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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: 164   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
danclose1981 (1) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013 does not count
Simply the best beer I’ve tasted. Incredible, but not overwhelming dark ginger flavours!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Black with a fizzy tan head. Absolutely amazing floral rose, lavender, chocolate, raisin, and cola aroma. Tastes of chocolate bread, vanilla, violet liquor, and cola with a bright oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s. Dark brown/black, thick foamy tan head. Big ginger, softest chipotle spice, light dark chocolate malts, soft berry fruit. Big deep malt sweetness up front, more smooth sweet ginger cake, touch of liquorice, chocolate, light chilli heat, slightly salty juicy berry tartness. Huge complexity, if a tiny bit ginger-dominated. Absolutely loving this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with a small, light tan head which quickly disappears to a ring. Nose is full of zesty ginger and light peppers. Heavy aniseed and toffee. Light berry fruit driven tones but faint. Taste shows heavy spiced and salted toffee. Liquorice comes through as it warms up. Melted caramel over pepper. Very toffee and spice driven. Works extremely well together and is very balanced. Damn good and intriguing stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1003) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 One of my favorites. The barley wine is in itself good, but all the layers in aromas and taste that the spice, berries and peppers bring makes it really one of a kind - that’s probably the point of the Abstrakt series. The barley wine adds the alcohol and sweet aromas, while the added tartness and smoke from the berries and the pepper makes your taste buds really work for it. Only downside is that, although an experience, it’s not very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7830) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
I was a little hesitant about the chipotle smoke as i worried it would dominate however...what a well balanced beer. The beer pours black with a quick to vanish, caramel head. The aroma is giner biscuit, and far eastern food. The taste is dry, sweet, fragrant and ginger. Its a warming beer that hides its abv well. I think its not the sort of beer to drink frequently but isnt that the point of the Abstrakt series?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2167) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2014
deep dark colour, practically no head, only some lacing, which also disappears within some minutes; aroma of biscuit, toffee, hints of chocolate, spicy notes, and dark berries; taste of biscuit, toffee, dried berries, some bitterness and spicy-peppery aftertaste; cool barley wine

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