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Speedball | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Viggo on 01-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Bananaman:
Photo of Bananaman
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was really intresting, thanks goes out to Ljunkan for sharing this one! Really cool with a beer with guarana, kola nut and Scottish heather honey(!).

The beer pours a hazy bright amber color with a nice but rather small white head.

Aroma contains lots of honey, kola, some fruityness (probably from the guarana fruit) and some typical English malts.

Tastes really elegant, I really, really enjoyed this beer. Lots of honey, English malts and some notes of kola nuts. Overall it's a pretty sweet beer, drenched in honey. But in a good way.

All and all, a nice and inspiring strong ale!

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, as BrewDog Speedball, at Olympen, Oslo. Deep amber to reddish colour, moderate head. Distinct aroma of American hops, and some honey. The flavour is first distinctly hoppy and rather bitter, then the flavour is mellowed when the malts and the special ingredients come through (guarana, kola nuts and heather honey - I can't identify the Californian poppy), as the beer warms up a little. All in all a pleasant mouthfeel and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought this beer for me from a local beer store. From what I read in the news, this beer's name is going to be discontinued due to it's drug connotations. The beer itself is a woody-brown color with a lot of haze and a modest soapy, off-white head. The smell has plenty of herbal hops and malt qualities. There's a lot of flour and moss-like smells in this beer...it's like a walk in the woods on a late spring day...a woods near a malthouse. The beer has plenty of alcohol warming, and -it's not well hidden- a sharp alcohol bite. The taste is moderately sweet in the front, but it is reasonably balanced by the finish. Lots of spice and herb flavors. Fairly full body, and an engaging, stimulating mouthfeel. Good brew.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Ralph! As per website: "A class A strong ale brewed with guarana, Californian poppy, kola nut and Scottish heather honey."

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, drops some lace spots and settles to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, lots of honey, light spice, very toasty and sweet, quite fragrant. Taste is similar, very malty, lots of biscuit and toast, caramel, honey, some spice, flowery, very malty. Mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice and drinkable. Interesting ingredients, the honey comes through nicely and there is a light spiciness present, but I don't get the nuts. Thanks Ralph!

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Photo of PartyBear
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours as a slightly cloudy nut brown colour, with a fast fading head, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: There are sweet sugary scents at the front. The kola nut used in the brewing is noticeable in the aroma, as is the Scottish heather honey.

Taste: The flavours are sweet initially, with the taste of molasses and honey. Again, the kola nut is there, providing a slightly bitter twist in the middle. There is a biscuity taste of sweet shortbread, which emerges towards the end with a warming alcohol taste. The finish is bitter, hoppy, and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin, however, the taste is certainly not light. There is a mild oiliness to it, which I presume is from the high alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite a strange tasting beer, with some different ingredients, but I have come to expect nothing less from the lads at BrewDog. The kola nut used in the brewing does pop up in the flavours and unfortunately gives me the feeling that I am drinking a flat coke at time. Having said that, as a whole, the flavours are not unpleasent, and do have a morish quality. An interesting beer, which needs to be tasted to be believed.

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Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Orange-reddish with a small head.

S: Hops, Exotic fruits, Caramel, Spices.

T: Exotic fruit, Caramel, Candy, Hops and some citric notes.

M: A very easy drink. Nicely balanced and very different. Low carbonation.

Something different for sure.

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Photo of wl0307
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 12/10/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped sniffer. NOTE: this strong ale is brewed with guarana, Californian poppy, kola nut and Scottish heather honey...?!

A: dark amber with a clear pink-orange hue, coming with almost no sign of carbonation and a slowly retreating off-white fluffy head.
S: interesting, the aroma rings a bell of American IPA actually, with lots of citric-flowery hops hand in hand with sweet honey-ish & caramely-creamy malts (as in a Scottish ale actually); a swirl brings up the exotic aroma even more, but hard to be related to any special ingredient mentioned on the label, as I've experienced none apart from heather honey which perhaps helps to explain the honey-ish and flowery scent. The balance gears towards the sweet side of malts and honey, but the prevalent hop aroma adds a few more positive points overall.
T: like a strong ale, the robust and rich fruitiness is everywhere for grasp - overripe plums, prunes, bitter-sweet red grapefruits, and a touch of oily esters - against the bedrock of decent longan-fruity and creamy pale malts, then the theme clearly ventures into the hop territory, showing an underlying but deep flow of bitterness (as of burned malts) and a spicy touch more like from the (grapefruity/American?) hops, which I suspect might also be imparted by the Californian poppy. The fantastically lingering aftertaste very close to a well-hopped IPA that is both clean bitter, lightly tangy, quite chewy and still aromatic (both hops and juicy fruity malts), rendering a more-ish finish for each sip.
M&D: despite being unfiltered (and possibly bottle-conditioned), the carbonation is slightly in the lacking, but overall the texture is spiced up or livened considerably by the spicy-bitter elements of hops and maybe poppy seeds in the brew. This is an interesting ale with all the exotically-named ingredients having a role in the end product, though I can't sense a clear structure of them on the palate. Overall, an attractive and highly quaffable ale this is!

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Photo of Ljunkan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Pours an amber color with a small one finger, white head. Aroma is floral, honey, toffee, malty and fruity. Flavour is quite sweet with a dominating honey character but also very floral with notes of resin and hops. A great, bitter finish. This beer has a very special character, which probably comes from the guarana. A bit apple like in the taste. Very smooth on the palate, a bit creamy and filling. Very drinkable and interesting brew.

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Speedball from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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