BenH (1697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100th rate! pours oily black with brown head. Aroma of chilly, coffee and cacao. Taste is big! Chocolate and coffee with a little chilly heat. Slightly sweet. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden. Soooo rich.
jvhemert (283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
AROMA: coffee mostly, some chocolate and roasted nuts
APPEARANCE: pitch black, brown head that disappears
TASTE: medium bitterness
PALATE: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter aftertaste
OVERALL: really nice beer albeit the high ABV is not disguised that well (can it?) Like the roasted nutty aroma mixed with coffee.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rohan. Pour is pitch black with small to medium chocolate coloured head. Aromas are dominated by roasted grain with some bitter chocolate and espresso coffee. Flavours once again show plenty of roasted grain. Some heat on the finish though I suspect more from the alcohol than chilli. Medium mouthfeel. Nice
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma fills up with chocolate and coffee, but then comes a candy like aroma from the chili. Not really the heat, but more of the actual sweetness. But here comes the funny thing with this beer, the chili heat itís not that present in the taste either, all tho in the finish you get some heat, but is it from the chili or from the 15% alcohol. Drinks very smoth and itís in my opinion BrewDogís best beer to this date.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 28th Oct 2010 (Brewdog Abstrakt 04 launch). Black, no head. Iím not usually a fan of beers with chili but this tastes like a perfect fusion of melted dark chocolate and chili heat. Surprisingly lovely.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, Stockholm, Sweden. Aroma is sweet and a little sour, lots of roasted notes, coffee and cacao. Pours a pitch black with little foam. Taste is strong, loads of coffee, some sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol. The chili leaves a burning sensation as it rolls over the tounge, such a cool beer! It is almost flat but the chili makes it tingle slightly, quite oily texture. This was the first of the Abstrakt beers I really enjoyed, probably because the others did not age as well, but still, to me this is what this series is all about. I also believe stouts are more suitable for experimentation than the ales, perhaps this is a contributing factor as to why I preferred this beer over the previous three.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Alex for this, awesome black cork... Almost black body, head is gone right away... The nose is subtle, displays chilis but it isnít hot, a bit of chocolate... A surprsing amount of restraint on the taste as well, lots of chilis but not hot, lots chocolate, no alcohol, canít believe this is 15%
Rune (6905) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle, no. 983, trade with Craig last year in Edinburgh. The body is black as pitch and covered by a tiny, tan-coloured head. Coffee grounds to the nose. Taste of coffee and chocolate. Dark bitter fruits towards the finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth. Very nice (shared with Finn, TromsÝ 29.06.2011).
peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours shiny black with a quickly fading charred expresso colored head. Aroma is rich bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, dry cocoa, and a smidge of underlying chile. Whoa - what the hell? Iíve never had anything quite like this before. Taste starts with chocolate/coffee and then opens up into a medium chile heat before giving way to a sweet, light liquer flavor and ending with more chocolate, chile, and some heat from the alcohol. The champagne yeast seems to add a pleasant tinge to the heat from the chiles. Decadent, complex sipper and very tasty.
phredrik (995) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From batch 01.11.10, bottle 43/200. Pours opaque black, of course, with a dissipating brown head. Aroma has chili, salsa, cocoa beans, really fresh grounded coffee, iron, chocolate. Has a really interesting "old" smell to it, like old leather or old furniture which leads to a tobacco-ish smell as well. Vegetal hints. Very different from any other stout Iíve had. As itís allowed to breath for 10 minutes or so, the more classic stout-ish qualities become more evident, and it just smell really good.
Taste is unlike anything else, too. Sweet liquorice, coffee, chocolate, cocoa beans, lots of sweetness, a small hint of chili which together with the coffe notes balance nicely with the sweetness. Hints of something rusty/vegetal/medicinal. Nice balance throughout. There are only few brewers who have the testicles to make this kind of beer. Really special, really interesting and most importantly, really well tasting.