daknole (10007) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
50belair you are the man! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of chili pepper and chocolate with some coffee. Flavor is sweet, boozy, chili peppers, coffee, fudge. No spice from the peppers, but you can taste the peppers. Damn!
TheCametron (1913) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tidy. Challenging beer. Big chilli taste but none of the spice. That capsaicin tang at the front of your neckhole and a warmth lingers in your chest cavity. That could also be the alcohol though. An engine oil black with a curious literally golden head which disappears. A fully worthwhile beer experiment.
BenH (2819) - 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 (337) - 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 it’s 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 it’s in my opinion BrewDog’s best beer to this date.
Ethereal (2417) - 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. I’m 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 (3487) - 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 isn’t 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, can’t believe this is 15%
Rune (8822) - Tromsø, 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, Tromsø 29.06.2011).