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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
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keg and bottled, special
An epic fusion of age old Belgian tradition, American new wave brewing and the world of Scotch whisky.
Mix Tape 8 is a blend of two huge oak aged beers – half a hopped up Belgian Tripel, and half a Triple India Pale Ale. These beers have both been aged in single grain whisky barrels for close to two years and finally blended to create a beer that our head brewer Stewart Bowman can most helpfully describe as ‘fucking complex’.
Mix Tape 8 is a high octane blend of styles, influences and processes. This beer is a blend of 2 huge oak aged India Pale Ales. Half of this beer is rooted in an amped up, hopped up Belgian Tripel which has been aged in Scotch Whisky casks for almost 2 years. The other half of the equation is a triple India Pale Ale which has also been aged in Scotch Whisky barrels for close to 2 years. This beer is inspired by the Belgian Monastic brewing tradition and its centuries of heritage, the hopped up American new wave craft brewing and everything that rocks about Scotch Whisky barrels and oak aging.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Aroma and flavour is caramel, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of something vinous/boozy – with a bitter, alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper ruby, with a small off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves decent lacing. Bergamot and resin hops, raisins, sherry and a touch of Scotch make for a highly appealing aroma. Strong bergamot, floral and resin hops up front give way to honey, raisins and muscat in the mid-palate. Hints of prune lead into a warming Scotch finish. This is the best beer I have had for some time, and really reminds me why I like BrewDog so much. Only they could come up with this lunatic 14.5% blend of IPAs, and somehow have it work so well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Interesting: the complicated label doesn’t seem to carry any information about the beer, not even the name; everything is only on the box.
It pours a bright amber color with compact head, although the head is short lived. The aroma is deep and pleasing, very malty, like a good Barley Wine, sweet, hoppy, with hits of vanilla and oak. Full bodied; the flavor is very malty, again like a good Barley Wine, sweet with no excess of roasted malt character, some toffee instead; bold bitterness, but well balanced in this strong malty beer, with a mix of soft hop resins and hop fruits; the vanilla/oak in the final is a cherry on top.
I get the same feeling as the first time I had Dogfish Head Immort Ale and similar beers: powerful and candy-sweet, my kind of sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berlinoise2go (626) - NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle (33cl). Half-inch off-white head, reduces quite quickly to a thin film with a small amount of lacing. Gorgeous copper/amber colour, clear. Rich, intense, sweet and complex aroma of concentrated fruit, aged sweet sherry, caramel, tobacco, almonds, herbs, hint of mint/menthol. Full body, soft carbonation. Very sweet taste with some alcohol burn, but taste is pleasantly (dangerously) non-alcoholic. A mild acidity and bitterness gives a good overall balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an airy mocha head. Aroma is wooden barrels, dark fruits, tobacco and malty grain, as well as some sweet hoppiness. Full creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet and malty with cocoa, tobacco, wooden barrels, kandi and dark fruits, with a fruity and sweet slightly hoppy finish. Solid brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle share @ Borefts. Golden amber with a small pale head. Aroma is honey, caramel, tropical fruit, grilled peach. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, fruity sweet finish. Taste is honey, caramel, dried apricot, dried peach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Cat (non-ratebeer), sampled on September 20, 2014.
Clear brown color, small teal head. Malty, sweet, alcohol, raisin scent. Sweet, alcohol, raisin taste. Warming alcohol. Perfume aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1578) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Andrew. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of Pinot Noir, caramel, prunes and glazed cherry. Flavour is sweet and strong - honey, citrus and sticky liquorice. Medium body with syrupy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Boozy, complex and very sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATulloch (123) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from BrewDog brewery. Pours a reddish brown with slight yellow head which slowly fades. Big aromas of caramel malts, glazed cherry, prunes and plum with a slight bubblegum tinge. Very sweet flavours with a strong almost overpowering liquorice that almost hides the dates and caramel. A sherry style finish. Was expecting more whisky hints in this. Hides the % pretty well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (610) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber body with light tan head. Aroma is ripe fruits malts, marzipan, and some caramel. Taste is caramel some liquorice some malt sweetnes, spices and hints of Wood and earth. Aftertaste is medium bitter with fruit and earthy notes balanced by some malty sweetness. Great brew.


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