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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10

 (RETIRED)
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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
available

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RATINGS: 157   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6405) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2013
Sampled from 0.375 L bottle @Grünerløkka mat- og mikroølfestival. Pours a dark reddish brown body. Low sand-colored head. Sweet alcohol-scented malt aroma, featuring burnt caramel, molasses and a distinct roastiness. Taste is substantially sweet. Alcohol- and malt-sweetness. Dark caramel flavor, with notes of fortified wine and a tart berry-like fruit tone. Wood notes. Full body. Succulent in the mouth. Warming alcohol in the finish. [25.08.12]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5038) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, licorice, vinous, roasted malts, toffee, butter, caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5248) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Decent thin tan head. Clear black pour. Nice smooth aftertaste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
esp0r (1974) - NORWAY - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours dark, black in glass, tanned head. Smells of caramel, butterscotch and roasted malts. Heavy sweet, quite alot of butter and popcorn, some roasted malts. Moderate bitter finish. The abstract series seems for me to be only a gimmick now; a way to charge double for mediocre beer. The barrell aging in this one is way too pronounced - some less time on the oak would certaintly make this a better beer

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (19364) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Almost clear mahogany colour, small head. Cardboardy caramel aroma. Sweet with full body and sticky mouthfeel. Papery with some rubber and loads of caramel. A potent mess.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marduk (2717) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2012
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Creamy tan head. Roast, caramel, chocolate, liquorice in aroma. Sweet, roast, milky flavor. It’s not working on me.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2012
375ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) "100 Euros of Shit Beer"
Alcoholic aroma, but a nice roast stops it from being a boozy disaster. Tons of sugars in the roast, and a fuck-ton of alcohol. And sugar. Did I mention the sugar and the alcohol? Palate a bit sickly and sugary. Sweet boozy nonsense. Thank god it’s not got the nail varnish remover or glue that the dumbass yanks manage to put into such beers. So not a good beer, but with enough of an attachment to beer flavours that it’s not a total disaster. A bit rubbery - weirdly rubber.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4595) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Keg @ BrewDog Camden. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The aroma’s of rich chocolate gateau, cocoa, dark bitter roasted chocolate, earthy malts. Hints of vanilla and red berry. The taste is much the same, plenty of ash and wood, bitter chcocolate. Sweet brown sugar reduction. I don’t get much of the wine barrel in this beer. Full, thick. Pretty good stuff!


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