BrewDog Mix Tape 8

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8231) - Helsinki, - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013
33 cl bottle @ William K Kurvi.
Aroma has alcohol, lots of raisins, some glue and sweet, heavy malt typical to American strong ales. Flavour has alcohol, woody notes, fruity and heavy malt, some caramel and toffee. Boozy but warming. Tastes like a typical American strong ale, the scotch is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (5034) - Shrewsbury, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BerZerK64 (4) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2016 does not count
Mix Tape 8 er en l fra Brew Dog p 14,5%. Skummet er minimalt og beige. let er uklart med en dyp kobberaktig farge. Mikroskopiske mengder med sedimenter og nesten uten karbonering. Aromaen bestr av karamell, whisky, malt og mrke br. Smaken inneholde humle, karamell, anelse whisky lagret p eik og en st avslutning. Karakter: 8,5/10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (1872) - HONG KONG - DEC 26, 2016

330 ml bottle with art box bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long circa 2014.

Looks: Cloudy hazy amber brown with misty yeast particles; near zero head with bare residual soapy off-white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with barely notable very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Ale malt, With strong cognac, whisky, strong dark fruits, rich caramel, steamed crab meat, vanilla, lychee, pine, strong resin, strong spice, strong floral, sugar, oak, strong yeast, lemon and strawy grass. This is intense!

Taste: Strong sweet rich Ale malt, with strong Cognac, Whisky, heavy caramel, strong plums and dark fruits, cherry / red fruits, vanilla, strong floral, strong sugar syrup, pine, very strong resins, spices, strong oak barrel, light biscuits, strong lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to light body; Thin but very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very strong Ale maltyness in a surprisingly light background. Very thin and watery but dont be fooled, this is where the intensity begins: heavy caramel warped inside strong Cognac and lesser Whisky, followed by equally strong plums and cherries. Strong oak cask with tasty vanilla, spices and strong floral. Very strong sweetness but surprisingly not cloying at this level. Hoppy pine with strong ooze and strong lemon as compliments. Very nice!

Booziness: The 14.5% abv has the feel of Sake, evidenced by omnipresent steamed crab flesh. Slightly warm, liquorish but never harsh, with moderate liquorices gives the bitterness some boost. Very good!

Hoppiness: Strong Lychee, pine, strong resin, strong spice, strong floral, lemon and grass in nose. Strong floral, pine, very strong resins, spices, strong lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent sweet-bitter caramel malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Liquor-ish sweet and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one feels like a more refined version of strong Belgian Ambre, where the strong liquor characters were mellowed by fine vanilla and woodiness from oak aging. The strong booze couldnt hide the intense 3Cs aroma and oozy spicy hops, rich dark fruity taste and sweetness is acceptable. A fine tasting experience to have on Boxing day. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (10860) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle at home from Brewdog online, pulled out from the back of the cellar. A lightly hazed sticky amber / orange coloured pour with a fading light tan head. Aroma is sweet toffee, woody , mint, brown sugars, brandy, boozey fruit pudding. Little age and jammy fruits on the nose as well. Flavour is composed of very sweet sticky earthy toffee, burnt toffee, boozy cognac, whiskey, jammy fruits and boozzy cakey malts. A little bitter woody tannin in the finish. Palate is medium sweet and sticky, lowish carbonation, viscous.. Held up pretty well with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1664) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 15, 2016
Unclear, ruby red colored, small off white non lasting head. Aroma is of caramel, dried fruit, some spice, bit vinous and more wood, leather, boozy. Taste is very sweet malt and caramel, some toffee, dried fruits, some spice, leather, bit walnut, woody notes but not really that strong whisky or oaky, quite strong boozy finish and warming aftertaste, some bubblegum in the finish as well. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky. Dont really see a point in blending aged hopped up (well, aging hops...) beer but OK. Interesting but way too boozy... (bottle from the brewery, thanks Nikola)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (7282) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, alcohol, raisin, dried fruit, vinous.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, alcohol, caramel, malt, raisin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (777) - Linkping, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle @ home. Cellared for 2,5 years. Deep amber liquid with almost no head. Very vinous aroma with dark fruits. Sticky alcohol is up front along with vanilla, oak, leather, raisins, dates, pears, some terpentine, herbs and toffee. Taste is full bodied with a very long duration. The alcohols blends much better in taste than aroma. The taste is complex with lasting caramel and toffee. Vanilla, oak, marzipan, leather, raisins and dates . Finish is drier but still sweet with lingering honey, toffee, herbs, marzipan, pears, cogniac and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OminouSC2 (560) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
I love this one. Its one of those, big, over the top beers that BrewDog often (or often try to) make, but this one really works. Nice, amber color, and the sweet and alcohol aromas hit you during the pour. Its hard to comprehend all the tastes going on, but the whisky casks really makes it mark on the beer. Sweet, spicy, alcohol, caramel, oak, medicinal, but even though the flavors are large, they mix well and leave you with an overall satisfying finish. Next to perfect American Strong!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (6086) - FINLAND - JUN 17, 2016
[email protected] browny muddy appearance. Bourbony nose, malty, sweet corny, slight herby, sweet doughy, cookie dpughy syrupy flavour. Full bodied, good bitters, bit boozy whiskeybourbonesque finish. Lots of flavours, intense. Kind of a beer you could write esseys about, complex. Pretty nice flavours too. Totally worth the 5€.

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