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Black Flagship

Rating: 3.75

The first and likely the only beer from Brewdog’s #CollabFest2016 that I’m likely to try now, this one is a bramble porter that was brewed at Fierce Beer in Aberdeen alongside staff from Brewdog’s Aberdeen bar for the annual event held in Brewdog bars around the UK each year. Since I never made it along to one of their pubs while the event was going on this year, I never managed to try any of the beers brewed for the event until I stumbled across this one on-tap at The Hippo Taproom in Glasgow towards the end of January. Coming highly recommended by the barman, the beer is the first from the Fierce Beer brewery that I’ve managed to try and it proved to be quite a good one to start with, hopefully I’ll see more from the brewery over the course of 2017 as well.

black-flagship

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark looking beer, this one is somewhere between a deep, dark brown and a black colour. The body is opaque and there is a thin, foamy lacing on top that’s a light tan colour and just about covers the surface of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): Opening up with what was definitely a sweet nose, there was a lot of dark malts and a strong cherry presence in the early going before some chocolate notes came through that gave the beer a Black Forrest gateau like nose towards the middle. Some sugars and what I assume was brambles started to appear down the stretch with some background fruits and a further sweetness for additional berries in there too.
Taste (7/10): Continuing where the nose let off, this is quite a sweet beer initially with a lot of cherries and chocolate to kick things off and again give it the feel of a Black Forrest gateau with a few sugars in there too. Towards the middle a few darker malts started to come through alongside the brambles and a couple of nondescript fruits before some jam like fruit flavours seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Quite thick, bordering on being a full-bodied beer and coming through as quite a sweet offering with soft to moderate carbonation levels as well. This one was quite an easy-going beer that had an okay balance, although it definitely edged towards the sweeter side of things at times. Overall the palate was a good one and there was even some hints of bitterness amongst the roasted malts near the end of proceedings.

Overall (15/20): A nice first beer from Fierce and one that was very sweet from the start but the addition of the brambles was definitely a nice touch and one that prevented the sweetness from seeming sickening or overpowering; that being said, I doubt I’d have enjoyed a second one as much. The beer was quite dark and at times rich with a fairly smooth body that helped make it that bit easier to drink, as did the soft carbonation. There was hints of Black Forrest gateau coming through at times and in truth the balance wasn’t too bad either, it could have benefited from being a touch lighter at times though but overall it was a good beer and was well worth trying.

Brewed In: Aberdeen, Scotland
Brewery: Fierce Beer/Brewdog Aberdeen (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Porter
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Keg (Schooner)
Purchased: The Hippo Taproom, Glasgow
Price: £5.60

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