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

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 132
Photo of Brutaltruth
2.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This odd little brew pours a light
amber with little head and no lacing. Nose of oak, smoke, Irish peat
notes, and light whiskey. Flavors follow the nose with heavy smoked malts,
a touch of orange rind mingling with the whiskey (a style of which I have never tried
BTW) and moderately touched by herbal hops and a touch of earthy yeast.
Decent mouth feel reminiscent of an English IPA with no carbonation
and a smoked peat malt whiskey aftertaste. Decent but would not seek
this one out again.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour very cloudy deep orange very thin white head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell not much comes out except a strong whiskey smell

Taste no alcohol but tons of smoked oak flavor as the beer warms it becomes overpowering and tastes like liquid smoke.

Feel light very dry

Overall did not enjoy this beer would not have again.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.72/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
1.74/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +25.1%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.24/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a murky orange amber, very little carbonation; no head nor lacing. Woody, smoky light fruit aroma. Flavor is dominated by wood smoke, with light malt and fruit in the background. Smoky finish with some non-descript bitterness. This beer needs stronger background flavors, some carbonation and balance. An interesting but flawed attempt.

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Photo of cougarbait
1.96/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Bottle
A: Amber in color

S: Big hints of wood, smoke, hops and has a boozy character to it.

T: Sweet mailty tones with an overpowering boozy and smoke quality to it.

M: Light body to the beer, with big alcohol taste to it. Beer is flat.

O: I felt like this beer was a waste of the 5 dollars I spent.

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Photo of WrathsU
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Hazy (murky)golden body, no head on vigorous pour. No lacing, close to no carbonation visible.

S - Faint whiffs of floral hops and whiskey. Not intense at all.

T - Malty sweetness to begin with. Then the whiskey starts to take over. I get strong tastes of oak, moderate tobacco, and faint smoke. Finishes oaky.

M - Medium bodied, flat as can be. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O - Seems to me more like a whiskey diluted with beer than a beer aged in a whiskey barrel. The underlying style of a Double IPA doesn't really seem to come into play much at all which is unfortunate. It's not a terrible beer, just a different type which I think missed its mark.

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Photo of redleaves
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head, blah cloudy amber. No big deal. Nose is that sea salty peat of Islay scotch. It's there, whether you want like it or not. It's acquired, I imagine this would be significantly different if it was any other type of barrel, maybe they should have done a lowland to get a fuller smoke flavor. But I digress, I wasn't thinking about what was in this at first and the taste was awful, like first time I tried I sauerkraut, second sip however like the second time I tried sauerkraut; I understood the flavor. Still not amazing, fruity, peaty slightly salty, and slightly sweet. Good and interesting, but I feel it was a swing and a miss and they had to bottle their mistake anyway. I don't blame brewdog, I would do the same thing. Better luck next time.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, wish I hadn't wasted almost $9 on this. This beer poured out with basically no head at all on it. There were just a few bubbles that came to the top from the rough pour I gave it. The color is a muddy orange gold. The smell is smokey and I personally can't get much hop aroma out of this one. The taste of the beer tastes like one of their Paradox brews. It's heavily smoked with the lack of much hop flavor doesn't really spark my interest. The mouthfeel is flat and watery. Overall I feel that the IPA stlye doesn't blend well with the Islay Casks like their Stouts do. I am bummed that I'm not enjoyin gthis more. I normally enjoy what BrewDog does but this one is not a success.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber coming out of the bottle with a nice level of carbonation and a smooth, rich look to it. Nice head, maybe an inch of white comes up and over the top, settling down nicely with minimal side glass lacing. A very interesting profile. Piney hops up front but there is definitely some balance to be had here as the bready malt notes are very easily picked up here. Nice grassy and herbal quality to it as well. Smooth flavor, not much going on in the way of overpowering anything, it was much more mellowed, subdued even then I thought it would be

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Photo of jsisko01
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The date on the bottle says best before 02/02/10 and it is now 10/25/11.. A guy at work said this kind of beer is ok to drink like this because it ages. I guess I will find out.

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow color. Seems to have no carbonation (probably because it's so old lol).

Smell - Has a strong smell of whiskey, oak wood, and I can't really point out anything else. The smell is VERY strong though.

Taste - It also taste kind of like whiskey.. I can taste hints of wood and smoke as well. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall - In my opinion.. this beer is pretty gross. I'm guessing it's just not my style. I can't imagine anyone who would want to drink this though lol.

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Photo of superspak
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 150, best by 12/12/09. Here we go, I have been afraid of trying this because of the reviews. Pours hazy orange amber color with a small forced white head with ok retention that reduces to a paper thin cap. A bit of lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of strong whiskey, caramel, wood, cardboard, and a bit of smoke. Interesting and decent aromas here with good strength. Taste of tons of woodiness, cardboard, smoke, caramel, and a bit of spices and whiskey. Almost no taste in the front of the tongue, which was odd. Lingering notes of smoke, wood, cardboard, whiskey, and a bit of spicy bitterness on the finish. Pretty much no carbonation with a medium-full body. Very slick and odd mouthfeel thanks to the lack of carbonation. It drinks fairly easily however. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming on the finish noticed. Overall certainly an interesting tasting beer, but this was a tad difficult to finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BrewDog Storm, malt beverage aged in an Islay Scotch Whiskey barrel.
"At BrewDog we are selfish; we only make beers that we want to drink.
This is not an unerring, despondent, half-hearted compromise. This bottle contains our IPA which has been aged in Scottish islet whisky casks.
The combination of Islay whisky casks and New Zealand hops is one of polar opposites on so many levels.
Drinking this beer is like being caught in the eye of a force 12 North Atlantic storm. Heavily peated demonic smoked Islay whisky and the fruity hop flavors of our IPA should not go well together. Nor should mild pretentiousness and exponential cool. However at BrewDog we are pretty sure we can rock it out and make both admirable combinations work reasonably well.
Zeitgeist in a bottle.
Brewed and Bottled by BrewDog Ltd, Fraserburgh, Scotland."

So, I'm giving BrewDog yet another try, and I'm greeted by more gobbledygook. Look at that second sentence, and try to make sense out of it. When do those three things happen at once? "An unerring compromise?" Huh? Whatever.

Let's pop 'er and see.

Pale golden coloration, smallish cloud-white head. Unassuming, yet inviting.

Aroma: Boom! There's that heavy peated malt right off the bat, Flinty, malty, nothing but whisky, nothing found below.

Taste: whisky is still in charge, with no flavors of the IPA tasted yet. Frankly, I don't see the point in drowning out a beer of real character with so much of the islay malt. Perhaps a lighter ale would be best served in this cause. Nonetheless, the smoky peat of Islay dominates everything.

Medium bodied, but a bit of a challenge, if you aren't up for all the smoke and peat. I'm fine with it, but I wish more of the IPA would actually, as promised, rise up to match the whisky. If it's a Storm, it's one that carries away any other flavors than those in the barrel they mixed the IPA with. This is a beer for whisky fanatics only, and as that, it's not bad, maybe even good. I'm on the fence and on the verge of jumping off, based on that promise of a marriage that never came through. It's a beer awash in whisky. Some may like that. Not I.

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Photo of weller1js
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours a cloudy yellow-brown, carbonation is on the lighter side, very little foam and no lacing.

smell: hops and oak are predominant, hops yield a floral nature and the oak yields notes of scotch malts; reminds me of a subdued and less complex 'Sink The Bismarck!'.

taste: begins oakey and smokey, but whatever stimulation that is brought forth is quickly subdued and undermined by the peaty-malty taste, hops clash and are surprisingly bitter compared to their smell, finishes with an unpleasant combination of bitterness and oak-peat.

overall: disappointing; either I was mistaken thinking that an oak-aged IPA may have kept fairly well beyond its best by date (maybe a 2/2/10 date drank in August 2011 is a little too far past best before), but it still seems that the IPA characteristics are far too subdued to be enhanced by oak. Brewdog has had many successes with infusing scotch-like qualities in their beers, but I guess they all can't be winners.

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Photo of shoky01
2.24/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought this bottle because it was the only one left in the store and i wanted something different and boy did i get it.

A-poured a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange.

S-Smelled fantastic with a scotch/bourbon-esque smell.

T-Smokey- very smokey. Bitter with a final taste of some scotch. don't know if my bottle was bad, or improperly stored prior to my purchasing it or if it should taste this way.

the mouthfeel was a bit sticky and the smokiness wouldn't leave me. End result i didn't even finish it, poured out about a third of it.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a twelve ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-cloudy yellow body, big soapy head.

S-very scotch peat like smell. lemon.

T-tastes like carbonated scotch.

M-light carbonation, dry finish

D-very scotchy. It was a nice try but I think I will pass next time. Peat too much to appraise further.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with no head and little white bubbles; absolutely no lacing; very thin and watery in appearance; body has a dull peachy orange color with lots of bubbles forming on the bottom of the glass

S - Sour notes mixed with oak and chestnut; I smell a little bit smokey and whiskey

T - Very harsh smoked wood and chestnut flavor; some malt sourness; all i really taste is smoked flavors or oak and chestnut; barely any whiskey

M - Smoked chestnut flavor lingers for a long time; very thing and no body; watery in texture; dry aftertaste

D - Unique and different; I have to say it doesn't meet the qualifications of a healthy Belgium beer, but I liked the unique tastes and very strong flavor; be careful, not for the faint of heart

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unusual and pleasing IPA aged in Islay Whisky casks. Actually far more drinkable and subtle than what might have been suggested, but sure enough it is best suited for Islay aficionados.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Standard Brew Dog design with the worn graphics, blue lettering over dark blue. Braggy side narrative goes over main intent, brewing, ingredients, Notes batch 013, best by date ( 02-02-12), and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Lightly hazy deep golden pour, short struggling bubbles triy to show some head, fading quickly to leave a minimal surface memory ring, with small touches of lacing. Actually for a cask aged brew it is quite all right.

S - Gently Islay nose: typical smoked, peaty, and salty notes. Sweet fruity hint, less citric sense than what will touch the mouth later.

T - Smooth and soft notes of Islay, peat, weed, a bit salty. The hops are there slightly subdued like a second layer providing a nice soft lemony undertone. A sweet boozy warmth with a hint of caramel under the Islay character picks up the finish rather nicely.

M - Medium body, feeling a bit thinner at times, and with minimal carbonation. At one early point it does not seem so appealing, but as the flavor builds up in the back of the palate, and lingers, it flows remarkably well.

D - Great sipper, soft, long with a nice combination of nuances. Without much of an assertive character, if one enjoys peaty whiskies, how the brew takes a twist to support the range is quite remarkable.

Notes: This might be unfairly derided, at least on this incarnation. Sure enough, it is unusual, and not matching style, which is part of the point. And while some of the criticisms are interesting those that simple showcase the dislike of Islay or Whisky offer a misunderstanding which is a bit poor and lame. It is actually subtle, with plenty of nuances, and sure enough it will disappoint anyone hoping for a pungent DIPA, but the IPA undercurrent actually works well providing surprising undertones. Pricing feels steep but with these barrel agings they typically are... Caol Illa barrels in fact I was told, which I like, but precisely it is one of the most approachable Islays, and I could have done with a bit more character. But overall no complaints.

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Photo of DovaliHops
1.69/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After reading reviews, I was scared to try this...but I did it anyways. Pours an ugly yellow color with almost no head. This beer looks like it's gonna be still...ughhhh...Not off to a good start. Scent is lookin a little better. Scents of whiskey and leather with a hint of smokiness. Not too bad. Taste is where it goes completely downhill. Absolutely disgusting IMO. Tastes like barrel aged sweat socks and smoked plastic. I needed to pour this one down the drain. I think this beer would have to be my second drainpour ever. Mouthfeel was flat and disappointing. Drinkability is... DRAINPOUR. I've like Brewdogs beers up until now. Just plain gross...I don't know what they were shooting for with this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a tiny covering of wide, fish eye bubbles that fade away rapidly and leave no lace. The body is a muddy, dark yellow color and very hazy. This might be the ugliest beer I have ever seen.

S - Lightly smoky, solventy whiskey. Light, sugary notes of plum, raisins, and pipe tobacco in the background.

T - Grainy malt notes up front with some spicy leather notes. The whiskey notes really start to come out in the middle with more leather as well as phenolic smoke and some greek olive notes. Things get a bit plastic-like in the finish with strong bitterness that accentuates the harshness.

M - Medium body, very low carbonation (though it isn't quite flat), and a slightly sweet finish.

D - It says on the back of the bottle that they only make beer that they want to drink, but I have a hard time believing that even the guys at Brewdog could enjoy this. Like some other Brewdog beers that I have had, this has immense potential, but in the end it is fatally flawed. The aroma is really quite excellent with a smoky, fruity, scotch character that is totally unexpected in a beer of this color but somehow matches it perfectly. The flavor is, unfortunately, no where near as successful. The smoke becomes excessively harsh and phenolic towards the finish and the strong bitterness of the hops only makes it worse. The last straw is the very low carbonation, it just leaves the beer flabby and dull with the afore mentioned harshness lingering on the palate. This could have been so much better...

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Photo of michaeljasmin
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Despite the poor reviews for this beer, I find this to be a fun beer to drink. Storm is smooth, dry and easy to drink. I usually prefer a strong hoppy aftertaste from my IPA's but the smoke and whiskey flavor does make up for the lack of a strong hoppy taste. It is just an average beer, but different from anything else that I can find here in Canada, therefore it is a nice treat to have. Worth trying, maybe not worth the 6$ we charge for it here in Alberta Canada for the 330ml bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
1.41/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a very pale yellow orange with a minimal white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wood and mothballs (holy crap). The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, HOLY SHIT! This thing is horrible. I was warned by another BA not to drink this in a LNBA thread, I should have listened. Drank around 4 ounces and the rest went down the drain. This thing is just plain nasty...

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy. Pale light, yellowish orange color. No head, no bubbles. Some bright citris in aroma. Aroma very saturated in oak; very clean, almost sterile smelling aroma. Also, pick up some subtle smokiness. Very floral and grassy flavor. Clean oak finish. Moderate carbonation. Comfy fry finish, not overpowering or too dry. Also, citris peel found in lond aftertaste. Not super fruity with citris. Beer grows on me with each drink. Sterility of oak in flavor fades with warmth. With warmth also comes sweeter fruit notes come out, slightly Garbo gummibearish. Almost a belgiany breadiness when much warmer. The dryness of the finish also increases with the warmth. Probably wouldn't buy again unless I got it overseas at the source.

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Photo of WanderingFool
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Storm pours a flat, cloudy straw yellow into the glass with a tiny white bubbly head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving no lace behind. The appearance reminds me of an imperial IPA.

The aroma is filled with peaty smoke with a touch of alcohol and whiskey thrown in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with a mild carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. Low carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of peaty smoke. As the beer warms, some citrus hop notes and some malt sweetness are noticeable. It finishes bitter and once gone the peaty smoke lingers on the palate.

If you like Scotch or smokey beers you'd like this one. For my taste though I thought there was way too much peat and smoke.

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Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) from BrewDog
2.79 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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