ClubGonzo’s Eirik 50 år

A birthday brew! Eirik 50 år, ClubGonzo batch 72.

Brown Ale, 6.9% ABV, 35.6 IBU.

Birthday brew and birthday flowers.

It pours a deep brown body with a average-sized beige head that ends up as a fully covering film. Some of the foam is stuck on my glass.

The aroma is rather strong and has some of the dirty yeasty notes that I often find in brown ales, so I guess it’s true to the style. I also get roasted malt, coffee, and sweet, overripe dark fruits. Quite strong flavour of roasted malt, coffee and a touch of yeast, with pine in the back. The taste is light to moderate sweet and moderate to light bitter. Medium body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. A close to decent brown ale with a tad more bitterness and hoppy elements than you average UK brown ale.

Conclusion: What? You find this rating a bit boring? Well, that’s what you get for brewing a slightly boring beer.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 2.9/5.0

ClubGonzo's Nutcase Brown

Nutcase Brown by ClubGonzo, American Brown Ale, 6 % ABV, IBU 36.5.

Nutcase Brown a.k.a. ClubGonzo SoloBrew no. 1. I love the label!

This interesting brew was provided by Stian Krog a.k.a. ClubGonzo, which is half of the famous (at least on this web page) JoKr Brewers. I must admit that I’ve never encountered nutmeg notes in a beer before, but I assume that ClubGonzo has, and that he designed this beer to see how much nutmeg he could possible fit into the little bottle. Experimental brewing FTW!

The first impression is not very good: a cloudy, dirty-looking dark brown body with a frothy, light-brown, short-lived head that vanishes more or less completely and leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is roasted with a spicy touch. I don’t know if I would have managed to pick out nutmeg if I hadn’t’ read the label, but now that I have, I do find lots of nutmeg. Cool! Unfortunately there’s also these sour yeasty notes that I’ve found in a couple of the JoKr beers. The yeast masks much of the more pleasant and interesting notes, and the aroma ends up as not that impressive.

There is some sweetness in the taste and a moderate to light bitter finish. Kind of dull, really. The flavours are very much in agreement with the aroma, with nice roasted notes, lots and lots of fun nutmeg but also far too much yeast. The yeast gives a rather dry chalky finish, but apart from that the mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium body, smooth texture, soft carbonation, and, brace yourself ClubGonzo: the alcohol is completely hidden!

Conclusion: a fun experimental brew with a really interesting spicy nutmeg twist, but that isn’t enough to rise this yeasty creation up from mediocrity.

Aroma:      5
Appearance: 2
Taste:      5
Palate:     3
Overall:   10
Ratebeer score: 2.5

Where did the head go?