john44 (3133) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017 TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Cloudy gold pour with a neglible white head leaving no lace. Nose is ripe fruit and peat. Medium body with light carbonation. Smoked peat, apple, pear, tobacco, walnuts and oak. Finish is lighter, shortish, smoky, bitter and umami. This is the ale that YB’s Rex Attitude would be if it were more balanced. A scotch ale for those who don’t really drink scotch. I like it, but it’s not an IPA by any stretch.
Bottle. Pale gold in colour. Peat and smoke very noticeable in the aroma. Taste is totally dominated by the heavily peated Islay whisky; peaty, earthy, smokey, tarry, salty, woody; giving a medicinal iodine taste. Hoppy; yes, apparently New Zealand hops, but the IPA gets rather overwhelmed. Bitter salty dry finish. Very unusual beer! Perhaps a BrewDog experiment too far. (2009-02)
JPDIPSO (6238) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Pure Islay – Iodine, smoke, peat it’s all there for me. This is to me (an Islay whiskey lover) what a hop bomb is to a hop head. I like the whiskey flavors, even though there is not much of a beer presence. 2/11
malkyore (377) - - DEC 21, 2015
Holy Crap what happened!? Pretty much smoky peanut butter and some weird kind of malts... Islay pest smoke comes through a little bit but for the most part yeesh... Definitely a dump it. Drinking it with a nice smoky scotch makes the beer a lot more palatable but it kind of Ruins the scotch... Best by 02/02/10.... Maybe part of the problem. But why are so many of these popping up now. This is so mysterious... Krej (224) - USA - DEC 21, 2015
Well the bottle says best before 2/2/2010 and it?s 12/21/2015, so almost 6 years old... And yeah... I think it?s long past its best by date... Unfortunately I think I need to dump it. thedm (6223) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Mark this one as a re-rate needed as the label said best before 21012 and this is 2015. I don’t believe Brew Dog would release a beer this bad. This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy fine to medium sized clear colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent orange brown colored body and a poor lacing. The strange aroma was old ale musty dirty and mildly malty. The flat mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow malty dirty aftertaste. The weak flavor contained notes of dirt cardboard old ale breads and malt. A horrible one that I would rather not drink again.
TEJA (3106) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. No head over a clear amber beer. Big aroma from a cheap whisky. The whisky also dominate the taste. A bit thin body so the beer is rather one dimensional. zoucrew102 (1925) - - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, randomly found with best before 1/1/10. Should have looked at the date before purchasing, oh well. Very strong smokey peat aroma, much like an Islay scotch, but also had very subtle fruit esters. Pours hazy golden colored with an almost nonexistent white head and very little lacing. Light fruit esters to start, but these do not last long. The heavy smoke and peatiness of the Islay come through overpoweringly strong on the finish, wiping out any other flavors that were there. I like a good Islay, but the flavor of this wrecks the palate beyond recognition. Would have liked to try it fresh. hotstuff (5176) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Rated on 11-02-2010. This bottled beer pours a small semi-fizzy white head that mostly diminishes, golden body, suspended carbonation, and a ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, whiskey and scotch. The taste is harsh, some malt, whiskey, scotch and a dry finish. The mouth feel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. The flavor was not what I was expecting given this beer’s style. Surprise, surprise! The flavor left me not wanting this beer again. Ferris (15910) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2011? - Apricot, peat, smoke and oak. Cloudy orange with a thin beige head. Oak, smoke and peat. Yes it taste likes Islay whiskey juice, but what did you expect? Read the bottle. No IPA notes at all. koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
330 mL bottle shared by Adam. Batch 013. This thing is just whoa... All around. The color is weird; kind of hazy, brown-ish gold, with some yellow or gold tones in there. The aroma is all scotch. There isn’t anything else going on that’s detectable. Just the burn of scotch. The flavor is slightly worse. It’s like drinking scotch on the rocks, only the rocks are road gravel, and just offer a mildly abrasive note to it. The mouth feel is thin, burns, and I do not want this sitting on the tongue at all. Bad.