So, I get a little nervous anytime I hear “Flavored Ale.” Adding non-Reinheitsgebot ingredients to beer can sometimes spell disaster. However, being a fan of the show Brew Dogs on Esquire Network, I decided to give this one a whirl. For those who haven’t seen it, Brew Dogs is a pretty interesting and fairly entertaining show featuring two Scottish brewers who travel America brewing small batch creations with some of our country’s most highly-regarded microbrewers.
This, being my first beer review, I am setting the groundwork for how these will go moving forward. I’m going to follow the standard beer judging system, A.S.T.M.O. (Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel and Overall Impression).
Appearance: Dogma is a deep brown in color, yet clear (not cloudy). It has a good head with solid retention and good legs.
Smell: Smell is sweet and malty with a touch of spices.
Taste: Taste is full, malty and sweet with very little bitterness and a smooth, dry aftertaste. Although the ingredients lists a whole heap of exotic shit like: kola nuts, poppy seeds and guarana – to me, it tracked like your typical stout or porter with lots of caramel, coffee and chocolate tones. Maybe my palette is not that sophisticated.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich with a good amount of carbonation.
Overall: I’m mixed here. I like it, but not as much as I wanted to. The hints of flavor were kind of muddled and lost in my opinion. I hope the rest of Brew Dog’s selections pack more of their promised punch.
Nerdy Beer Stats:
- ABV: 7.8%
- Malts: Munich, Crystal, Chocolate Brown
- Hops: Saaz and First Gold