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Hatchet Harry Cock Ale | Bacchus Brewing Co.

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Bacchus Brewing Co.

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 10-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at Vic on the Park during the Sydney Craft Beer Week launch party. This is an amped up version of Bacchus's Big Red (Cock) Ale, made darker and stronger, but still brewed with a whole chicken.

Pours a dark brown colour but certainly not black, and with a clarity that allows the light to shine through and show you the interior. Head disappears pretty quickly, and there's not much in the way of visible carbonation. Body is pretty thick. Looks decent.

I would easily have guessed that this was a weizenbock from the aroma: big, dark weizen characters come through strongly. Stacks of bubblegum and banana and a little bit of pepper, all trussed together with a noticeable boozy overtone. I don't get much chicken, but then who knows if you're actually meant to.

Taste is similar, with the booziness a little bit more pronounced. Still stacks of bubblegum flavours and banana esters running around in the roof of my mouth. There's also a slightly sharp, bitter and almost astringent character on the back. It's quite dark, with a bit of smokiness or something slightly savoury: but that might be a psychosomatic reaction for knowing that there's chicken in it.

Feel is solid enough, although the heat and the astringency get me down after a while.

It's interesting stuff. My memory is that I enjoyed the Big Red better: I think it utilised the interesting elements a bit more, whereas this is brash and somewhat violent. But it's impressive nonetheless.

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3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried at the Sydney Craft Beer Week launch party at the Vic on the Park.

Pours a dark brown colour, thin head, light beige. No lace. Pretty flat and meh; I don't think it could have been avoided, but doesn't fill me with much hope.

Smells weizeny. Wheat notes, with banana ester and bubblegum. Dark cherry medicine notes come through too. Sweet, but heavy. Decent.

Taste is chocolatey, with lots of bubblegum notes, quite phenolic towards the mid with medicine notes, cherry liqueur, touch of smoke. Strong, keeps bursting with new sweet and boozey flavours. Pretty decent, but far more weird than great.

A bit warm but not very. Decent body actually, bit drying on back.

Not an everyday drinker, a bit weird and quite heavy. But nice enough flavours.

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Hatchet Harry Cock Ale from Bacchus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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