Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Poured into Delirium Tulip. Didn’t see the expiration date, so a couple months past prime. No head to speak of. Some small lacing. The smell is like straight scotch whiskey. The whiskey balances the hops, and leaves a funky yet watery smell. I don’t get this beer at all lol. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle says "Best Before 02/10". Oops / No head / Big, dramatic, nose of scotch and wood / Medium body, mellow with no carbonation, malty and fruity but astringent, with dry, bitter, finish / Flavors of scotch barrel, smoke, peat, and apple cider / A contrary view - very odd, but I enjoyed it. I would not expect an ipa to age well, but this one did. BrewDog is never dull. If you are the type that has a difficult time explaining to friends why "manure" is a desirable flavor in beer, this might be worth checking out. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle (rated sometime in 2008).
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), trace hops (flowers), with strong notes of creosote, ash, smoke.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Little more than liquid ashes. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a hazy orange with no head at all. Aroma of perfume, smoke, peat, whiskey and charred wood. Flavour of ashtray, dominated by an odd, lingering smoke flavour and light whiskey notes. No typical IPA characteristics present. Should be a smoked ale or something. Smokey flavours leave a dry mouthfeel. Similar to morning-after heavy night smoking. Not pleasant. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 28, 2011
THOUGHTS: Ambitious, but I don’t think it worked. It was sort of like watery whiskey. Might have been a little skunked. It’s either that or this was a really bad beer. I didn’t 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. I’m 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 (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle, half off from Sam’s. 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 it’s hard not to keep trying. Like scotch, though, it’s borderline offensive at first but gets progressively tastier. mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
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 haven’t exactly concocted a good one here. Barely drinkable. alobar (3969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
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
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 (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
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.