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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Photo of ADZA
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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Photo of tlazaroff
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice fig, raisin, and plum notes on the nose. Smells fresh, and surprisingly hoppy. Not too bad overall.

Appearance was muddy brown with a very light tan head. Not very aesthetically pleasing, however, I poured the yeast by accident. It looked a lot better before the yeast shot, so I'm giving it a moderate score.

Booze, front and center. Followed by a charred woody taste, as if I am gnawing on a piece of burnt wood. Its incredibly hard to taste anything else in this beer. Its really like a boozy campfire in my mouth. Carbonation isn't bad - nice and moderate, and it has a full body mouthfeel to it. I wouldn't seek this one out again, unfortunately.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
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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Photo of Cablejelly
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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 JonBarley
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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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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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Photo of mmapes
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, very little head. Maybe a little cloudy. Smells of scotch, peat, smoke, with smoke the dominant tone.

First taste is Very sweet, but not round. Smoky. Effervescent and/or acidic. Very much like scotch - harsh, requiring small sips. Long peaty finish. Sharp and sweet. Drink it slow!

Amusing note: the label. Promises a CA cash refund, 5$ (sic) in VT, ME, CT, MA, etc., 10$ (sic) for MI, OK+, FL

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HopFace
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dgilks
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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