Scotland

Orkney Skull Splitter

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Today, I’m reviewing The Skull Splitter: The Orkney Brewery’s homage to the great—or terrible (depending on who you are)—Thorfinn “Skullsplitter” Hauskaluif—spelled how it sounds (depending on who you are). The beer nearly got pulled from market a couple years ago after concerns were raised that its name and logo were encouraging violence (obviously, Orkney isn’t […] ... [Read more]

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30

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Surprise birthday gifts are the best. Surprise birthday gifts that are beer, are even better. Without even a mention, a good friend of my wife’s left two bottles of Ola Dubh 30 on my kitchen counter. As my wife would rather have Pinot than a pint, I guessed that these precious malted joys were mine. […] ... [Read more]

BrewDog Hardcore IPA

BrewDog Hardcore IPA

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Taylor:  BrewDog is a Scottish craft brewery that makes some crazy concoctions. They are notable for their awesome, antics-ridden videos, their deep hatred of commercial beer, and their Sink the Bismarck IPA, which is the highest ABV beer in the world, at 40%. They are like the Three Floyds of Europe … but even crazier. […] ... [Read more]

BrewDog Dogma Ale

BrewDog Dogma Ale

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This mid-range abv brew reminded me of an a newer twist on the Scottish ales of old.  The beige thin head seemed to disappear into the amber-orange cloudy beverage as I pressed my nose in for a smell.  Note: I have not had kola nuts or guarana so I have no point of reference with regards […] ... [Read more]

Williams Brothers Alba Scots Pine Ale

Williams Brothers Alba Scots Pine Ale

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This historic brew commemorates a practice that dates back to a time before hops were used.  Implementing what mother nature gave them, Norse people groups used the sprigs of spruce and pine trees as the bittering agent in their beers. Through the vehicle of Viking conquest the people groups in Northern Scotland started to incorporate […] ... [Read more]

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint Amber Ale

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint Amber Ale

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BrewDog … batty Scottish brewers that boil beer to buck trends in Britain. They have remained true to their approach with this ridiculous Amber Ale, if you could even call it that. It’s more like an Amber Ale that has been nuked by hops. It certainly lives up to its “iconoclast” nickname. This is a […] ... [Read more]

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40

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Typically I would be cellaring a beer like Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh (Black Oil) Special Reserve 40. It is an epic brew: based on Harviestoun’s famous Old Engine Oil, Ola Dubh 40 is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park Distillery. It is an ale that pays homage to Imperial Porters and Stouts, and it […] ... [Read more]

BrewDog Rip Tide

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My first venture into the world of BrewDog starts out with their interpretation of a Russian imperial stout. I found this bomber at the bottom of a shelf tucked behind a couple other singles. While I’d love to have reviewed a fresh bottle, I must report that my bottle had a “best by” date of […] ... [Read more]

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special 12 Reserve

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What I stumbled upon two weeks ago lead me to make an impulse buy. Apparently, Harviestoun takes their Old Engine Oil and ages it in re-used whiskey casks. There were numbers (12, 16, and 30) attached to the bottles and naturally the prices went up as you went higher. What I came to find out […] ... [Read more]

Brewdog Bashah

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Every now and then, you run across a beer that you purchase purely out of curiosity (and perhaps a slight sense of wonderment). To be fair, those of us who call greater Chicagoland our home would probably jump at the chance to get our hands on anything involving Stone Brewery. But when I found this […] ... [Read more]