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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: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6239) - 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 (1937) - 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 (3351) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (1994) - 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 (1361) - 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 (14287) - 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 (1722) - 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 (4634) - 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?

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