Watt Dickie | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 35.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Arborescence on 07-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by olympuszymurgus:
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2/5  rDev -34%

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Photo of Jeffo
1.65/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

rvdoorn brought this one to share. Weird stuff man. Cheers!

From a 6cl screw top bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Flat as a board. Burnt orange in color with no carbonation or head.

SMELL: Notes of butterscotch, caramel and hair spray under a pile of alcohol.

TASTE: Alcohol and hair spray. There's some piney, herbal hops in there if you can get past all the harsh, harsh, offensive alcohol and hair spray. Boozy. You could have told me this was some kind of cleaner.

PALATE: Flat, slick and syrupy with piles of heat on the swallow. Burn lingers.

OVERALL: These things are always weird. I never had the "pleasure" of trying Sink the Bismark, but I can't imagine it's much better (or worse) than this. This is all publicity, as there's no other reason to create such a fine example of an ill-advised mistake.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1/5  rDev -67%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 60ml bottle with no visible BB date - though I suppose a product like this doesn't require one. Purchased ages ago from the Brewdog webshop. An insane take on an eisbock, with a base IPA that was subsequently freeze-fractioned until an ABV of 35% was achieved. I've never tried anything like this before....

A: Poured into a balloon. A deep reddish-brown colour, almost like burnt marmalade. Flat and without head; pretty much how a spirit would look. When swirled in the glass the liquid runs down the sides in legs.

S: Aroma of rich, fruity notes with hints of dried fruit, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, sherry/brandy, oxidation and overwhelming alcohol. No discernible hop character. Breathing in too deeply burns the nostrils. Interesting but intense.

T: Tastes of intense, hot booze along with hints of butterscotch, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, sherry/brandy and an oxidised malty character. Somewhat sweet, while a solvent-like character lurks in the background. Very alcoholic and challenging to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and oily on the palate, while the booze numbs/burns the senses. Possesses a slight spicy quality. Aftertaste of dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar and oxidation.

O: Given how unique it is, comparisons with other products are difficult. It seems most akin to a brandy, although without the degree of mellowness that comes with careful aging. Rich and fruity, but also incredibly boozy and hot. Difficult to drink. The received wisdom is that you should try everything once, but I'm not sure this is something I want to repeat. Glad I sampled it but once is enough.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.29/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper, like brandy. The liquid acts like oil, you can see the alcohol dripping on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet burnt toffee and brandy-like alcohol mixed with intense hops. Floral aromas boosted with honey in the background.

Taste: Intense alcohol, bitter hops, concentrated sweetness; the flavours are competing but in the end the alcohol wins out, with an aftertaste of hops.

Mouthfeel: Oily, thick alcohol, sharp on the tongue. Heavy body.

Overall: Quite an experiment. Of course, BrewDog has done "beers" with the ice distillation before, but this is something a little different, given that they started out with an IPA. The appearance and the aroma are perhaps the best things about this beer, it really looks like brandy or sherry. The taste is a little confusing, given that the intense hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the alcohol and there's a type of sweetness to it as well. I'm glad to have tried this in any case!

The 6cl bottle originated from the original BrewDog pub in Aberdeen. I was there on the night that this beer was launched and managed to purchase a bottle which had not been opened. I then took the bottle home as I wanted to review it properly.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this twice. Once a whole 6 cl. bottle @ fridge temperature. Once a small sample @ room temperature. Doesn’t make that much of a difference how you drink it but cold is slightly preferable.

A: Pours a dark toffee amber, 100 % flat, pure stillness.

S: Ridiculously harsh herbs and hop-oil, light toffee, ridiculously bitter.

T: Similar to the smell, very, very, very harsh bitter herbs, painful almost, reminds me of Sink the Bismarck, slightly better, followed by hop-oil concentrate, raw pine concentrate, caramel malts, booze is largely covered, warmth is felt in the back.

B: Very oily, needless to say 100 % flat.

It is slightly comparable to & better than Sink the Bismarck. It is harder to drink, pretty brutal in its flavours.

Another ridiculously expensive BrewDog gimmick. For the fans only who are bound to defend it. Those who have always been wanting alcoholic hop oil concentrate.

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Photo of sansho
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am sorry but I have to object to a screw bottle with NO TAMPERPROOFING

right it pours a flat no head dark spirit looking flat thing

Now aroma it hits you whisky and fishing pier

The taste is beer treacle in all senses and instant heartburn it burns to a liquorice like taste that I suppose really isn't there

no carbonation and thick going

This really needs to be experienced to be honest though surely it could live a little more and have a slightly bigger serving

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Photo of aslamm75
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Port_Seat
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

60ml bottle poured into 5oz taster 23/7/13, not a typo its the smallest bottle of beer I've ever encountered, I didn't think I'd be drinking this today, cheers Matt

A dead flat amber liquid, looks syrupy and thick, long thin legs and looks more like straight liquor then a beer but I like the glowing color and thin legs

S smells like hop concentrate, pine, dried apricot, some citrus peel and heavy amounts of caramel and honey, the booze isn't that bad until you give it a swirl and then it stings but once you blow into the glass getting rid of the vapor it smells like an intense DIPA again

T the booze is rather well concealed on the nose but it explodes in the mouth, still has the DIPA qualities with heavy herbal rind, and floral notes, its intense to say the least but I don't mind it

M oily, thick and hot, real hot, numbs your lip and leaves your mouth tingleling and I could bite my upper lip and I doubt I'd feel it, strong aftertaste of booze, rind and pine

O It's much better then I thought it would be, massive and intense but still has lots of hop character, I can't think of anything like it and I would try it again

big contrast of booze between the nose and mouth but I didn't mind this crazy little beer, I wasn't sure what to expect and this one worked out better then expected

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Photo of flyingpig
2.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

6cl bottle from Brewdog.com back in 2013 (£4.50 approx.):
Very strong stuff & nothing like a beer in the traditional sense of the word, this one was a boozy spirit with tonnes of alcohol showing throughout & a warming kick to it was well. There was a little variety to the nose, something that I wasn't expecting but the taste was pretty much what I thought it would be like going in with plenty of alcohol & a burning feel to it that dominated throughout. It's one that I'm glad I've managed to try but I can't see me ever giving it a second go, even if I manage to see it again somewhere in the future; dangerous stuff indeed.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Rwalford74 for this.

A - flat amber. Legs.

S - very, very, Brewdog. Heaps of alcohol and hop oils. Vanilla. Massive.

T - less. Lightweight (!) still boozy, but not to compare with smell. Vanilla, prunes, figs.

M - hot and boozy.

O - not in same league as STB or TNP, but still a fun beer, and great to have the experience. And very very difficult to review and score objectively.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, flat, like a darker cognac. That's also the type of glass i'm using, and i'm having it just a bit chilled.
Big hop oils in the smell, very concentrated, with huge peach and apricot, citrus, lots of pine, vanilla. Really sweet too, with honey notes and some caramel. Huge booze vapors creating a plum/apricot/plain brandy feel.
Really curious about it. Yup, straight booze, really rough, like surgical spirit or industrial alcohol. The tasty notes from the smell are barely present, with some fruitiness running around the palate, muddled up by big green concentrated notes (pine resin, spruce oil) that i personally found disturbingly... raw. There's a fishy saltiness present too, interesting. As you get used to the brew (and you have to do it fast, considering the very tiny bottle), there are nice caramel malts settling down, creating a nicer whisky-like taste. Not so bitter in the finish.
The huge herbal notes and the spirit reminded me of strong mouthwash at first, but it gets smoother as you drink it, so one problem down. Oily mouthfeel, totally flat, as advertised. Still you get way tastier hops in the smell than in the taste, alcohol keeps covering them up, so no way to sugar-coat that.
Something else. Can't really say i loved it, but i'm happy i tried it. An interesting experiment, but somehow i can't keep feeling mugged.

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4/5  rDev +32%

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1.05/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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Watt Dickie from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 24 ratings