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

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8736) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
330mL bottle, pours a silky jet black with a beautiful small brown head. Nose is luscious and deep, with deep dark chocolate, vanilla and chili peppers that are not at all out place, but rather blended deep into the aromatics - smells just like AB:04. Flavour is extremely complex, with melted high percentage dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso notes, a bit of vanilla, and leaving perfectly situated chili pepper notes, more so than AB:04, but also not that different. This could be my memory failing me, but this doesn’t seem that far removed from AB:04; perhaps just a bit less silky and less like it’s melting on your tongue. Nevertheless, the palate is still relatively, very silky and smooth, with a very well-balanced assortment of flavours. A great re-creation of my vote for Brewdog’s best beers,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (4186) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
Keg at official BrewDog Birmingham Launch Night; dark black pour small mocha head, intense coffee aroma, sticky mouth feel, thankfully the chilli doesn’t overpower other flavours in this stout, the vanilla manages to pop its head up, really good impy stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1533) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Very faint smell of wine. Black colour with dark brown creamy head. Aroma of coffee, red wine. Negligible carbon. Mild, but clear chili flavour. Also some licorice. A bit less than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
Courtesy of Jørgen
Black color. Intense dusty chilli aroma, some ancho; some coffee too and chocolate. Sweetish flavor, good chocolate, with mild chili pepper presence and some coffee; a good blend indeed, but with a ashy final that is not very elegant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Jet black oily pour with a good dark beige head. Aroma: malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate, chili, leather, smoky peat, bourbon, beef stock. Taste: initially bitter turning sweet, full bodied. You can taste the vanilla, malts and chili predominantly. Hint of aniseeed and a nice warmth from the alcohol. The contrast between vanilla and chili work wonderfully well. Very very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1664) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2012
Black with a small dark brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma: cocoa, hot chili, coffee, roasted. Taste: salty licorice, coffee beans, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chili, sea salt. Come to think of it, this is like one of Lindt’s chocolates but can’t remember which. Full-bodied. In my memory, I liked AB:04 better, but I see now that one only got a 3.7 score. Nevermind, this was good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1389) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle at home. The colour is pitch black wIth a medium ash light brown head. Nice roasted aroma of coffee, ash, leather, oak, chocolate truffles and meat bouillon cube. Complex flavours of the same but with dark chocolate and some chilli. Has a very soft and rich mouth feel, and a light to medium bitterness. An incredibly complex and fantastic beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3090) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Nose of roasted malts, chocoklate, licorice and chili notes. Marcedly sweet flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, figs, alcohol and again chili notes, that ends up with less sweet and with a little malt bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. Enjoyable.★★★★

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10285) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 30, 2012
from Erzbierschof - pours a pitch black beer under a very shy dark beige foam; huge aroma of molasses, roasted malts, coffee, licorice and whisky; hints of vanilla; very thick and full-bodied; oily mouthfeel and hugely bitter; the finish is salty and gently metallic with more notes of whisky, coffee and prunes and a deep burning alcohol kick - a beer to sip carefully

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s alongside AB:04. Thick black pour, thin beige brown head that fades to a thin film. Vanilla, more capsicum chilli, dark milk chocolate, light smoke, soft light coffee nose. Nice sweet chocolate and mocha, light roast malts, sweet coffee, tingly booze, light roasty bitter finish. Tastes much sweeter and fresher, with more booze and harsher roast, but there’s a similar creaminess and I love the fresher chilli heat. Nice.


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