Review #42 – Brewdog Jet Black Heart 75/100
As of late, I’ve been somewhat disenchanted by Brewdog – I’m not sure whether it’s the ridiculous premium they put on all beers in their bars, the almost identical plethora of IPAs, the fact they are looking and sounding more and more like the leviathan breweries that they started out so different from, or maybe it is a mixture of all the above. That being said, I still enjoy a lot of their beers, but nothing they have released as of late has beaten the likes of the Tokyo or the various barrel aged Paradox Imperial Stouts; they were truly some of the best beers I have ever tasted.
Onto the Jet Black Heart – The Jet Black Heart is a milk stout, which for those of you who don’t know doesn’t actually contain any milk, it does however contain lactose – the sugar found in milk. The thing about lactose is that it cannot be digested by brewing yeast like other types of sugar, so during the brewing process the lactose will not be converted into alcohol…so what’s the point you might ask. Well, lactose adds an extra dimension to the beer in the form of texture, it gives the brew a certain velvety smoothness and increases it’s viscosity. In the past, lactating mothers were encouraged to drink milk stout, although I’m not sure that advice would go down all too well today.
Out of the bottle and into the glass this beer pours as expected, thick, velvety smooth with a creamy tan head.
On the nose there are aromas of charcoal, light roast coffee and chocolate malt with a delicate waft of citrus.
On the palate this is such a full bodied beer, high viscosity with a creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Upfront there is a neutral, almost cleansing taste of coal followed up with bitter notes of cacao nibs and medium roast coffee. The beer finishes up with quite short lived linger of lemony hop bitterness with a very small amount of barbecue smoke.
I’m quite happy with this expression from Brewdog, it’s something a little different and not too heavy for a milk stout, a very enjoyable beer to drink, and I would say it’s best enjoyed as a dessert beer.