1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brewdog / Three Floyds Bitch Please (Islay Cask) - BrewDog

Not Rated.
Brewdog / Three Floyds Bitch Please (Islay Cask)Brewdog / Three Floyds Bitch Please (Islay Cask)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
BrewDog visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dgilks on 04-14-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tlazaroff:
Photo of tlazaroff
tlazaroff

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%

Nice fig, raisin, and plum notes on the nose. Smells fresh, and surprisingly hoppy. Not too bad overall.

Appearance was muddy brown with a very light tan head. Not very aesthetically pleasing, however, I poured the yeast by accident. It looked a lot better before the yeast shot, so I'm giving it a moderate score.

Booze, front and center. Followed by a charred woody taste, as if I am gnawing on a piece of burnt wood. Its incredibly hard to taste anything else in this beer. Its really like a boozy campfire in my mouth. Carbonation isn't bad - nice and moderate, and it has a full body mouthfeel to it. I wouldn't seek this one out again, unfortunately.

10-16-2012 21:41:37 | More by tlazaroff
More User Reviews:
Photo of fionn13
fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-05-2013 01:45:08 | More by fionn13
Photo of jheezee
jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-02-2013 04:10:02 | More by jheezee
Photo of kbuzz
kbuzz

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

10-17-2013 23:47:22 | More by kbuzz
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows tons of peat. Almost rauch-like in its smokiness. Also lots of caramel and golden syrup. Lots of woody notes.
Very whisky-like flavours. Lots of peat and woody notes, along with some booze and more caramel. Definitely a sipper.
Good light carbonation and a slightly syrupy body.

10-16-2012 09:25:12 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-27-2012 17:24:27 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of krl2112
krl2112

Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.4%

12-07-2012 20:09:23 | More by krl2112
Photo of mtrain237
mtrain237

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-30-2012 22:29:35 | More by mtrain237
Photo of ROGUE16
ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-21-2013 12:08:50 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

Bottle @ Brew Dog pub in Manchester on 13/09/2012.

I LOVE Islay whisky's (esp. Ardbeg), so when I saw this bottle, I had to try it (even after the price was revealed :)

To be honest, I think this is the best tasting beer that ever passed through my mouth. The fact that I'm also a great whisky fan makes my review probably a bit objective but If you like peat, smoke, oak, ... taste & smell, this the ONE !

Everything (S - T - M) reminds very much of Ardbeg whisky, although I suspect that they used Laphroaig casks to do the trick. I was a fan of the peated version of the Embrasse (from Dochter v/d Korenaar) but to my opinion, this one is even better.

Small downset is, as already mentioned, the price and therefor appearance gets 4.0 but all the rest is almost perfect ! ! !

S - If this was available as a perfume scent, I would definitely use it :)

T - Peated barley, smoke, vanilla oak, ... Everything which also makes a great whisky

M - Pure heaven

09-17-2012 14:53:39 | More by BelgianBeerPope
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%

3Floyds/Brewdog Bitch Please Islay Cask, 12-oz bottle bought at El Cervecero Las Rozas for 8.95 euros.

Appearance: Served in a fancy wide wine glass, Bitch Please comes rather carbonated, about one finger of head with some lacing left behind. Deep chestnut color and bubbles.

Smell: You've never smelled something like this before! Pure Scottish whiskey, peated beyond believe. Smoke, smoke, SMOKE! Coal, soil, petroleum. Soiled barrel, booze and fire. I bet this would blow up if I had a lighter. No nuances here, just pure Scottish peat. Take it or leave it.

Taste: More smoke, straight-up coal hitting your lips and then a hint of hops. Bleach and cleaning product to boot. Forest fire.

Mouthfeel: Good body all around, with full flavor and body and medium-to-full carbonation. The smoke is even bigger and ever-present in the mouth. Spicy-peppery finish with a tad of, duh, smoked flowers.

Overall: Exceptional indeed. This is all about the smoke. American barleywine? Not sure. But I'll say that the 13.5% is well played and it does not overwhelm.

09-05-2012 19:33:26 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of mmapes
mmapes

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours brown, very little head. Maybe a little cloudy. Smells of scotch, peat, smoke, with smoke the dominant tone.

First taste is Very sweet, but not round. Smoky. Effervescent and/or acidic. Very much like scotch - harsh, requiring small sips. Long peaty finish. Sharp and sweet. Drink it slow!

Amusing note: the label. Promises a CA cash refund, 5$ (sic) in VT, ME, CT, MA, etc., 10$ (sic) for MI, OK+, FL

08-13-2012 01:35:57 | More by mmapes
Photo of JonBarley
JonBarley

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-15-2012 05:46:34 | More by JonBarley
Photo of HopFace
HopFace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-28-2012 03:41:02 | More by HopFace
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

01-14-2013 02:14:34 | More by spycow
Photo of laituegonflable
laituegonflable

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a red-brown sort of colour, mostly red. Head is beiege, foamy but quite decent. Nice lace; looks good.

Smokey. Charry, burnt, smouldering actually on the nose. So much aroma, and history, and evolution in that smell. It's all of one family but so much character. Wow.

Taste is hugely burnt, charred and smokey. Not meaning to channel Ralph Wiggum but "it tastes like burning". Smouldering, peat-filled, smokey malt. Slight spice and caramel at the back adds a touch of sweetness, but it's really just mostly that smouldering, day-old ash heap; that's the flavour.

Remarkably smooth for the size; big body but pretty good.

Hugely burnt, almost spicy, carbon-burning flavour. I love it of course but it's just so deep and complex and yet there's a smoothness to the construction. Pretty amazing beer.

03-21-2013 10:30:02 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Tanger112
Tanger112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-28-2014 14:53:16 | More by Tanger112
Photo of StoneTSR
StoneTSR

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

APPEARANCE: This looks a lot like a Barleywine, browner than usual and verymurky with a surprisingly big head that fades quickly. The lacing is strong.

SMELL: There is a ton more citrus that expected from an American-style Barleywine, but a lot of the typical Barleywine aromas push through, sugar, banana, bread.

TASTE: Whoa! In no way, shape or form is this a typical Barleywine - American or otherwise. This tastes like I just cut my grass. It's insane. That said, even though it is super grassy it's also very peaty, mossy and smoky.

MOUTHFEEL: Dry, crisp and...well...not so clean. There is a lot more sparkle than expected, but it isn't overwhelming.

OVERALL: This is the "Scotch-iest" beer the world has ever seen. I can't tell if that's awesome or awful, but either way it certainly is unique.

07-29-2012 09:21:02 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of SimonTHGolfer
SimonTHGolfer

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-29-2013 14:22:53 | More by SimonTHGolfer
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.93/5  rDev +29.7%

Bottle purchased directly from the brewery and sent to Australia. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a hazy, even smoky red colour, with a fine firm head of mottled cream. Lacing is intricate but sparse. Body is as thick as you'd expect, holding carbonation statically in its grip. Overall, it's a pretty awesome looking brew.

Nose is huge and peaty. Like, as peaty as you can physically get, and then with a little more peat thrown in for good measure. Insanely smoky and slightly sharp, with an almost peppery note to it. There's perhaps a hint of wood to it, and an odd character of rubbed lemon skin. It's excellent stuff.

Taste is (if anything) even better. Here, there's (yes, yes) peat, smoke, scotch, sweetness, depth (yawn): everything you'd expect from the nose. But they up the ante with a really unexpected note of capsicum or fresh, fruity chilli, almost like a habanero without the spice. The subtlety of it is masterfully done, even though everything is caught in a traumatic, abusive maelstrom. This is absolutely fantastic stuff. Brilliantly insane, but with inimitable cohesion to it.

Love it. Love it. Love it. This is actually fairly different to the original Bitch Please, but it's still absolutely brilliant. This is why I keep trying new beers: in the hope that something like this will come along.

09-01-2012 06:34:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of TheBeerCarl
TheBeerCarl

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer surprised me which I'll elaborate at the end of the review...

A: Deep red-brown coloring that is clean looking but almost totally opaque. The beer pours with a right yellow-brown head that has great retention and leaves a lovely lacing on the glass.

S: Intense sweet malty caramel with whiskey and oaky/almost papery notes. The nose on this beer is similar to a smelling a bag of malted barley that had a couple shots of whiskey thrown on it. Very well done for the style but not a lot of complexity which is why I gave it a 4.0

T: WHOA! This took me by surprise, which again I'll explain later. Leathery alcohol (taste not burn) is the first thing that comes to mind when I drink this. Then I get the oakiness followed by some earthiness and it starts reminding me of a traditional scotch with less of a burn. My next thought is that they threw the batch of barley wine into an old dusty scotch barrel. Some charcoal notes linger in the flavor which is quickly offset by the sweet finish. This is not what I was expecting when I poured this drink.

M: Smooth medium bodied ale with a very light carbonation. I feel it could use more body for the style.

Okay. So when I originally wrote the tasting notes on this beer, I didn't remember why I purchased it. It had been in my cellar for a while and it didn't have the style labeled anywhere. So when I went to review it, I quickly looked up the style on beer advocate and started judging it based on that it was an everyday barley wine. Boy was I in for a surprise. As soon as I tasted it... ya, nothing like a standard barely wine or at least the characteristics generally associated with the style. This beer had some extreme funkiness to it. So initially I gave it a bad score... and then I read the bottle to see if Brew Dog and 3 Floyds could explain themselves, and they did. The side of the bottle basically states that they were attempting to brew a beer with the traditional scotch characteristics of peaty caramel. This, my friend, they succeeded in ten fold. But be aware that this is what you are in for if you buy this beer. Its good but personally, I'd prefer a single malt scotch instead.

11-24-2012 06:50:01 | More by TheBeerCarl
Photo of jplopez21
jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-23-2013 03:32:57 | More by jplopez21
Photo of Jmick28
Jmick28

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-18-2012 19:45:55 | More by Jmick28
Photo of Cablejelly
Cablejelly

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +25%

09-18-2012 11:29:32 | More by Cablejelly
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-11-2012 20:57:38 | More by bsuedekum
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Brewdog / Three Floyds Bitch Please (Islay Cask) from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.