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BrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch Please - BrewDog

BrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch PleaseBrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch Please

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 26.52%


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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 04-29-2011)
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Phelps

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter.

Perfectly clear and chestnut in color. No head to speak of, though there are some big, watery bubbles.

Smells almost like a barleywine, very sweet and sugary. I get overripe oranges, hints of bitter cocoa, and smoky peat.

The flavor’s much roastier. Milk chocolate, burnt bread and big scoops of smoky peat are noticeable along with some sweet caramel. It’s like a loaf of bread made with scotch.

Despite the lack of head, there’s a little carbonation in here, though it’s very tingly and light. Body is somewhat watery and the brew is fairly high in heat, with a major tongue-numbing action.

Smoky, roasty, and good drinkability despite a high ABV. That said, the small sample I had was probably enough. Would I drink another? Bitch Please!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 22:39:12 | More by Phelps
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet oak and a small whiskey like smell. On the taste, oaky, whiskey, and a touch of rye. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small whiskey like aftertaste. A nice whiskey presence, a very nice beer for a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:07:06 | More by OWSLEY069
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kojevergas

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.16 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I think this is me first beer from Three Floyds. Cost was 11.99 USD in Orange County.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is rather dark caramel-copper, but when it pours it looks much lighter.

Sm: HEAVY whiskey, with a good dose of peat in there as well. It certainly grabs me, right from the first whiff. Caramelized malt also makes an appearance. It's musty, with light hints of what could be dark fruit esters. It's a bit bready as well, which is strange but likable. I'm intrigued and excited to try it. Moderate in strength overall.

T: Heavy peat on the open, which is a terrible start. The whiskey is in a tone buried deep in the profile. The result is less than desirable. The peat just savages all the other flavours, gutting the beer. I get some terribly balanced hops and caramelized malt, but only after searching past the awful aquarium peat note. This may be the worst barleywine I've ever tried. The balance is certainly wretchedly abysmal. I don't know what they were thinking, but this downright blows.

Mf: Spontaneously coarse from the peat, and pretty wet. Doesn't at all complement the flavours or style.

Dr: To say this was a disappointment is an understatement. It's a total ripoff of a failed barleywine. Sort of a failed collaborative experiment. It was irresponsible that this was ever released. I expected far more from my first three floyds beer. In its defense, the alcohol doesn't come through a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 06:43:42 | More by kojevergas
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DovaliHops

California

3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a hint of brown. Medium, off-white/cream colored head. Scent is very interesting. A lot of smoke with some peat and oak aromas. As the beer warms, there is much more peat characteristics. It's quite a lovely aroma really...some bbq meat scents as well. Reminds me of bbq tri-tip. A bit of whiskey and caramel malt as well. Taste is...WOW! Smoky as hell! I expected smoky from the aroma, but not like this! Immediately smoky with a ton of charcoal and peat. I really wish it wasn't midnight and I wasn't just sitting here in my room. This beer would be perfect on a nice day with some delicious bbq. Burnt malt flavors with some dark fruit and bitter hops. Finishes with a little bit of oak and more smoke. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability started out not so great...but I get more and more used to it with each and every sip. Overall, this is a very unique brew, and I wish I had another bottle. Very unique blend of smoke, hops, and charcoal. Alcohol well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 09:02:58 | More by DovaliHops
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Sean9689

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks (?), Chris! Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker reddish color, off-white head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Alcohol right up front...too much and overly hot. Musty, with notes of vomit, no real sweetness or dark fruit presence. Just a real mess...ugh!

T - Again, more disaster. Lots of alcohol, pretty much no sweetness, very bland and hot. This beer is not good and tastes like a really really cheap scotch of some kind.

M - Medium, light carbonation, don't want to finish.

O - Bitch, please don't give me anymore of this beer! Horrible.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 17:34:56 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Hair of the Jester King snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving light tan foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar, but no lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - Iodine, peat, smoke, black permanent markers, rubber, oak. Smells like a poor quality scotch whisky.

T - Burnt paper, oxidation, cardboard, tar, rubber. I'm not sure what the base beer was, but it isn't home and can't come out and play as it's been obliterated by peat, salt, and wood.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, tannic and dry texture, and plenty of warming alcohol.

D - Terrible stuff. I choked down enough to take notes then poured out the rest. If I wanted cheap scotch I could get better value skipping the middle man and just buy a 750ml bottle at the supermarket.

Attention brewers - if you feel the need to age your beers in Whisky barrels, make sure the beer has sufficient flavor to survive the process. Or sell the finished product in 1oz servings like actual whisky - your choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:04:41 | More by MasterSki
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished red colour, vibrant up to the light. Head is beige, nicely packed together but dissipates to look a bit whispy. Lace is clingy and pleasant. Looks good.

Woah, massive smoke to that. Peaty and bacony with a meaty woody note. Slightly salty as well., but a very decent hop aromatic just taming the wild smoke beast. Touch of peanut, citrus and pine wood. Very nice.

Taste is intriguing; very nutty and woody. Big smoke grows from the front which is quite a caramelly malty front, then peaty and smokey and bacony notes dominate up to mid-palate. The back, where it all culminates, is all charred wood, with solid burnt pine and oak, and a slight malty caramelly touch of peanut and pine nut. Very woody, with a touch of side sweetness. Idiosyncratic and very interesting. Also, it's genuinely more than I gave it credit for, that sweetness is cracking.

Full, drying as it goes through. A bit ashy on the back, both palate and texture. Kind of has the texture of an ashtray, in the best possible way.

Yeah, is it an everyday beer? No. Should it be? Yes. People should train their palates to enjoy this kind of weird, challenging, virtually undrinkable snuff as their go-to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:38:11 | More by laituegonflable
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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark red copper with a two finger moderately fluffy head. There's good lacing and the head retention is impressive.

S- Really nice. Definitely a lot of aroma contributed by the barrels. Sharp notes of smoke are heavily present. There are more subtle notes of a light hint of fruity hops. Also just a touch of some sweet caramel. Don't get it twisted though; this smell is all about smoke.

T- Lots of smoke. It's got a solid peaty smokey aftertaste, but the beer is not without some complexity- sweet caramel malts at the front of the palate, with a little hoppy bitterness and possibly a little west-coast hoppy taste. I know it sounds weird with all the smoke in this, but i can definitely pick up some american hops. Maybe one of the 3 "C"s? As I drink, the complexity really opens up. The smokey notes from the barrel work well with the other flavors. Surprisingly, i don't really taste much alcohol. Overall, pretty complex and tasty.

M-Smooth. Perfect mouthfeel. The smoothness does a lot to take the edge off of the harshness of the smoke flavors.

O- Solid offering. Unique for sure. The smoke is powerful, but not so much that the other characteristics are impossible to discerne. I think its a good beer with an interesting, complex taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:18:03 | More by IPA4LIFE
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.85/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars, shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a lovely clear red colour, bright and vibrant, with a solid and frothily fine head of off-white. Quite a lucid and fine body, but the carbonation is incredibly fine and powdery when tilted. Lacing is tiny, intricate and persistent. Overall, it's a really gorgeous looking beer.

Nose is powerfully strong with peated smoke, but balanced gorgeously with a resiny, almost pine-like hoppy fragrance, that gives it depth and complexity. It's bright and pleasant, but with a depth that's quite extraordinary. Wow.

Taste is, also, just incredible. Pleasant rustic bounce from the smoke, giving it a pleasant dryness and a touch of Islay Scotch, before that lovely piney resin character comes through to balance and deepen the complexity. Furthermore, there are other, more subtle malt characters that come through later—biscuits, toasted grain and a dry spiciness almost like rye. It's incredibly complex, but all fused and tied to that smoky, peaty backbone. Feel is light and pleasant, but the lightness itself is astonishing in a beer this big.

Confronting but reassuring all in one, this is a beer that puts together some astonishingly good complexity into a whole that makes gorgeous sense and fabulous anarchy all in one. Absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 08:43:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear orange amber, with a very pillowy head, soft and cloud like. Looks awesome, and the head wafts a peaty aroma right up at you. Right away you know the front label mentioning whiskey barrels is not telling the whole story, this one smells more like Scotch, but then you read the back of the label and they do note that they used peated malts from Islay, bingo, that says it all. I bet these peated malts are talking a lot of guys off guard, i really like this. On the palate the smoked flavors, Peat, and Scotch never go to far, really well composed. There is a gentlemens level of alcohol within that i say is required for a peated drink to keep it a sipper. There is a light note of some piney west coast hops and some caramel poking out.
Not a sticky beer, the smoke and malt makes it a bit cleaner on the finish.

I really enjoyed this bottle, beers that get too Rauchy are not my thing, but this one was unique and very well composed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:26:40 | More by ChadQuest
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is pretty clear, appearing a rusty, copper orange hue. The aroma brings peat, smoke, Islay scotch. A bit of heat with a lot of peat (bustin' rhymes). Good flavor if you enjoy peaty, smoky beers and/or scotches. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A decent brew, I would recommend this to those who like smoked beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:23:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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coy

Mexico

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in Edimburg Brew Dog pub.

Appearance.- Really dark amber color, low head with tiny bubbles.

Smell.- Smokey notes.

Taste.- Caramel and dark smoke that's all.

Mouthfeel.- Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall.- Something different, not an everyday beer that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:34:31 | More by coy
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AdvocateFan

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burgundy brown with an off white head that holds its own at the edges. Smells of peat and Scotch, that’s for sure. There’s some rich caramel in the background. Scotch, Scotch, Scotch. Peated smokiness. Some stinging hoppyness on the nose too, blended with the alcohol, it’s really quite menacing. Wow. This is challenging. It’s not entirely unpleasant, but it’s pretty rampantly "out there." On the palate, the Scotch is very prominent, fades a bit to let some caramel malt sweetness rise, then rises up again in a smoky, scotch-y finish. Notes of charcoal. The alcohol is barely felt or tasted, which is surprising at 11.5% ABV. Smoky, band-aid-y phenols. Overall, it tastes like an adulterated scotch. That being said, and in all seriousness, I’m not a big Scotch fan, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m not digging this. However, I read the label, and in my American mind, the bit about being aged in Whisky barrels sounded good. Stupidly, I was expecting Bourbon Whiskey and I got Scotch Whisky… should have known,totally my error… I can’t ding this one too badly for that mistake on my part. I do have to give credit for being pretty well balanced despite the massive alcohol and the “unsuppressable” notes of Scotch Whisky with beer. That being said, I have not yet had a hoppy beer that tastes good with Scotch barrel aging. Efforts should probably stop. This is a pretty challenging beer. However, pairing with a strong blue cheese stuffed inside green olives made for a really nice experience. I don’t think I’d drink this again without that kind of pairing. On its own, it was just a bit too outlandish for me. The $12.99 for a 12-oz bottle just sets one up for disappointment as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:14:46 | More by AdvocateFan
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broken22

California

2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitch please pours out a nice dark amber color. While pouring a head forms but not aggressively. The head is a tan colored with tight micro bubbles and fades away to just an island patch and a subtle cream slick over the entire surface. The beer smells nice and smokey. The smokey smell of the beer is quite dominating and I cannot detect much else. The flavor is much the same in that it is completely dominated by the smoke. It's like drinking a camp fire. I was hoping for some alcohol notes or something other than just smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall I like the beer but it did not turn out as I was expecting. I think that the aging was a useless time since any subtle flavors that would have been left by the barrels are completely wiped away from such a strong smoke. There are so many other good smokey beers out there that are less then half the price of this single I purchased this for. If you want to experiment try it and if you think its a little pricey skip it as you're not missing much.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:04:49 | More by broken22
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champ103

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, but clear ruby brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Light watery lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt is up front and very nice. That quickly vanishes to a caramel malt sweetness, wood and raisins.
T: Much sweeter here. Almost cloying. Light wood, sweet caramel, and almost over barring sweet raisins.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Fairly smooth. Plenty of alcohol is noticeable, but a decent sipper.

I fully expected this to be over barring in every way. While it might be just a bit to sweet with to much alcohol. This is enjoyable for a one time purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:11:22 | More by champ103
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mithrascruor

California

3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, slightly ruby in the light. Off-white head is small but dense; leaves a bit of lacing as well.

Smell: Earthy aroma, with some caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Strong caramel component. A little whisky-barrel action going on, but not much peat. Somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth, with light carbonation and light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Not much alcohol in the taste, thankfully, but somewhat tiring.

A decent barleywine - quite smooth, but the flavor becomes a bit tiring to me. Love the label, though!!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 20:48:20 | More by mithrascruor
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nataku00

California

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky brown mahogany color with two fingers of foamy tan colored head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing and a thin collar with a few large bubbles along the surface. A good amount of small carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is dominated by an old barrel aroma, woody, earthy and very smokey and peaty smelling. Slightly hot smelling from the whiskey as well. If I try hard, I get a bit of barleywine in the aroma as well, a little bit of toffee.

Taking a sip there is some initial toffee, caramel sweetness, but that peaty whiskey really dominates the tongue, smokey, slightly spicy, light molasses sweetness, and wooden tannins. Finish is pretty dry with more lingering peaty smokiness.

Medium body, light carbonation and pretty slick and oily on the tongue. With all the whiskey flavors, alcohol is relatively tame, not too hot in the flavor. I would have liked a little more sweetness and less of the barrel in this beer. I don't mind the smoke, but need more barleywine from this. This would probably be nice to sip with some smokey bbq though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:30:54 | More by nataku00
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Gobzilla

California

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured a reddish brownn in color with orange highlights and had a finger of head that left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you definitely can sniff out some whiskey character on the nose with oaky, brown sugar, booze, caramel, and hints of pear.

T: the oaky whiskey flavor was more prominent on the palate alongside slight smokey, caramel, citrus hoppy booze notes and a touch of pear.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a oaky, whiskey, smokey, slight fruit, and sweet hoppy finish.

D: was as drinkable due to the ABV's on this beer but it had lots of whiskey character to top it off.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:38:49 | More by Gobzilla
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whatthehull

California

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted nov. 21rst 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

A - very nice translucent blood red, 1/4 finger off white fizzy head and minimum lacing

S - peat, smoke, nuts, alcohol, slight wine, lots of yeast and oak

T - so much peat, wow! Sap, wood, lemon, citrus, alcohol, sauvignon blanc, more peat, some nice hops and the peat kind of peats (haha) out all the other Flavors

M - medium body, medium acidity, low complexity, not balanced and very long finish

D - while at first few sips the peat is overwhelming and almost nasty, after a bit the peat is more in the background of a smokey, citrus, alcoholic ale. I think I would like it and score it higher if there was more Flavors than the peat. Other than that, it's nice

Final thought - $11 and 15% with to much peat, I'd pass or ate this one to see how the peat mellows later on

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:30:26 | More by whatthehull
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml Bottle at Brewdog Glasgow
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Murky brown with thin lacing for head.
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Fruity upfront with some citrus hops & lots of malts. Smoky, peat and whisky notes too. Some sugar & toffee in the middle to end.
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Sweet with some hops. Tonnes of malts & massive alcohol kick to it. A lingering, smoky malt aftertaste with some hints of whiskey. Too malty for me.
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Lighter than expected. Medium body, chewy mouthfeel and a strong, bitter malts finish.
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An incredibly strong beer and far too malty for my enjoyment. I could tell it was a well made, sophisticated beer and no doubt one that many will enjoy but sadly I did not although it was my first barleywine.
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More @ http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 16:06:31 | More by flyingpig
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DaveHS

California

4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours ruby red with rusty orange highlights and over an inch of bubbly, creamy khaki head. As it slowly deflates it leaves intricate webs of thick, sticky lacing down the glass.

S- The nose leads with a striking combination of peated malt and bitter, citrusy hops. Aromas of chimney smoke, pipe tobacco, old leather, brandied peaches and burnt sugar.

T/M-The body is disarmingly soft and smooth, not at all what I expected from a nearly 12% young barleywine aged in scotch barrels. The peated malt is well integragted. It’s a dominant flavor, but not an overwhelming one. It sits on the back of the throat, but never coats the palate. It provides an assertively stony, smoky base for the oak and scotch whisky flavors that follow. A very simple flavor profile, but a successful one. I appreciate that this beer was actually designed to mesh well with the barrels in which it was aged, rather than taking the less predictable route of throwing any old beer in a barrel and seeing what happens. Full bodied with low carbonation.

O-Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:17:55 | More by DaveHS
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky amber into my snifter with about 2 fingers of head, good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, peat and smoke.

T - Plenty of sweet caramel malts, fruity hops, peaty, smokey and dry.

M - Somewhat thin for the style in my opinion.

O - Maybe it was the high price tag, but was not overly impressed with this one. I also am a scotch lover, but it seems those flavors lend themselves much better to darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:59:09 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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jamescain

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark riddish-brown with an off white head that is merely a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Peat smoked moss is the predominate aroma with hints of vanilla, oak, caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Scotch ans smokey peat with caramel malt and oak all finished off with booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation and a boozy finish.

Overall: It wasn't a bad beer, but I have to knock them for the fact that it's $13 for a 12 oz. Good but not worth that kind of scratch.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:24:20 | More by jamescain
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beermaker1

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at Specs in Beaumont tonight. Couldn't wait to try it it. Should have. I am being kind with this review. It actually sucked. Reading the other reviews, I must have got a bad bottle.

A: nice foamy white head that shrinks quickly. The beer is a mahongany brown, clear. Good lacing.

S: Nice peat aroma. Slight vanilla undertone. Complicated and complex.

T: I was unpleasantly surprised. Very odd off flavor. I think this is a bad bottle. I get the peat, some bourbon and some oak. Then it all goes to hell. Could not finish this beer.

M: Typical, lighter mouthfeel then you would expect from a 12% beer.

O: There is way to much going on in this beer. This is pallet overload. I would not buy another one. But since I bought 2, I will age this several months and hope for the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:42:19 | More by beermaker1
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We don't get FFF down in these parts. So, when I saw this on the shelf (even at the absurd $12 price), I was like do I have to buy this? My mind replied: Bitch, please. Hence, I have a bottle. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

I expected this 12% ABV big boy to pour without much of a head. Boy, was I wrong there. Awesome tan head. Good density and height. There was good lacing for most of the glass and there was a nice layer that stood at the top of my glass. The body was a deep, beautiful blood garnet. I'm not sure I could picture a better look for a barleywine.

The nose is a bit more muted than I would have guessed. The barleywine stickiness is buried way back in there. The predominant aroma is the smoke. Some smoked beers come across as bacon. Some come across as chloraseptic spray. This comes across like a cigar. This might be the smokiest beer I've had.

The body is light on the sticky barleywine, but huuuge on the smoke. There's still a big, thick base for the mouthfeel... but holy hell that's smoky. Maybe I should be pairing this with a cigar. Still, the beer does an outstanding job of separating the taste notes. I'm not 100% sold on the flavor of this thing, but I've also never had anything like it. It's interesting and at $12 for a bottle, I'd recommend that anyone go out there to buy a bottle to split with a small group. You'll appreciate the experience, but you might not need a whole glass.

EDIT: As I keep drinking, I get more accustomed to the smoke taste. It's getting sweeter and more well rounded. The whisky flavors start to come through, too. It seems like I'm slowly becoming sophisticated enough to appreciate the beer as I work through it. I'm bumping most of the scores up for this dynamic flavor interaction. A beer that everyone should try, just for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

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