Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) | BrewDog

Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)
BA SCORE
2.74/5
132 Ratings
Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
132
pDev:
29.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +27.4%
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 BWHD
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
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 redfacedshooter
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of polishkaz
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ohtheguilt
2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of cougarbait
1.96/5  rDev -28.5%
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 0%
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 DrNo
5/5  rDev +82.5%

Photo of redleaves
3.12/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -22.6%
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 wvsabbath
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +64.2%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +46%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -13.1%
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 +0.7%
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 +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 weller1js
2.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Storm (Islay Whisky Cask Aged IPA) from BrewDog
Beer rating: 2.74 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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