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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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8530) - 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 (1252) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9097) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle split at Pig’s Ear Cellar, Richmond, 29/06/13. #8952 of 9819. Mid black with a decent tan head. Nose is light roast, berry fruits, dark toffee, sugars, booze. Taste comprises charred malt, dark toffee, light cocoa dusting, sugars, berry fruits, spice, woody, light smoke, booze. Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Decent BW, kind of an impy stout/barley wine hybrid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2013
375 ml bottle. A very dark brown body with a small brown head. Aroma of dark malt, dry fruit, berries and hint of liquorice and mild oak. Flavor is sweet malty, oak, fruit, balanced bitterness and a bit vinous in alcohol. Fine body and a good aftertaste. Interesting and tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1041) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, warm chilli, cured meat and savoury malt notes. Mild herbal and lemon hops up front gradually segue into sweet but zingy ginger. This blends surprisingly well with rich dark chocolate and toasted rye bread malt in the mid-palate. Warming chilli comes in towards the finish, where it blends very nicely with ginger and dark chocolate. There is an almost whisky and dry ginger aftertaste. This is one of those out there BrewDog beers where all the strange ingredients come together and work very well. A rich and enjoyable brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown/black, initial tan head about 1cm thick which quickly disappeared. Aroma: Ginger spice and zest are key notes, herby, marzipan, slight treacle note, orange, lavender and whisky. Reminded me of Jamaican ginger cake. As the beer warmed up a hint of smokiness came through. Taste: Medium sweetness, harsh bitterness, long alcohol warmth and heat, with a warming pepper note lingering on the tongue. Palate: Full bodied, slick texture, little to no carbonation, astringent, lingering finish of alcohol warmth. Comments: Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would have it again. Served in snifter.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3317) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle shared @ BrewDog. Alcohol hop pine aroma. Complex sugary sweet fruitcake alcohol flavour. Bitter sweet alcohol aftertaste. Ok but not my sort of beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4108) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a tar black body with a medium beige head. Aroma is licorice, leather, dark chocolate, wood, hints of black berries and deep malty tones. Balanced and very nice. Taste is licorice, roasted bread tones, espresso, booze, and hints of leather and some sweet grape-like notes. A bit of dry wood-like touches in the finish. Full body, medium carbonation. A very nice barley wine which actually borders on an imperial stout IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4017) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle, a dark beer with low head. Nose is on dark malt and roasted notes. Aroma is color, lot of roasted malt; quite alcoholic, wery sweet, lot of caramel notes, good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3010) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
On tap at Brewdog Nottingham
This tap was simply too good to pass up despite the vast selection of lower ABV offerings. A mixture of imperial stout and barley wine, it has this nice punch that strikes a balance between being a barrel bomb and underdone.

Aroma / Appearance - The rich thick legs crawl down the sides like sheets of melting ice. The black oily base seeps like bubbly oil. Cherry, oak, vanilla, and anise make this smell like someone mixed cherry pie and coffee into a pint glass.

Flavor / Palate - Cherry, smoky notes, and malt accompany the black coffee. This is strong from the first sip. However it does not crush the palate like some high gravity beers. Instead it takes its time to unfold. Leaving a calling card on the tongue it clings to the throat with a malty finish of smoked coffee beans. If it weren’t so expensive I might have taken a growler home.


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