It’s finally getting cold enough to drink my favourite kind of beer. Dark, spicy and most importantly, Christmassy.
After a wonderful garlic cheese burger and raspberry milkshake at our beloved Bell’s Diner. Gav and I decided to check out the Vino shop in Stockbridge. We’d been recommended that they had an insane collection of beer, which they did.
They have a huge variety of flavoured beers (including Mongozo Coconut, yum), Scottish ales and a sweet selection of international craft beers. We went for a couple of old faithful Williams Bros beers, an organic cherry beer and excitedly Gav let me pick the Brewdog Christmas ale.
Reading the bottle, it sounds delicious. A cocoa, chilli and festive spice infuced porter, sounds ideal to me.I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. As soon as I took the first sit I knew something was wrong. The bottom line here (before I go on to tell you about my disappointment) is that I’m really hoping it’s a bad batch or… Yes it’s a bad batch.
I’ll sum up the beer as I tasted it in one sentence. It had an overwhelming taste of raw chilli (not in a good way), there was way too much ‘festive spice’, there was no cocoa to be tasted and it had a horrible bitter metallic aftertaste. The uncooked chilli flavour really was very unpleasant, so much so that I couldn’t bring myself to finish the beer. It lacked the richness that is usually present in a porter and had an uncharacteristic aftertaste. I also didn’t detect the sweetness that usually comes with a dark beer.
All in all an extremely sad drinking and reviewing experience. If anyone gets their hands on a bottle and has a different experience with it I’d LOVE to know, maybe my taste buds were being naughty?
Anyway I think I’ll just wait for Stewarts Cauld Reekie, that will never disappoint!