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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: 148   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
11 jan 3013, bottle. Black. Nose is wet oak, faint red fruit, faint peppers. Thin/med body and almost flat. Really unique flavor. Spicy ginger. It is faintly spicy ad moderately ginger, along with dark slightly bitter chocolate. Not as big, bold, or aggressive as most Abstrakts but it is unique and interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
375 ml bottle shared by arminjewell (thanks Armin!) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of chipotles, carmel, toffee, smoke and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, dark fruit, leather, roastiness, licorice and chipotles with a smooth dry lingering spicy fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks James! Thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big ginger, plum, caramel, roast, coffee, chocolate, hints of berry, cherry, hints of slight pepper but pretty hidden, molasses, wow this is complex and crazy. Taste is a mix of coffee, ginger, chocolate, roast, hints of berry, touch of grain, hints of earth, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry, with a hint of roast. Wow, interesting, but good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Thanks Armin! Pours a brown appearance with a brown head. Ginger, light citrusy, somewhat spicy, light caramel nose. Tangy ginger, caramel, light toffee, very spicy, somewhat citrusy flavor. Fairly smooth but not my favorite flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
Botella. Black colour. Sweet aroma of roasty malt and some alcohol with ginger to it. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour of roasty like maltiness with caramel, some (dark) fruit and ginger too, some alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7074) - 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 (2950) - 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 (4252) - 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 (4101) - 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 (1470) - 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.


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