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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:05

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


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Belgian imperial stout aged on toasted coconut and cacao.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grunx (367) - - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Cervesa cremosa i espectacularment sedosa. Ho té tot. De lo millor que he probat. Ideal per a postres. Llàstima que només hi hagin 3600 botelles en el món. Molt difícil d’aconseguir. L’elegància transformada en cervesa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gurthnar (5003) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. This beer is one of the few boasting of several adjectives which actually delivers all of them. The color is very dark, almost black. Carbonation mostly escaped but that is OK here. It is really sweet but not disturbingly so. You get loads of caramel, coconut is present, whisky barrels as well and finally also light Belgian yeasty character. Complex but really nicely rounded and harmonic. Alcohol hidden well and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Foffern (1685) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle shared with (and great courtasy of) the fantastic Bergen tasting crew with such stars as ClubGonzo, Inbreak and Palme, and the mighty StoreMy. Has a deep brown colour, almost black, with a light brown head. Smells like dried fruit, prunes, dark chocolate, alcohol, leather, slightly burned, and surprisingly some cat piss. Dried fruits, leather and roast also in the flavour, with licorice, liqueur, port wine, black currant, and the beer feels slightly acidic. Oily mouth feel. A magnificent beer with a wonderful taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
375mL bottle at The Bishop Arms Folkungagatan, pours jet black with just a few bubbles of brown head. Aroma screams coconut upfront, followed by decadent cocoa notes. The coconut and cocoa are pretty much the main two qualities on the nose. Flavour is intensely sweet, almost sickly sweet, but somehow fitting, with notes of coconut and cocoa upfront, a little caramel, and lots of residual sugars. This is fairly cloying in sweetness, but somehow it works. These uber-sweet impie stouts are usually detracting to me, but this one feels elegant and complex. Excellent stuff. Perhaps only second to Abstrakt AB:04 in the series. Inexplicably great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4123) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 21 March 2011 bottle. black, thick, dark brown head. great nose. almost like raw dark chocolate. alcohol is in background but very seriously so. great full body. thick, heavy, syrupy and lightly fizzy. rich. big. gorgeous. i don’t get much coconut but gorgeous rich dark chocolate w/ some tart red fruit elements. great! better than i remembered it. (first tasting/rating 3/10 5/5 6/10 5/5 12/20 = 3.1) ....really dark, thick and syrupy. nose is toast and slightly dry dark chocolate full body, mildly fizzy and moderately syrupy. taste is cherries and chocolate. here’s my thing. when you pay £10-12 for a beer from brewdog you expect something. this might be a decent beer. but i expect a lot more from Brewdog and especially from the Abstrakt series. i’m disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedShoes (3) - SPAIN - MAY 1, 2011 does not count
Botella en Kitsch (Vitoria). El sabor a coco es muy sútil, el de cacao le gana por enteros...y por mi mejor. Quizá puede resultar algo cargante y excesiva a medida que vas bebiéndola. Pero repetiría, sin duda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 Keg at the Euston Tap. Pours midnight black with a creamy, tan head. Aroma is all hoisin and soy sauce, some cocoa and roast. Very, very sweet flavor, slightly syrupy, at first candy, licorice, chocolate syrup, then some roasted malts and brown sugar. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes sticky with sugar, some roasted malts, subtle coconut, dark brown sugar, soy sauce, some ripe fruits like raisins and berries, oily coconut, light smoke, mild tar and roasted malts. Huge beer, extremely sweet. Really enjoyable but I couldn’t have more than a half pint. (4.2) Update (from the past): bottle at post-ACBF 2011 tasting. Pours dark, oily brown-black with a few bubbles. Rish, roasty dark malt nose. Very sweet and syrupy flavor, some chocolate and hints of coconut. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Very oily and slightly chewy. Warm finish with moderate roast, some brownies and sugar. Nice. (4.1)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Pitch black with small, brown head. Intense coffee bean aroma mixed with some sugar. Initially unbalanced upon the first sip, being too sweet, it quickly moderates and turns into a deep melange of liquorice and moccha. Great warm, lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle shared by ibrew2or3 @ Woodshed 1.0! Pleasantly surprised by this as I somewhat expected a hot mess. Instead, I tried something that was aggressive but refined. Fudge, Baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, rich coffee, and molasses with a Belgian influence. Heavy, viscous, thick but not cloying. Appreciated the chance to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
375 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Bottled 20.02.09, number 2929/3600. Pours a deep, opaque brown color with a small dark tan head. Aroma of rich chocolate, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, coconut, and coffee. Flavor of molasses, dark fruits, caramel, fudge, coconut, vanilla, and oak- not as roasty as the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. 12.5% ABV is totally masked. Really rich and smooth and nice.

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