Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
THOUGHTS: Ambitious, but I donít think it worked. It was sort of like watery whiskey. Might have been a little skunked. Itís either that or this was a really bad beer. I didnít really get much of the hops. They were there but not as much as necessary for a good IPA. This was really the wrong treatment for this beer style. Iím glad they retired this one.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium, pale, hazy, brownish amber that looked a little like dirty water. It might even be called peach. It had a very small, almost soapy looking head that was too small to determine what color it was. The head completely diminished but somehow left fair to good lacing. The aroma had light hops that showed hints of tropical fruit; moderate to heavy dusty and slightly musty yeast; cask wood, smoke and whiskey. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and slightly bitter with a fairly long duration. There was tropical fruitiness of hops, watery whiskey, a lot of wood, some smoke and then some hop bitterness from tropical fruit and berries along with a little metallic hops. The light to medium body was dry with soft carbonation and a lightly metallic and slightly alcoholic finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, half off from Samís. Pours weird orange, slightly pinkish gray, hazy and without any head. Nose of heather, peat, and British hops. Weird. Taste is also super scotchy. So weird itís hard not to keep trying. Like scotch, though, itís borderline offensive at first but gets progressively tastier.
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2011 12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a murky orange with pretty much no head. Aroma of whiskey, lots of smoke, / peat, and wood - nothing like an IPA. Flavour brings out tons of smoke and whiskey, with the smoke lingering. Why even bother to age an IPA when none of the original IPA qualities will remain? Brewdog havenít exactly concocted a good one here. Barely drinkable.
alobar (3091) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with no head. Undercarbonated. Strong whiskey aroma with pine and hops. Somewhat flat flavor with whiskey, caramel, grapefruit, and pine. Very unusual, but drinkable.
humanisfood (1) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2011 does not count
1.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Poured light in color. NO head on an aggressive pour. Very little carbonation. Was very pleasant on the nose... but nearly undrinkable. Bitter, metallic, artificial fruit. I poured the last 20% down the sink. I was hoping it would tasted better when it warmed. It did slightly but still very UNpleasant.
superspak (3394) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.2 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 150, best by 12/12/09. Here we go, I have been afraid of trying this because of the reviews. Pours hazy orange amber color with a small forced white head with ok retention that reduces to a paper thin cap. A bit of lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of strong whiskey, caramel, wood, cardboard, and a bit of smoke. Interesting and decent aromas here with good strength. Taste of tons of woodiness, cardboard, smoke, caramel, and a bit of spices and whiskey. Almost no taste in the front of the tongue, which was odd. Lingering notes of smoke, wood, cardboard, whiskey, and a bit of spicy bitterness on the finish. Pretty much no carbonation with a medium-full body. Very slick and odd mouthfeel thanks to the lack of carbonation. It drinks fairly easily however. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming on the finish noticed. Overall certainly an interesting tasting beer, but this was a tad difficult to finish.
kermis (6958) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours hazy amber with little tan head. Aroma is insane peat. Flavour is basically bad watered down whiskey with a sweet finish. Very strange.
ejay (67) - SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BQ, Milano
Aroma of smoke, tar and caramel. Clear red-brown w small white head. Flavor is smokey w lots of tar, some hops and caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Too heavy on the whiskey side for my taste - doesnít quite taste like a beer. Still quite good though.
deanso (6574) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle from Roysbeers, Milan.
Worth a try but the smokey/peaty flavour of the barrel completely overpowers the IPA. Nice try.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper with minimal head. Aroma is pretty much just scotch. Smoky, peaty. The slight hop citrus presence is barely perceptible under the Islay blanket. Flavor is initially dominated by scotch, but a little glimmer of bright hop shines through, only to be again overwhelmed by a finish of peat and ash. Quite flat on the palate.
This is a pretty fucked-up beer. I am a big fan of boilermakers and Lagavulin, though usually not in the same glass. Overall, I appreciate the all-out whisky assault here.