Ethereal (2421) - 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.
chibuck (3509) - 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 (10928) - 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).
peteinSD (1460) - 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? I’ve 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 (1024) - 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 I’ve had. As it’s 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.
RasmusOtt (2179) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 43 of 400 omg... Pours pitch black with a fast disappearing brown head. Aroma is raw coffee powder, chili, cocoa beans, salsa, rye bread, chocolate, medicine, old leather and tobacco. Taste is cocoa, chocolate, liquorice, caramel, more hidden chili, light medicine and alot of vinous notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and carbonation is very nice. This is really a sick and different Imp Stout.
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
[enjoyed to celebrate the ’almost-champions’ Manchester Uinited 2011]
Pours completely black with a small, fizzy, dark-beige head that disappears completely in a matter of moments. Impressively complex aroma. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, fat malts, chili, viniousness, oak, dry grainy roasted notes. Lowish carbonation, dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour has heavy roasted coffee, dark chocolate, freshness from the very apparent peppery and hot chili. Some oaky notes (probably from the cocoa). Lovely warming from both alcohol and chili. Very complex and quite hard to describe in all essence.
TheJestersBeer (2375) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle, #907.
Pours pitch black, with a thin white head.
Heavily roasted aroma, tar, licorice, chili peppers, dark chocolate, hazelnut, cocoa, green bell peppers.
Sweet, full bodied, thick, medium to high bitterness, and with a nice touch of peppery heat.
The taste is very rich and dens, loads and loads of roasted malts, licorice, chili, dark chocolate, coffee beans, walnuts, hazelnut, honey.
Long, hot, peppery finish, with lingering flavours of chili, honey and coffee.
Truly a spectacular beer, but don’t finish this one after a long evening of drinks, kids... (2011-04-30)
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 375 ml shared by - and thanks to! - Paolo @ Birra ed Oltre (Naples, Italy). Pours deep and thick black like engine oil that generates an amazing dark brown shapely foam. A rainbow aroma: port wine, raisins, dark plums, cocoa, coffee, yeast, licorice, vanilla. A sprinkle of spices too. Rich full body with loads of malt in which you’ll find an elegant and clean character (not creamy anyway) despite toasted notes. Candy caramel, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla and dark fruits again. Medium carbonation, its warm sweetness conquer could you. Dry and pleasant finish, something herbaceous. Perfectly balanced and drinkable. Terribly drinkable. Had AB:04 both bottled and on tap, although the 15% ABV I wanted more and more. This kind of beer are your mind worst enemy because it takes influence later, so beware. One of the best among european outlying and extreme IRS.