I’m sure by now everyone who reads this blog today should be fully aware of BrewDog’s End of History, the beer that comes stuffed in roadkill. There has been a ton written about it and how they continually keep jumping sharks with their stronger and stronger brews that get zanier and zanier. Well yesterday I had a beer from them that shows that they have some real brewing chops somewhere in the recesses of the brewery.
And that is a shame. The Tokio Stout was an excellent beer, and yet it is lost in all the hype, all the media coverage, and all the insanity of the ABV race. It actually reminded me of someone like…
Yep, child star Danny Bonaduce. See when Danny was young he starred in the Partridge Family. A 70s sitcom that was way too popular for what it was, but somehow struck a chord with the american public. Here is a picture of him in that role. He was a cute little kid and had a lot of celebrity because of it. Then he didn’t do anything. The roles didn’t materialize and he was left wondering what happened to his fame and fortune. So instead of working hard to reinvent himself he just became shocking. See people will watch two types of people, the good ones, and the shocking ones.
So here’s a guy that went from good to shocking just as I felt has happened to BrewDog. They obviously know how to brew, the Tokio Stout proves that, but then to continue to get the accolades they became shocking and that is just a little pathetic.
Well at least this beer is truly good. It poured an inky black with virtually no head. The nose was all plumb, raisin, dark berries, and a cloying whiff of alcohol. Much different than I expected an 18.2% ABV brew to be.
The flavor blew my mind. It was so well brewed that the alcohol almost didn’t come through at all. It was completely integrated into the flavor of the brew. The brew was first sweet with a lot of barleywine characteristics to it then finished dry and slightly spicy. The flavors were reflected in the nose, a lot of plum, raisin, and dried cherries with perhaps some fig in there as well, tones of chocolate and coffee were also tasted. It finished with a spice like a touch of white pepper and cinnamon. This was a complex and satisfying stout if ever there was one! I loved this beer!
And that is what makes me a little melancholy about it. See BrewDog obviously knows how to brew good beer, but they are caught up in this ABV race. Hell, the End of History brew was only the highest ABV brew for a week. There is always a bigger fish. So concentrate on what you obviously do so well. You can brew truly delicious and quite strong beer. Now focus and knock our socks off!