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Brewdog / Three Floyds Bitch Please (Islay Cask) | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dgilks on 04-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 13
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4.92/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased directly from the brewery and sent to Australia. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a hazy, even smoky red colour, with a fine firm head of mottled cream. Lacing is intricate but sparse. Body is as thick as you'd expect, holding carbonation statically in its grip. Overall, it's a pretty awesome looking brew.

Nose is huge and peaty. Like, as peaty as you can physically get, and then with a little more peat thrown in for good measure. Insanely smoky and slightly sharp, with an almost peppery note to it. There's perhaps a hint of wood to it, and an odd character of rubbed lemon skin. It's excellent stuff.

Taste is (if anything) even better. Here, there's (yes, yes) peat, smoke, scotch, sweetness, depth (yawn): everything you'd expect from the nose. But they up the ante with a really unexpected note of capsicum or fresh, fruity chilli, almost like a habanero without the spice. The subtlety of it is masterfully done, even though everything is caught in a traumatic, abusive maelstrom. This is absolutely fantastic stuff. Brilliantly insane, but with inimitable cohesion to it.

Love it. Love it. Love it. This is actually fairly different to the original Bitch Please, but it's still absolutely brilliant. This is why I keep trying new beers: in the hope that something like this will come along.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Brew Dog pub in Manchester on 13/09/2012.

I LOVE Islay whisky's (esp. Ardbeg), so when I saw this bottle, I had to try it (even after the price was revealed :)

To be honest, I think this is the best tasting beer that ever passed through my mouth. The fact that I'm also a great whisky fan makes my review probably a bit objective but If you like peat, smoke, oak, ... taste & smell, this the ONE !

Everything (S - T - M) reminds very much of Ardbeg whisky, although I suspect that they used Laphroaig casks to do the trick. I was a fan of the peated version of the Embrasse (from Dochter v/d Korenaar) but to my opinion, this one is even better.

Small downset is, as already mentioned, the price and therefor appearance gets 4.0 but all the rest is almost perfect ! ! !

S - If this was available as a perfume scent, I would definitely use it :)

T - Peated barley, smoke, vanilla oak, ... Everything which also makes a great whisky

M - Pure heaven

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3Floyds/Brewdog Bitch Please Islay Cask, 12-oz bottle bought at El Cervecero Las Rozas for 8.95 euros.

Appearance: Served in a fancy wide wine glass, Bitch Please comes rather carbonated, about one finger of head with some lacing left behind. Deep chestnut color and bubbles.

Smell: You've never smelled something like this before! Pure Scottish whiskey, peated beyond believe. Smoke, smoke, SMOKE! Coal, soil, petroleum. Soiled barrel, booze and fire. I bet this would blow up if I had a lighter. No nuances here, just pure Scottish peat. Take it or leave it.

Taste: More smoke, straight-up coal hitting your lips and then a hint of hops. Bleach and cleaning product to boot. Forest fire.

Mouthfeel: Good body all around, with full flavor and body and medium-to-full carbonation. The smoke is even bigger and ever-present in the mouth. Spicy-peppery finish with a tad of, duh, smoked flowers.

Overall: Exceptional indeed. This is all about the smoke. American barleywine? Not sure. But I'll say that the 13.5% is well played and it does not overwhelm.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitch Please Islay Cask (batch 44, good till 2017, but the time was right) Poured into a tulip glass was a caramel brown, in the glass quite a bit darker, murky darkish brown, good film and lacing.
S – full of candied and brown sugary aromas, raisins, cherries, sweet treacle, whisps of medicinal smoke and peat coming in, lot of barley notes, a husky sweetness. I had Sunturnbrew by Nogne a few days ago and that came across smokier on the nose.
T – the full barleywine kick is so upfront, then the big salty smoky Islay character comes in strong and lingers through the finish. Starts with candied fruits, and sugary caramelly malts then the transition is abrupt and seamless as you descend into the full depths of peaty southern islay scotch. Notes of smoked fish, oaky treacle, charred barrel, leather, salt, similar to an Ardbeg (maybe) or Laga, not harsh at all which is a bit surprising just a consistent meld of the full bodied barleywine with some seriously smoky and intense islay barrel character, finish is oaky, peaty and longlasting.
M – good, full bodied with a moderate carbonation, strong oaky cloying feel a little bit on the end, maybe a bit long on the barrel contact. Excellent sipping barleywine, alcohol presence isn’t a factor in this profile, well balanced for sure. Lovely.
As a disclaimer, I am a big fan of southern Islay malts, and picked up this beer a year or two ago in Scotland to take home, would highly recommend fans of smoky Islays to try this if they can. Barleywine was a very astute decision to take on the strong peat character, the two meld wonderfully. As it warms a wealth of complexity comes out. This is a really intense beer tho, and probably needs a forewarning before you jump in. But this is really inspiring though, especially the balance, with the boozey whisky barrel working to counter the (boozey) barleywine, somehow worked wonders. How I wish I had more than this bottle...

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me which I'll elaborate at the end of the review...

A: Deep red-brown coloring that is clean looking but almost totally opaque. The beer pours with a right yellow-brown head that has great retention and leaves a lovely lacing on the glass.

S: Intense sweet malty caramel with whiskey and oaky/almost papery notes. The nose on this beer is similar to a smelling a bag of malted barley that had a couple shots of whiskey thrown on it. Very well done for the style but not a lot of complexity which is why I gave it a 4.0

T: WHOA! This took me by surprise, which again I'll explain later. Leathery alcohol (taste not burn) is the first thing that comes to mind when I drink this. Then I get the oakiness followed by some earthiness and it starts reminding me of a traditional scotch with less of a burn. My next thought is that they threw the batch of barley wine into an old dusty scotch barrel. Some charcoal notes linger in the flavor which is quickly offset by the sweet finish. This is not what I was expecting when I poured this drink.

M: Smooth medium bodied ale with a very light carbonation. I feel it could use more body for the style.

Okay. So when I originally wrote the tasting notes on this beer, I didn't remember why I purchased it. It had been in my cellar for a while and it didn't have the style labeled anywhere. So when I went to review it, I quickly looked up the style on beer advocate and started judging it based on that it was an everyday barley wine. Boy was I in for a surprise. As soon as I tasted it... ya, nothing like a standard barely wine or at least the characteristics generally associated with the style. This beer had some extreme funkiness to it. So initially I gave it a bad score... and then I read the bottle to see if Brew Dog and 3 Floyds could explain themselves, and they did. The side of the bottle basically states that they were attempting to brew a beer with the traditional scotch characteristics of peaty caramel. This, my friend, they succeeded in ten fold. But be aware that this is what you are in for if you buy this beer. Its good but personally, I'd prefer a single malt scotch instead.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-brown sort of colour, mostly red. Head is beiege, foamy but quite decent. Nice lace; looks good.

Smokey. Charry, burnt, smouldering actually on the nose. So much aroma, and history, and evolution in that smell. It's all of one family but so much character. Wow.

Taste is hugely burnt, charred and smokey. Not meaning to channel Ralph Wiggum but "it tastes like burning". Smouldering, peat-filled, smokey malt. Slight spice and caramel at the back adds a touch of sweetness, but it's really just mostly that smouldering, day-old ash heap; that's the flavour.

Remarkably smooth for the size; big body but pretty good.

Hugely burnt, almost spicy, carbon-burning flavour. I love it of course but it's just so deep and complex and yet there's a smoothness to the construction. Pretty amazing beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This looks a lot like a Barleywine, browner than usual and verymurky with a surprisingly big head that fades quickly. The lacing is strong.

SMELL: There is a ton more citrus that expected from an American-style Barleywine, but a lot of the typical Barleywine aromas push through, sugar, banana, bread.

TASTE: Whoa! In no way, shape or form is this a typical Barleywine - American or otherwise. This tastes like I just cut my grass. It's insane. That said, even though it is super grassy it's also very peaty, mossy and smoky.

MOUTHFEEL: Dry, crisp and...well...not so clean. There is a lot more sparkle than expected, but it isn't overwhelming.

OVERALL: This is the "Scotch-iest" beer the world has ever seen. I can't tell if that's awesome or awful, but either way it certainly is unique.

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4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty dark brown hue with a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is peated malt,dettol,caramel and lots of booze,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of peated malts,caramel candy,booze,figs,a touch of whiskey and finished with a boozy dry heat and overall i like it and reminds me alot of Xerex cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky, brown colour with a smooth, foamy, light tan head. Nice lacing if not a lot of head.

Immediately peaty on the nose followed by a clean sweetness, dried fruits, herbal notes and caramel. Very nice.

Smoky with all the peat you would expect backed up by a herbal, fruity character than adds depth. There is a touch of bacon like character and then lots of sweetness. A really interesting beer with the phenolic from the barrel working nicely.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Surprisingly spritzy.

A really good beer. I love the peat character and while not for everyone, this is simple cool.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows tons of peat. Almost rauch-like in its smokiness. Also lots of caramel and golden syrup. Lots of woody notes.
Very whisky-like flavours. Lots of peat and woody notes, along with some booze and more caramel. Definitely a sipper.
Good light carbonation and a slightly syrupy body.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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