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The 4th Beer of Xmas


For my 4th beer of Xmas my ture love sent to me…

Click here for the Storify summary of what was being enjoyed on day 3, now onto today’s beer.

BrewDog ‘Mix Tape 8’ Oak Aged Belgian Tripel / TIPA Blend (14.5% ABV / 330ml)

I’ve been quite excited by this beer – a blend of a Belgian tripel and a Triple IPA that have both been oak aged in Scotch Whisky barrels for two years. What could possibly go wrong with this?

Upon opening, immediately greeted by a sticky sweet aroma. It pours a lovely deep amber colour with good, subtle carbonation and a consistent thin head.

Aromas of oak and whisky (well, you’d hope so really wouldn’t you?) greet the nose as the glass is lifted for the first taste… Thick, big, boozy flavours. The sticky sweetness of the aroma follows through on the initial wash and is then followed by heat. Warming flavours and a very sweet finish.

day 4There’s very little of the tripel coming through, there’s very little of the TIPA coming through. It’s more like a barley wine than anything else. There’s almost no hop profile, but there is warmth. And heat. And more warmth. And a little more heat. Did I mention the warmth?

There are some thick treaclely toffee notes, and hints of smoke. There’s no yeast profile coming through like you would expect from a tripel, so that feels like it has been completely lost. There’s no hop slap coming through from the TIPA, so that feels like it has been completely lost. Maybe the two parts of the blend were in the Scotch Whisky casks for too long? The problem is that I just can’t get past the big, hot hit on every swig. I’ve never been a fan of spirits, so I don’t enjoy the warm hit that a neat spirit leaves. I’m struggling to get past this to find anything more interesting to say.

#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!


  1. Day 4 – Bath Ales Gem

    After a few experiments and wild cards, today we have an absolute classic beer, and one of my all time favourites.

    The beautiful amber colour gives an aroma of sweet fudge, the first hit on the pallet tastes similar, and then a soft bitterness comes through. This is a confident bitter that doesn’t have to try too hard to be anything other than a cracking all-rounder. I could drink this all day, a real winner.

  2. Day 4- Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter 7.4%

    Found this on the shelve of the local beer and wine store. Was glad to see it and give it a try.
    Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight molasses aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is very sweet and not too much like a porter in my opinion.The alcohol could be better integrated because it had a slight boozy feel.

  3. Day 4 Allendale Brewery END range Red Summit.

    Firstly this beer isn’t red. It’s darker almost black in colour. The first sniff lets you know that you’re in for a boozy drink. First taste confirms that. This beer is very boozy. It tastes like a malty red currant liqueur if such a thing exists. It’s abit too much for me. I normally like big black thick beers but this lacks the balance for me. It’s very dry and not enough complexity to the flavours for the alcohol. Shame really, I’ve loved every other Allendale END range beer I’ve had and really wanted to be crowing for the quality of the north east breweries. Next weeks beers include some crackers from north east breweries so I’m sure I’ll get the chance.

    Just realised, here I am whinging about a boozy beer as I sit two days away from Magic Rock’s 12% Strongman! Ah well…

  4. Philip Kelly (@philipjkelly)

    December 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Day 4: Brewdog Old World India Pale Ale

    A very very pleasant, woody, earthy beer. Quite deep flavours and perhaps how I would have expected the truffle tripel to have tasted.

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