Working the skull muscle
A Review of Watt Dickie by BrewDog
Posted on 6/3/2014 by Chops
I live my life by a few key principles. First and foremost: never stop learning. I like to think of my brain as a skull muscle, and without regular exercise, it will waste away and become useless. My second life principle is to always try new things. These two driving principles work very well together because the process of exploration will always spin the brain wheels. And in the craft beer world, few breweries work my skull muscle better than BrewDog. I recently had the distinct pleasure of visiting Scotland, a magical land of wonder and beauty. This of course meant that I would be visiting a BrewDog pub to sample some wacky nectar. Glasgow was the closest, so away I went.

BrewDog Glasgow is situated in the heart of the city, right across the street from the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It's a wee pub compared to the Manchester one I visited before, but still chock full of palate pleasing goodness. I found a comfy spot and began scanning the beer menu. It didn't take long to find something strange and interesting: the Watt Dickie, a 35% Ice Distilled Imperial IPA.

Watt Dickie is named after the BrewDog founders, James Watt and Martin Dickie. You know, those amusing chaps from the Esquire Network show Brew Dogs. This beer is ice distilled, and although their specific process is a secret, I would assume it's similar to creating an eisbock (ice bock). This is where a strong bock is frozen, then the water ice is removed to create a super concentrated version of the original beer.

Watt Dickie is served in a snifter glass from a tiny 6 centiliter bottle. And to be perfectly honest, that's all you really need. In the glass, it had a dark coppery coloration. It poured pretty thick and came with absolutely no head, which isn't uncommon for beastly brews. Apparently the aroma was furious with my nostrils because it immediately started singeing nose hairs. Sweet mercy did this beer have a potent smell. It had a huge alcohol burn along with faint notes of caramel, bitter citrus, raisins, grass, and pine. Needless to say, this was an intimidating beer. I fully respected that first sip.

Oddly enough, the first sip started off quite pleasant. It had a syrupy sweetness reminiscent of a good sherry. The finish, on the other hand, was a whole other story. Just imagine an insanely strong and intensely bitter Imperial IPA with a maniacal alcohol presence. That was how the beer exited, and it lingered for a very, very long time. This palate train was by far the most interesting part of the experience. ''Ooo, sweet... wait... holy hell my tongue is on fire!'' The body was thick, oily, and quite heavy. The flavor actually matched the aroma quite well. A big boozy bite followed by caramel, dark fruits, and a grassy piney herbal note.

Overall, BrewDog's Watt Dickie is a mind bending, palate punishing, taste bud scorching brew. And of course, I loved it. This is the kind of beverage you want in your hand on a chilly evening in front of a roaring fireplace. Hell, I'd even pair it with a good meaty cigar. It should go without saying that Watt Dickie isn't for everyone. This monstrous brew can frighten even the most seasoned of hop heads. So, go into it for the unique experience and don't expect to finish it quickly. It's like adding a wily new pub companion who's entertaining as hell, but keeps punching you in the face.

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