Friday, 2 September 2011
Black Tokyo Horizon
But does it always work? Well tonight I have another attempt to find out! Brewdog's Black Tokyo Horizon is a a massive 17.2% Imperial Stout blended together from 3 separate Imperial Stouts. Let's look at the beers individually:
Tokyo*: A 18.2% Imperial Stout from Brewdog. The original Tokyo was a 12% Impy Stout which was brewed with jasmine, cranberries and aged on French toasted oak chips. I'd be surprised if much had changed apart from the % between the two.
Mikkeller Black: This beer is in my top 5 Imperial Stouts, possibly number 1, it really is something else. A monster of bitterness, it's made not only with ale yeast and champagne yeast, but with dark cassonade (whatever that is!) I've loved it from the first sip, and after trying it on tap in the Cask in London, it was cemented as a beer for all time.
Nogne O Dark Horizon: It's a beer which I haven't had the pleasure of yet. I have a bottle of the third series upstairs patiently awaiting a review. The third series is a 15.5% Imperial Stout, and if it's like the first series it should have a good dose of coffee, sugars and wine yeast used in the production. A beer I am very much looking forward too.
The three beers (beers, not bears) used in the creation of this beer are all fantastic on paper, I think it's a great idea to think; 'what do you reckon these would be like blended together?' - It's shows a great deal of innovative initiative, and it's always great to be experimental in my books. How does this beer rack up though, does it work??
Well no. Not really....
The beer comes across the nose with aromas of raisins, rum, charred oak, hints of vanilla and a slight touch of burnt rubber.
This beer is sweet... massively sweet. It's sickly sweet, almost cloying, and unfortunately it's so sweet, the massive bitterness I would have wanted never really manages to push through. The finish adds more of the same - syrup-like flavour, but now it's hidden under a massive unbalanced alcohol warming hit. As it goes down a touch, a slight meaty/woody flavour starts to come out, but it's a bit too late, I'm not going to get rid of that sugar now.
I'm left disappointed. But that's just my personal taste, I know plenty of others who have really enjoyed this beer, and more props to you, but I was left under-whelmed. Maybe it's because I was so massively fond of the beers in the singular forms.
So after all the hype, all I can say is: Give me the three beers on their own, and forget about the big black pot!