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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10

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96
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a one inch white head. Aroma of cherries, burnt wood, leather, with a supprisingly small alcohol stinch. Flavour is red fruits, syrup, wet wood with a long, dry aftertaste. Medium body, with a super smooth mothfeel. This beer is just fantastic in my opinion. Really good balance, a lovely taste and quite supprisingly easy to drink. Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, shared with Foffern. Pours a jet black body with a big creamy light beige head retention, presenting itself beautifully in my tulip glass. Nose is port-like alcohol-wooden notes (the barrel aging has definitely put its mark on this beverage), nuts, almonds, raisins, sweet marzipan, hints of licorice and candi sugar. Taste is sweet-salty licorice tones, deep malts, wood, alcohol, raisins, hints of chocolate and dried dark fruits in the back. Nice. Full body, medium to soft carbonation. A very nice and sweet dark ale, worthy of a slot in the so far damn impressive Abstrakt series.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. The colour is deep reddish brown, and with a small compact light beige head. I find cognaq in the aroma along with leather, alcohol, Dry Martini, sweet cherries and marzipan, oak and coffee. The party continues in mouth with leather, oak, salt licorice, sweet nuts, chocolate truffles, port and liquor. Rich and sticky mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A complex and explosive ale in both aroma and taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (4440) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a huge creamy tan head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt, fruity and vinous.
Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate sweet and low bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Well balanced smooth dark malt. Fruity and not as sweet as I expected. Oak and light vinous. Unbelievable well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Nice evening sipper I the cold arctic weather.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway. Bottled on 20/06/12. Bottle #9421 of 9987

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Div (25) - SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, 7 months old. Vinous fudge-like aroma. Taste of sweet dark caramel, raisins, treacle and some oak.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3219) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
Biege head dark pour medium carbonation aromas dark chocolate fudge dark fruit liquorice roasted caramel raisin molasses port flaours are fudge dark chocolate liquorice caramel raisin port molasses prune stewed fruit lovely sweetness a delight to drink the finish a mix of wonderful sweet malt roasted dark tastes fruit goodness alcohol smoothness lasting bitter wonderful ale

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, vineous, caramel, malt, alcohol, dried fruits, oak. Flavour is sweet, caramel, vineous, hop, malt, alcohol, dried fruits, oak, wine, sugar. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1969) - SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2013
Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with about a finger of thick tan head. Barrels are distinct in the aroma, there’s also brown sugar, hay, basement aromas, alcohol. Taste is a bombardment of sweet, subtle at first before a powerful alcohol finish that’s almost like a punch in the face. There’ a slight astringent bitterness to balance it. Very warming, with a long lingering finish. ABV is obvious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6311) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
375mL bottle, enjoyed about six months old, pours a deep dark amber / mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out the sweet barrels upfront, with notes of berries, candied toffee, caramel and sort of a port wine character. Flavour is very silky smooth, full of treacle toffee, sweet barrels, caramel and a subtle port wine character. Viscous and silky smooth on the palate, with very soft carbonation which is perfectly fitting for the type of beer this is. Sweet, but never cloying and drinks rather easily for being 11.5%. Excellent stuff - definitely one of the better beers in the Abstrakt series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
On tap at Brewdog Shoreditch. It pours an almost black colour with some ruby edges and a creamy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, sweet red berries, some ash and maybe tobacco. Mouth is pretty assertive, a blend of roasted, ashy flavors and sweet red fruits/red wine character. Good but not outstanding.


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