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


on tap

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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 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 (6672) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (4544) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2012
(Bottle, 0.33 l - batch 037, at William K Kurvi, 20120616) The beer poured black. Its head was small and brown. Aroma had pepper, chillies, roasted malts and coffee. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, chocolate, pepper, sweetness, chilli, hops, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was peppery, roasty and bitter. A very tasty combination of chilli peppers and imperial stout with coffee in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2012
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent tan head. Aroma of chilli, cacao nibs, chocolate and alcohol. Similar flavours and mildly sweet with a little vanilla and lingering Bassett’s Allsorts liquorice, dark chocolate and caramel. Moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Lovely but I prefer AB:04.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6138) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Pub Kultainen Apina. batch #037. bottled on 01.04.2012.
Pours pitch black color with small beige head. Aroma of mild chili, dark toasted malts, sugar candy, caramel and some liquorice and peat notes. Flavour of dark toasted malts, ash dry chocolate, mild chili, some sugar and caramel. Nice dry chocolaty palate, the chili is there but not too dominating. Slight alcohol burn at the end. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5629) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Kultainen Apina. Batch #097, bottled 01.04.2012
Aroma has mocha coffee and chili with hints of cocoa and vanilla. Flavour has lots of burning chili, some mocha coffee, hints of cocoa and soy sauce. Dry finish. Better than AB:04, more chili and not as sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2012
330 ml bottle @ Pub Kultainen Apina, Tampere. Batch 037, bottled on 04.01.2012.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, tar, smoked, coffee beans and some spices. Rich flavour of roasted malts, syrup, coffee beans, vanilla, smoke, licorice, pepper and a light chili burn. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, roasty, salty, sweet and mellow finish. Rich and quite complex. Better than AB:04 itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJestersBeer (2039) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black, with a dark brown head. Dammit, this thing absorbs light! Dense, roasted, spicy aroma, coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa, chili, vanilla, malt, ash, tobacco. Sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Rich, complex, roasted taste, malt, coffee, chocolate, spicy, chili, tobacco, smoke, tar, iodine, something almost like wood/tannins. Intense, but well balanced. A right monster, this one. Cellar it, and it will most likely improve even more. (2012-05-23)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Dark viscous pour. Completely opaque. Nose is layers of roast and chocloate. Bitterness offsets the strong sweetness of chocolate finishing on a gentle nip from the chili which fades to a peppery heat and a tangle on the lips. This is my second bottle of this and the first had more chilli as I recall. Might be a bit variable but great nontheless.

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