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The Concoction - Brooklyn Brewery

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 34.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale with peated malt, lemon, ginger and honey. Inspired by The Penicillin cocktail.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +32.5%

12-04-2011 05:10:15 | More by MattyG85
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Had this as a guest beer @ Willimantic Brewery.

Poured a dark amber with little head. Smelled of that smokey peat they say it was brewed with, very interesting. Taste was big. Really big, smoky hoppy, had bite and an bitter finnish. Oily, sticky mouthfeel.

This was a very different brew, hard to pin point but I liked it a bit. However, I wouldn't be able to drink very much of it, a solid try from Brooklyn but I don't know.

08-21-2011 02:54:36 | More by ExtraStout
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -66.9%

12-22-2011 20:11:47 | More by Marc33
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +32.5%

An orange/amber color with a medium-sized white head and a little lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Fruity. Floral.
Bready taste. Citrus/orange taste. Some other sweet fruity taste. Late piney hops.
Light bodied, refreshing.
Interesting beer. Don't think I've tried anything like it.

06-27-2011 22:56:50 | More by lordofthewiens
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Billolick

New York

2.45/5  rDev -18.9%

Growler filled at Yorktown Bev. Yorktown, NY

Why?

Thats the question that comes to mind after a glass or two of this one.

Pours clouded brownish amber, long lasting medium tan head. Leaves ample lace and a tiny bubble film.

Nose of earth, must, moldy mushrooms, ginger...ah so tasty...

Notes of more of the same, musty, earthy, ginger, forest floor, stale herbs, tea...

Not sure if I can consume much more of this and that question...why? comes again to mind....Not sure what the goal here is for Brooklyn, with so many crowd pleasing styles of beer to experiment with , they have gone way out there with this experiment...why?....about 1/2 of my growler ends up down the drain....

09-26-2011 21:53:18 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +43.4%

Had on tap at pour farm, new bedford--served into a tulip

Appearance: 1 inch head, amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: multiple spices and grain

Taste: wow--multiple spices that I associate with holiday brews, juniper, and a healthy dose of smoke

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with big smokiness as it warms

Overall: My description of the taste does not do this beer justice. It is very complex and the smoke borders on rauch levels when it warms. Kinda like a cross between a holiday ale, Sahti, and a rauch. An incredibly complex brew--my new favorite from Brooklyn--by a mile.

08-21-2011 14:29:55 | More by tigg924
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

01-13-2012 23:55:05 | More by Hoops4life511
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Mora2000

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -42.7%

On tap at The Common Table. I knew I was in trouble when I tried to order a pint and the bartender refused to sell it to me until I had sampled the beer first. Always nice to see bartenders looking out for their customers' best interests.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is not appetizing. I get a lot of ginger and peat malt as well as some pine from the hops. The flavor is not any better. I get a ton of peat malt as well as some ginger, lemons, toffee and smoke. There is also a strong medicinal and band-aid quality to the flavor. The alcohol is detectable. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

From a flavor and aroma standpoint, this beer is a huge mess. None of the notes work well together and the 2 ounce sample I got was more than I could drink. This thing is offensive. The bartender saved me $7 which I am grateful for. That is the only good thing about this experience.

09-25-2011 20:28:19 | More by Mora2000
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -6.3%

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey gold with thick white head and light lacing.

Smell: Lemon, ginger, smoke and an odd medicinal cast.

Taste: Very medicinal, with ginger, peat and lemon. Interesting, odd and slightly unpleasant. Yet I keep sipping. Whatever.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, odd finish.

Overall: A strange but ultimately failed experiment. I really wanted to like this more.

10-09-2011 20:08:21 | More by bsp77
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Runofthemiller

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -58.6%

05-06-2012 17:39:03 | More by Runofthemiller
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far333

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +26.8%

On tap at Eli Cannon's. Murky orange color with a beige low head. Low aroma of ginger and phenols. Interesting rich and pungent flavor that is very unique as a whole, but able to be disassembled into its component parts as they travel across the palette. Ginger, citrus, phenols, grand marnier, orange rind, brown sugar, definitely retolant of an old-school cocktail. Even mouthfeel, tingly, crisp, warming. This is a unique and inventive beer, a style buster that pushes all kinds of envelopes. Hats off to Garrett.

12-07-2011 00:24:22 | More by far333
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sodonne1

Pennsylvania

1.15/5  rDev -61.9%

This beer is so memorable that I had to make it my first review.

A: hazy amber in color. Poured with less than a finger of head. Good head retention and visible carbonation.
S: some aroma of lemon and honey but mostly smells like cough syrup. Bad cough syrup.
T: slight taste of lemon and honey, but ginger is predominant. Very medicine like in taste. As someone else posted, this smells and tastes like chloroseptic.
M: It is light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: the best thing to say about this is that it is a very unique. This tastes like the worst cough medicine ever invented and does not go down easily. This resulted in a quick drain pour. Normally enjoy the reserve series, but this is one concoction that never should have been created. What's worse is it ruined my taste buds for the rest of the night.

07-18-2011 00:11:31 | More by sodonne1
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +65.6%

01-12-2012 05:00:38 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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dhmxray

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

07-19-2013 15:28:12 | More by dhmxray
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -24.5%

A pint at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary. Made with roasted hickory, orange rind, and marjoram, according to the pleasingly helpful barkeep. Thanks, Marcus!

This beer appears a cloudy, dark apricot amber colour, with one finger of thin wispy white head, which readily disappears, leaving but a low-slung ring of lace around the glass in the process. It smells, well it smells like Preparation H - the stuff my mom put on my booboos when I invariably wiped out as a kid - you don't forget that smell. The strong medicinal aroma thankfully gives way (mostly) to roasted malt, aged citrus, and a funky, herbal character. The taste is more of the same - toast, grainy malt, juicy orange flesh, and a large and in charge herbal, medicinal, um, dose, coating, remedy, you get the idea. The carbonation is on the tame side, the body medium weight, and a tad cloying, being so reminiscent of a Merck product. It finishes, sweet, I guess, the citrus and pharmacy herbaceousness still duking it out.

Good god - is this what marjoram tastes like? At least I now have a reminder to avoid it, lest future salads, mains, etc, remind me of skinned knees and lacerations due to youthful indiscretion. The elevated booze is well hidden, I'll grant, but at what cost?

12-23-2011 22:47:39 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Served in a pint glass. The beer was a hazy orange/peach color with a small white head on top. Very little retention or lacing.

S: The two most prominent aromas are ginger and juniper. The ginger is pretty thick. There is some lemon and a bit of citrus.

T: The ginger is strong in the flavor profile as well with the juniper taking a bit of a back seat. You still get a good bit of juniper, but I think this is from the aroma as you drink. Candied fruit, lemon, and some grassy hops round are mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Slightly dry finish that has a bit of spice to it.

O: An interesting beer. I was surprised I liked it based on some other peoples reactions to trying it. Not something I would want to drink all the time, but it went down nicely the day I had it.

07-24-2011 21:42:23 | More by mdaschaf
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alamode

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2011 14:50:40 | More by alamode
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +28.5%

On tap at HopCat. For those liking scotch and peaty taste. very peaty, smoke aroma, anise. Sour acidic edge. Lacey.The hop combo made it a most inetresting bitter complexity. Not a big fan of the ginger. The smoke and honey upped the mouthfeel. Wierd and good. A sipper however.

09-06-2011 01:14:52 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +39.7%

Just a C+ average for this beer so far...??? Are you kidding me? Are you all just taking the piss here? If this beer had been produced by Fantome in Belgium, or some other "hot" brewer in the U.S. (Stone maybe) or United Kingdom (BrewDog maybe) I'd think it would receive straight "A's"...

But with all of the above stated, I will note that it is a bit hard to put your finger on it, and that can be trying, and even confusing, but that's what makes it great! It's nice to find a beer that actually still stretches boundaries given the current berth of offerings on the market - and yet keeps it remarkably drinkable (within context).

Initially it's a touch smokey, and then it becomes more spicy and citrusy (think black pepper and ginger with a mist of lemon). But then, with the third and fourth and fifth sips, it softens a bit and the smokiness subsides: the spiciness remains but it takes on more character, and a bit more sweetness in the malt appears as well. However, following that, the smokiness returns along with a bit more herbal character and hoppy spice - keep in mind, the hops are always present to a certain extent in both the nose and the taste. It's kind of funky and interesting, with smoke and spice and citrus - and to a certain extent it's always changing yet somehow remaining the same. I'm not sure what the yeast is contributing to it; but I'm guessing that it's Belgian in origin, and probably supporting the whole thing in one form or another (some clove at least).

What we do know for sure is that this isn't simply a cookie-cutter beer; and that it's at once somehow straightforward and direct while still maintaining a host of subtle nuances. But it doesn't just drop it all on the plate for you (spice, citrus, smoke, sugar), it requires you to actually think about what you're tasting in a very focused manner - at least until you're ready to just let go and enjoy it for what it is.

So, overall, 'NICE! VERY NICE'! It's an engaging beer. It may be mainly about sweetish malt infused with spicy, smokey, peppery, and citrusy notes to it, but there's actually more depth if you care to look.

11-20-2011 03:37:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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socon67

New York

2.38/5  rDev -21.2%

Had on tap at Willimantic cafe in CT.

A - Pours copper colored with a white foam on top. Very clear and minimal carbonation.

S - Smells like antiseptic. Reminds me of a hospital, or being down the HBA aisle in CVS.

T - Taste has qualities of lemon, but the sourness of Brett yeast kills this one. Really can't finish it.

M - Sour finish that makes what should be a refeshing beer come off astringent and have a residual taste of mouthwash at the end. Not exactly pleasant.

O - Very glad the waiter warend me and offered an 8oz sample that once I didn't like allowed me to try another beer. I love Brooklyn but this was an experiment gone wrong.

08-20-2011 18:53:02 | More by socon67
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -58.6%

12-08-2012 15:34:35 | More by Damian74Shensky
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +11.9%

Had a goblet at Liberty St Tavern. Well this beer does taste as advertised - a mix of smoked malt, honey and lemon. I see what Brooklyn is going for, but this drink is just a touch heavy to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. That or it might simply benefit from higher carbonation, or just a little more balance to the sweetness. Still, an interesting beer worth trying.

07-25-2011 02:48:29 | More by tempest
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Desaparecido

Virginia

2/5  rDev -33.8%

11-17-2011 17:51:17 | More by Desaparecido
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Heatwave33

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +45.7%

Poured from tap at the Coffee District into a Shipyard Pint glass.

Color: Light amber with a white head.

Smell: Wood, hop, smokey and sweet aromas. Intense and complex.

Taste: Wow! Very complex like the smell. A wood, hop, smoky sweet taste that hits every taste bud imaginable.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth with great carbonation. Has a nice bite too!

Overall: This is definitely a love it or hate it brew. I loved the complex aroma and taste. My brother did not. It was too much for him to handle. A very interesting brew to drink to say the least. All BA's should at least sample this one. Cheers!

10-09-2011 15:52:08 | More by Heatwave33
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SBXLII

New York

4.55/5  rDev +50.7%

Had at the Brewery itself, early August. Unfortunately missed the Tonic before it, as the Brewmaster's selection.

Little-lighter-than-amber hue, not very noticeable ginger off the head, but not too hard to tell it's an herb brew. The twang of it all is nothing you're likely to encounter from many other places. Bulky head with a solid yeast finish. Enough of a fizz to avoid the annoyance of a sugary belgian. It's some achievement to have made this work, in as much as ginger is not usually in beers outside of the occasional winter and pumpkin ales, hence heavier in body and palate. Comparable to a Saison du Buff in its scope.

Had one after the next and can't understand the Cs and Fs reviewed below. Give it a chance!
Top-notch treat from a top-notch outfit, as always. Hats off to BK and hoping for a bottling.

09-24-2011 17:27:46 | More by SBXLII
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The Concoction from Brooklyn Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.