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Brewdog Tropic Thunder

Rating: 4.25

New for 2017 from Brewdog, this one was the winner of the brewery’s ‘HomeBrewDog’ competition and the highest rated of the 307 beers that entered the contest. Created by Tom Doyle, the beer is a tropical style stout that features cocoa powder, chocolate and some orange beer for good measure. I first seen this one available on the Brewdog online shop towards the end of January but since I didn’t want enough beers to justify an order I was hoping I’d find a bottle in one of their bars but on the several occasions this year I’ve failed to spot it and had almost given up hope of trying it. Thankfully, and somewhat surprisingly, I managed to find a bottle in a Tesco supermarket recently and quickly grabbed myself a bottle (it was even cheaper than what Brewdog list it for on their website which was an added bonus). The beer should be a nice twist on the stout style of beer and is one that I’m quite looking forward to trying now that I’ve managed to get my hands on a bottle; hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.

Appearance (5/5): Quite a dark beer, this one was pretty much black in appearance with an opaque body and quite a thick looking head on top that was foamy and beige in colour. Starting about an inch and a half tall, the head had good retention with very little initial movement or reduction in size, whilst it also left some nice lacing on the sides as I worked my way down the glass; excellent stuff.
Aroma (8/10): Fairly malty and dark on the nose with some strong chocolate notes and a helping of early sweetness. There was some lingering smoky aromas nearer the centre of the beer and a few coffee notes backed them up. Towards the end there was some faint fruits making an appearance, I’d assume this was the orange but it was too subtle to really tell; either way it was still a nice beer and one that was very easy on the nose into the bargain.
Taste (8/10): The taste opens much like the nose did with a good combination of dark malts and roasted flavours alongside some strong chocolate as well. There was some smoke coming through soon after but there appeared to be slightly less here than there was with the nose, the sweetness instead being the more pronounced this time around. There was some lighter fruits nearer the end and this time I was able to detect some subtle orange flavours with a nice, mellow bitterness seeing things out.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with a strong roasted feel to the beer, it was definitely a dark offering with some nice bitterness in there too. The orange and various other fruits added a subtle sweetness that sat on top of the moderately carbonated body. Overall the beer was quite sweet and creamy with a lingering bitter aftertaste; very nice stuff.

Overall (17/20): Excellent stuff here from Brewdog, well sort of since it was a homebrew winner after all. The beer is a very pleasant one with a good amount of dark malts and chocolate flavours working well with the light fruits and zesty flavours from the orange and imparted a subtle sweetness in the process. There is nice complexity to the beer and it proved quite an easy one to drink, the malts doing there part to completely mask the alcohol content of this one and a moderate bitterness seen things out nicely as well; a very enjoyable beer and one that I wouldn’t mind having again at some point.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Foreign Stout
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Glasgow)
Price: £2.19

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