BrewDog Mix Tape 8

 
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.3
beermastersasho (105) - - SEP 24, 2017
It is nice to see what is written on the label, but to taste it too!!! I dont find something special in this. Just a good, or even very good beer but not extra-ordinary. I like it, complex, aromas of fruits, honey, hops, malt, its like barley-wine. Bourbon notes too... Sweet also. VERY NICE. I saved 2 more beers for age (or trade). Will try it again soon with my father.

3.8
dnicolaescu (2643) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 13, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 BOTTLE 33 CL (could not finish a half). Almost clear red, fast diminishing orange head. Huge sticky fruity malts, loads of candied dried berries, oak vanilla softness, a tiny hint of winy alcohol, some cheesy wood. It is sweet - sweet as hell. The berries are there, the fruit is there, but the sugars are all over them. Moderate warming alcohol, some woody tannins. Big, nice and sticky. Too sticky.

4.1
GhostS (430) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 11, 2017
Aromă plăcută, cu multă dulceață (cireșe albe și gutuie), caramelă, flori, malț și ceva grâne, note de butoi de stejar cu ceva tărie în el. Gust moderat și plăcut dulce (dulceață de cireșe, gutuie, caise uscate și multă caramelă), cu o doză plăcută de alcool maturat, foarte plăcut și blând aici, puțină amăreală pe alocuri, furând din tăria alcoolului, note de butoi și miere diluată cu puțin divin. Foarte bună și plăcută. O bere foarte scoțiană.

3.9
Maersk (311) - MOLDOVA - AUG 28, 2017
Ruby/bronze, hazy, no head. Sweet fruity aroma (plums, some wood, some pickles). Full body, lots of sweetness, warming alcohol, coffee, caramel, candy. Great. Maybe a bit too sweet.

4.6
Fules (1309) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 15, 2017
Kicsi, gyorsan elillanó hab, barna szín. Édeskés, gabonás, whiskey-s illat, vaníliás és pirosbogyós beütéssel. Hihetetlenül komplex ízvilág, édes, karamelles, pirosbogyós, wiskey-s, hordós aromák követik egymást, majd olvadnak egybe, vaníliával és némi fűszerességgel megspékelve, a csúcson alkohollal megtoldva. Kifejezetten súlyos darab, enyhe szénsavtartalommal és közepes keserűvel. Csodás desszert sör.

4.5
SvanteL (596) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2017
Mörkt bärnstensfärgad med litet, snabbt försvinnande skum. Stor doft med torkade frukter, trä, vanilj och lite whisky. Mycket komplex smak med torkade frukter, whiskytoner, träfat, vanilj, stor sötma och en avslutande beska som balans. Rund och fyllig munkänsla. En imponerande smakrik öl, en barley wine i amerikansk stil.

4.6
BenL8 (237) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 7, 2017
Pours a brownish reddish colour (caramel basically). Very little head which dissipates quite quickly. Completely clear. Very very rich and sweet aroma, complex, lots of caramel. Has a vinous quality and the whisky casks are really noticeable too, lots of woody and vanilla aromas are coming through. Pine from the hops is also intense, but the other more forward qualities of the Hops have been lost with age. No boozy aromas, even at 14.5%. What a beautiful aroma this beer has. Seldomly have I smelt something as nice as this. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body, a bit boozy, spicy and woody on the palate. Flavours are again rich and complex but not as sweet as in the nose (mind you, still sweet). Vinous qualities with plum, grape and raisin characters are met by a cask (with vanilla notes) and wood impression. Caramel is rather intense. Some herbal and pine notes but very slight, especially compared to the aroma. Finishes sweet and with a distinct honey taste which stays with you for a long time. The IPA part of this has been mostly lost with time but it’s still a beautiful beer. Also not very Belgian IMHO - tastes more like a really good barrel aged barley wine to me (I guess this was different two years ago). I still really like how this has turned out - heavy, vinous and rich with very noticeable barrel-aging characteristics. Style may not correspond to the description anymore but I really adore this beer nevertheless.

4.5
beton (651) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 4, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

4.1
felip989 (202) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 7, 2017
Brown with a small tan head. Aroma is wood, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, dried fruits. Taste is caramel, chocolate, honey, complex fruit notes (bananas, peaches, grapes, dried fruits, raspberries), herbal notes, light woody and hazelnut taste. Sweet aftertaste. Warming but very light alcohol taste for a 14.5 ABV.

3
minutemat (5814) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2016
330ml bottle, cannot remember where from. Long neglected on the beer shelf and only opened after a Christmas & Boxing Day of distinctly average beers. Pours hazy deep brown, small off-white head. Aroma is a little musty, faint caramel malt, whisky. Taste is smooth, with delicate light flavours, hints of whisky, caramel with a faint underlying sweetness. After reading reviews from the time of release, it seems this has lost a certain depth of flavour, instead levelling out its previous complexity to a rather tame barley wine-type character. Shame given how much I paid at the time. Still.. not unenjoyable.


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