No calm before the Storm
A Review of Storm by BrewDog
Posted on 1/18/2013 by Chops
Breweries these days come in many shapes and sizes. Some are corporate behemoths that are only concerned with the bottom line. Some are regional staples that provide an array of reliable brews. Some are diamonds in the rough that gain notoriety through perfecting their passion. Still there are others that do whatever the hell they want to and couldn't give two flying shits what anyone thinks about them. This is BrewDog out of Scotland. They make great beers, weird beers, head scratching beers, crazy beers, whatever tickles their fancy at any given time. Hell, they even produce the Sink the Bismarck Imperial IPA, a 41% ABV bottle of WTF and current title holder of world's strongest beer. This is the environment you drink from going into any BrewDog beer. They are one of the very few breweries on the planet that can flat out guarantee a weird wild experience. Such was the case when I busted open Storm, their Islay Whiskey Cask Aged IPA.

In the glass, this beer has a cloudy orange juice coloration. It came with absolutely no head, even with an aggressive pour. At this point I was a little nervous because I had no idea how to interpret the appearance. If this was anything other than a cask-aged beer, I would have said it was either flat or had a massive ABV. On the nose, I found a big potent whiskey aroma resting on a base of oak. Yup, that's pretty much it. I couldn't even detect the base beer, which had me doubly nervous. Seriously, if I had closed my eyes and smelled this beer blind, I might have mistaken it for a mis-order. ''I said the whiskey cask ale, not straight whiskey.'' But anyway, I had to reorient and remind myself that this was a BrewDog beer. Let's dive right in and have us an adventure.

Thankfully I could actually taste the base beer, but it had little resemblance to an IPA. In fact, I could only identify it as ''beer''. The whiskey is once again large and in charge. Dusting the mix is a nondescript spiciness and a touch of bitterness, but that's pretty much it. The beer is decently smooth and easy to drink, so long as you don't mind the flavor of whiskey. I'd like to elaborate more, but there's really not much else to say about it. Storm is a whiskey laden mystery beer. It finished sticky with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and, you guessed it, whiskey.

Overall, BrewDog's Storm Islay Whiskey Cask Aged IPA is a strange and compelling beast. It's tasty and unique for what it is, but I have no idea who I could recommend it to. As with most BrewDog beers, Storm is interesting and worth a try if you happen across it. You may or may not like it, and that's about the only real insight I can provide. BrewDog is well known for pushing craft beer boundaries in both intriguing and questionable ways, so I can't fault them in the least for releasing this wacky concoction. I say dive right in, but be advised that there is no calm before this Storm.

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