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Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 840   ABV: 28%
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Say hello to Ghost Deer. A defiant and irreverent, devil may care, supersonic bitch of a beer. Ghost Deer is a 28% fermented beer, the strongest ever fermented beer which is only ever served from a single handcrafted and authentic deer’s head.

The beer itself is a robust 28% blonde ale. After fermentation it is aged for 6 months in some amazing whisky, bourbon, rum and sherry barrels. There is only one Ghost Deer head and this beer will only ever be available on draft, served in a stemmed glass, direct from the mouth of the deer himself.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7452) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle from Brewdog online store. It pours clear deep amber with no head. The nose is fruit cake, ginger, cinnamon, wood, caramel, burnt toffee, bourbon, sherry, vanilla and dark fruit. The taste is smoother than expected, wood, earth, maritime salty edge, spice, big on the alcohol, gingerbread, dried fruit, toffee, honey, vanilla, dried apricot, orange peel and sherry with a long, warming finish. Full body, no carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Great depth of flavour. Drinks like a fine spirit. Pretty impressive actually.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (8400) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle @ koelschtrinker Tasting: Leicht trübes orangegoldenes Bier, kein Schaum. Geruch sehr alkoholiscih, Kleber, süß malzig, Dörrobst. Geschmack zunächst sehr mild nach Vanille, dann alkoholisch, holzig, brennend, im Abgang auch brennend alkoholisch.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (11063) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
Kaum karbonisierter, sehr spritiger Antrunk. Wenig Aromen, eher wie ein guter Brand. Minimal malzig, zum Ende hin noch etwas alkoholischer. Interessant. 7/9/5/9/12/8

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (384) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Very small bottle - Pours a light amber. Bourbon, slight chocolate, coconut, oak, vanilla, molasses, and a lot of booze. The taste is pretty smooth. Malty, rummy, molasses, and some bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Tiny wee bottle at home. Pours copper, nose is fruity, sweet, boozy, taste is light spice, sherry, flat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1773) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle shared midlands tasting group. Amber colour vanilla bourbon aroma nice sweet malts lots of alcohol in taste. My palate is so refined 10cl was enough to rate this properly!!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2396) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle@midland tasting group. Difficult to rate this one with a sip. Copper beer no head. Aroma of port and malts. Taste is port and warm spirits with malts. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
You know that you’ve turned into a beer ticking geek when you share a 6cl (yes 6cl) bottle with 5 other guys. This is what happened on 23rd Aug 2014 at the Midlands meeting. My 1cl was lovely, I like sweet strong brews so this was just right for me. A novelty beer really I suppose, glad I’ve had a sip but not sure I should be pontificating about a beer I’ve had so little of: just a tick really. Scored highly because I can.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle @ Midlands Bottle Share, very kindly shared by Rich. Pours deep amber with a sweet boozy aroma. Taste continues sweet with warming alcohol, candi sugar and perhaps the slightest hint of rum & caramel. Quite nice, just wish I had a full bottle myself for a proper taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3545) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at Midlands Tasting Group; hazy light copper pour with a tiny off white head, rum aroma, taste had ripe fruit, caramel, very boozy and very sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Very weird barley wine coming out of a ridiculous little bottle of 5 cl (or tapped from a reindeer’s head...). Could be, as they claim, the strongest beer in the world reaching an astonishing 28% ABV by fermentation alone, but the ageing on different liquor barrels certainly added to this. Litterally no head, like an unblended lambic, but looking more like a glass of cognac, with a very warm, beautiful copper colour, cristal clear. Extremely powerful, intoxicating and complexely structured aroma of any good spirit, reminiscent of brown rhum, figues in ’jenever’, calvados, honey, raisins, sweet white wine, pepper, cognac, whisky and candy. Equally powerful, almost agressive taste, very sweet but in a liqueurish kind of way, like orange liqueur, oily mouthfeel but not too sticky, cinnamon, amaretto, rhum, noble character with huge complexity and inevitably lots of warming alcohol in the finish, but much less wry than I feared, as in the best of single malts. Very remote from what most people understand as being ’beer’ but anyone capable of enjoying high-quality spirits next to beer, should be thrilled by something like this. I will never forget this experience and it only confirms Brewdog’s reputation as one of the most progressive and creative breweries in the Old World.


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