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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: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
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.

FaithHealer1's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour with brief, bubbly head. Malty, roasted, spicy nose with ginger, liquorice, strong black coffee, soy sauce, cacao, treacle, a hint of smoke, juniper berries and pine needles. Malty, spicy taste with liquorice, soy sauce, ginger, a touch of chilli, espresso, dark chocolate, juniper berries, pine needles, honey and a finish with a smoky chilli touch and a warming alcohol glow. Full body, quite sweet, with a gentle coffee bitterness. Complex, spicy and tasty, but hardly subtle. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
375 ml bottle shared with crew. Pours an orange tinted black with no head. Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Flavor is chocolate, ginger and cinnamon. Finish is chocolate, coffee, nice bitterness. Full body, velvety and oily mouthfeel, no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7043) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
pours hazy dark brown without a head, no lacing whatsoever. beef stock, burnt ginger and caramel, tingling pepper, roasted maltiness - hint of smokiness, minerals, aniseed, other spices. low carbonation, medium to full body - thick, gingery-spices finish. pretty nice stuff. a sipper, obviously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (359) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
About the only Brewdog Abstrakt beer that has really disappointed me. The chipotle peppers dominate the taste profile. There might be a hint of Ginger, but I don’t taste raspberry or any other overt berry presence. The barleywine body and malt, as well as anticipated warmth from the alcohol level are unfortunately missing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2620) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 23, 2015
From the very old notes, hence this is not a real rating, but more just a mark to myself that I have tried this at one point. Bitter beer with a lot of notes of chocolate, body is rather thin for such a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle sample at beer market tlv. Thanks Stas. Black and a small white ring. Coffee, vanilla, some coconut aroma. A little bitter, roasty, velvety, taste. Smooth and full body, long velvety taste. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle sample at Beer Market TLV. Thanks Stas. Dark brown. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark fruits, lots of ginger and alcohol. Sweet and umami flavor with caramel, soy sauce, dark fruits, ginger, and a finish with alcohol and spicy chipotle. Boozy and syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13867) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2015
KØLF 281214. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, berries, licorice, ginger, oak. Flavour is alcohol, smoke, coffee, berries, licorice, ginger, oak. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (3059) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2015

Lukt: Rosine og frukter.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Lite skum, ring langs kant.
Smak: Rosin, krydder, noe rødvinaktig. Svak ingefær avslutning.
Hvor: Kjøpt@Ølbutikk london, Nydt@Lokal tasting hos Bryne.
Medium: Flaske@375ml, ABV@12,8%, Når@28.05.2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
375ml bottle #7193 / 9819, 12.8% bottled in Sep 2012. Black, small ring of off-white head. Aroma is liquorice allsorts, car air freshner and strong pine. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is piney, honey, crystallised ginger, dates, sherry. The berries aren’t really coming through any more. Too sweet for me, like most of this series, but this one stands out as one of the most interesting flavours. Bit rough on the stomach.

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