The Concoction - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
3.88/5 rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pretty garnet-orange with a fluffy 1-finger white head leaving a nice bit of soapy lace.
The nose is crazy musty and medicinal- a subtle peaty blanket surrounds the apricot, lemon, honey and herbal tones. Concoction indeed, this smells like something I'd need if I were sick.
The medium-bodied palate is an incredibly frothy and creamy delivery of straight up cough drop flavors- like a honey-lemon Ricola complete with the sweetness which is meant to balance out the herbal/menthol tones (which is how the gingery freshness is translating for me) with a little syrupy apricot thrown in for good measure. The peatiness is tucked into it all very nicely, while the bitterness comes in surprisingly large, drying out the brew and bringing more suggestions of juniper and pine, while the honeyed malt gets a bit of intense (and vaguely harsh) spice box flavor on the finish- leaving a lingering juicy mandarin orange vibe.
The Concoction. Named after a cocktail called Penicillin. Smells like medicine. Tastes like medicine. It's kind of like the Stone Belgo Anise RIS, most people won't like it or have the capacity to appreciate it. But I'd order it again. Especially if I had a cold.
Serving type: on-tap
12-26-2011 23:08:06 | More by TheWhiskerReview
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
This is a review from over a year ago, just getting to transferring my notes to the computer.
On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery and at the Double Windsor in Brooklyn.
A: Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter with a fluffy white head and decent lacing. This thing doesn't look too remarkable, kind of ugly actually, but so was my prom date, so who cares?
S: This is where I fell in love with this beer. Unlike any other beer my nose has ever had the pleasure of meeting. Heavy, freshly grated ginger and peat-smoked malt creep deep into the nostrils, with some lemon leading the van from the back. This does not smell like a beer - it smells like a vibrant, aggressive cocktail that someone just threw into your face. Very upfront and bold - you're either going to love this, or ask the bartender for a completely different beer.
T: The nose forebode a heavy ginger and peat-smoke experience, and that's exactly what you get the instant this thing hits your mouth. Very aggressive spicing from Garrett - his intention was to create a beer based off the cocktail The Penicillin, and boy did he succeed. I'm not a big fan of cocktails, but I do love Scotch, and this thing will leave a peat-smoked flavor on your cheeks and tongue for probably the rest of the night. There's some lemon and a big ginger kick that doesn't really balance the smoke, but really just stops the thing from going into overdrive.
M: Carbonated well, medium thickness, but your mouth is definitely overwhelmed instantly by this thing. Alcohol hides well behind all that peat and ginger.
O: People either love or hate this beer. My friend wouldn't stand next to me when I drank one. It's definitely one of the tastiest, most unique, and most polarizing beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying. I wish Brooklyn would brew more off-the-wall beers inspired by cocktails - The Manhattan Project was good, but this was definitely one of the tastiest yet odd beers I've ever had.
Serving type: on-tap
06-04-2013 18:51:17 | More by Crookdrain
The Concoction from Brooklyn Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.