with me holding on to so many of their Abstrakt offerings) so this one is long overdue. Originally released in September 2015 as a limited release, there was also a barrel-aged version of the beer available through the brewery’s Equity for Punks referral scheme that makes it quite a rare one so I had to make do with this one; here’s what I thought of it when I cracked it open between Christmas and New Year a couple of weeks ago.


Appearance (4/5): Jet black in colour as it pours, there is a foamy and tanned coloured head on top that starts around half a centimetre tall before fading to sit as a thin, patchy lacing on the surface of the beer; there is a rim of lacing around the edges of the glass too but it is nothing special to look at I’m afraid.
Aroma (8/10): Dark on the nose with some sweet vanilla notes and a little fudge to help balance things out a little, there was an almost milkshake like aroma to this one with lactose and a but of toffee coming through soon after. It was quite a strong beer on the nose initially with the expected dark fruits and a combination of berries coming through towards the middle. Nearer the end I got a hint of coconut and a couple of roasted malts to see things out; it was different at least and quite enjoyable too.
Taste (8/10): Opening with plenty of vanilla flavours and some dark malts as well, this one had a lot of chocolate in the early going too. This was followed by some of the coconut from the nose which seemed to feature earlier here and there was some background coffee flavours too. Towards the end there was a couple of roasted malts and touches of oak but everything was well-balanced and fell short of overpowering the senses.
Palate (4/5): Medium to full-bodied, this was quite a sweet beer from the start with a lot of vanilla and even some coconut coming through, something I hadn’t expected going into this one. There was quite a thick, almost syrupy feel to the beer but it was also quite wet and smooth with a surprisingly good balance too. The beer had soft carbonation levels and was very easy on the way down as a felt, with the alcohol content of the beer hidden well expect for the odd touch right at the end; great stuff.

Overall (16/20): Quite a sweet, almost subdued version of an imperial stout with some nice coconut and vanilla flavours stealing the show here. The beer was semi-bitter with some pleasant roasted malts and a good balance but it was surprisingly easy to drink for the style and perhaps not quite as complex as I’d have liked. It was still a very enjoyable beer with some nice berries and darker fruits around the middle, I’d have preferred something just a little stronger at times though but it’s definitely a nice beer from Brewdog and a shame it’s a one-off from the brewery.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.80

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