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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: 140   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (1476) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle from SB. Pours black with fairly big and thick tan head. Aroma is ginger, nuts, roasted malt, soy, cough syrup. Taste is very much cough syrup with a somewhat unpleasant bitterness taking over almost immediately from the initial sweetness. Finish is long but the bitterness, sadly, isn’t great. Body is creamy and thick, with just a hint of oiliness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
In bottle thanks Craig. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. A big ginger aroma with cinnamon, raspberries and a hint of smoke. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter with a fair ginger bite at the back. Alcohol is well balanced. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s. Dark brown/black, thick foamy tan head. Big ginger, softest chipotle spice, light dark chocolate malts, soft berry fruit. Big deep malt sweetness up front, more smooth sweet ginger cake, touch of liquorice, chocolate, light chilli heat, slightly salty juicy berry tartness. Huge complexity, if a tiny bit ginger-dominated. Absolutely loving this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (13176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big ginger ... soft fruit .. dark berry nose ... rich malts ... light treacle ... rich toffee malts ... big chocolate ... light fruit zezt ... big ginger ... bit berry in linger ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (1249) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle 1138. Very dark brown colour. Medium beige head, quickly disappearing.
Aroma chocolate, roasted malt, light peat. Later light fruity notes, forest after rain, more peat. Light burning sensation in mouth, not sure if chipotle, ginger or just alcohol.
Taste initially medium sweet, toffee, chocolate. Light fruity. Very light coffee. After a while almost medium roasted-peat bitterness kicks in.
Alcohol evident. The finish is tart fruity and earthy, smoked, peat, both sweet and bitter.
Considering the hype, this could be better. Very good, but not exceptionally good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget in October 2012. Bottle 1 of 9819. Clear, almost black with a small head. What a disaster, almost undrinkable! A mess of ginger, vanilla, spices, alcohol, sweet toffee, lime, some berries and notes of chili. Who buys this junk?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tidy brown head. Aroma has massive ginger, lemony, slightly smokey, a manageable amount of alcohol. Taste has lots of ginger again, lots of licorice, little smoke. The flavours are all very nice but a little all over the place and I’m not sure they work together. The raspberries are lost. Thick and sweet with a clean finish. Interesting with some very nice elements. A rollercoaster is a good description

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle from brewdog.com. Very tasty, almost an American strong ale really. Very dark, slight warmth and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 19, 2012
bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with toffee, blackberries, ginger pepperiness, a thin cream head. Sweet. smooth body, a touch of smoke and fruit with some grapefruit, a touch of chilli on the tongue and in the swallow. A lovely beer that will perhaps benefit from aging to reduce the residual sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
(Bottle, 0.375 l - bottle #6873 - 12.8 % ABV, at William K Kurvi, 20121019) The beer poured black. Its head was small and lightly brown. Aroma had a lot of clove, malts, sweetness and alcohol. Palate was full bodied, lightly burning and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were clove, sweetness, malts, roasted malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was spicy and bitter. A spicy boozy mess.

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