Brulo Dry Hopped Non Alcoholic Stout Review


What type of beer is this?

Brulo Dry Hopped Stout is a stout of course.

A stout is a top fermenting beer and there are a number of varieties…

  • Dry
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Imperial

Newer versions are chocolate and coffee stouts etc. They all have one thing in common, the heavily roasted grains to make the colour dark and the flavours big.

The Ingredients

Stouts can have all sorts of added ingredients as well as things like lactose for mouthfeel, body and sweetness.

Brulo Dry Hopped Stout includes…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Ah good, just the standard 4. Ive said it once or twice in my many reviews but i love simplicity in beers and you don’t get more simple than making one for these 4 ingredients.

The Nutrition

Non alcoholic stouts will generally have a higher carbohydrate and sugar load than a lighter beer such as a lager. They require more body, sweetness and mouthfeel.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 33kcal
Carbohydrate7.8g
Sugars3.3g
Brulo Dry Hopped Stout Nutrition Stats

That is quite a high level of calories, carbs and sugar. I hope it can back it up with equally high flavours.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

Brulo have gone for a distinctive design with rotating colours for their beers. The coffee and black colour promises a stout with nice flavours

The beer itself is a very pale stout. More like a brown ale. There isn’t much head and it was a bit watery to pour.

The Aroma

You get none of the classic stout smells with this one. Where is the roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee? All I get is a nose full of hops from the dry hopping.

The Taste

They are playing fast and loose with the stout term here.

The first, second and third taste is citrus and pine hops, that is not the norm for a stout. 

I had to wait until seconds after I swallowed until I get any actual malt flavour which just isn’t stout like at all.

This seems more like a black IPA than a stout. If you are settling down, in front of a fire, wanting a nice creamy, rich stout, you will  be sorely disappointed. I know I am.

Dry hopping is adding dried hops late into the brewing process for maximum hoppy bitterness. You can get we hopping where you can taste the “green” of the wet, fresh stout.

The Verdict

This is the most unstout like stout ive ever had. If it was a black IPA it would be fair to middling but apparently it isn’t.

The Score

5.5/10 – Dry hopped – most certainly. Stout – where?

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy?

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is Brulo Dry Hopped Stout gluten free? 

Brulo Dry Hopped Stout is not gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Brulo Dry Hopped Stout vegan?

Brulo Dry Hopped Stout is not vegan friendly

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Dry hopped – most certainly. Stout – where?

2.8

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