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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AgentMunky on 04-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of wood and sickening sweetness doesn’t make for an interesting aroma. Taste is like crunching into an old scotch barrel that has bathed in sugar, i.e. not an interesting proposition. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I finally drain poured half the bottle after I couldn’t take any more of the bad scotch ester and the sickening sweetness.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden-brown; no head; thin, oily lacing

S: Sweet floral hops, sweet malts, oak, and a bourbon earthiness

T: Wow, the taste is really complex, like smoky bourbon-soaked wood covered in musky peat moss. Lots of delicious smoky/bitter/earthy flavors

M: Med-light viscosity with a good dose of booze

O: I had no idea what to expect with this one, but man it blew me away with the first sip. Definitely a great barleywine, I must find some more.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 19-03-16 best by date.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark chestnut color with reddish highlights. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice smoked/peated briney hop character in front of a mellow caramel malt backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. The smoky peat note flows into subtle pine and citrus. Very very subtle caramel malt.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance with the whiskey and barrel aging giving the beer quite an in-your-face barleywine.

(D)- Not too shabby. The idea and description of the beer had me intrigued, but at $12 for a single bottle of this, it was wayyy too expensive for what you actually got. Purely based on the price, this is really disappointing, but if you forget about how much you paid for it, its not too bad.

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

I loved this beer! Was looking for something different, new and exciting. A bit pricey, but I'll do it for every BREWDOG collaboration.

Tulip pour.

A. Looks beautiful at first glance, and even better after a settle. BRONZE in appearance, light carbonation, looks just right. Minimal head, right up my alley.

S. Very strong, you can definitely tell this was barrel aged. Scotch man all day, so this fit my fancy.

T. Instant explosion, almost unbearable, but every sip afterwards becomes more inviting. Starts off strong with a tempered middle and a glorious aftertaste.

Probably won't buy again, but I have one I'll lay down for a few months and bust it out with some friends after it's all sold out.

Purchased 2.24.12 upon request of beer god Evan Hendrix at my local Whole Foods in Bend, Oregon.

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

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: A sticky white crown retains well atop a murky auburn body. Modest lacing lines the glass walls, while the tulip's etched bottom creates a silky, eye-of-the-hurricane aesthetic atop the brew. Shades of copper and brass shine illuminate the edges. A classy looking beer, no doubt about that.

Smell: Raspberry, leafy hops, and caramel duke it out with whiskey and coarse char. The aroma immediately reminds me of a spent hookah bowl. I get that this was meant to be smokey and peaty, but this a bit much.

Taste: Holy smokes! That whole spent hookah analogy is even more applicable in the taste realm. Jesus! Whiskey, peat, cranberries, grapefruit, and prunes also find their way to the palate, but so does a pile of soot. While intriguing and certainly flavorful, I'm not a fan of this one.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, warm, and malty, but still with a good deal of balance. Subtle carbonation allows the beer to float across the palate, and the finish provides a pleasant amount of dryness. No complaints here.

Overall: If it weren't for the overwhelming smoke flavor, this might be pretty good. The whiskey addition feels pretty strong as well, and could probably use some dulling also. Lots of complexity, just a lack of cohesiveness between the flavors.

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Photo of SpdKilz
1.84/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up at my local Binny’s for wayyyy too much money ($12 for a 12oz…sheesh).

Appearance – Pours a murky brown into a tulip with about a finger of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell – Booze, booze, booze. Slight dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste – Holy crap. What is this. Seriously this is disgusting. This is heavy peat and smoke. Rubber, etc. I took one sip and almost gagged.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Drain pour. This is one of the worst beers I’ve had in a while. Ugg.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby mahogany with amber highlights. Substantial deep cream head that lingers. Very little lacing.

Aroma of caramel and toffee malt, smoke, whiskey. Slightly sweet, but mostly smokey. Little piney hops? Light alcohol presence.

Upfront taste is caramel malt with a little smoke sneaking in. Slightly sweet caramel malt middle. Some bittering hops at the finish, but smokey wood overtakes it quickly. Lingering smokey campfire and wooden barrel flavors. Light whiskey throughout as it warms.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol well masked considering the lightness of the mouthfeel.

Interesting beer. The smoked malts aren't overwhelming which is nice. Vey woody. Doesn't really drink like a barleywine. Overall so-so, but worth a try since it's so different.


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Photo of StaveHooks
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 096 11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A - Ruby brown body with a thick collared cream colored head. Spotted lacing.

S - Smoked peat fills the glass. Notes of treated oak wood, beef jerky cure, sweet bread, caramel, alcohol, and herbal hops.

T - Smoked peat just dominates everything. Dry oak wood in the background. Caramel malt, vanilla, and hints of fruit are presents. The finish is smoked peat and wood with an herbal hop oil and scotch left for the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

This is an odd beer for sure. The oak barrels and heavy peat kinda clash and create an almost artificial "ash tray" flavor. It's more interesting than off-putting. The base barleywine isn't enough to compete with the wood and peat and seems to get lost.
I appreciate the creativity of the brewers but the combined ingredients produce an unusual flavor that probably won't catch on. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, maybe a bit oily, not much of a head.

Aroma: The peat is not very strong, but there is a distinctive aroma of whisky, not too intensive though.

Taste: Rich and malty, typical for a barley wine, but the strong alcohol content is well balanced and does not ruin the taste at all. There is a peculiar aftertaste, most likely due to the toffee:
sugary sweetness. It’s a bit strange in a beer like this, and I can see how it might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly quite original.

Mouthfeel: Balanced, medium-bodied.

Overall: A very interesting collaborative beer with one of the most inventive and crazy breweries from Scotland (BrewDog) and a good US brewery (Three Floyds), which I’m familiar with but haven’t had the chance to sample their products very much yet.

Being a big fan of single malts and especially the peaty and smoky whiskies coming from Islay and around, I was very curious about this beer. After fermentation the beer has been aged in old Jura single malt whisky barrels for 8 months. I’ve visited Islay and Jura, which are two adjacent islands. The beer didn’t disappoint, although I’d like a more intense whisky or peat flavour — in the US I’ve had a few beers branded as ‘Scotch Ale’ which have had a slightly more intense whisky flavour to them, but without the peat. It’s worth noting that there’s no smokiness in this beer, unlike in many of the Islay whiskies (not so much Jura though).

Recommended if you can get your hands on it. I sampled this one at one of my favourite pubs in Helsinki, Kuikka, but it did cost me 14 euros!

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this one.

(A) - Dark burnt orange, brownish, copper, clean with slight bubbled head. Leaves lacing

(S) - Smells of booze. Oak and whiskey. Some fig, leather, some heat

(T) - Smoked peat, generally smokey, decent amount of hops. Almost a smoked jerky taste to it.

(M) - Somewhat grainy, ends slightly dry. Medium to full body.

(O) - A lot more peat than I expected. More of a smokiness that is definitely a different spin on a BW.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got stranded in Amsterdam a couple weeks ago and found myself in De Beer Temple most of the evening. This one sounded interesting.

From a bottle into BrewDog stemware
Collaboration with Three Floyds

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin looking, off-white head with decent retention. Bistre brown in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a light wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing down all the way down.

SMELL: This is a peat bomb. Lots of smoke and scotch barrel with notes of leather as well. This is basically a one-dimensional peat beer.

TASTE: Follows the nose as well. Some smoke and leather notes in there, but this is all peat all the time. Lots of peat and scotch barrel, with a touch of caramel sweetness on the swallow, if I really go looking. Bold and relentless aftertaste of smoky peat and boozy scotch. Flavorful but very one dimensional. Peat and more peat.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very, very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Medium weight, but it’s very creamy and smooth, which is its saving grace a little.

OVERALL: Not sure what to say about this one. If you’re a scotch and peat fan, you will love this. Otherwise, you will hate it. It’s very flavorful and the feel is great, but it’s not very complex or interesting really. Too much barrel and not enough barleywine. The first half of the glass was alright, but then it started to get old pretty fast. Glad to have tried it, but won’t feel the need to revisit.

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Photo of crossovert
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.16 oz bottle.

It pours a plumbish red with a big bubbly slightly tanned head. The head is pretty ugly with big soapy bubbles.

The smell is pretty nice. A nice smokey peaty scotch scent is over some vanilla and oak. There is a hint of the hops in the scent, more of an herbally, slightly citrus scent that in turn blends with the subtleties of the scotch. There is some caramel and barley too tucked below.

The flavor is definitely peaty. It has that nice smokiness. Definitely takes the flavor of the scotch. The problem here is the base beer. It doesn't mesh as well with the scotch. It is harsh, alcoholic, and sweet, but in a beery way, not a scotch way. It is just a bad malt bill and the hops do nothing for me. It just comes off too sweet and round with the scotch sort of floating on top.

The mouthfeel is off.

It is an okay try, I definitely want to see more breweries than just Brew Dog using scotch barrels.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a darker side of brown and almost translucent with no head

Smell: Smoke and peat on the nose with just a touch of alcohol and wood

Taste: For me the beer has tons of tobacco. I don't mind some tobacco notes but this one just way too much. There is also traces of smoke, oak, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body and little carbonation

Overall: This one is just not a very good beer. The smell and taste are just all over the place and a bit of a mess. Will not be seeking this one out again

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.44/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep merky amber.

S: Overripe fruits and oranges are in the background completely dominated by a weird smokey scent.

T: Strangest beer that has ever touched my lips. Zero whidkey notes could be detected do to the intense unique smokey flavor that kills every other flavor that you would expect to be present in a barley wine type beer

M: Very thin but respectably dry. My mind had a hard time processing this beer.

O: I like some weird outrageous beers but this one struggles to find it's identity in any particular style. The flavors do not complement each other in the slighest. 14 bucks for this beer was a huge waste. Please BrewDog hook me up with something good since i freakin love all your other beers.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.74/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm going to assume the name of this beer is a reference to one of the kickass raps of my time by Snoop Dog. Listen to "Bitch Please 2", it's da shiznit. The beer unfortunately, is an insult to the song.

A - Reddish colored beer with an off-white head that faded to a slight ring and left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Well BrewDog has done it again! Albeit, this time with a hand from FFF apparently. Smells like vulcanized rubber and exceptionally cheap, peaty Scotch whiskey. Horrible. I think there might be some hops in there.

T - Tastes just as bad as the nose, except you can throw some permanent marker and iodine into the tires and peat. I don't know how BrewDog (and now FFF I guess) keeps throwing this stuff into bottles because it sucks so bad.

M - Medium bodied, a little dry, moderate carbonation.

O - I don't know why people keep doing this. All it does is piss off the consumer and makes me not want to by things from BrewDog. Bitch Please pour this down the drain.

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BrewDog / Three Floyds Bitch Please from BrewDog
3.33 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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