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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: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rarbring (1383) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma: A lot of smell in this one, a hoppy haze with sweet grape-fruits, soy sauce, peas and some tea.
Appearance: A clouded light brown, an off-white small head, no lacing and small curtains.
Taste: A sweet bread start, apricots, sherry, even alcohol, bitter grape-fruit seeds.
Palate: Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a big body, a small dry finish.
Overall: Not an easy brew, a bit unbalanced.
Note: Bottle 375 ml. Reviewed 2012-01-21.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2012
37,5 cl Bottle @ RBBSG, courtesy of Travlr. Hazy brown coloured beer with a small white head and some light carbonation. Yeasty trange spicy hinted aroma. Full creamy palate. FInish is sweet alcoholic malty sweet hinted. Clear barley wine. Not my immediate favourite but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2012
Dark amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of raisins, cheese, banana, malts and light aceton. Sweet, slight tart flavour, raisins, malts, overripe fruits. Malty, sweet caramel finish, overripe fruit (weeig).
I Agree with Eugene and Tim. This series really appears to be made to drink fresh, age doesn’t quite seem to improve it.
(From 37,5cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Bottle 985/3600. Courtesy of Travlr. Thanks Gene!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4707) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
11/VIII/2012 - 37.5cl bottle @ RBBSG - (2012-893) Thanks to Travlr for sharing the bottle!

Pretty muddy dark brown cloudy beer, small light beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very sweet, bit chemical, sugar, caramel, alcohol, some dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very sweet, slick, some alcohol, caramel, dried fruits, pretty bitter. Aftertaste: sugary, some hops, raisins, bit sourish, lemony, more hops, some dark chocolate. It’s good, but you can sense that this was not what they were going for. Agree with Eugene that it must have been a lot better fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3801) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2012
Thx. to Gene for this one // 375 ml. bottle, caged with a plastic cork // love the design on these bottles, simple but... these guys really know marketing // bottled 16.06.2010 // bottle nr. 985 / 3600 // tasted after #1 // age also hasn’t been kind to this one // less exited about this one than # 1 - most seem to have liked this one more // I wasn’t crazy about any of them // murky dark brown with little white head // smells aged, sweet caramel, toffee, lots of spices, hints of hop, rather sweet // tastes of candy, aged, tad plastic, malts, lots of heavy caramel, dried fruits, hint spice and some remnants of hops, warming but not much in the way of booze especially for an 18 % // this series doesn’t appear to have been build to last, probably was more interesting fresh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2012
@ 2nd RBBSG, thx to Gene!

Head: off white, creamy , small
Colour: hazy brown
Smell: bit of hops, very sweet, very boozey, lots of malts
Taste: sweet boozey start, some hops, a bit of dried fruits, caramel, end is dry, bitter and a bit boozey. better then the 01 but still doesn’t satisfy me price wise ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle sample @ 2nd RBBSG, August 11th 2012. Courtesy of Travlr. Botle 985/3600. Ambrée, col beige fin. Arôme malté grillé avec une pointe de houblon en retrait. Palais note herbacées prononcées, alcool réchauffant le tout sur des notes de soja avec une pointe de tourbe? et d’épice, les houblons malgré un dry hopping semblent manquer au rdv et se perd dans une marré d’alcool. Au final, à part un abv assez haut, je ne vois rien qui justifie le prix de cette bouteille.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8245) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Sampled at RBBSG (courtesy of Travlr). Opaque murky brown color, small beige head. Smell is pretty strongly alcoholic, malts. Taste malts, alcohol, bitter-alcoholic finish. Medium carbo, full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Got a chance to try this at the Release Party at the Cask and Kitchen. I would have called it an Imperial Red Ale that is VERY well hopped. Deep amber red color and a nice thin head that did not last long. Smelled of hops, a bit of malt and then more hops, a bit of pine resin but not much more. The taste was all hops a slight amount of booze, which is amazing as it this was 18%! Not really all that much character or depth of flavors and little balance. Still this is an Imperial Triple dry hopped Red ale and Balance may not be what they were going for. Felt very nice in the mouth, good medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability may be low but it is very strong in both alc% and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AshtonMcCobb (2575) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2012
375ml bottle thanks to Stu. Pours a cloudy brown with very little head. The nose has a savoury/earthy thing which is almost meaty, also rubbery note with a sour edge to it which makes me think of ginger bread. The taste is of more ginger bread and rubber, with more savoury meat notes after, then a pate finish. The palate is rich, full bodied, a big tangy and creamy texture and an elegant finish. Overall, this beer is hugely individual, I love it.

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