What is Rhetoric? Think Brewdog Abstrakt, it's a limited and experimental range of beers.
Here is what Dave has to say:
Rhetoric is our "concept" beer range. The experimental stuff that might, or might not quite work. It might be more art than beer, although I think someone once tried to use that tag line, so perhaps I won't. It's certainly craft, mainly because the results will be one off, and largely
unpredictableat the mercy of the whim of the head brewer. Me.
The date was the 30th of June, the pre-ordained opening date for the bottles of the first batch of Rhetoric that Hardknott Dave by the way of Alex had given to a select few and I was lucky enough to get one. I promised to share mine with TheBeerNut and this presented a problem. Firstly, I was away in the US on June 30th and I was gone for three weeks. Once back, I then had to arrange a time convenient to both myself and TBN so it was not until last Wednesday (almost 2 months later) that we got to try it. Since we were about to embark on a homebrew tasting, we had Rhetoric first.
At it's most simplistic, Rhetoric is a Quasi-Bombastic Beer. Infused with star anise. Essentially it's described as Quadrupel.
Strong dark fruit, plenty of sherry. Prunes and raisins dominate but especially prunes. There is some chocolate and a little jaffa cake, by that I mean a mix of orange liqueur (triple sec) and chocolate. It's not too carbonated thankfully and I think it's just right for what it is. A slight alcohol burn and spicy finish.
It's incredibly sweet, slightly tart and with a hint of liquorice. I liked it, though I'm not sure how much I could drink but the same goes for the Abstrakt range. I would think of this as more a barley wine to be honest. It was thick and oily and there was the slightest hint of homebrew fermented too warm but for me it worked and that negative could be accounted for it sitting in a warm car all day and then lugged in a backpack for 40 mins.
I look forward to the next in the series.
* I think this should be a real word.....