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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

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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.


ComradeK's rating

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1016) - The Vale of Dundas, - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle bought at Systembolaget in September 2012. Almost black with a small head. Sweet with raisin, chocolate, malt, oak and some red wine. Potent with warming alcohol. A pleasant one to sip.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2124) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
@ Eddan 14-8-30: ganska söt doft. Tydlig smak av russin och alkohol. Fin fyllighet med en något tung eftersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11180) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep chestnut brown with a small, bubbly, off-white film head. Aroma has hazelnuts, red wine, chocolate, cherries, toasted caramel, softly vinious. Low carbonation, fine dry and quite oily mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of hazelnuts, grapes, oak, vinious, raisins. Lingering, warming finish. Very interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (29) - - AUG 21, 2014
From corked bottle at home, couple of months back. Aroma of red berries, dry vinous notes, toffee, dark fruit, savoury. Murky reddish brown with floaters, no head. Sweet layers of malt and berry fruit, sweet red wine notes, light acidity, dried fruit. Port, wood, dryness, some booze. Full, soft carb. Very enjoyable, aged nicely. Glad I kept it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (794) - - AUG 8, 2014
Dark pour small head. Aroma and taste of anise, turkish delight, fig, raisin. Smoky, lower carb. Unique and probably at its peak. Still some heat.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (1724) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog, Camden on 16 Dec 2012. Poured a hazy, deep brown, with a dense beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, rich berries and earthy notes. Dark fruit flavours, black cherries, damson, prunes and liquorice. Finish turns to a perfect balance of toffee, berries, dark malt and some warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (51) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 24, 2014
Color is dark brown. Forms a small head that disappears completely. Smell is quite nice: sweet, roasted malt, caramel and also some fruits. Taste hits you sweet right away. Resembles a 20 year old wine I had once. Complex, sweet and fruity. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Body feels medium and crisp. Carbonation is low but present. Not bad at all but I’m not that much into sweet beers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (944) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Aroma of plum, soy, port, brown sugar, fudge, and wood. Dark amberish brown with a thin tan head. Taste is brown sugar, port, candy floss, cigarette ash, roasted malt, hazelnut, chocolate and ending with pure vanilla. I expected it to be too sweet, but it was pleasant, and not overbearing or cloying. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (493) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Poured from a corked 375mL bottle [bottle 4162 of 9987 bottled on 20/06/12]. Murky dark brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of plum, molasses, alcohol, wood, and caramel (reminds me of a low-hop barley wine). Taste similar with the wine characteristics coming through and very subtle chocolate. No carbonation. Light-medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (505) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Brune très foncé presque noire. Presqu'aucun collet. Café. Très caramélisé. Vanille. Noisette. Banane. Réglisse. Fine amertume de torréfaction. Liquoreuse avec une légère chaleur d'alcool. Excellente.


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