With the festivities out of the way, Its finally time to get some more god damn beers brewed.
I seem to have naturally opted for an array of dark beers using some ingredients that arrived this week.
Some fresh base malts in the form of Marris Otter and a top of of chocolate malts to replace what I’ve used pretty damn quickly.
You’ll notice some yeasts there too. One American variant and one British Ale variant.
Over the next 3 weeks, my plan is to brew (In order) a Black IPA, a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout Clone and version 2.0 of my Vanilla Porter.
All being well, there will be recipes and taster notes coming up soon.
Since my birthday in August, I’ve built up quite the collection of craft beers. My brother and his kind fiancé bought me a Brewdog collection, I visited Celt Brewery in Caerphilly (Wales) and bought a quantity of brews & I subscribed to Beer52 where I received a number of boxes of fine quality ales.
I thought tonight would be a good time to start on some of the Brewdogs whilst kicking some gigabutt on Battlefield 4 and Halo 5.
Turned out that it was funnier to kill my own team-mates in Battlefield until I was kicked and we seemed to win one match out of five in Halo.
#Winning some would say!
Onto the beers then huh?
Below are the three beers I had along with notes taken directly from the website to give you an insight into their particulars.
This is Lager
WE HAD A SIMPLE AIM. TO RECLAIM ONE OF THE WORLD’S FORMATIVE BEER STYLES IN HONOUR OF THE GREAT GERMAN AND BOHEMIAN PILSNERS OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
Brewed with 100% malt, ten times the hops of most industrial lagers and cold-conditioned for five weeks, this spicy, robust Pilsner is lager reborn.
Expect a robust, full-bodied malt character on the front of the tongue, spicy citrus notes as it goes back through the palate and an assertive bitter finish with a lemon and pepper character to round things off.
This. Is. Lager.
Five AM Red Ale
FIVE AM IS CLARITY CONDENSED INTO A SINGLE MOMENT. EVERYTHING LAID OUT BEFORE YOU IS STATIC, BUT NOTHING IS SET. THE ROAD RUNS STRAIGHT INTO THE SHIMMERING DISTANCE.
It’s time to take that ride.
Five AM Red Ale is five malts at 5% ABV.
Out of this order and stability comes the rush of the pack. Berry and caramel riding alongside marmalade and chocolate. Spice and toast jostle with lychee and biscuit.
The needle flicks to all points of the compass. It drives you towards the horizon, towards the vanishing point. And it keeps going…
PRESS THE BUTTON. IT’S IRRESISTIBLY SITTING THERE, WAITING. DON’T HESITATE. HAMMER IT.
Start with a colossal grapefruit aroma. Pile on bitterness after thumping bitterness, and ride the anarchy wherever it takes you. The caramel razor is sharp, but the resinous bite drills straight through your taste buds.
For blitzing the mediocre, raising hell and revelling in the aftermath, Jack Hammer is the end of the line. The hopped-up, pucker-mouthed terminal extreme of craft brewing. This beer is bitter. Very bitter. If you push that button, don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Of the three, “Jack Hammer” stood out as the punchiest and most flavourful of the lot. It’s strong hoppy flavours really took things to the next level from the subtle offerings previously. I could quite happily knock back plenty of these and deal with regrets from the night before when things become clearer and soberer.
“This is Lager” is a pleasant take on a lager\pilsner flavour with an emphasis on hop usage. It’s a crisp beer which offers the refreshing taste of a lager with the quality and depth of a craft beer but my taste buds always crave something fuller an more unusual.
The Celt Experience – House Lager has been the one that stands adheres to my needs and offers a more defined and ball crunching hop level.
“Five AM Red Ale” (Five AM Saint as it should be) offers a traditional bitter flavour with plenty of caramel and an obvious biscuit flavour. It went down like an absolute dream and has always been a favourite of mine since we first came across Brewdog, here in Cardiff.
I enjoyed each of these beers with a pack of dry roasted peanuts. All passed the peanut/beer test you’ll be please to know.
Until next time. Here’s me knocking back my last Makers Mark Bourbon of the night, Listening to some Within Temptation and signing out.
Rest in Peace Rickman!