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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - DEC 14, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 330ml bottle, Dog A, at home. Black color with nice brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, raisins, light vanilla and alcohol. Taste is sweet and bitter, like the aroma, sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits at the finish, the alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to full, silky almost creamy body with soft carbonation, sweet and bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (1424) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2014
Negro opaco y espuma beige oscura. Aromas de café, cacao, chocolate, frutos rojos, vainilla y regaliz. Cuerpo denso, inicio de cacao dulce y vainilla con ligero picor que acaba en un amargor tostado y acafetado equilibrado al que poco a poco se suma un justo toque picante del chili. Excelente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (1044) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2014
330 ml bottle as Dog C
Totally black beer with little brown head. Aroma has alcohol, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and menthol. Flavor has salmiakki, smoke, roasted malts and liqueur. Palate is very thick and smooth. Finish has medium bitterness with alcohol, salmiakki, liqueuer and chili burn. I would like this better without the chili. Something very harsh about this, I think it’s the added spices. Still, nice to sip slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bygers (1149) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a black colour with a deep tan head. Aroma is subtle with brandy, alcohol, dark chocolate, espresso, chilli spice and molasses. Taste of toffee backbone, supporting the spicy hop flavour, alcohol and chilli heat. The malt bill adds further spice from the rye, and a smooth refined mouthfeel from the wheat and oats. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 6/28/2013 Total Score: 4
Bottle 0,33l. Poures an opaque with brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, brown sugar and some hint of vanilla. Taste of chilli, brown sugar, licorice, vanilla and coffee. It has a medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour. Full body, thick feel, lively and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2328) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle (gift, likely from the BD online shop) drunk at home. Black with the tiniest sliver of light coming through. No head and precious little visible carbonation. Vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, burnt toast, liquorice, woodsmoke, and alcohol. Lots and lots and lots of alcohol in the aroma. Taste is wonderful but almost too alcoholic: a bitter astringent chilli hit abated by soothing warm bittersweet chocolate. Long bittersweet finish. Intense, complex and moreish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
Dyp svart farve med beige skum. Lukt av røstet malt, sjokolade, kaffe, lakris og vanilje. Smak av røstet malt, sjokolade, kaffe, lakris og vanilje. Fyldig og lang eftersmak med innslag av varmende chili og alkohol. Vinmonopolet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Overall: Chocolate, sweet dried fruits, brown sugar, hot peppers. Very potent.
Note: On-tap at BrewDog Stockholm. Reviewed 2014-11-11.
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2012 Total Score: 4.2
Aroma: Dark intense coffee, chili pepper, burnt brown bread, vanilla fudge, brown sugar and figs and Marzipan.
Appearance: A black and brown beer, a brown head, little lacing and surprisingly few curtains.
Taste: Starting sweet, sugar, bread, vanilla, dried fruits, then a warm spicy feeling, chili and espresso, then bitter cocoa beans.
Palate: Medium carbonation, sticky and oily, a big body and an almost coarse dry finish.
Overall: Very much crammed into this one. Must be enjoyed slowly and carefully.
Note: Bottle 330 ml. Reviewed 2012-10-22.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Dog C bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. An inky black beer that pours with a rapidly disappearing dark tan head. It has very rich dark chocolate, liquorice and coffee flavour, an oily mouthfeel followed by oak, vanilla, gentle warming chilli and a powerfully alcoholic smooth finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9582) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle as *Dog C* picked up from the Brewdog online store, shared at home with dad Friday 7th November 2014 Another black as yer’ hat beer. But this is quite a different proposition to the others we’ve had tonight. Lots of chocolate, in fact I would go as far as saying its a bit sweet in mouth. Some chilli also noted and a lick of vanilla, not much but its there all the same. Going back to the appearance its also got a nice beige head. A little burnt bitter toffee, dark sticky fruits and bitter cocoa complete the jigsaw, good but no world beater. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dambor (397) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2014
Dog C, on tap in Berlin. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Aroma: freshly grounded strong coffee, licquor, raisins, licorice. Taste: super thick, liquorish (in a positive sense), coffee bitterness and hops in the finish. Palate: very pleasant warming effect. A fantastic RIS.

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