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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
2.82/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Poured this beer fairly hard and it comes out a fairly hazy golden color. The head was quite thin, although it has big frothy bubbles, settling down to a bubbly/creamy looking film. There is quite a bit of carbonation upon looking at it....quite a few columns are sticking to the glass. Decent sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S- The first thing I notice is a heavy peaty smoky aroma that is very dominant...it almost smells like smoked meat. There is a noticeable malt aroma followed by some bitter hops on the finish. I was surprised but I don't smell much in terms of alcohol A very unique smelling brew, that's for sure.

T- This is probably one of the most interesting beers a person will come across. If I thought it almost smelled like meat....I really think it tastes like smoked beef! It's the combination of sweet malt, very smoky wood, hops and a touch of whisky that makes this a truly uniquely taste experience.

M- This beer feels like I've sucked in a mouthful of ash from a bonfire. It's medium bodied, not as heavily carbonated as I thought it would be...

D- Interesting as it is, I don't see myself getting this beer again. It's a very powerful beer and a little too smoky for my likning. It's much more likely better suited to be a meal beer, or with a 6yr old cheddar, possibly older. I wouldn't be able to have more than 1 serving of this brew before wanting something else...very unique though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.06/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is the only thing going for this beer. Pours a hazy dark golden color with virtually no head, even with a vigorous pour. Nose is reminiscent of Islay whiskies, perhaps Laphroaig comes to mind right now. Palate has an herbal, grassy, and off-flavored peatiness to it. Finish has some sourness. Challenging to drink.

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Photo of WanderingFool
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 orsulacp
3.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love the Islay whiskeys and I love beer so why wouldn't I like this, well here is why. Barely any head, what was there was white. The body was a clear gold with some orange hues. I love the smell of an Islay whiskey so this smell was up there for me, peaty smoke, a hint of biscuit malt, and some orange peel. The taste - mouthfeel was way off. Very little carbonation in this beer, I think if there was more carbonation the flavors would bite a little more. There is a woody smokey malt flavor with an ending of some piney bitterness, but the flatness kills the flavors.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy hay color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of Islay is quite dominant with some light traces of dry hops. Taste is totally dominated by Islay scotch which is enjoyable though dry aftertaste is a very weird mix. Body is quite full with low carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. While I really enjoyed Islay scotch I can't say that this was a really good mix. I couldn't finish the bottle and had to drain pour that one.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Storm pours a light amber/golden color that is almost glowing when held to the light. The head it small on this one, akin to those beers with super high alcohol content. Once everything settles down this is a very appealing pour and a beer that begs to be enjoyed (hopefully).

Wow, the nose on this one is SMOKE-Y! Lots of the smoked peaty notes coming from the barrel aging that is for sure. There is some saltiness and some ocean type smells that really set this one apart as one of the most unique beers I've ever smelled. The smokey/peaty whisky smells really dominate and I've not been able to get anything else from the nose.

The taste is...unique. Plenty of smokiness going. Plenty of peatiness going on. Sort of metallic and barbecue-esque as well. There is a sliiiight hint of some citrus and hoppiness in the finish but you need to wade throw quite a bit of smokey whisky flavor to experience it. Very interesting...I like it but I don't love it.

Why a strong IPA? That is my question...a smokey strong porter would be so great! Age a nice hoppy porter in some of these barrels, that would be amazing! The hops in this are so far gone and the smoke just dominates the delicate IPA flavors.

Worth a try just to experience this beer for what it is. This is definitely one of the more interesting beers I've ever had. It is NOT bad by any means, but its almost as if BrewDog just chose the wrong style for the barrel...next time lets do something darker!

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Photo of Crosling
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of vurt
2.52/5  rDev -8%
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.

Appearance:
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...

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.37/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy, golden, copper color with very little carbonation. Faint aroma of the sea, peat, and lemons are pleasing of the nose. No trace of hop aroma to be found, if there, they are masked by the whisky cask. Sharp, acidic up front with peaty, iodine, almost salty flavors. Once again the hops aren't there. Very weak and thin on the palate. After on of these I have no desire for more.

IPA and Islay Whisky do not come together well on this brew. Crank up the hops and you might have something.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dingy orange/yellow with a nonexistent head. Hazy, almost cloudy appearance. Smells somehow off, lots of wood from the whiskey barrel but without any of the malt or hops that would balance that. Smells much like... scotch.

Flavor is weird. Tastes woody and astringent at first, bitter and unpleasant, but after drinking for a few minutes this gains some complexity. Still lots of smokey wood, but a nice wallop of hops and smoke on the back of the tongue. Finishes very dry and somewhat astringent. No significant carbonation or hoppiness on the tongue, moderate thickness, slightly chewy.

I feel somewhat underqualified to review this beer, to be honest. I've never had an Islay Scotch, so if this is what they taste like then obviously this is within the brewer's intention for the beverage. If so, I think I'd prefer to get the real thing straight up in Scotch form than masquerading as an IPA. In any case, the casual fan of India Pale Ales looking for a hop fix should shy away from this, as it has few if any of the characteristics they're looking for. Worth a shot, though, if only to put it in the "love it or hate it" category.

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Photo of dgfair
3.29/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my double bastard glass. The pop of the cap lets off very little of a pop, and the low carbonation level is reasserted as I pour into the glass and receive little to no head. I'm definitely a little worried at this point that I may have a drain pour on my hands. Smell is very light...a little smoky and a little peat. I can't really pick up an aroma from the "New Zealand" hops, but I can't really pick up anything other than smoke and peat. The taste is a little shocking at first, but I definitely warm up to the uniqueness of the smoky flavor. Again, there isn't much there but smoke and peat, but the interestingness really keeps me sipping more. Drinkability is pretty low with the smokiness overwhelming the palate. Overall, probably not worth the 7.99 I paid, but I'm definitely glad that I tried this beer. It's absolutely unlike anything else I've had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good Lord, are they trying to kill me? Is the combination of a lightly flavored IPA and a Scotch Whisky barrel a good idea? Whatever the answer, the exploration proves challenging and ballsy.

A serious whiff of peated whisky barrels raise from the glass in aggressive smokey, woodsy, and boozy fashion. Any reminescent of beer is suppressed but a tobacco, fruity, agave (tequilla) note rises from the glass making me quesiton which aisle of the store I bought this bottle.

A glance at the pour gives a deep straw, moderately golded color with a significant haze. A mild head formation gives loosely knit bubbles and a sparse lacing on the glass. Not exactly the most appealing looking beverage.

Flavors of smoked grains, vegital additions, and fruity esters are all over the place. Again tobacco and tequilla combine with the heavy peated barrels to give a grainy, boozy concoction that proves too difficult for my beer-oriented palate. However if complexity is what you are after, knock you socks off with this one.

Textures are medium with some barrel-tannins but the light grains (is that pilsner) provides the softest of maltiness that helps to buffer the surfaces of the mouth from the woodsy whisky textures. A bit more carbonation would further lift the beer from the mouth giving a much needed repreive from the aggression of non-beer elements of this brew.

The individual flavors are acutally quite pleasant, but combined this beer suffers greatly. I love bacon. And, I love ice cream. I'm just hoping that Baskin Robins doesn't gain any inspiration from this post.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.36/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.82/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.32/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2/2/10 so it's a bit past it's best by date. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about a 1/4 inch white head. Not much head retention, but there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like peat and smoke, just like a good smoky scotch whisky. I don't notice any other aromas, the smoke/peat is pretty overpowering, not that I'm complaining. However, the taste isn't quite as good as the aroma. I can still taste the peat and smoke, but there's also a weird plasticy taste noticable. It's not bad tasting, but it's a weird enough taste that I can't rate this beer above average on taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average, but I probably rated this higher than most overall because I like smoky scotch whiskies. It's not great, but I thought it was worth a try.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.07/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of Maudite
4.09/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am a big Islay fan- Laphroaig being my favorite. Heard alot of abd things about this beer- roudy, hard to drink, etc. I found it complex and smooth, albeit lacking much carbonation...

A- Cloudy copper-orange with just a few bubbles of carbonation; no head, but a thin halo around the top of the pour. Like most cask ales, this is an obviously unfiltered offering, excusably cloudy.

S- Initially the smell is dominated by earthiness, peat, wood, whiskey, and mainly near phenolic smoke. As the beer warmed more subtle complexities emerged- vanilla, white pepper, apricot. After sipping and getting into the beer, the smoke dissipated and left just the woody, vanilla, pepper and hints of fruit in the nose.

T- Again, the first several sips were dominated by smoke and wood, as is to be expected. It was not as shocking to my taste buds as I expected from other peoples' reviews. I enjoyed the biting smoke flavor. After drinking for a few minutes, the smoke fades to the background and a caramel-malt, toffee-like flavor comes forward, some vaguely fruity hops in the background and some peppery quality from the wood emerges.

M- Very light, thin mouthfeel, as can be found in most wood-aged beers (save for Imp. stouts). Carbonation is light, almost non-existent, and would be my only complaint. Most cask-ale is fairly light on carbonation, so I looked past it. The smoke lingers in the mouth the first few sips, and the bite of wood and alcohol coats the mouth.

D- Not an every day beer by any means, but definitely something worth trying, and something I will revisit often.

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