Brutus

Style

Traditional Bock

Story

Gladiator Brewing Co. would not have its name were it not for Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, a personal friend (and assassin) of Caesar. Brutus is credited with introducing the bloody Gladiator Games into Rome in 264BC! This namesake beer captures the strength and cunning of Brutus in its malty flavor and deep color.

Bust of Junius Brutus in National Museum of Rome
Bust of Junius Brutus in National Museum of Rome

Below excerpt from http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/gladiators/gladiator-history.htm

Gladiator History - The Rise of the Gladiator Games
The first gladiator fight was so successful that other Roman aristocrats soon copied the idea. The events grew bigger and more elaborate and at the funeral of P. Licinius Crassus, who had been Pontifex Maximus 120 gladiators fought and funeral games were celebrated for three days; at the end of which time a public banquet was given in the forum. Gladiator history then moved on when prominent Roman patrician families competed against each other to produce the best games. What had started with Decimus Junius Brutus Scaeva organising just three matches as funeral games transformed into public performances, sponsored by politicians.

Below excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Junius_Brutus_the_Younger

Brutus, was a politician of the late Roman Republic. After being adopted by his uncle he used the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, but eventually returned to using his original name.[1] He took a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar.[1]

Brutus was close to General Julius Caesar, the leader of the Populis faction. However, Caesar's attempts to assume greater power for himself put him at greater odds with the Roman elite and members of the Senate. Brutus eventually came to oppose Caesar and fought on the side of the Optimate faction, led by Pompey the Great, against Caesar's forces in Caesar's Civil War. Pompey was defeated at the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 B.C., after which Brutus surrendered to Caesar, who granted him amnesty.

However, the underlying political tensions that led to the war had not been resolved. Due to Caesar's increasingly monarchical behavior, several senators, calling themselves "Liberators", plotted to assassinate him. They recruited Brutus, who took a leading role in the assassination, which was carried out successfully on March 15, 44 B.C. The Senate, at the request of the Consul Mark Antony, granted amnesty to the assassins. However, a populist uprising forced Brutus and his brother-in-law, fellow assassin Gaius Cassius Longinus, to leave the City of Rome. In 43 B.C., Caesar's grandnephew, Consul Octavian, by then also formally known as Gaius Julius Caesar, immediately after taking office passed a resolution declaring the conspirators, including Brutus, murderers. This led to the Liberators' civil war, pitting the erstwhile supporters of Caesar, under the Second Triumvirate, wishing both to gain power for themselves and avenge his death, against those who opposed him. Octavian combined his troops with those of Antony, and together they decisively defeated the outnumbered armies of Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi in October 42 B.C. After the battle, Brutus committed suicide.

Death of Caesar by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Camuccini" target="_blank">Vincenzo Camuccini</a>
Death of Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini

Aroma

Strong malt aroma, often with moderate amounts of rich melanoidins and/or toasty overtones. Virtually no hop aroma. Some alcohol may be noticeable. Clean. No diacetyl. Low to no fruity esters.

Appearance

Light copper to brown color, often with attractive garnet highlights. Lagering should provide good clarity despite the dark color. Large, creamy, persistent, off-white head.

Flavor

Complex maltiness is dominated by the rich flavors of Munich and Vienna malts, which contribute melanoidins and toasty flavors. Some caramel notes may be present from decoction mashing and a long boil. Hop bitterness is generally only high enough to support the malt flavors, allowing a bit of sweetness to linger into the finish. Well-attenuated, not cloying. Clean, with no esters or diacetyl. No hop flavor. No roasted or burnt character.

Mouthfeel

Medium to medium-full bodied. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth may be found, but should never be hot. Smooth, without harshness or astringency.

Overall Impression

A dark, strong, malty lager beer.

History

Originated in the Northern German city of Einbeck, which was a brewing center and popular exporter in the days of the Hanseatic League (14th to 17th century). Recreated in Munich starting in the 17th century. The name "bock" is based on a corruption of the name "Einbeck" in the Bavarian dialect, and was thus only used after the beer came to Munich. "Bock" also means "billy-goat" in German, and is often used in logos and advertisements.

Comments

Decoction mashing and long boiling plays an important part of flavor development, as it enhances the caramel and melanoidin flavor aspects of the malt. Any fruitiness is due to Munich and other specialty malts, not yeast-derived esters developed during fermentation.

ABV 6.3-7.2% SRM 14-22