Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3746) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2012
330ml bottle @ Malja, Kuopio

Pours pitch black with a bubbly and sticky brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, syrupy molasses and hints of vanilla and other spices. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with a lot of chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes, and also mild hints of spices. Finish is slightly roasty and hoppy, mild chocolate and sweetish notes. Full bodied, alcohol and chili warm nicely in the end. Quite well balanced, the chili notes are quite subtle. I’d say this is a bit better than AB:04. Great beer, but just a tad too sweet and heavy for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (1989) - SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Bottle from SB. Ordered a couple while in the US, sipping away on Stone’s IRS.... Pours black as night with a thick but low reddish brown head. Aroma is just amazing. Sure, there’s a touch of roasted malt and coffee, but this is all about vanilla, toffee, a hint of chocolate. Closest reference (for someone who didn’t try AB:04...) is Goose Island Bourbon County. There’s cask notes and alcohol in there as well, but unlike some of BrewDog’s other ridiculously strong imp stouts, it’s not nearly as present in this one, and the aroma is sweet but not overly so. Taste goes in a distinctly different direction. None of that vanilla sweetness there! Instead, there’s a fairly distinct bitterness up front, followed by a flood of sweetness, alcohol and then some more bitterness along with distinct chili before a long and HUGE finish of espresso and dark chocolate. Body is massive as well, thick, creamy and refusing to let go. This beer stays with you hours after you’ve finished it. Best end the night with it, or anything else will be lost... So, a beer to commemorate BrewDog’s fifth anniversary. Have to say I also think it’s their best beer yet. The first five years have been incredibly fun and I admire the guys, heck, I’d go so far as to say I love them for all the weird, fun, and not least excellent brews they’ve concocted in those five years. This beer, however, earns them a place right up there with the best. As far as imperial stouts go, it’s definitely a classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle from Brewdog.Pours pitch black with a huge creamy dark tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark rich chocolate , coffe and some spicy elements. Taste is super smooth, velvety, moderate rich dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, a plesasant surprise this one. Alcohol is hidden very well. Very thick and oily mouthfeel.The chilli is just playing in the backseat, together with the not so shy vanilla, this is a brilliant beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thechobgoblin (10) - - JUL 27, 2012
I can’t recommend this beer enough, it ticks all the boxes. It’s strong but drinkable. The beautiful coffee taste hits first, but the more you drink it, the more the subtle flavours of the chilli start to shine through. There is no better beer to take a half hour out, stick on some relaxing music and indulge yourself. Perfection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
0.33 l bottle at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Pitch black color with dark rusty head. Thick roasty aroma with salty licorice, nori seaweed and coffee. Strong fresh espresso flavor with vanilla, nuts, cocoa, salty licorice and firm bitterness. Warming palate, surpringly soft considering this 15 % ABV. Full thick body. Good rich sipper with a coffee/cocoa liqueur feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2012
a bit thinner body than AB04 but I can see the resemblance for sure. mild sweet heat in the aroma. Coffee hits you first followed by roast and dark malts, the chilis build and vanilla is there in the finish. Chilis are smooth and build over time. hmmm, I think I like the original slightly better but the Dog A is a smoother beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and chili aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, spicy chili and vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate and chili finish with hints of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
symmetric (53) - - JUL 1, 2012
Excellent example of the style. Inky black pour, with a rich brown head. Very choclatey aroma, with hints of cherry. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisHSOTE (22) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
Very heavy and bitter slightly smokey and just a bit of chilli. Bitter chocolate, coffee, thick and frothy. Very very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (6789) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Dog A: 330 ml bottle. Batch #037. Finland.
Pitch black colour with a tiny tan head. Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee but most of all pepper and chili in aroma. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, pepper, roasted malt, mild chili and some vanilla sweetness. Not even hinting a strong ABV. Well done all the way. Enjoyable.
8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16

Dog B: 330 ml bottle. Batch #142. Bottled on 17/06/13. From brewdog.com.
Pitch black colour with a tiny tan head. The aroma is chili pepper, roasted malt, berries and The flavour is very much chili burning. Warming like hell. Or is it burning? Roasted malt, some hops... and the rest is covered with chili. Nice. I guess. I don’t think it’s the same as Dog A. This is much more chili flavoured.
8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 17

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