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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:04

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa, Naga chilies (the hottest in the world), and champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 375ml bottle @ The Wellington, Birmingham, split with mcberko. Pours black with a caramel coloured head. Aroma of oak, licorice and bourbon. Flavour is of burnt caramel, bourbon and oak. Full bodied - like drinking pure silk. Absolutely loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured black as a ravens wing with a fading tan head. Aroma had loads happening with notes of sweet malts, chocolate aplenty, chili, coffee, vanilla, leather and barrel all mingling in harmony. Luxuriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Big complex and rich flavour that made me step back in pure wonder and admiration. Sweet but in no way cloying, the notable elements of the nose were present and shining. The chocolate and barrel notes stood out, but each passing sip revealed something different and tasty. The warming booze hit was in no way overpowering considering the ABV.I felt rather selfish downing the whole bottle by myself as this really deserves to be shared with good company. If the chance arose to try this again in any situation I’d leap at it. A stunner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 375mL bottle, at The Wellington in Birmingham, pours jet black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavour is insanely rich and quite sweet, featuring oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel and vanilla. Silky, rich, full-bodied palate, with the ABV extremely well-hidden. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle @ Ølbutikken. Pours an opaque black with a tanned head. Smells a bit of chilli. Sweet and dry. Aromas of raisins and dried fruits. Some toasted malt aromas and residual sugars. Warming chilli sensation. And hints of tobacco. Full bodied... chewey. High carbonation. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (12712) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Bottle from Brewdog (as well as on tap a while back at the White Horse). It pours opaque black with a very large caramel-coloured head. The nose is rich-roast coffee, dark chocolate, some chilli, a little soy, wood and alcohol. The taste is strong dark and milk chocolate, rich coffee, liquorice, pepper, cherry, alcohol warmth, smoke and tobacco, leading to a dry finish with chilli spiciness. Great balance between the chocolate and chill! It’s complex and very drinkable for the percentage. One of the best Brewdog beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
375 ml bottle shared by Rencelas- thanks, Jason! Bottled 1/11/10, bottle number 205/3300. Pours a super dark brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma of peppers, cocoa, licorice, cheese, soy, rust, berries, and green olives. Flavor of soy, chocolate, peppers, grapes, and smoked wood. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a robust mouthfeel that coats the palate with soy. Finishes smoky. Alcohol is really well hidden. This is a crazy, interesting beer with a lot of complexity and unexpected notes. Glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London last autumn. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Pleasing roasty, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, heavy, malty, coffee, chocolate, orange, incredibly complex, smooth, boozy, warming and rich. Lovely stuff indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4182) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 4 Aug 2011, bottle. i gotta say, i don’t like this like i used to. there is a lot of meaty soy sauce in here. much more oakiness than i remeber though. i’m not finding any chocolate or chilli. such a shame. i loved this beer the first two times i found it. (original rating = 8,5,7,4,16 = 4.0) really dark black. head disappears immediately intense dark, bitter chocolate aroma w/ substantial hints of chili full/med body and mildly fizzy lots and lots of syrupy chocolate flavour w/ big espresso taste as well this is really stout! this beer is huge! almost too big. it will be great to taste it in a year or two. the finish on this beer is sooo long!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty dry bitter chocolate late aroma with hints of chili. Roasted malty chocolate, coffee and warming chili flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and chili finish.

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