Total Score: 7.25/10
This review: Now with 100% more BrewDog! Next dog up for bruview is BrewDog Kamikaze Knitting Club – a 7.5% ABV maple syrup flavoured American Stout. Yes, maple in a beer – that’s the stuff I drench my pancakes with! Yeeehaa! And so forth. About time I got my hands on a maple-flavoured Stout too after I missed out on Stockade The Mountie Maple Imperial Stout. I was gutted because I missed the chance to try a beer that would go great with pancakes [my dream since childhood… well maybe not childhood, but adulthood indeed]. So here goes – a dream pancake-pairing brew from the brewest [not a word] of dogs: BrewDog. Enough faffing, let’s crack that can already – the overlords at BrewDog are eagerly awaiting my report.
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Black body, like the nightiest of moonless nights… also there are no stars to be seen for some reason – that black, with a khaki-coloured cappuccino foam head that leaves impressive and chunky lace as it goes down. Yep, this looks pretty good. 8/10.
S: This things got maple written all over it, in ALL-CAPS too. Aroma is a tasty mix of sweet sweet maple “ah yes, she is my dark mistress that I seductively pour all over my pancakes like a silky velour of flavour”, and err, yes: roasted coffee hints too. But that maple is singular in its ability to win over my olfactory senses [TL;DR: I like maple syrup. Duh]. Overpowering though, bit too one-note, actual critique. 7/10.
T: Bit more balanced here – begins with a smoky/roasted coffee and chocolate note, maple brings in more aroma than sweetness, earthy mid-palate, finishes dry with a light roasted espresso bitterness. Touch of alcohol presence – a tad un-BrewDog-like, given these peeps are the masters of high ABV beers and this one is a lowly [for them] 7.5%. Aftertaste is also a touch astringent, detracting from the overall flavour profile. 7/10.
M: Medium bodied with a slight prickly carbonation that stands out a little due to the style, but it isn’t really that bad regardless – a few burps with this one. 7/10.
D: Look… BrewDog have certainly done better before, and I’m not about to start pouring this on my pancakes, yet it is a brew that needs improvement: could be sweeter, more maple in the flavour, less alco-burn in the back-end, all that stuff I noted above. Overall this is a Stout left wanting from BrewDog, who sometimes leave me… scratch that, just looked up my ratings for BrewDog beers and it isn’t pretty: generally leave me wanting. 8/10.
Food match: Close enough to being a pancake beer I guess *kicks some dirt*.