berlinoise2go (604) - NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (33cl), BB 1.4.2012, consumed 31.8.2013. Pitch black colour. Half-inch dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a stable ring. Sugary/sticky swirl with transient spot lacing. Adorable, complex, sweet malty aroma with coffee, cocoa, oak, vanilla, hint of chili. Sweet, oily mouthfeel with some chili heat that also gives a slightly sparkling/prickly sensation. Taste has a wonderful balance between vanilla-malty sweetness, woody bitterness and soy sauce saltiness.
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
heat. darkness. concrete. spice. dark. thick some slight sap but not much juice relatively speaking . Good nose. light head
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of Dog B. This has more of a capsicum annuum aroma than the capsicum chinense I remember from drinking Dog A earlier (even though I think these have the same chili). Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor has loads of cocoa with additional coffee and the chili obviously. Aftertaste has dark chocolate and a small, nice bite of chili. Good stuff, like the edge from the chili.
BeerBaboon (1523) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kaatuu lasiin pikimustana. Muodostaa vain hieman beigeä vaahtoa. Tuoksu on huumaavan lakritsinen. Sen lisäksi tuoksussa on kahvia, paahtunutta mallasta ja ripaus chiliä. Maku on jälleen kerran voimakkaan lakritsinen. Lisäksi maussa on paahtunutta mallasta, kahvia, vaniljaa ja taas ripaus chiliä. Tämän oluen juominen on kuin mielenkiintoisesti maustettua lakritsia söisi. Suutuntuma on öljyinen ja paksu. Todellista herkkua.
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - AUG 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014
Aug 2013 - Room temp bottle of the original ’Dog A’, bottled Apr 12. From Brewdog online shop. Black of course. Just a beige ring of head. Smell - some coffee, maybe a little vegetable, some yeast. Body is medium and carbonation is initially quite high (softens fairly quickly). Taste has some soy, a little sharp. I’m finding it hard to pick up vanilla. However, there is some clear (but mild) coffee and chili in the aftertaste. Some chocolate sweetness. Acidic and rough on the stomach initially. Needs at least half an hour in the air and it then calms down a bit. Alcohol is not really noticeable at over 15%. This has the makings of a great beer - the coffee flavours are really nice when they pop out of the taste. It’s let down a lot by its sharpness, which makes me reluctant to take another sip. (3.7).
Dec 2013 - Room temp bottle of ’Dog B’ bottled Apr 2013. Pours black, can force a head which lasted all of twenty seconds. Smell is toned down wet dog, liquorice. Body is medium. Taste - sweet, liquoricey, molasses, plastic, alcohol present but it’s a smooth beer. I have to really search for coffee and vanilla flavours. A slightly different impression to the Dog A. (3.7).
July 2014 - Keg at Brewdog as ’Dog C’. Black, small white head. Aroma - yeasty coffee. Body - medium. Taste - tangy coffee liquer, chili is more prominent than in previous versions, slightly vegetal and boozy. Very slow sipper. (3.9)
kbudd19 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful thick sludgy motor oil fudge pour, nice finger of dark chocolate head, that sits for a minute then fades into the dark hole of this stuff. Aroma is coffee, some spice, some sweetness, very nice. Taste brown sugar, vanilla, some coffee. Finishes with some burnt ash and spice. Incredibly drinkable for such a big beer. There is some lingering warmth from the booze but the abv does not overpower,no harshness to speak of. All the flavours of this seem to blend together effortlessly. Great stout.
AshtonMcCobb (2318) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a lovely crema head which mostly disappears in the first two minutes. The weight of this beer in the glass is noticeable with the lace clinging to the side somewhat. The nose has dark chocolate, a hint of the pimento and an earthy maltiness. The taste is very much dark chocolate with a slow burning chilli hit and a long dark chocolate finish which goes into liquorice. The palate is huge in body, with a creamy smooth texture and a long creamy and fairly balanced finish. The alcohol is obvious but relative to the strength it’s still relatively subtle. Overall, for some reason I remember AB:04 as being better than this, like one of the best beers I’ve ever had (and before my Ratebeer days) but this really does still hit the mark.
graham_murphy (273) - - AUG 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dog B for me. This is everything a stout should be. Malty and sweet with lashings of cocoa and chili. Very punchy in terms of alcohol but remarkably smooth and drinkable.
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color. Quickly disappaiting head, huge dark chocolate, cayenne pepper spicy nose with vanilla, dark fruit and molasses. Wow. Amazing nose that I could make love to. The mouth is superbly rich with tons of pepper, dark chocolate, dark fruit, extremely rich. Fairly sweet. But the spicy and sweetness balance out each other. Super complex and I am always a sucker for spicy imperial stouts and this is no exception. One of the spiciest I’ve ever tried.
BrewTom (225) - - AUG 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour black like an oil slick!
Tingles sweet to start with then turns into a bitter, burnt after taste. Cannot really taste the chilli but maybe that's the tingling feeling!
Rated by BrewTom