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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:04

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa, Naga chilies (the hottest in the world), and champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours black as original Sin with a creamy brownish head. Intense, sweet and fairly complex aroma of hard roasted malt, plenty of raisins, some coffee notes and a light tartness. Very full-bodied, low carbonation but far from flat, again flavours of hard roasted malts, coffee notes and dark dried fruits while the chilies only leave a light prickly sensation on my tongue. Some warming alcohol heat in the finish. A bit of a monster really, but a nice monster! Actually surprisingly subtle and well balanced for a beer this strong. 101110

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. I thought this was absolutely brilliant. Wonderful roasted malt aroma, with hints of cocoa and mocha. Palate is full bodied, yet seems fairly dry for a Imperial Stout, with some slight warmth/heat, Iím guessing from the chilly. Flavour seems to go on forever. Lots of mocha and roasty cocoa flavours coming through. Really good balance (as far as extreme Imperial Stouts go). Love it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2271) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Holy toledo, this is an amazing beer. Strikingly similar to Hunahpuís. For a fantastic description of this stout, scroll down to Darkguardianís review. By the way, a big thanks to Chris for sharing not one but two bottles of this bad boy at the District.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Tar black ale with a small, creamy, brown head. Decent retention. The aromatics exude chocolate, caramel, smoke, peppers and a dab of butterscotch. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is ridiculously sweet, yet Iím not offended. Some nice mocha and caramel in here. Also, I get mild pepper flavor, but no heat. Sweet mocha and butterscotch finish. Much thanks to darkguardian for sharing this gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 16, 2010
De botella. Totally pitch black colour, medium creamy light brown head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, pepper and bit alc. Good filling mouthfeel. Very pleasant roasted maltiness in the sweet flavour with chocolate and some coffee, pleasant pepperness, dark fruit and some alc. Long lasting roastey sweet maltiness with some chocolate. Nice indeed! Thanks a bunch Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle at ōlbutikken - Thanks to Tom. Black - brown head.†Burned. Cocoa. Fruity. High sweetness. Soft body. High fruity. Nice coffee. Chocolate. Light licorice. Lovely.†

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Tap at the White Horse. Outstanding. Dark brown pour with a light, beige head. Holds a strong malt nose with some ripe fruit, alcohol and chocolate. Very sweet, with plenty of booze and dominant dark malts, then some roasty bitterness. Medium to full in body with loads of warmth and fine carbonation. Finishes fairly sweet with plenty of sugar and more roasty dryness. The chilies affect more in feel than flavor it seems, providing a hint of tingle in the aftertaste. Just fantastic overall. Supremely drinkable. (4.7)

Bottle at the White Horse. Opaque, dark brown pour. Strong aroma with dark malts, coffee beans, and dark cocoa. Mild alcohol and ripe, dark fruits. Flavor is divine. Very sweet but not cloying. Loads of dark chocolate syrup, plenty of roast, wood, and bark, along with light chili spice. Some dry roastiness. Full bodied with effervescent carbonation and plenty of warmth. I can feel this beer journey from my mouth to my esophagus to my gut. It feels good in my gut. The finish ends the experience wonderfully: sweet, with spices, chocolate, alcohol, bitter coffee and some overripe, dark fruits. Superb on all fronts. It would be very hard to make this beer any better. (4.9)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4056) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2010
Taste @ ōlbutikken, Copenhagen. Thanks to Tom from BrewDog. My previous experience with chili plus beer (Midtfyns Chili Tripel) was quite disappointing. Abstract AB:04 showed me how itís done; a nicely integrated, yet very present chili flavor mingled with a very saucy and robust imperial stout. Chili is all around; both in the aroma where it mixes with equally robust notes of chocolate, and coffee and in the taste, where it dances around with additional vanilla, wood and cocoa. A very tasty and interesting creation from BrewDog, whose experimentalism is sure to hit the big time jackpot at some point. This one isnít quite there, but not far behind.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Pours a deep pitch black with a huge tan head thats deep brown. Rather like Hunahpus in appearance. The nose is Massive powdered chocolate up front with noticable chili and some light coffee. Rather like a coffee treatment of Hunahpus (Iím sensing some CCB inspiration from this beer!). Deep full bodied and rich, possessed of a fantastic roasted malt character with some noticable chili heat (more so than hunahpus) and a lingering chocolate aftertaste. I get a little citrus fruit as well? Deeply complex. This is simply an astouding beer. The alchohol is there but well hidden. The body is only slightly inferior to Hunahpus. This is a masterful beer. I donít know if HUnahpus inspired this beer but its very very similar but yet has its own twists as well. A truly world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7484) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Had this courtesy of Craig, cheers mate. Pours black, leaving an oil slick down the glass. This is really, really smooth in the mouth. Orange and chilli flavours combine. There is some warmth from the alcohol but Iím getting Terryís chocolate orange flavour above anything else, however I do get some coffee, but the chilli Iím not sure whether Iím imagining it.Very good. A7 A3 T9 P4 Ov17 4.0

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