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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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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 30.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of SkeeterHawk


2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this beer up at the Atascocita Spec's since it was a new addition. I have never tried anything from Brewdog, but they are pretty proud of their beers as they are pretty costly. Let's hope that it stands up to the price.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat burnt orange color with very little head. It is pretty cloudy, and it looks like it has no intention of clearing up.

Aroma: The aroma of the wood is all over this beer. It has a rather dry fresh wood aroma it is so strong. This beer sat for a while in the cask, no doubt. Other than this, I get some evident hops, though they are not citrusy at all and add a somewhat grassy note to the aroma. There is a peat thing in here that is becoming more evident as it is starting to warm up some.

Taste: Well, the aroma is not as assertive and woody as I would have thought from the aroma. The wood is there, and it is not really adding a vanilla or anything, but more like saw dust or something. There is some serious complexity to the flavor, and I would almost call it a blend of phenols as much as malt, hops and such. The beer comes across quite bitter in the finish, and there is some hops along with the phenolic-like wood notes that sits on the back of the throat and makes sure that you don't forget that you drank this beer for quite a few minutes. There is little contribution to the mouthfeel from any carbonation, and the alcohol is noticeable...but gets washed out by the other flavors that linger in the finish.

Opinion: Overall I didn't think that this was the best beer that I have ever tried by any means. I applaud their liberal use of wood, and the other beer I got from them was a wood aged beer as well. I have to say that I am not a big fan of IPA's in the first place, but I don't really think that the wood is helping this beer. It is making it come across to me almost like it is infected...especially with the peat coming out more and more as it warms. Unfortunately, this beer is a little rough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:18:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of GRG1313


2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted again with very different feelings than my first few bottles.

Pours a clear amber orange with a very thin white head that rapidly fades.

Nose is all Scotch...period. Some fruit character and a lot of peat, (latikia tobacco) in the nose. You'll love it or hate it; I love it.

Mouthfeel is a disappointment. It is thin and lacking in body and lacking carbonation.

Flavors are just off-putting and the disappointment continues. Tastes like watered down Scotch mixed with a lightly hoped beer and with no integration, elegance or grace. Flavors go from watered down fruit/smokey Scotch to a grapefruit bitter finish that's not bad. Unfortunately, flavors are just not pleasant; beer is not balanced and not particularly attractive in the mouth
* * *
(This review was a "B.") Honey amber in color with a quick white head. Great smokey, peat nose followed by like flavors of smoke, peat and citrus.

Very nice mouthfeel, body and balance. A very full peat grapefruit hop finish. Leaves a peat/smokey finish.

This is a nice "different" brew. Not sure how it pairs with food but it's worth the taste as it has something pleasant going on for it.
* * *
Perhaps this strange beer needs yet a third serious tasting. We'll see....

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:32:55 | More by GRG1313
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've been more or less avoiding the Islay cask offerings from this brewer, but today I was presented an opportunity to try it, alongside a 12-year-old Lagavulin, no less...

This beer pours a clear golden yellow hue, with a whiff of thin soapy white head, that leaves limited spotty lace around the glass. No need to lean into the glass to guess what this is going to smell like - I can discern that quite readily by holding the freshly-poured glass at a full arm's length: that acrid, eye-burning, been camping all week stench that is embedded peat smoke. No surprise, I suppose, it does say 'Islay' and 'Whisky' on the label, but wow, is it intense. Leaning closer to the actual glass, the smoke just gets denser, but in the deepest dark, there is but a light! A weird, unexpected light, but light nonetheless - the distinct calling card aroma of the DIPA - grapefruit and pine hops, blended with a caramel malt. Thus begins the Jekyll and Hyde experience that is this freak show...

The taste is much like the smell: big peat smoke right off the bat, but I'll admit, the smoke dissipates after a spell, to reveal the underlying malt and fruit, just like in its well-made Island Malt cousins. The caramel malt and citrus hops are there, but battered and singed by the remains of the sinus-clearing smoke. I can't call the taste, or the smell, 'good' - 'accurate', maybe, but not good. The carbonation is moderate, essentially there to remind you that what you're drinking is beer, the body is a wee bit thin, and it finishes as it started - peaty.

In case it isn't clear, my tastes in Scottish whisky tend toward Speyside, so peat isn't my thing. Set next to a dram of the big peaty Islay Malt, this beer holds its own. That's not my issue - it's just as advertised. However, not all good things are meant to be mixed together, and this is a prime example. Any of the intense hops and malt character of the supposed base DIPA are lost under the assault of smoke. If you like the thought of burnt tropical fruit, be my guest.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 04:27:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Bright, translucent honey-like amber in appearance, very brief frothy white head on the pour.

All I can really pick up in the aroma is the smell of peaty whisky, which isn't all that bad as I enjoy the stuff greatly, however it tends to leave a very one-dimensional impression.

Once again, mostly smokey, peaty whiskey in the flavour, while some herbal hops manage to break through in the finish, and struggle to stay on the radar in the aftertaste over the smokey peat. Only when it is practically room temperature does the peat and hops tend to blend amicably in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, not much carbonation.

I give Brewdog credit for the experiment, however at least with this batch the peat is too overpowering to do this IPA any justice for what it potentially may have to offer. If you enjoy smoke and peat then this is right up your alley, otherwise there isn't really anything else being offered.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 08:30:00 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle for $8.99. I could get a 6-pack for that price.

Hazy blonde, light and thin white head kicks around for a long time, settles down fast with good remaining coverage.

The nose is very strange and unique. wine-cork, soft vanilla, tangerine, wet cedar wood, slight cardboard, sugar coated grapefruit & heather honey. The hops give off the fruitiness and the cask aging brings out some of the crazy aroma's like vanilla and cedar wood. i've never smelled another brew like it.

this is a tangy-fruity IPA with a huge amount of cask-aging effects like, vanilla all over the place, oak wood and a decent amount of heat that is reminisant of whiskey. Then a dry, and bitter hop flavor rolls in with acorns and mellowed by the fruitiness of pineapple. sure the flavor is odd, but with it being aged in cask just like a traditional IPA would be i'm enjoing the oddity. This brew makes you think about what's happeing, bonus points for originality. An herbal, slightly bitter hop effect comes back and acidic fruits roll in, cedar, oak is back with a heck of a lot of heat. The vanilla from the barrel aging is a sweet current and a rather smooth effect. The feel is soft and relaxed as it should be after being layed down for a while. no zip, no bite here, it's pretty mellow.

The vanilla and woody aspects makes this one tough to achieve a decent balance, but hey! it's different. complexity is good but it's trade-off with the weirdness.

If you don't mind spending a 6-pack worth of $$$ on a single, i say try it out, you only live once. (on this plane)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 22:01:13 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a slightly cloudy straw, deep and golden in color. Pretty much zero head save for a few watery bubbles around the collar. Meh.

Aroma - smoky, peaty malts, through and through. No hop presence at all. Is this really a double IPA? Doesn't smell like it. Smells pretty interesting though.

Taste - instant bitterness and smoke, everything the beer has to show, it does so immediately. The hops are raw, harsh, and unpleasant. The malts are smoky like a rauchbier, which I like. The aftertaste and finish, though, are a 2nd act for the hops. I'll get through it by focusing on the barreling, but I don't care for this beer.

Mouthfeel - a little smooth, medium-body and weight.

Drinkability - one of the most unpleasant beers I ever spent eight bucks on. Live and learn.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 01:44:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Brad007


2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium-golden color with a very thin head and light carbonation into my glass.

Aroma is strong with a whiff of whiskey in the nose. Unfortunately, it seems to mask the presence of any other aromas, unless you count a faint whiff of hops.

Taste is once again full of whiskey upfront with only a tad of hop bitterness. I can barely tell that it's an IPA here. There is some bitterness but not enough.

Mouthfeel is full of whiskey and alcohol heat. Not much of the hallmark flavors of a double IPA.

I'm going to have to score this one lower than I had hoped. It doesn't TASTE like a double IPA. Perhaps with some aging, it might just improve. However, it's not drinkable at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:33:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of SFLpunk


3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 12/12/09.

Appearance: Poured roughly into my official Beer for Punks chalice (conflicted about it). No head. I mean nothing. Like middle school dance no head. Slightly hazy golden raisin color.

Nose: Holy Islay! Peat smoke, burnt rubber, sea breeze, lemon rind. Not finding much of the beer here, just smells like Laphroaig.

Palate: PEAT-HO! Wow. Um, this is supposed to be beer right? I didn't mix up my whisky bottles with beer bottles? Peat, rubber, hay, sea air, wet rocks, and way, wayyy out on the finish are some faint whispers of hops.

Notes: Well, if you like Islay single malts, this bad boy is for you. I like 'em, but am seriously taken aback. I guess really bourbon-y stouts are cool in my book, and this makes more sense than IPA in a bourbon barrel, so why not! Let's go!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:07:38 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Suds


3.8/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I liked this brew. Hazy golden color, quite pale, with an average head. The smell is amazing, however. Lots of peat smoke. It's very reminiscent of a Laphroaig, just toned down a little. The mix of the smoke, combined with citric, grapefruity hops is very interesting. They play off of one anther in a unique and fascinating way. Herbal and malty as well. The flavor has a lot of wood, smoke, and malt in it...more than expected. Some alcohol in the aroma, and it really comes out in the finish. The brew is medium-full in body. Smoke flavors linger long into the finish. If you enjoy peat smoke, this brew is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 14:17:32 | More by Suds
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-amber with some small bubbly off white head into a snifter.

Nose is oakey and boozy with strong notes of single-malt scotch and peat. Some underlying citrus coming through from the IPA base. Alcohol warmth coming through as it warms.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels a little thin.

Taste, like the nose, has a lot of that scotch barrel flavor coming through. Peat smoke and wood. Very earthy. Some caramel malty sweetness up front and bit of bitterness as it goes down. You can just make out some of the citrus hops swirling about underneath it all, which I feel compliments everything else quite well.

Drinkability is good. Relatively light body and lack of any harsh or overly strong flavors allow this to go down pretty smooth.

Overall this is a very interesting and different beer. You can definitely tell that it started out as an IPA. It has a lot of solid hoppy IPA flavor, but it's hidden beneath a layer of peat smoke and oak from the barrel aging. This has a very defining smokey Islay scotch character to it, which sets it apart from a lot of other barrel aged (American bourbon) beers. I'm not a huge Scotch drinker, but having been to Scotland I can appreciate a lot of the aromas and flavors here. It all seems very comforting and familiar. This seems to be getting a lot of relatively bad reviews, but I don't agree at all. Although it's very different and takes a few sips to get used to, I really dig what's going on here. I think the hops and the scotch (hopscotch?!) really compliment each other rather nicely, in fact, and the smokey character is delightful. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 03:46:34 | More by frothyhead
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1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle opened with not pop what-so-ever. Pours a pale yellow with, despite my best attempt, no head at all and very little carbonation. I was intrigued with the idea of this beer but frankly, I'm getting nervous. Smell is of whisky up front with a large yeast/bread backing with a hint of something... Uh- chemical? Or no- i know what it is! It's cigar butt the morning after. Taste and mouthfeel are both flat. Maybe it's my bottle but there is absolutely no carbonation to speak of. The whisky comes through in the taste but the hoppiness simply isn't there. It's slightly watery up front with hints of a floral hop that gets jumped by the whisky which could be great if it weren'tso overpowering. I would also like to see a larger malt profile to support the strong whisky character and smooth out some of the edge. Great idea but needs a little work.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 07:17:17 | More by jgap
Photo of tmoneyba


2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hyde Park.

Poured a light pale color with a moderate frothy white head that mostly diminished and produced poor lacing. Medium musty wood aroma. Medium body with a soft texture and soft carbonation. Mediocre wood flavor with a wood finish of short duration.

Below average, worthy having once.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 13:16:25 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Reagan1984


3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Greg, the beer manager from Bierra Paradiso brought out a bottle of this while we were discussing barrel aged beers.

I am a scotch drinker and as a result I think I appreciated this beer. However, I thought it was funny that it's considered a DPA. Not sure really how to handle this review...

As a DPA it was not really true to the style. I love DFH Burton Baton which is an Oak aged IPA... and you can tell it's an IPA. This on the other hand really drinks and tastes like a scotch.

Pours with no head and even looks more like a scotch. A muddy light golden brown color. Nice clarity and no real carbonation.

Aroma is all scotch. Earthy, peaty and of course the wood...

Flavor is more of hard liquor. Any hop presence was replaced with the Islay barrel flavors.

A bit hot. Lots of times you comment how alcohol is hidden. Well this drinks like it's a higher abv then just 8%

A sipper. Not one I would want to drink the entire bottle... One to share. And frankly, one I probably won't seek again. I am thankful to have had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 20:46:45 | More by Reagan1984
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Light murky amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Iodine nose. Flavor is a hospital antiseptic. Said to be an IPA, I understand pigs fly too. Looks bad, smells bad, tastes worse, higher ABV is hidden. Waaay overpriced at $10.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:55:24 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm."

--Thomas Fuller

Sunny goldenrod with a wee splash of tangerine. This is one of the palest DIPAs that you'll ever run across. The barrel aging undoubtedly played havoc with foam formation because the cap is a small, loose collection of bubbles that is unable to muster more than a few blips and squiggles of lace.

Scotch whiskey and hops are two of my favorite things in all the world. That doesn't mean that mixing them in the same glass is a good idea. Since BrewDog's DIPA (Hardcore) is so hop-deficient, I wondered if hops would even be appreciated in the nose. They aren't.

It's easy to tell that Islay Scotch barrels were used because of the distinctive aroma that is emanating from the pint glass. It's hard to mistake that smoky, peaty, iodine-like scent as anything else. Trouble is, the potential goodness of the whiskey is diluted by the beer and the end result is dull rather than exciting. Not impressed so far.

Storm isn't horrible beer if you like Scotch. If you don't like Scotch (or have never had it), then the word 'horrible' will probably be the first thing out of your mouth once it's been emptied of beer. Hopefully, the liquid will have exited downward, not outward.

Call me an optimist, but I still think this could work if a good, raspy, hoppy DIPA was used. The problem here is that Hardcore is anything but hardcore. Even though Storm has some amount of hop bitterness, hop flavor is almost completely absent. Granted, it's hard to punch through the murky wall of peat smoke.

A 'best by' date of 02/02/10 is difficult to figure. The hops will have faded into oblivion long before then and all DIPA character will have been lost. There isn't much now. Just before the next sip, once the whisky has had time to seep away, a little grapefruit zest tickles the taste buds.

In the end, an extra half point will be awarded for uniqueness. This stuff is interesting to drink, I'll give it that. The body/mouthfeel is more APA than DIPA, and is somewhat lacking in terms of expansiveness. Maybe it's the barrel aging, but the bubbles seem to have lost their mojo.

BrewDog Storm is an experiment that was worth trying... in the brewery. The decision to bottle and sell it doesn't show the best judgment. I still love a good Islay Scotch whiskey and a good DIPA, but will take them in separate glasses please. Some good things are better left in their purest forms.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 14:16:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with an orange tint. Almost no head develops, and very little lacing.

Fusel alcohols along with whiskey aromas, tons of peat and oak.

Similar problem in the flavor: the whisky character is way too up front. Tons of peat, the alcohol seems harsh, and the hops are one-dimensional and thin.

The body is pretty thin, not horrible, but could be more full. Overall this beer feels like a whiskey that has been mixed with hop tea. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 16:49:31 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Indulgence


3.6/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch no. 150, best by date 121209: Great googaly-moogaly... this is scotch beer... I'd swear that I was having a Bruchladdich with water... pour is golden with almost no head after an aggressive spill... taste is pure Islay scotch with all of the sea salt, ocean spray and peat that comes with it, there is a slight background of fruity yeast esters and bittering on the finish... definately not an IPA, but it is extraordinarily unique blonde ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 23:24:01 | More by Indulgence
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle thanks to Ralph.

Pours a lightly hazy yellow, kind of dull looking, very slight white ring forms, few lace spots, doesn't look so great. Smell is not good, intense fusel, peat and whiskey, smoke, plastic/bandaids, wood, kind of a big mess, whiskey is much too strong. Taste is similar, lots of bandaid, charred wood, alcohol, very smoky, scotch, very rough flavour, spirits just overpower it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth. It did smell a bit better after letting it sit and open up, but the scotch was way too strong for this beer. Thanks Ralph!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 16:16:05 | More by Viggo
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1.93/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sadly, this was brutally awful. Poured an oily gold with no head at all, not even a ring of bubbles. As I love Islay malts, this smelled wonderful; smokey, peaty, salty, with a hint of ethyl and wood. Everything you want in a single malt. The beer crashed into a mountain at the speed of sound after that. A sickening rubbing alcohol/creosote/paint thinner combination is all I can describe it as. It didn't even taste like Islay scotch, but possibly the outside of one of the barrels it was aged in. I couldn't even make it through the 12-oz bottle. I love BrewDog's other offerings, but definitely not this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:43:23 | More by magictrokini
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3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't know what to expect from this as I poured it into a snifter. The color was a little week for and IPA, reminded me almost of High Life, with a thin white head. But that is to be expected for a Barrel Aged IPA. The nose is straight whisky as is the taste. Almost all traces of IPA are gone. It tastes like Dewer's without the bite. I like Brewdog, they do interesting things with aging beer but this one didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 19:36:03 | More by PretzelCity
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2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle (batch 13, best before 2/2/10) poured into large St. Feullien chalice, Storm is a hazy burnt gold with superfical head of large off-white bubbles that quickly subsite to a slight collar. Very cider-like.

Smell is an unusual mix of scotch and perfume, pretty faint.

Taste is like watered down whiskey with an excessive charge of bittering hops. Very oaky, tons of peat, minerals, earthy, very light minty hop flavor. I'm not that big on scotch, and hate IPAs that are all bittering hops, lacking pungency in both the nose and mouth. Still, it grew on me, and after adjusting to the aggressiveness of the whisky cask, I tuned in a bit more on the underlying IPA, a floral, pale-malted strong English style, sweet at first before the biting finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied, with a dry, chalky finish.

Drinkability is low, an interesting beer to try, but I think it will really only be worth the steep price tag to scotch lovers. My least favorite of the 3 Brewdog IPAs, not a good investment.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:57:46 | More by ccrida
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2.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


I am sorry, but this one is just not for me. I thought it was bad at first. Best before 2.2.10.

A - Urine color, no head. Bare bubbles on side.

S - Smoke, peat dominate. Some pear and malt nose too.

T - Yuch. All I can taste is the friggin smoky peat.

M - Thin, unimpressive.

D - Not a chance. The price tag that was on the bottle was over $8, and it's going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:21:05 | More by srandycarter
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2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Red Carpet Wines in Glendale, CA, and poured into my Bruery tulip.

The bottle opens with a minimal "pffft" of released air. After a vigorous pour, there are some sudsy, rather unattractive bubbles surrounding thin clouds of foam on the surface. The color is straw gold with a hint of orange, and it is quite hazy. When I tilt the beer up on the walls of the glass it looks moderately viscous and leaves bits of sticky foam behind. This one really isn't much to look at, but I'm thinking there might be plenty to enjoy in the aroma...

Wow. Tons of Islay scotch character, uncompromisingly peaty and smoky with notes of sea air and iodine. I also get traces of vanilla, apples, and salty caramel. But I really don't get much hop aroma, which is disappointing for a strong IPA like this.

As with the nose, the Islay whisky character is dominant. This is dilute carbonated scotch masquerading as beer. Peaty and smoky with a touch of wintergreen. A more beery collection of flavors comes through in the middle: lightly toasted malt and some caramel, with the cider-like fruitiness of a good UK bitter. This is a bracingly dry beer. Earthy, grassy hops break in to challenge the whisky flavors, but their attempt is largely unsuccessful. The finish is heavy with wood (rather like chewing a popsicle stick) and tangy campfire smoke. Hoppy bitterness comes through underneath the smoke.

Carbonation is very light in this brew, which seems to fit the profile of cask-aged beers. But it's enough to do the job. Body is moderately heavy, and smooth but not oily. Finishes with some astringency.

The cask flavors overwhelm the base beer and the flavors don't mix well at all. I can't help but think that if you reduced the whisky character-- perhaps by blending it with fresh IPA that has never been in an Islay cask-- it would be a much better beer. As it stands, this is a novelty that is worth trying, but not repeating.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 06:24:22 | More by vurt
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3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Batch 003, best before 01/01/10.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wood, smoke, earhty, peaty, whisky and some vanilla. Tastes of wood, lighter smoke, earhty, vanilla, and whisky. I didn't get much of the IIPA as the barrel aging took this one over. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 22:35:42 | More by hopdog
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2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very light in color, a clear golden, with a wispy, fully diminishing foam. Nose is completely dominated by smoke, wood, vanilla and whiskey. Potently aromatic, but not enjoyable. Flavor is similar to the nose in that it is nothing but Islay dominated character. Light in character and palate. Very poorly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 22:31:08 | More by Crosling
Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) from BrewDog
66 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.