Prototype 27

Prototype 27

At BrewDog we are selfish. We make the beers we want to drink. Prototype 27 is a batch of only 150 bottles of our most selfish beer yet. This prototype combines Martin and James' favourite things - Hardcore IPA, fresh Scottish Raspberries and old Islay single malt whiskies.


1 - Take one Islay whisky cask, if you want to be very specific, try a 1982 Caol Ila cask.


2 - Add 150L of World Beer Cup Winning Hardcore IPA.


3 - Add 50 kilos of local Scottish Raspberries.  


4 - Add a dash of BrewDog wizardry


5 - Et voila. You have 150 bottles of a hardcore little prototype.


The result is a drop dead gorgeous beer, which pours a vibrant and seductive rock 'n roll lip stick red in the glass. The aroma is mesmerising, all sweet, tart raspberry goodness upfront but with the spicy, resinous citrus hops underneath. Another visit reveals something far more sinister, tiny tinges of dark menacing smoke adds a gritty edge to the raspberry surrealness with hints of wooden hospitals and burning pirate ships.

The beer is vindictively complex and irreverent on the palate. Full bodied and compelling the robust malt base provides an initial layer of honey, cinnamon and biscuity malt sweetness. Soon the Scottish Berries are in on the act, a dominating tug of war between sweet and tart with an overbearing zest. As the beer slips back across your tongue the hops demand and definitely get your attention. At 100 IBUs the bitterness smashes into the back of your throat as the resinous, spiced orange peel flavours add depth to the berry fruitiness.

As the beer endures the infamous Islay character emerges, almost undetectable tinges of toasted marshmallow from the oak gave way to the more threatening flavours this beer pulled from the cask. Whispers of demonic  smoke and peat grow louder as the beer moves towards the back of your mouth, almost taunting the raspberry’s innocence. The finish is almost like a little bonfire inside a giant raspberry bouncy castle.

It is a pity we only have 150 bottles. I would happily keep them all to myself! Maybe I should........

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Kieran Wall 13.06.2010 @ 10:22pm
too much going on in one bottle, seemed really salty which detracted from the beer, and too much smokiness along side the raspberry.not all bad though, the sweet and sourness really added to the raspberry taste, just a shame it was masked by far to much smoke and salt.certainly still a prototype, and for me a major swing and miss, it would have to change a lot if i was going to buy it again. keep going though, if you can pull off a raspberry beer i would be very pleased! :)
Don 06.06.2010 @ 12:21pm
This one's a winner!Any chance of producing a bigger run?
Chris 03.06.2010 @ 9:00pm
Absolutely fantastically deliciously rich and full of hoppy raspberry yumminess. I should have bought 6 not 3
Colin Sabia 01.06.2010 @ 7:13pm
Oh no! Sold out already!
C.W 01.06.2010 @ 2:20am
Hey im just drunk and peeved I missed this one... but, what would 50kg of raspberries fermented in 50l of DIPa equate 2 by ABV?Is this at all possible or something to worry about in the future ?
C.W 01.06.2010 @ 1:50am
Aww. I double missed this one yet you get a 3 pack.. Bummer..Any making ther way to Cornelius..?
Adam B 31.05.2010 @ 1:09pm
Order three bottles of this baby, can't wait to try it!
James, BrewDog 31.05.2010 @ 11:57am
We just bottled it and got 25 bottles more than expected. Back on our online shop for a very limited time period.
DG 31.05.2010 @ 10:45am
oh bugger soild ou ....oh well theres always next time!
DG 31.05.2010 @ 10:43am
Great stuff hope to see it in aussieland one day....keepo going fellas!Bugger the mArcos
Andy 31.05.2010 @ 8:42am
sounds awesome guys. Clearly others agree as its now sold out! Please please please please brew some more.
Jonathan 30.05.2010 @ 7:30pm
Hardcore IPA and Caol Ila are two of my favourite drinks, so this is a must!
Dom Welsh 30.05.2010 @ 6:22pm
Own up....whose real dad is Oz Clark??Or did somebody get Jilly Goolden's bumper book of booze descriptions for christmas?
Dr M 30.05.2010 @ 5:03pm
The penultimate paragrpah is possibly the best description of a beer ever:'Burning pirate ships''taunting the rapsberry's innocence''seductive rock 'n roll lipstick red'Off the charts awesome!
Chris 30.05.2010 @ 5:01pm
If it tastes exactly like James' description I'm going to have to drink this alone.....
Edwin C Hemsley 30.05.2010 @ 5:00pm
Two points, you can use my name for a beer Portcullis as suggested in my last contribution regarding taking the piss outa your pub design with the iron gates. If you dont use it I promise Ill give it to 6 Point, that would be horrid.Second Point. Change your distributor for beer in NYC, they dont like your beer and they not pushing it. Give it to SKI and Ill make sure the word gets around.
Andy Robb 30.05.2010 @ 5:00pm
The finish is almost like a little bonfire inside a giant raspberry bouncy castle."You guys rock. All the other breweries in Scotland should bow down before you for being the most innovative brewery in Europe. I salute you. It comes as no surprise to me that I've never met you guys at a camra meeting or a beer fest in Scotland. Camra don't like people like you. They like pints of heavy and boring, run of the mill English bitter. So do I. But it's not enough. Well done!
Douglas MacIntyre 30.05.2010 @ 4:46pm
Sounds awesome! I look forward greatly to trying this one.
Adrian 30.05.2010 @ 4:42pm
This is BrewDog at their undisputed best. Sensationally experimental, directional and daring. This is why I love you guys so much!I just ordered 6 bottles and can't wait to taste this!
anarchy999 30.05.2010 @ 4:17pm
hahahaha sounds mental, great name, jimmy bond would drink it m/ m/