Award-winning homebrewer Steven Park cleaned up at last winter’s Stout Wars competition here in Seoul. Now his new brewpub, Amazing Brewing Company (ABC), serves several of his beers along with various guest beers. But it’s his stout that’s shocking customers.
The Shocking Stout (쑈킹 스타우트) is an imperial stout. That means rich, chocolate, roasty, and coffee-like flavours. But unlike a regular stout, the imperial version is high-alcohol. The Shocking Stout weighs in at 8.5%. The extra alcohol and residual sugar lend it a more viscous mouthfeel and sharper bite. It’s a sipper!
Although a very well-made beer, the most shocking thing about it is its price. In Korea, where craft beers are pricey, if you can find a well-made beer that has an almost equal ratio between its ABV (alcohol by volume) and price—for example, a 5-6% beer for KRW6,000—that’s good. The Shocking Stout, like all ABC’s house beers, costs KRW4,900. That’s amazing.
Location/Route: Seongsu-dong, Seongsu 1-ga 27-12
Seoul Forest Station Exit 2, take your first right, walk until you hit the first main road. It’s across that road, in an alley, just to your left.
Cost: ABC’s beers are all KRW 4,900. Guest beers range from KRW 7,000-24,000