Emptied the memory card on my phone and found some pictures I had taken in Oluthuone Kaisla and Oluthuone William K during the last month along with some notes. I won’t be making full reviews, but I’ll post my comments of these (those I remember).
First up is the collaboration brew between Brewdog and Three Floyds called Bitch Please. The beer is a Barley Wine, brewed with Laphroaig malt, and other goodies (such as fudge and shortbread), and has been stored in Jura single malt whisky barrels for 8 months. The beer has a massive 11.5% ABV and is hopped with Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka (all from New Zealand). The beer had a dark ruby-brown color with a cream colored head. The aroma was full of peat, smoke and malt, and thoughts immediately went to whisky. The taste was similar, boasting a lot of peat and smoke, along with sweet caramel and maltiness, ending with a bitter finish. The body was quite full, and I had some difficulties finishing the beer because of the strong smoky and peaty taste (I’m not that huge of a whisky fan). It was an OK beer, and definitely different from something I’ve ever tried before. It was a little expensive (think it was 14 euros for the 330ml bottle), and wouldn’t buy again. Maybe worth a try for whisky fans. Sorry about the extremely crappy picture, it was taken with my phone in very dark conditions.
Next up is Hop Wallop, which is an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed by Victory Brewing, that I bought at William K Tennispalatsi for 8.50€. The beer has an ABV of 8.5%, and is brewed with “imported German malts” and “American whole flower” hops (unfortunately no specific information about malts, hops or IBU available). The beer had a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of fruit, floral notes, and citrus, with just a slight note of alcohol present. The taste is full of hop flavours, with tones of resin, citrus (grapefruit), and spices, with some sweet malt presence and a bitter finish. Felt that the beer was maybe just a bit too dry, and was wishing for some more sweetness. The beer had a medium-light body with moderate carbonation, and it was easy to drink. This was a good beer, but I feel that Victory’s HopDevil is a bit tastier and better balanced. Still a beer I’d drink again!