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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10

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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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The beer is an 11.5% Imperial Brown Ale which we have aged in amazing Spanish sweet red barrels from Malaga. Stewart Bowman, our Head Brewer, devised an Imperial Brown Ale designed to perfectly complement the wine flavours and extract maximum depth and character from the giant barrels. We also felt the Imperial Brown Ale was ideally suited to be barrel aged and as well as the infusion of the Malaga wine character will also benefit added complexity and maturity from the time in oak.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2013
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, bordering on black, with a tiny light beige head, which neither lasts well nor leaves any lacing to speak of. Rye bread and biscuit malt notes, slightly musty red wine and very mild floral hops make up the aroma. A touch of sweet red wine introduces it, giving way to moderate fruity, spicy hops. The wine comes in strongly at the mid-palate, which is dominated by its slightly musty sweetness, although a touch of rye bread malt does come through. Charry oak leads into an oaked red wine finish, which leaves a slight alcoholic aftertaste. This is not BrewDog’s best effort. It lacks the hops presence implied by the "imperial brown ale" styling, and is dominated by the musty sweetness of the wine, making for a fairly messy beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle I ordered from Connect. 33cL, 11.5%. Pours an opaque dark reddish brown color, almost black. Very little white head that bubbles away quickly. Nice aroma of oak, licorice, alcohol, roasted malts, raisin. Smooth mouthfeel, taste of oak, licorice,black currant, coffee, medium alcohol warmth on the palate, full bodied, lingering sweetness. Love the colour and depth that these Malaga casks have brought to this brew. Simply fantastic. Not meaning to throw out 5s like crazy, but I can’t deny this beer is one of excellence.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1815) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
37.5 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK, via Brewdog online store. Deep brown, almost an amber hue, thick foamy head that settles to a beige rim. Resinous liquorice aroma, slightly inky, with a rum-like background. Very sweet, some of the alcohol coming through on the first sip, then a long bright hoppiness. Oak depth builds with a long mouth filling alcohol finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Giak (5) - - JUN 26, 2013 does not count
This one is definitely a sipper, strong stuff. Thick and dark, almost oily. It barely made a hiss when opened but had the perfect amount of carbonation. Tons of dark fruits, raisins and molasses in the nose and mouth. Maybe a slight woody aftertaste? however quickly overshadowed by the other much stronger flavors. Don’t know if I’d call this an Imperial Brown Ale, to me it tasted more like an english barley wine/wee heavy hybrid.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2275) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
Flaske fra polet, nr. 8296: flott skum soim forsvinner raskt. Første smaksinntrykk ga meg umiddelbar assosiasjon til barndommens lakrisbåter, men etter hvert kom også sødme og rødvinsnoter fram. en kompleks og rik smak, perfekt til sjette episode av Brideshead Revisited - god bryggerkunst og sublim skuespillerkunst. Slik kan en søndagskveld nytes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghendrix (92) - Cardiff, WALES - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle in Brewdog Glasgow. One of the strangest really good beers I’ve had. A deep brown pour, tan head quickly disipates. I get the same warm red fruits and leather I might expect from the red wine, but it’s sweeter and even chocolatey compared to what I anticipated. In the mouth it’s warming and woody, bitter and malty. Finish is comfortingly long and warm. The sweetness comes through late and the fruit makes a come-back. Amazingly complex and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (645) - Iglesias, ITALY - MAY 19, 2013
Black colour with beige creamy head. Coffee and nuts aroma. So sweet at taste, smooth with full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Black with a thin tan head, aroma of sweet vanilla and port, flavour of banana, chocolate, alcohol and dark syrup. The finish is smooth bitterness and some ash. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
Dark brown color, some foam. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, leather & notes of red wine. Full body & high complexity. Sweetness & good balancing bitterness. Very enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (667) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had alcohol, malts and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and warming with lowish carbonation. Flavours were malts, hops, molasses, sweetness and hops. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter


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