Collaborations between big breweries have become a common trend and often result in some really special combinations of talent as the best from each is brought forward to produce exceptional quality beer. The Black Tokyo Horizon is no exception. This beer is the result of a collaboration between three breweries and their signature stouts: BrewDog’s Tokyo, Nøgne Ø’s Dark Horizon and Mikkeller’s Black. The result is an imperial stout below none. The Black Tokyo Horizon pours the way a stout should: pitch black. There is an extremely thin, tan head that is almost non-existent due to the rather high ABV of 15.2%. A swirl of the glass leads to whiffs of sweet, rich fruits like plums, dates and raisins coupled with a distinctive warming alcohol nose. The taste follows suit with a variety of dark fruit flavours popping out coupled with an amalgamation of flavours such as vanilla and liquorice which are carried by the impressive body and strong alcohol into more bitter roasted coffee and cocoa flavours. This is a beer to sit back sip slowly from a snifter, hands cupped around the glass to let it warm slightly as you enjoy a stout made to make you feel like royalty.
Check out the BrewDog/Nøgne Ø/Mikkeller’s Black Tokyo Horizon on RateBeer here.
Update 2021-03: BrewDog is opening a brewery in Cape Town!
Besides the 99 bottles on our wall, Beerhouse also boasts 22 taps. Of which, some are dedicated regular lines while some we reserve as Guest Taps, dedicated to the more exclusive kegs we can get our hands on. The first of our current Guest Taps is the BrewDog Punk IPA.
BrewDog’s flagship beer, the Punk IPA, is a decidedly hoppy and powerful IPA that has achieved success in changing conventional British brewing. By taking a leaf out the books of American brewing, BrewDog upped the hops and produced a new-age IPA that is spearheading the beer revolution. With a soft, hoppy aroma, the Punk IPA resembles a post-modern twist of amazingly fruity hops that give way to an explosion of floral, fruity and citrus flavours that drags you out with a long, crisp, bitter finish. Despite the malty sweetness of the alcohol attempting to tame the bitterness, the hoppy bite catches you and makes for the IPA-lovers best friend.
Check out the BrewDog Punk IPA on RateBeer here.
The Magic Stone Dog represents a fabulous mash-up between Magic Rock, Stone and BrewDog breweries in what has come together as an eye-opening saison-pale ale hybrid in a traditional Belgian style. Off the bat, the aroma has the BrewDog citrus punch straight from the US West Coast with a touch of soft litchi and a spicy, cloves warmth. There is plenty of mouthfeel in this high-carbonation beer that carries the tart citrus flavours before the body brings in the warmth of cloves and body of an APA. The finish is traditional of US West Coast pale ales with a hoppy touch that lingers as the saison shows its colours with a lingering dry, crisp finish. This beer is definitely worth trying if just for the sake of experiencing the hybrid of styles or attempting to pick apart which characteristics came from which brewery. Overall, a fantastic collaboration!
Check out the Mad Stone Dog Belgian Ale on RateBeer here.
In celebration of International Stout Day, today’s Rare & Limited beer is going to be a masterpiece of an Imperial Russian Stout.
Sitting at 10% ABV, the BrewDog Cocoa Psycho is slightly on the staunchier side and most certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. We recommend a drinking temperature of just above room temperature to truly bring out the depth of flavours this beer contains. A medium aroma of roasted dark malt and dusty chocolate leads to a complex whirl of flavours. Aged on cacao nibs, vanilla pods and toasted oak chips, the slightly sweet initial coffee notes shift towards dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a strong, bitter coffee finish. These flavours combined with a very soft mouthfeel and a low carbonation make this imperial stout an absolute pleasure to drink.
Check out the BrewDog Cocoa Psycho on RateBeer here.
This is the first post in what will be a series dedicated to the appreciation of the finer side of Beerhouse on Long’s expansive beer menu. While we do promote having “99 bottles of beer on our wall”, we do have an extended menu containing a constantly revolving selection of rare and limited bottles from around the world. This series will be an in-depth discussion of these specialist beers, delving into the finer details of beer tasting.
The first on our list, the BrewDog Trashy Blonde, takes after its namesake in being a remarkably simple golden ale with a twist. This is a very sessionable beer that delivers where it counts while holding back a touch on the traditional BrewDog hoppy punch. It pours a dirty blonde colour and gives a decent head. The aroma is particularly malty with considerable caramel being offset by fruity scents of mango and passion fruit. The flavour is on the sweet side with notes of passion fruit and guava mingling with butterscotch and a finish of mild citrus hops. This flavour profile coupled with a low carbonation and a light mouthfeel makes this a very more-ish and easy to drink beer. Definitely one for the aficionados and newcomers alike!
Check out the BrewDog Trashy Blonde on RateBeer here.