BrewDog Freak State Ink Black IPA
These dogs have been excellent. I'm not exactly sure what the whole process was for this Scottish brewer to start brewing stuff here in the US, but it seems like were getting the best of what Scotland's beers have to offer. I mean, if Scotland has better beers than this to offer, they need to start importing that stuff now.
First sip is pretty good, but it's also pretty bland. The citrus hops in the dark, roasted grains are blending together fairly nicely, but they're not hitting with much force. Instead, the effect is pretty watery, even when you add the coffee and light chocolate to the mix. Like I said, it's pretty good, but it is ultimately a bit disappointing. But that's just the sip.
Tip-in is carbonation sizzle with light coffee with a hint of chocolate and a bit of citrus trying to add a bit of zest. The middle becomes a very dark roast of grains added to the flavors that started everything, but those flavors don't go away. The carbonation seems to abandon the beer in the middle, but it's replaced by a haze of bitterness. The finish is more bitterness coming along with the heavier chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
Bottom Line: Every brewer is going to have a less-than-perfect beer, and this appears to be the one for these guys.