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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: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33077) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
37.5 cl bottle at Brewdog Glasgow. Pours pitch black with a small tan and creamy head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramelish, toffee and pine hops. Bitter and hoppy to a sweet caramelish base. Toasted malty and sweet caramelish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11704) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head. Ginger aroma, floral, vinous, prunes, chocolate, caramel, coffee notes. Malty ginger flavor, almond, caramel, vinous, alcohol quite well hidden, chocolate, some coffee, raisins. Way too much ginger in the aroma, but otherwise rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1555) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells abit barry, roasted malt and alcohol. Tastes creamy roasted malt, alot of malt and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1420) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Smell of herbs. Black colour, brown head. Heavy aroma of herbs and pepper, salmiakki, some coffee. Very oily. Next to zero carbon. A bit too high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4186) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle at home. Rich black pour wa thin tan head. Visus with lot od head. Aromas of punchy ginger zestyiness, with some solventy alcohol. Flavours of big dark malt coffee initially the ginger dominates the back end of the flavour and a lingering smokiness. The palete is viscous with mid carbonation (high for a barley wine.) Very interesting beer, but to me the flavours not in balance. The giner is too dominant and overpowers some of the malty character i want from a barley wine..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6704) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
375 ml bottle @ Naamat, Tampere.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of vanilla, mint, dried fruits, caramel malts and some coffee. Flavour of ginger, mint, creamy malts, caramel and spices. Mild dry spicy palate with burnt malt finish. Weird but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6609) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
375 ml bottle @ Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, strong spices and herbs. Flavour of roasted malts, ginger, mint, grassy hops and licorice. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, roasty, salty finish. Very sweet. Rather weird but seems to work on some level.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ration (1978) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
091112. Bottle at naamat, tampere. Pours black with a small/no head. Aroma spices, mint, ginger. Strange spicy mix. Not Bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3641) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle. A very sweet aroma of rosemary and ginger. Taste differed with temperature, at mid temp heavy with ginger, increasing temp brought out the chili flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from Beer Ritz. Pours a pitch black, with half a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is a lot of ginger (Fentimans Ginger Beer), gingery cake, a bit of cinnamon. It gave me flashbacks to International Arms Race, and set me up for a disappointment. Taste came as a wonderful surprise. Rich sweet barleywine malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, a little bit of spice (from the ginger and chipotle?) and a tiny hint of raspberry. Sweet upfront, but a nice coffee bitterness and a little (but genuine) spiciness, tempered with a touch of alcohol heat balances it really nicely. Complex as hell. To answer gyllenbock’s question "Who buys this junk?" (not entirely sure what he’s looking for - this has complexity by the barrel, and is maturely made and tasty as hell), I do. And I f*cking love it.

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