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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: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
375mL bottle, pours nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of ginger upfront, followed by chipotle peppers, a subtle hint of raspberries, but no typical barley wine notes. Flavour is extremely bizarre, with prominent ginger notes upfront, blurred with raspberries and some mild peppers, all with more typical barley wine notes: sweet caramel, candied sugar and some dark fruits. The spices somehow work in here, though it’s not the most complex or elegant barley wine. Interesting experiment.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle, thank you Comin and Kendra - and shared with Colin! Pitch black, small foamy head. Alcohol , dark fruit, ginger aroma. Taste is very good - dark fruit, ginger, lots of alcohol, a bit of molasses. Thick. Complex and very good, what a treat!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3540) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2013
375 ml. bottle split 50/50 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Same design as the others, beautiful, simple front sticker, green bottle & impossible to get out plastic cork. Bottle nr. 9232 of 9819. This is apparently a 12.8 % Imperial barley wine with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers. Pours blackish with a serious, lovely mocha head, big bubbles but stable. Wow, nose is strongly dominated by ginger, lots of pure sweet, fresh ginger & some ginger soda, its really pushing things in overdrive & dangerously close to overkill. I am also picking up on liquorice, creamy roast, lightly sticky barley, quite a bit of spices, molasses and some coffee. Taste features a similar ginger profile that dominates and borders on overshadowing everything. It takes quite a bit getting into it & getting used to it but eventually starts working. Also picking up on liquorice, sweet & bitter herbs, coffee, light roast & grains, bitter ginger tea, cough syrup dash, light brown sugar, sticky barley & barley wine in the back, caramel & light dried fruit. Medium sticky body. I might perhaps pick up some fruits but I am not really getting chipotle. It is interesting, quirky, slightly off-putting at first but overall nice. Is it worth the price, hard to say, it all of the previous things & few if any beers really deserve the high prices in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle 37,5 cl @ Kaj. Pours black with a tense bige tanned head. Aroma is roasted malty sweet ginger spicy fruity. Flavor is sweet roasted ginger ginger medical acidy bitter. Finishes boozy bitter ginger.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1324) - SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2013
Pours dark dark brown w low head Aromas of chilies, some coffee, and what? Quite nice medium sweet barley taste. Medium bodied, low carbo, low bitter. Very sweet. Chili present.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
Dark brown/black. Nice head, not much nose-wise, some dark fruit. Incredible full body, fruity notes of dark chocolate and spice. Sticky sweetness balanced with alcohol warmth. Not much smokiness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2114) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Jet black colour with a large frothy white head and lace clinging to the glass. Ginger aroma. Smooth texture. Very rich, strong flavour of ginger, syrup and dark sugar. Initally a very spicy beer but smooths out quite mellow. Quite a sickly weird beer. Enjoyed the brew but not worth the money. So many better beers available for a third of the price. Im a sucker for buying it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WilleLW (170) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Black colour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of spices, chocolate, light smell of coffee and some malts. Also some orange with a sourness and ginger. Taste of chocolate, spices, some vinous sourness, spicy aftertaste and ginger. Good soft, thick mouthfeel. Strong taste with ginger and some dark dried fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4750) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of big spices, molasses, herbal, mainly thyme, beef stock, pepper and some spice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter, with pepper heat building in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle @ deans, tfs kermis! Aroma is herbal molasses, slight smoke and roast. Flavour is very spicy, almost minty with quite some roast, some smoke and a nice malty sweetness. Weird spicy thyme finish.


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