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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
Bottle conditioned - Limited edition release (9819 bottles)
AB:11 is an imperial black barley wine brewed with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers. A 12.8% rollercoaster of ginger zestiness, chipotle smokiness all bound together with dark berry tartness and the decadent residual body of a black barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle @ deans, tfs kermis! Aroma is herbal molasses, slight smoke and roast. Flavour is very spicy, almost minty with quite some roast, some smoke and a nice malty sweetness. Weird spicy thyme finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
bottle shared courtesy of Kermis. decent tan head. Clear black pour. Interesting aftertaste. Very complex. Nice brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle 7374/9819. Birthday gift from L. Cloudy, coffee brown body with a thick head that forms a clingy ring. Roast and dark stone fruit in the nose. Some cacao. Flavors of rich chocolate, prune, and dark cherry. Cacao is more present here. Nice ashen character in the finish. Faint peppery notes likely from the ginger. Full body is somewhat oily and slick. Light carbonation. Very malt and most of the bitterness seems to come from the dark malts and spices/ginger. Overall a fun dessert sipper that would pair well with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 23, 2012
heavy ginger aroma and taste, some roasted notes, malty, sweet, some strange bitter and slightly tart berries and a lot of heat from probably both the ginger and the chili. Really interesting and I’m happy to have tried it, but it is just so strange, my thought on this changes from sip to sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23728) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Almost black, small head.Lightly smoky nose with cinnamon and ginger. Sweet and sticky with massively full body and clean mouthfeel. Some honey and licorice. heated peppery finish. As always from BrewDog a very experimental beer sold at a high price. While this is decent I’m getting less and less excited by the day to pay high prices for experimental one-off batches instead of enjoying readily tuned recipes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
22-DEC-2012, bottle @home, from Ølbutikken. Dark, dark brown with lasting brown head. Ginger, roast, and herbs. Like Fernet Branca. Taste is ginger and roast. Too much ginger. I do not like that. Sweet. Barley wine...? No way. Full body, soft carbonation. Late chili kick. Sweet roast finish, but the ginger never leaves. The ginger is way overdone. My Brewdog #50. I wanted this to be a nice celebration but Brewdog. This is not my kind of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (6436) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2012
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Tiny brown head. Sweet, dusty gingery aroma. Notes of alcohol in aroma as well. Ginger, sticky sweet flavor. Very raw and bit unfinished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14155) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2012
375 ml bottle (Brink Shop, Tallinn) "100 Euros of Shit Beer" tasting
Nice gingery aroma, like the taiwanese ginger sweets we used to have. Dry and dusty. Massively sweet, but the ginger gives it a nice bite that cuts through the stickiness. Getting some booze in it, which is a shame, as I do like the gingery nature. Tons of booze, and I feel this is a horrific over-rate, but I don’t know which score(s) I should reduce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle (#4125 of 9819) at Yespr’s - Thanks. Pitch black - brown head. Smokey, high malty, dark malts, lots of dark malts, roasted, caramel, dried fruits, some barley, light vanilla, alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
375ml cage n’ synthetic cork. Bottle says 12.8%ABV, not 11.9%. Super dark brown pour, almost black, with a little light toffee head that quickly recedes to a ring of lace. I think this is the first BrewDog beer that I’ve actually been able to pick out all the weird shit they tossed in the brew. Ginger? Check. Raspberries? Check. Chipotle peppers? Check. These things oddly mix together in a pleasing way, but the only beer notes I’m getting straight away are whisky like. All those things come out on the palate as well, with a real chocolatey note and fairly well restrained alcohol. There’s something....nutty? in there too. Interesting stuff to be sure but I’m not convinced that I’d call it good.

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