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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: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - 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 (9089) - 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 (13678) - 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 (326) - 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 (5170) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (4395) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Coppers in Newcastle. A very dark red brown beer with a very thick oily mouthfeel. Extremely warming sweet cherry, strawberries, vanilla and slight leather notes with a strong warming fruity alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (7563) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, May 2012. Amber with no head. Sweet with a lot of malt. The alcohol was there, the mouth feel was thick. Not much hops left in the beer. An ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3680) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
Mikkeller bar, maj 2012: Sötaktig källardoft, söt smak och ganska lätt - det kommer en viss hetta i eftersmaken. Trevlig moden och fruktig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle 375 ml @ Bir&Fud bottega (Rome, Italy), 16/06/10. Pouring this one reminds me sorta of a pale kriek: no head, partially plum, some orange, all into a really dark outline. Aroma is dominated by candy sugar, strawberry syrup, and has the elegance of passing between sweetness of candy fruit and sharpness of green tomatoes. Notes of apricot jam and red orange too. But is gently: hops is gone, absolutely, and beer has evolved. Body is medium to full, but drinkability is so high and alcohol is just a number matter. In my mouth I say 10% at the most, not 18% absolutely. Mouthfeel is fruity compared to classic barley wines, even if maintain the familiar fortified flavor of the style. But, out of the expected, isn’t the dullness of sweet wines (no matter white or red); it’s the dryness of a strong red wine. Good fizzy texture you could feel even in the finish. In the end: odd barley wine, interesting, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1654) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle shared with (and great courtasy of) the fantastic Bergen tasting crew with such stars as ClubGonzo, Inbreak and Palme, and the mighty StoreMy. The beer is a bit unclear and is amber with a very small off-white head. In the nose I sence leather, oak, dried fruits, and this perfumy smell towards alcohol. In addition, it has a touch of cat piss. Personally I think it is unattractive when it becomes too much of this, but in this case is held nicely in check by the rest of the aroma. The taste also offers dried fruits and leather, but also spices, wood, and a little alcohol. The beer feels a bit dry towards the end with a medium bitterness. Feels soft and smooth in the mouth, and is a straightforward, fairly bitter barley wine.

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