BrewDog / Victory Brewing U-Boat
Style: Smoked Porter
Format: 330ml Bottle
U-Boat is a collaboration between BrewDog and Victory Brewing Company. Devised by Bill Covaleski (co-founder of Victory) alongside Bowman and Franz, this subversive smoked porter has a complex smoky aroma and a superbly balanced flavour. Brewed with a blend of speciality malts and fermented with lager yeast, U-Boat is deceptively different and achieves a flavour and body similar to a chocolate stout but by entirely different means.
The nose is warm and smoky, rich with milk chocolate and a hint of espresso, and a subtle lager character.
On the palate is a big dark malt sweetness, balanced by the blend of spicy Mittelfruh and citrussy Galena. Cocoa powder, rich dark chocolate, and ripe berries interplay with a toasty burnt sugar bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a treacley quality that doesn't cloy, as it plays off against the hops and roast malt bitterness.
Rated 95 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Very nice porter
Very close to a 5 star beer. Not getting a whole lot of smokiness on the nose, the main thing I pick up is chocolate. First taste is all chocolate. Very full bodied, really nice mouthfeel. The smokiness is more on the back end. You sort of get a lingering smokiness in the after taste, but it's definitely not dominant, or over whelming. The main thing I'm picking up is chocolate. All in all, it's a fantastic beer. The 8.4% is extremely well hidden.