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Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) - BrewDog

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Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)

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BA SCORE
66
poor

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 30.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2008)
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Reviews by hoegaardenhero:
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first off, judging this beer along the DIPA standard seems a little wacky; so i'm going to deviate a little in my rating

a: hazy yellow orange; effectively headless which is normally super sucky but can be common in long aged beers

s: tart sour yeasts; almost a raw rubber smell; smoky peat; some sweetness underneath but the smokiness is definitely most prominent

t: ummm....intensely smokey, i mean intensely so; light tart and citrus hops; just crazy smoky, almost too much to drink; and not a lot of hop character for an ipa

d: a little watery and basically carbless

m: hmmm...t the price that i got it at and that most people seem to have it is so not worth it

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:15:22 | More by hoegaardenhero
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev +9.9%

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Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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TKEbeerman

Florida

2/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

07-24-2013 01:55:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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Smurf2055

Washington

1.7/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Delirium Tulip. Didn’t see the expiration date, so a couple months past prime.

No head to speak of. Some small lacing.

The smell is like straight scotch whiskey and manure. The whiskey balances the hops, and leaves a funky yet watery smell.

Taste is much the same, a lot like horse pasture.

I don’t get this beer at all lol. Probably the worst craft beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:11:29 | More by Smurf2055
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jmilo64

Maine

1/5  rDev -63.4%

06-28-2013 00:59:22 | More by jmilo64
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Texas

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-28-2013 03:43:08 | More by LJWalker
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Illinois

1/5  rDev -63.4%

05-17-2013 14:22:10 | More by smartassboiler
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +19%

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Louisiana

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California

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Gatordaddy

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -54.2%

11-10-2012 02:16:09 | More by Gatordaddy
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

1.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

BATCH- 013

Appearance-2- Pours a murky brownish/yellowish color. No head. No real signs of any visible carbonation, looks sort of watery.

Smell-3- Boozy. Smells way more strong than 8%. An almost sour fruit sort of smell. Some wood. Not really getting any IPA hoppyness here.

Taste-1.5- Smoke. Smoke and a hint of wood. Maybe a hint of smoked peat. Slightly bitter. Almost tastes like a very watered down scotch.

MF-1- Watery. Slight alcohol tingle.

Overall- WHAT A LETDOWN. I was really excited about this, I thought it was a really creative idea. I've also always wanted to try something by BrewDog and this was my first. Not only did this beer taste like straight up watered down scotch but it was $10 FOR A SINGLE 12oz BOTTLE!! I've been had.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:02:35 | More by RyanLigeia
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SocalKicks

California

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Storm opens with a rich whiff of charcoal, ash, heavy wood grains and burnt vanilla that would be more at home coming out of a bottle of scotch whiskey than beer, making immediately obvious the brew’s barrel aging. So heavy is the whiskey overtone at first that the beer itself is almost lost against it, but there are layers of sticky brown sugar, burnt toast crust, brown bread and, just at the edges, a sweet fruit ester rim with tinges of orange, berry, and apricot. After a few moments these sweeter notes become more apparent as the initial shock of whiskey fades slightly. Heavy pine resins from the hops blend well with the whiskey notes and fruits, joined by touches of pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the aromas blending almost perfectly and feeding off one another to produce an alluring and delicious waft of thick, sticky vapor that changes noticeably over the course of only a few minutes, ranging from an initial whiskey blast that almost singes to the nose hairs to a pink grapefruit sweet hop blast after the whiskey dies off.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge whiskey blast that sears the tongue and, if you breathe out, the nose as well. The flavors here are huge and definitely geared toward the dark side, with mountains of carbon, charcoal, and ash swamping the landscape, and floating bits of burnt bread, charred vanilla, and tobacco cluttering the shores. So powerful are these barrel aged notes that the beer is almost utterly lost against them, and based on initial flavors alone, a blind taster could easily make the mistake of thinking this to be watered down whiskey. In subsequent sips, as the tongue becomes somewhat more used to the charcoal and ash, a layer of pine resin emerges, joined by berries and oranges that peek their heads up tenuously from behind the trees. The beer also gains a bit more nuance from brown breads and pepper. Still, the whiskey notes are dominant, occupying the larger portion of the aftertaste as well, which lingers in burnt offerings and charcoal on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a strange medium-light to medium, given the potency of the flavors, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, while I like the beer and want to give it higher ratings, especially since the initial aromas were so enticing, I find the whiskey notes to be simply too overpowering on the tongue, and the beer flavors lost against them. It says much that a beer boasting around 50 IBUs has almost all of those IBUs fade well into the background against an onslaught of whiskey. In fact, the only reason my scores are as high as they are is that I quite like carbon and charcoal notes; otherwise I would have likely failed this brew utterly. So while I appreciate the flavors, I find them overly intense, and have a hard time imagining drinking more than one bottle of this at a time—even halfway through the first bottle, the intense smokiness is powerful enough that I can only take a sip every few minutes.

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Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) from BrewDog
66 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.