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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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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Photo of chinchill
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

12 Oz bottle.
Off putting rubbery aroma with a unpleasant flavor dominated by ash. FA Food Science expert in the tasting group said phenols in the aroma.

Overall. Avoid. The worse brew I've had from either FFF or Brewdog.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
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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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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