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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11

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

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - SEP 8, 2013
Black with beige head, not persistent. Strong chocolate malt, burnt, nuts, brandy, caramel and red fruit. At taste is sweet and smooth with fruity flavour, some chocolate and coffe notes and finish with spicy and very little bitterness of bitter cocoa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1284) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle, # 5300. Pours dark red with a finger thick mocha head. Aroma is very nice with caramel malts, chocolate and some grainy whiffs. Creamy body with almost no carbonation at all. Flavour is sweet with sugar, prunes and dark fruit, as well as chocolate, coffee and muscovado giving a sweet and balanced finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6307) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle at an Appellation Wines tasting, some time ago, but I’ve been catching up slowly. The girl next to me said, "This smells like something I would wash my hair with". A big, interesting beer, but too much ginger. Will re-rate when I crack open my own bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2013
bottle from ølbutikken. Very dark brown, smooth brown head. Quite unusual for a BW, but looks super nice.intense stingy phenolic and alcoholic (as in pure alcohol) aroma. under that, some undefined herbal notes, roasted malts, stinging nettles (could be the pepper). aroma is sort of like a schorchbrau, or one of those brewdog ice distilled beers. Flavor is toffee, herbal notes, peppery note, chocolate, somewhat tasty, but not very barley wineish, alc. works real well though, and the overall impression is a great complex new age punk sipper, whatever that might be. No, I didn’t really like this one - but I liked the experience ;-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
20th October 2012
Opaque black - brown beer. Big pale tan head. Nose of floral ginger with a whisper of tropical fruits. Palate is soft with mild fine carbonation. Sweetish and soft ginger. Sweetish dark malts. Licorice - aniseed alcohol. Touch of sweet candy. Smooth finish - mild alcohol warmth. Interesting but perhaps could do with a little age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
300 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK, one night left, drinking the stash. Dark brown, cola-like appearance. Some chilli, ginger and sweet malt aroma. Sweet flavour, soy sauce and an inkiness come through, then a ginger and hop fuelled finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (13806) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Black with a small and lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, caramel, ginger and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Very sweet and rather bitter finish with noticeable alcohol. Oily. I’m not a big fan of the ginger in this one. 140713

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5792) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Bottled @ Beer Temple. Dark brown color, short head. Aroma has raisins, dark fruit, hint of chocolate. Quite sweet taste, some fruitiness, hint of sourness even indeed. Quite a big sipper, but I never had the feeling I was drinking a barley wine. More a lighter bodied imperial stout, I mean that it lacks the creaminess you see in stouts a lot, but it is more sirupy like a barley wine. The fruity notes and soft spices underneath give it a more complex feel. It might not be the most perfect balance, but the complexity makes up for that. I quite liked it, but wouldn’t order a second one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle shared with Caesar and Lieselot @ Beer Temple. Opaque black color, virtually no head. Smell and taste malts, some roastyness and a lot of herbs or spices. Taste is almost the same: malts, some sourness, lots of herbs and spices and a touch of sweet. Meh, mediocre and overpriced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1428) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Has a deep brown to black colour with a small light brown head. In a complex aroma I pick up floral soap, coffee, licorice, oak and alcohol. The taste is powerful with much of the same with the addition of dark chocolate, sweet biscuits, some root vegetables and berries. Has a rich and oily mouthfeel and a light to medium bitterness. A complex and full-bodied beer. Very nice!


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