Mix Tape 8

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IPA - Belgian
4 | pDev: 15.75%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: An epic fusion of age old Belgian tradition, American new wave brewing and the world of Scotch whisky.

Mix Tape 8 is a blend of two huge oak aged beers – half a hopped up Belgian Tripel, and half a Triple India Pale Ale. These beers have both been aged in single grain whisky barrels for close to two years and finally blended to create a beer that our head brewer Stewart Bowman can most helpfully describe as ‘fucking complex’.

From the Tripel side we get earthy, phenolic, dry qualities; from the TIPA we get apricot jam sweetness and nectarine. All these flavours are beautifully rounded off thanks to the oak, which has imparted some incredible vanilla and coconut aspects to the beer.

The label has been hand drawn by Johanna Basford.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer seemed more barleywine-ish than triple-ish.
Poured copper/brown beer with a ring of beige head, low retention. Smell - fruits, caramel, notes of whiskey, vinous, raisin.
Taste - rye bread, honey, licorice, dark fruits, wood, whiskey.
Very rich beer, oily and boozy, outstanding.

Jul 31, 2015
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PolarBear3 from Australia

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a brown muddy colour but transparent, absolutely no head. Pretty disappointing on appearance.

S- Strong malt biscuit, sweet caramel malts, toffee, some dark fruit and slight citrus choppiness

T - Wow...extremely strong and sweet, loads of sweet malts including toffee, caramel, dark fruit such as figs, plums, raisins very prominent, with a nice tangy citrus finish. Alot going on there.

M - Sweet syrup like with low carbonation

O - An extremely complex beer with alot going on. Massive flavours that just explode in your mouth but just too sweet for my liking. Its more like a fine wine that you can just saviour.

Mar 01, 2015
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Dave2010 from Japan

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so people who like barrel aged stuff will like this. It's sweet, but the carbonation is nice. It's definitely Belgian in nature, but has lots of complex flavors. It's high alcohol so it's gonna taste that way. People who have tried Brew dog and Ballest Point's collaboration beer San Diego scotch ale will like this. It's nothing like an IPA, no bitterness, no hopiness, but I like the flavor. People who like strong tasting high alcohol beers will like this. Comes in a cool box and bottle design nothing like typical Brew Dog beers. Try it once, and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Apr 25, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So one half ("hopped up") Belgian Tripel, one half triple IPA, both aged separately 2 years in oak scotch whisky barrels. Hopefully it isn't just a hop bomb.
Smell says no, nice sweet maltiness with strong caramel and fruity, with dark fruit and citrus. So a nice fruit cake aroma to it, spicy. Lots of vanilla too, but faint woody notes (mostly because of the sweetness).
Big sweet malts up front, very rich and tasty, with huge brown sugar caramel and toffee, followed by the complex fruitiness: big peaches, raisin, forest berries, passion fruit, mild tasty citrus (like tangerine and lime). The barrel aging is nice and evident, with big oaky vanilla going along perfect with the malts. Dry woody feel. The booze is oh so warm, with almost clear sips of scotch from time to time. Hops get a little more game space towards the finish, with some herbal notes and pine resin. Mildly bitter, but the sweetness covers it up.
Low carbonation, smooth, tiny bit creamy, a nice sipper. Careful with the booze though as you drink it. Syrupy sweet in the first sips, going down slowly, but never cloying in the aftertaste.
This was nice, i'm really glad it wasn't too concentrated on the hops. Great malts (maybe one of the best i've ever tasted), nice barrel aging and great hops giving a perfect fruitiness, not overpowering the beer. So don't get scared by the "triple" and the "hopped up".

Feb 06, 2014
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown transparent colour with no head at all.

The smell is sweet, malty as well as some citrus hops. The malts overwhelm the hops though.

The taste is very sweet and malty, no hop flavor at all. There is also some whisky flavor giving a large amount of alcohol flavour.

The mouthfeel is like thick syrup with little carbonation.

This isn't a terrible beer but it's certainly not a belgian IPA or any other kind of IPA. It's more of a very sweet malty, high abv stout.

Oct 09, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 26 ratings