Watt Dickie

Rating: 2.75

A strange on this and a beer that I picked up approximately four years ago, not long after it was released as a one-off from Brewdog back in 2013. The beer is a huge 35% abv. offering that sits closer to a spirit than a beer but started life as an IPA before being freeze distilled and ending up in its current form that is somewhere between an imperial IPA and an eisbock. It is a ‘beer’ that I picked up when it was launched mainly due to the novelty of it and that’s part of the reason I’ve only just opened it now, it should at least be interesting but I’m not holding out much hope for it being a classic. It will be by far the strongest beer I’ve reviewed here so far but I have also tried Brewdog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin offering which comes in just a little lighter at 32% and that’s not exactly a beer that I’ve rushed back to try again either.

Appearance (3/5): Dark copper and very thick looking, this one pours with absolutely no sign of a head and is very still in the glass too; slightly disappointing but in truth it was as I’d expected given the high alcohol content of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): Huge alcohol notes on the nose initially, this one is slightly sweet with some toffee before some brandy type aromas and plenty of alcohol coming through. It’s got some peated malts and hints of sherry a little further on too with a subtle touch of vanilla right at the end; there’s a little more to it than I’d initially anticipated which is a pleasant surprise.
Taste (4/10): It took a while to build up trying this one, I wanted to give it some time to open up after pouring but once I finally took the plunge I was greeted by an initial sweetness that was very warming and loaded with alcohol, it somehow managed to seem stronger than the 35% abv. listed on the bottle upon first taking a sip. Once the initial burn passed, there was some sweet malts and toffee coming through alongside touches of brandy and sugar. It was a strong beer as you would expect but also one that was like drinking a spirit and it was definitely a beer to sip rather than rush through, sadly the taste didn’t seem quite as varied or easy-going as the nose was either.
Palate (3/5): Thick and very warming thanks to the abundance of alcohol coming through, there was naturally quite a kick to what was a relatively sweet beer and it was a difficult one to get through as well, I took much longer than anticipated for such a small serving of the stuff.

Overall (9/20): Very strong stuff and nothing like a beer in the traditional sense of the word, this one was a boozy spirit with tonnes of alcohol showing throughout and a warming kick to it was well. There was a little variety to the nose, something that I wasn’t expecting but the taste was pretty much what I thought it would be like going in with plenty of alcohol and a burning feel to it that dominated throughout. It’s one that I’m glad I’ve managed to try but I can’t see me ever giving it a second go, even if I manage to see it again somewhere in the future; dangerous stuff indeed.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Eisbock / Imperial IPA
Abv: 35.0%
Serving: Bottle (60ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.50 (approx.)

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  1. July 5, 2018 at 10:43

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