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BrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch PleaseBrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch Please

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AgentMunky on 04-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 240
Photo of jgasparine
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin light-tan head, which quickly receded. The body was a ruddy brown color with no visible signs of carbonation. No lacing, but it's got some legs.

S- A moderately strong nose of thick malts, and pine resin hop aromas. There's this weird synthetic chemical note in there as well. Strange.

T- Big malts are met with a slightly peaty scotch note, before being overtaken by these huge solvent and hop flavors. Solvent flavor could possibly be due to higher alcohols. Hop bitterness kicks-in towards the finish, with big resiny flavors coming through. The peat from the scotch re-emerges once again with that chemical note for a sustained, nasty finish.

M- Big, chewy body. Soft carbonation. Hot with EtOH. Low astringency. A nice body.

Overall- Highly disappointed with this one. It's all over the place with incongruous flavors. Sadly a drain pour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nope. this is a hard miss. it pours a fine enough looking dark dark brown color, minimal light passing through, and a decent bubbly tan head. the nose is disgusting though. it smells like dry erase markers, straight up. maybe some cig butts too, but man, i cannt get past the dry erase marker smell. its smells like poisin. the flavor is only marginally better, some tobacco notes and some bitter burnt malt, but still that marker vibe. feel is irrelevant at this point, but its got decent carbonation and a full body. nothing but marker and booze, how did they create this? its terrible, one of the worst craft beers ive tasted in a long long time. huge letdown for my first 3 floyds product. never again with this thing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks MrKennedy for sending this one! The beer poured out as a muddy looking brown color. The head was soapy and white. There is a decent retention but no lacing. The smell of this beer is smokey... It also gives off aromas of earthy malt and some boozy sweetness too. The taste gives off a big Islay cask smoked flavor... Something BrewDog does very well. It's not salty tasty which is good. The other subtle flavors that come through are malt and some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, it's got some depth to it. There is a creaminess in the finish blending with the smoke. Overall this beer isn't terrible. I didn't expect it to be cask aged... But all in all I drank it but I wouldn't need to have it again.

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Photo of hoody711
2.54/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Having recently moved from Chicago (great beer) to Houston (terrible beer), I pounced on this bottle when I saw the FFF skull. Little deflated when I got home and looked up the ratings. Oh well, for a dollar an ounce, it has to be good, right? And everyone else is wrong?

A - poured into my tulip, moderate vigor. (That sentence reeks of pretense.) Anyways, deep indian red, almost just plain brown. It's the color of the bottle, actually. Half a finger of head that sticks around. Pretty beer.

S - boozy. Then more boozy. Yeah, 11.5%. It's almost chemical. Are there spices or anything else in this? I can't get past the above. Apparently this is peat? Kind of unpleasant. Makes me not want to drink it. But you know, for science...

T - hmm, it's interesting. Rich and malty at the front, smooth and nice. Then morphs to kind of a chemical vegetableness, then there's the alcohol that just can't stay quiet, and it leaves just a huge burn on your palate. Doesn't really scream "have another sip!" Yikes. I'm biased against this type of beer, but this is rough.

M - starts nice and velvety, coats the palate, and definitely warms you up. If you can get past the taste, it's pretty good in this category.

O - no thanks. I like weird and adventurous beers, but this is a little too crazy and totally unbalanced. I'm not drain-pouring, but only because it cost me $12 for a bottle. Moving on quickly after it's gone.

Edit: 25% below the mean. Rough times for me. You guys have better appreciation than me I guess. In good conscious, however, I can't change any of the ratings. The taste and smell are just way too disagreeable.

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Photo of kevanb
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.16oz bottle poured into a Firestone Walker snifter

The beer pours a nice burgundy color, hues of maroon, caramels and ambers when struck by the light, a nice tan head rises out of the beer, almost a finger tall that has moderate retention and recedes into a thin film resting atop the beer, great showing around the rim of the glass. The head is very easily resummoned with a flick of the glass but leaves no lacing. The aroma is a bit odd, lots of peated malt as to be expected, very smokey, ashy, earthy, some unpleasant vegetal aromas mix with the alcohol heat and it almost feels like there are some sort of spicy peppers in the beer, not what I was looking forward to. The flavors are better, but still a bit muddled, starts with smooth rich dark malts, then instantly transitions to strong peat and smoked flavors, dark fruits with touches of caramel and bourbon. Lingering alcohol heat again produces some off flavors that come across like a spicy adjunct, if it wasn't for that one off note, I feel like this could be a very strong beer, the peats are in line, the malts and sweet, rich and super smooth, the flavors are very well integrated, the lingering aftertaste really kills this one for me. Nice rich body, nice carbonation levels, just enough liveliness to keep it from being too syrupy and overly rich, nice finish, a bit dry for the style, coats the mouth without being cloying.

Verdict: A really ambitious attempt here and it's so close to being a massive triumph, unfortunately the vegetal flavors combining with the heat from the alcohol gets the better of this beer. A shame really as every other aspect was balanced and expressed very well.

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Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky Amber with a tan head that instantly shrinks to a collar and leaves a skim of foam and a few bubbles on the surface. Tiny scraps of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is peaty....real peaty, smoked peat and band-aid notes with a barely noticeable whiff of the beer underneath. A Scotch bomb! This is the ballsiest beer of all time, the flavors are dominated by peaty oak and smoke with a lot of the caramelized sugars and vanilla bean flavors imparted by the barrel. The beer itself is a little lost in the mix of powerful tannins and oak but the underlying malt bomb is nice and malty with some hop flavor and plenty of warming alcohol. Medium full bodied with plenty of sugars and tannins to smash the palate on impact. I like this beer but it is ridiculous, way overdone and completely unbalanced. Still surprisingly fun to drink for the adventurous. I am in the minority but I really dig this brew.

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Photo of Jsenay
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into white wine glass

A - Pours a dark amber almost brown with a small head that goes away in about a minute leaving a thick lacing.

S - Whiskey/single-malt scotch, band-aids, oak, sugar, decayed veggies, rubbing alcohol

T - Leather, sweet malt, smoke, musty, earthy, lots of peat malt and vegetate flavors, warming alcohol.

M - It is very mouth coating with a syrupy sweetness that leads into a smokey vegetate finish with a minute tartness and heavy dryness. Leaves a peat-like/smoked aftertaste that lingers with an alcohol heat.

O - Tastes a lot like a single malt whiskey with mouth feel and flavor. If there had been no carbonation, I would have pinned this for a single malt in itself. It has a nice syrupy smooth body due to the malted barley in addition to the peat malt which imparts the smokiness. An interesting offer that gets more flavor pronounced as it warms. This is definitely not for everybody but, is a fun one to drink due to the sheer amount of ingredients put into it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle capped with a BrewDog cap.

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin of white head that quickly dissipated. Smells of booze, peated malts and some ripe fruits. I had this in February in Europe and the nose was stronger than 7 months later. First sip is wonderful with all the flavors I love from Islay. WoW – the peated Islay malt rocks this beer. It is unique and wonderful. Along with the peat there is some smoke but less than I thought and a tad less than I remember. Mouthfeel is just ok (average) as it is thin but well carbonated. If you like Laphroaig and Ardbeg, seek this puppy out. I can see why this beer has such a low rating as most BA’s on here really do not get the beauty of peat and smoke. Damn good beer!

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Photo of dauss
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Appears to be a 12oz. bottle, but the label says it is only 11.16 Fl. Oz. Batch: 096. Best Before: 19-03-16.

Appearance: It is a murky dull brown color. Really a bad looking beer, but when held up to the light and directly looked at from opposite the light source, it is a deep amber with intense ruby highlights, and actually quite bright. Odd that it could be so extreme with the appearance. A small white tan head forms and has excellent retention.

Smell: Wow, that is a ton of peat. It's like someone poured a glass Lagavulin or Ardbeg. It's got some high alcohol bite to it as well, burning the nostrils with the high alcohol content. It's just boozy, but not hot or solventy. That peat just overwhelms everything and not much else can be picked out from the aroma.

Taste: Definitely a lot more peat here as well. Deep and intense smokiness, but lacking the malt sweetness I normally associate with a barleywine. A brief but moderate bitterness lingers on the palate and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: It's thin. Lacking that full bodied chewy malt character.

Overall: Just to preface, I love Islay single malts. Smokier the better. This beer however, it very lackluster. One dimensional with a lot of peat character. It's not that I don't like the peat, it is that there is no balance in the beer. Too much peat, barleywine character is weak and thin.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Smoke, peat, and booze are the best way to describe the aroma. Some caramel, toffee, and bready malt. It's actually decently fruity, as well. The flavor almost choked me. Wood, peat, smoke, and alcohol are just dominating. The fruit and malt flavors are not really allowed to be on display here. Just awful stuff.

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Photo of chugalug06
1.68/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Large tan foamy head rises form a very dark redish brown brew.

Smells like a tire. Way too much smoked malt. Too much peat too.

Taste is like licking a tire. Bitter and over whelming, in a bad way. Syrup-y and way too thick. No hops are present. Way too much peat, BLAH! Nice carbonation.

Horrible mess!!! This is the last 3 Floyds Collab brew I'll buy. I paid $12 to drain pour.. This brew is awful, if you feel other wise BM me and we can discuss it's upside. How would either brewery want their name attached to this brew??

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Photo of brystmar
1.96/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

How do you soil the Three Floyds name? Collaborate with Mikkeller and/or BrewDog!

Ugly pour, dirty brown with mild head. Smells godawful... So much peat; reminiscent of licking the underside of your hiking boots after spending a week in the forest. Taste isn't much better, with smokey peat malt and dirty socks everywhere you turn. Perfect beer to unclog your drain.

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Photo of ESPNman
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown, looks thick coming out of the bottle. Slight hint of head that dissipates quickly leaving virtually no trace behind.

S - Pretty standard barleywine. Sweet malts with a bit of caramel and only a hint of the scotch / peat to be had on the taste.

T - Yep, this was definitely barrel aged in Scotch barrels. Big smokey, salty, peaty notes overwhelm what was once a probably pretty good barleywine. This is one seriously meaty beer.

M - Viscous, but with more carbonation than I would have expected. Overall a very balanced and surprisingly mellow mouthfeel. For a beer this big I would have expected something heavier and thicker.

O - Good beer, but not great. I think they went a little too far with the aging in Scotch barrels, or perhaps chose too peaty of a scotch. Maybe aging it a while longer will help mellow out the flavors.

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up by a friend in Chicago, poured into a Brooklyn Brewing Tulip glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is peat, smokey. Taste is Smokey, oak, Some whiskey and bacon. Very boozy. Slightly bitter and pretty delicious. Id drink this again if I had the chance.

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Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy brown in color. Great, 1 finger tan head.

S - Peat, smoke and malt.

T - I was expecting a peat bomb but it's really not. Lovely sweet malt balances out the peaty/smokey characteristics. Some bitterness at the end.

M - Solid, just heavy enough to not be syrupy.

O - Some people get overwhelmed with a real peaty scotch or a real "scotch" beer. I've had homebrews that had more peat in it than this. I can appreciate 3F and Mikkeller branching out with this brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With extreme flavors that favor Scotch whiskey, this Frankenstein of a beer shoves the palate to its brink with a bullyish display of earth, smoke, and bitterness.

The moderately hazy beer carries a firm mohogany hue with a dense and creamy head with a broken and speckled necklace of lace. Firm retention gives this a very formidable appearance.

High intensity of burnt rubber, rye, black peppercorn, scorched earth, sorghum, grapes, plumbs, cigar tobacco, weathered wood and moss create this meringue of scents that are surprisingly aromatic and perfumy despite being rustic and offensive.

The strong (oh, so strong) taste of peated whiskey, brown sugar, campfire smoke, lit cigars, ash, and the deeply embedded earthen hop balance gives a broad bitterness to the beer but continues to mudden the waters while a dull spiciness of rubber, pine sap, aniseed, rootbeer, and nail polish aptly describe the spicy, herbal, and sharpness that underlying complexities provide.

Full bodied and highly weighted because of the inherent character of creamy smoke and rich residual sweetness- the beer's reprieve rests in the astringency of char and ash with hot boozy alcohols and evaporation of wood tannin and strong powder.

But then how is it that so many unpleasant discriptor words pour out of the lexicon that this beer actually rates well? As offensive as the beer becomes to my beery palate, I feel that the peat influence of Scotch whiskeys plays out with proper balance, bold taste, and crazy-stupid levels of complexity.

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Photo of mrtripod
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color and creamy off-white head.
Good retention and powerful lacing.

At first a bit harshly - but as the edge wore off I recognized that it was coming from the smokey and slightly robust ingredients.
Itis a bit too overpowered by the peat, but the whiskey is increasingly noticeable with sweet malt.

The taste is quite complex with sweetness from the malt, a hint of caramel, some bitterness and intense whiskey.

Strong carbonation with a contrasting drying sensation.

Went very well with a Monte Cristo corona-sized cigar.

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4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Very dark amber color. Tan colored head, lasting & creamy crown. Aromatic profile shows sweet roasted malts with hints of dark fruits & toffee notes. Sweet coffee at first sip, hints of plum. Ruthless dry bitter explosion overwhelms fruit flavor. Wood aged brandy notes round a hot aftertaste. Watch up your cigarette!! Full body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 19-03-2016

Beer is a dark, cloudy brown. A bit swampy. Small off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Lots of toffee and caramel malt in the nose, along with some oak.

Like the nose, the taste has boatloads of toffee and caramel, but is accompanied with lots of peat and smoke. Noticeable booze. Oak and whisky there as well. Tonnes going on but it is really all a bit much. Overload and nothing subtle about it. Not exactly a well integrated bunch of flavours.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, syrupy. A fair bit of alcohol burn.

Overall, some nice aspects but it is a bit too extreme.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.24/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$12... Waaay too expensive... too expensive from the brewery and too much markup from the bottleshop.

Poured into my HotD goblet while boxing bottles for trade.... tan head with decent lacing and retention.... the brew is hazed light walnut.

Nose is full of headache acetone and burning rubber... smells like somebody put a palate of Converse on a campfire. Uncapped "Sharpie" markers .. Jesus... Really?

Flavor is making me squint... burning latex.... burning tires... Phenols that should NEVER be in any commercial beer... terrible superglue notes...

Christ.... seriously... I can handle Peaty Scotch, but this is a Train Wreck like nothing else. If you like sniffing Glue, then go at it.


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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
1.25/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not sure why I picked this up. May have been the cute little bottle and my failure to read any reviews before trying.


Poured bottle into nice mini tulip. The smell is something I can easily describe; Huntington beach sea water the first day after a record rain storm.

I'm almost afraid to try it after the smell.

Taste is well... I can definately get the Scotch and a little Peat. The abv isn't well hidden but I wouldn't call it overpowering. A lot going on which each sip and I'm not sure what's going on.

Good thing this was a mini bottle so I don't have to muscle through a bomber.

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Photo of ehammond1
1.6/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew. Co.
Escondido, CA

Deep auburn in color with a quickly disappearing light khaki colored head. This doesn't leave much more than a few clinging bubbles to the glass.

The aroma is terrible, though in all fairness, the taste was worse. The aroma is a combination of burnt wood, rubber, campfire, a drag strip, and burnt sugars.

The flavor is awful. A few of the descriptors I heard friends offer in defense of this beer:
"Burnt tire"
"Burnt rubber"
"Campfire deliciousness"
"Huge tobacco note...yeeeeaaah"
"Perhaps the worst beer I've ever had"

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Disgusting, vile stuff.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 36

A: Finger and a half khaki head, deep brownish amber color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Peaty, smokey, whiskey, touch of hops

T: Same as nose with a bit more of the malts coming through including a touch of sweetness

M: Medium-light body, smooth, a touch thinner than I expected, good carbonation

O: Nice twist on a Barley Wine, different than any I've had before

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Photo of sprucetip
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very active, medium brown color, a finger+ of creamy off-white head, decent retention and pretty thick lacing.

Wicked peaty! At first it was harshly medicinal/band aid, but as the edge wore off I recognized that it was coming from the smoky/peaty ingredients. So far, I am unable to get much else, after about 10 minutes (and at a good temp). I'll keep trying. ... another few minutes, and now I can find some fruit, dark and otherwise. It's still way overpowered by the peat, but there is something else at least.... later still. I get the whiskey and barrel as well as the peat and the increasingly noticeable sweet malt.

The taste isn't dominated entirely by the peat, but it's still the most prominent element. The taste is actually quite complex, at least half deep into the goblet, even warmer yet. The peat/smoke flavor comes in at a more commensurate level than in the nose, and joins a diverse cast of flavor players whose inputs blend together with great synergistic effect. Sweetness from the malt, a hint of caramel, citrus fruit, gentle bitterness, whiskey, and barrel all dance on the charred and peaty foundation.

Strong carbonation and warming, with full-ish body but with a contrasting drying sensation.

This is an expensive beer, so it better be good and interesting. It is, but the aroma was strong and harsh at first. It mellowed, and the taste ended up turning out to be very complex and well balanced, and would probably get even better with time.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok this goes down as the most interesting beer I've tried to date.

Appearance: A great color here dark copper or even mohogany color very rich.

Smell: I love this smell it has the same medicinal smell that an Islay scotch would have, very good. Exceptional my favorite for smell!

Taste: While I liked it a lot it couldn't stand up to the aroma. Very earthy with a hint of the scotch taste others have noted at the very end but obviuosly without the burn. Taste is similar to a smoked beer but very much not a smoke beer at the same time. All the band-aid none of the smoke.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of head to this beer for me (pored in to a tulip glass) but the carbonation is there though you can't see it.

Overall: A must try espessially if you are a beer geek who appreciates a good scotch, even more true if your favorite scotch is an Islay. Like Laphroag where some of this barley comes from.

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