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

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
97
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
28.67%
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of GRG1313
2.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted again with very different feelings than my first few bottles.

Pours a clear amber orange with a very thin white head that rapidly fades.

Nose is all Scotch...period. Some fruit character and a lot of peat, (latikia tobacco) in the nose. You'll love it or hate it; I love it.

Mouthfeel is a disappointment. It is thin and lacking in body and lacking carbonation.

Flavors are just off-putting and the disappointment continues. Tastes like watered down Scotch mixed with a lightly hoped beer and with no integration, elegance or grace. Flavors go from watered down fruit/smokey Scotch to a grapefruit bitter finish that's not bad. Unfortunately, flavors are just not pleasant; beer is not balanced and not particularly attractive in the mouth
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FIRST REVIEW; BETTER BOTTLE?
(This review was a "B.") Honey amber in color with a quick white head. Great smokey, peat nose followed by like flavors of smoke, peat and citrus.

Very nice mouthfeel, body and balance. A very full peat grapefruit hop finish. Leaves a peat/smokey finish.

This is a nice "different" brew. Not sure how it pairs with food but it's worth the taste as it has something pleasant going on for it.
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Perhaps this strange beer needs yet a third serious tasting. We'll see....

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Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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 t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
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 biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've been more or less avoiding the Islay cask offerings from this brewer, but today I was presented an opportunity to try it, alongside a 12-year-old Lagavulin, no less...

This beer pours a clear golden yellow hue, with a whiff of thin soapy white head, that leaves limited spotty lace around the glass. No need to lean into the glass to guess what this is going to smell like - I can discern that quite readily by holding the freshly-poured glass at a full arm's length: that acrid, eye-burning, been camping all week stench that is embedded peat smoke. No surprise, I suppose, it does say 'Islay' and 'Whisky' on the label, but wow, is it intense. Leaning closer to the actual glass, the smoke just gets denser, but in the deepest dark, there is but a light! A weird, unexpected light, but light nonetheless - the distinct calling card aroma of the DIPA - grapefruit and pine hops, blended with a caramel malt. Thus begins the Jekyll and Hyde experience that is this freak show...

The taste is much like the smell: big peat smoke right off the bat, but I'll admit, the smoke dissipates after a spell, to reveal the underlying malt and fruit, just like in its well-made Island Malt cousins. The caramel malt and citrus hops are there, but battered and singed by the remains of the sinus-clearing smoke. I can't call the taste, or the smell, 'good' - 'accurate', maybe, but not good. The carbonation is moderate, essentially there to remind you that what you're drinking is beer, the body is a wee bit thin, and it finishes as it started - peaty.

In case it isn't clear, my tastes in Scottish whisky tend toward Speyside, so peat isn't my thing. Set next to a dram of the big peaty Islay Malt, this beer holds its own. That's not my issue - it's just as advertised. However, not all good things are meant to be mixed together, and this is a prime example. Any of the intense hops and malt character of the supposed base DIPA are lost under the assault of smoke. If you like the thought of burnt tropical fruit, be my guest.

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Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.21/5  rDev -20.8%
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 zestar
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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 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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +61.3%

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 smartassboiler
1/5  rDev -64.2%

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 Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours cloudy yellow and looks about like a hefeweizen. The aroma is like a very peaty scotch. I know it was aged in scotch casks but I expected more of an IPA aroma. The flavor is similar to the smell, as it tastes like cheap scotch. No real apparent hop or malt flavor, just peaty, smokey scotch. The beer poured almost flat with little to no carbonation. I appreciate the effort of aging an IPA in scotch casks, but the casks took over the beer instead of accenting it. This is a miss for me.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Still having a hard time believing this is a DIPA instead of a mediocre flanders or beligan pale ale or something of that kin. Poured a clear gold body with some fizzy head on top of a sour, almost skunky smell with little hoppiness present. Taste is more of the same as it's murky and the hops are subdued. A sour citrusy flavor with hints of woodiness but it comes across a little flat and watery and the finish is rather unpleasant, hence the low drinkability.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -39.8%
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 cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orangish color with very little carbonation in the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by the smokey whisky barrel smells. Behind all the smokey whisky notes you can faintly pick up on some hops but they are just a faint hint.

T- The taste like the aroma carries a lot of the whisky flavors from the barrel aging with some faint watered down hops and malt in the background.

M- The mouthfeel is very faintly carbonated and watery. Almost like a soda that has been left out for a few hours and has just a little bit of carbonation left.

D- Overall, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try. I think the barrel aging took over the beer a little too much, I would like it more if the barrel aging and the IPA flavors were a little more balanced. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source with a very thin fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smokey malt aroma with a very prominent whiskey/peat character. Earthy oak in the with slight citrus hops but the nose is overwhelmingly dominated by whiskey. I wish that the hops were more evident but this beer still smells pretty good.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end. Very unique combination of smokey malt, earthy oak, peaty whiskey flavors and citrus/piny hops. Subtle hints of pine needle and lemon/orange peel. Decent amount of alcohol warmth but along with the peat and whiskey it adds to the flavor. Sweet yet dry finish.

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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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