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Saturday, November 6, 2010

BrewDog - The End Of History

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
The End Of History
BrewDog Ltd.
Unit 1, Kessock Workshops
Fraserburgh  Scotland 
Est. 2007

Brain Damage Quotient = 55.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 (container) / 0.5 (sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Near clear
amber/orange color.
Strong, overpowering presence of alcohol and not much more on the nose
Aroma can be noticed from a distance.
No head.

Some legs of lacing on the glass.
No carbonation detectable.
Taste is harsh and grainy like full on grain alcohol.  Stinging hops finish.
Lots of alcohol burn, straight down the throat.
Tough to determine body from sample but strong flavored to say the least. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
Oh yes I did.......oh yes I did! Muahahaaahaaa!

Pushing the boundaries is what it's all about with BrewDog James and the gang in Scotland. No one, repeat, no one at all can call them dispassionate. This is their latest attempt to top German brewer Schorschbrau in the quest for the world's strongest beer. It's freakin' 55% for crying out loud!

Once again, I'll let the brewer's speak for themselves: 

This 55% beer should be drank in small servings whilst exuding an endearing pseudo vigilance and reverence for Mr Stoat. This is to be enjoyed with a weather eye on the horizon for inflatable alcohol industry Nazis, judgemental washed up neo-prohibitionists or any grandiloquent, ostentatious foxes.

 The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.

Whew! If you are taking this too seriously, I think you are missing the point.  The only serious things here are the extremes to which BrewDog takes their dedication to pushing the envelope on beer.  And boy, has it ever been pushed.  Just look at the err, uhmm, well, I guess it 'aint exactly a label. It's a taxiderm-ied squirrel! Holy s#IT !!!

Mr. Stoat takes time out
of his busy schedule to
pose with me at BBC2010
I was truly lucky just to be in the presence of Mr. Stoat at the 2010 Beer Blogger's Conference held in Boulder, CO.  The guys at BeerTapTV were chosen to receive the bottle-wrapped-in-a-squirrel, as the one and only media bottle! I was luckier still that Erik and Romey from BeerTapTV allowed me a sip. After I watched the panelists take a sip, I had a feeling there would be some left over to taste. I watched them wrinkle their noses, smack their lips and stroke their throats as the potent liquid did its thing on them.

The beer was seriously strong, I got about a half ounce sip and my lips and tongue tingled like I just had the hottest Buffalo Wings, ever!  They stayed that way for about 30 to 45 minutes.  The alcohol burn was laser-like as it snaked its way down my throat. Grainy and super strong. If you aren't paying attention, it is 110 proof. That's stronger than most shots of whiskey, or tequila, friend.

The only thing this squirrel is missing, are some nuts...and you will need a big pair of them to drink much more of this!

Mr. Stoat with Romey, Erik and Ashley

Disclaimer: No humans were harmed during the drinking enjoyment of this beer.

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