Now I know what you’re thinking. Who in tarnation has named a beer after a firm of solicitors? Rest easy, dear fellow imbibers. They are not a team of litigation experts, but a jolly band of funky, hip, brewers. Not much is known about their origins, but the stories are legion. Some claim they are part of the Illuminati (or is that crafterati?) whilst others say they are followers of Voldemort and that their likeness can never be captured on film.
What we do know about these Tandleman wannabes is that they are planning to take over the brewing world. Before launching their takeover bid for InBev, however, they decided to do a test run at Brewdog. Their ultimate aim was to produce a Budweiser clone with a funky, hip, twist. Failing that, they would settle for Coors Light.
So how did they fare?
The basics: Craftily aiming at the children’s market, it’s in a 330ml bottle. At 7.5%, it’s 0.1% over the ideal breakfast beer threshold, but, hey, they’re still learning. According to the bottle blurb, they’ve used 1400kg of malt and 50kg of Saaz hops to achieve this brew. So, very similar to Budweiser. Except they’ve forgot the rice. An oversight that has caused them to label it as an “imperious pilsner.”
It poured an attractive, translucent, light-amber with impressive carbonation, champagne type bubbles and a large pilsner-esque head. The aroma was surprisingly subtle; soft herbal tones and some orange/peach as well.
Taste: Full bodied, but very smooth on the palate. It slips down very easily. There is the classic lager malt taste lingering at the back, but the dry hop bitterness comes through in waves until your gums are left tingling. You’re left in no doubt as to why it’s a 75 IBU beer.
Finish: Slightly herbal, dry hopped finish.
Conclusion: As a proposed homage to Budweiser, I’m afraid they’ve failed miserably. On the other hand, as an attempt at brewing a “big lager”, it’s an unqualified success. It has all the elements of a quality lager, but just on a much bigger scale. Yet still very drinkable. It is indeed an imperious pilsner. One for the beer rack.