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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:02

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle. Hazy dark amber with a low thick lasting off-white head. Rich hop accentuated aroma of resin, over-riped oranges, sweet apricots and flowers with rich and deep malty notes of caramel, honey, toasted malts and sweet licorice. Of course (at massive 18 % ABV), it’s got a huge massive body with strong notes of flowers, caramel, honey, pine mild pepper and toasted malts. Chewy yet rounded mouthfeel with a very well-hidden alcohol. Long belly-warming finish of resin, flowers, honey, caramel and toasted malts. Had sceptical thoughts about this one but now I’m praised. Really, really well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear dark red/amber - white head. Nice hoppy. Resin. Caramel sweetness. Recidual sugar. Amber malts. Light sharpness. Soapy. Peppery. Raisins. Dried fruits. Very nice desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Courtesy of Steve Jones - Pratt St. Ale House Brewmaster. Deep crimson, thick creamy white head. Intense tropical fruit and pine aromas ride a sturdy backbone of grassy-mint and soft chocolate throughout. Thick musky pine and citric hop assault rounds well with a soft blackened vanilla-toffee fade. ABV warms, but hides well in the end. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. A great sipper…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - JUL 28, 2010
ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto persitente naso piuttosto intenso fruttato maltato lieve caramello etilico luppoli agrumati in bocca inizia piuttosto dolce zucchero candito frutta sotto spirito poi luppolatura intensa dry hop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
On tap at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, 15th June 2010 - the launch event. Deep reddish copper with a foamy off white head. Nose of caramel sugars and resinous hops. Some alcohol but definitely less than you’d expect, at least at first. As it warms, the booziness comes through. In the mouth, it’s a similar story. This really does feel like 5AM Saint amped up - lots of alcohol, some red berries, sugary orange and toffee. Palate is rich and full without being heavy, without being harsh. It’s very bitter without many hop flavours making themselves known. I found it a bit disappointing as I was expecting to be challenged more with some confrontational flavours. This is best described as "6pm Saint".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle… Clear, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma awards my senses with pineapple, grapefruit, pine, muskiness and a whiff of caramel. Medium to full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. The flavor is an enjoyable blend of acidity, bitterness and alcohol. Numbs the tongue; not unlike Novocain. Lengthy, bitter, warming, Sahara-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2010
On tap at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on 15the June 2010. Russet with thin off white head. Very strong early malt kick and strong grassy hop tanginess. Slight notes of savoury vegetables and rich berry fruit. Very well crafted indeed but satisfaction already achieved on a single 1/3 pint portion. I should also like to thank Tommie C for arranging the event of that day at the CASK.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
375ml. Another home run from Brewdog. The aroma on this is just sick. Huge pineapple and grapefruit rind. I wasn’t expecting this at all. The alcohol is dominated by the hops in the nose, which is a very good thing. Doesn’t smell boozy like you expect from a beer of 18%. Pours a burnt red with a large foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Flavor is slightly funky. Huge alcohol is actually not as present as you expect. Its got some burn but nothing near what it should be, you get a massive amount of fruit balanced by chewy vanilla caramel malts. Suprisingly well balanced. Light booziness and lingering bitterness thats not to aggressive. I really dug this, much more than I expected. Very well done. And the aroma was just absolutely amazing. I smelled this beer for a good 10 minutes before I took a sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Reddish pour. Hoppy and alcohol nose. Flavor is pretty damn good considering the crazy alcohol. Lots of citrus hops, good malt bill, some fruity notes and the booze is hidden pretty damn well. Thanks to darkguardian!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2010
Keg at the C&K launch. Amber/ red with a tan head. Initially the massive hop count masks the excessive alcohol but in the finish this beer is un integrated and too strong for it’s own good. Nevertheless, extra marks for an adventurous effort. It will no doubt round off with moderate aging and might well have benefited from cask presentation at a colder time of year.

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