BrewDog Nanny State
A bottle of Nanny State from BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland, at HåndverkerStuene in Oslo.
Nanny State is BrewDog's reply to the criticism that they only make strong beers to show off the alcohol, that they couldn't make flavorful weaker beers. At 1.1% abv Nanny State is certainly weak in alcohol, but, oh boy does it deserve the title imperial mild - it's been brewed with more hops per barrel than any other beer ever brewed in the UK and is said to be above 200 IBU!
It poured a clear deep copper brown color with a big white head. Aroma is knockout hoppy, wow! Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Initial flavor has a light malt sweetness to it but feels watery light, like a Coors Lite I assume. Then the hops kicked in, making my tongue curl up. Wow, this was intense hoppy! Piny and herbal hops and a good dose of bittering hops. Awesome! But balanced - no way!