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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee


GenkiGonzo's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (929) - Kyoto, - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. Deep black pour with small, very tan head. Aroma has an initial hit of chilli along with chocolate and coffee. Great chocolate flavour, followed by some dark fruit, liquorice, chilli and coffee. Strong alcohol remains after. Great drink!


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mtitov (163) - RUSSIA - APR 29, 2016
Пробова& давно . вкуса уже не припомн&

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2016
A bottle of Dog B brought back to Oz by a friend. At cellar temperature and into a Brewdog tulip. Used engine oil with good legs is the body. Head is expectedly missing from a beer of such strength. Nose has hints of roggenbrot, pumpernickel, molasses, Marmite™ and yeasty Vegemite™, blood, rusty metal and damp lumber. Melty, melty, liquid gold viscosity and big body. A veritable yet complex ganache of chocolate on the palate. The aroma plays heavy as far as flavour. Rusty, bloody, tannic, woody, smoke ridden withe ample umami offering meaty, reduced napolitana notes. Really lingers. The alcohol adds plenty of warmth. Tarrish and viscous. An odd honeycomb note builds as if sucking on the sugary sweet. So much malt. Chocolate, wood, tar, mollasses, roasted coffee bean, but little of that chilli - a wasted addition!? Straightforward but highly drinkable for its strength. I did like it a lot, so surprised at that!
(Batch 142, bottled 17/06/13, 33cL)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (2870) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2016
Aroma: dark chocolate, cacao, pralines, sweet coffee, vanilla, dark malts, chillies. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: quite some alcohol, intense dark chocolate, sticky texture, strong roasted malts, chillies, but not too strong, yet a very mild after-burn. Overall: beautiful Imperial Stout, well-rounded, very smooth despite the high ABV. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (638) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016
Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a small/medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate and vanilla; enda slightly bitter with roasted malts, coffee and peppers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkillsFactory (451) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2016 Dog B, batch 142 imbottigliata il 17-06-13, aperta il 22-03-16. Nera con riflessi caramello, schiuma nocciola di bassa persistenza. Aroma alcolico, melassa, legno, caffè tostato e amarene sotto spirito. Al palato è splendida: amarene sotto spirito, cioccolato fondente e cacao amaro, melassa, caffè tostato e legno misto a leggero erbaceo che si alternano sul finale insieme al cioccolato. Corpo pieno, non molto carbonata, texture oleosa. ------� C, Batch 194, imbottigliata il 20/06/2014, aperta il 23/03/2016. Nera limpida con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma prevalente di polvere di caffè, melassa, amarene sotto spirito, note di liquirizia e di legno misto a brandy, erbaceo molto leggero. Al palato piccante (Alcool o Naga?), cioccolato fondente, melassa, brandy, note di liquirizia e di legno, caffè che permane anche nella sua coda mista a cioccolato, legno e leggero erbaceo. Corpo pieno, non molto carbonata, texture oleosa.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DwarfeD (2293) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
33cl bottle at home; as Dog C. Pitch black with a small tan head. Full body with low carbonation. Nice bitterness with subtle sweet tones. Caramel, roasted malts, coffee, ripe fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and spices. Great complex brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (2087) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2016
190316. Bottle at home. Pours oily black with almost no head. Aroma licorice, roasted malts, chocolate. Hints of alcohol. Strong overwhelming oily black taste. The alcohol fights to punch through. Very nice. This’ll take a while to get down.. Not Bad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1167) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle at Doghouse (entry from notes). Pours opaque black with a thin brown head, Aroma is vanilla, oak, chocolate, cocoa powder, demerara sugar. Taste is vanilla sweet, chocolate sweet, cocoa powderiness/slight bitterness, a hint of coffee and molasses. Medium-full body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (474) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2016
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home, Dog A batch 97 from 2012. Pours black with a small quick fading dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, plenty of liquorice, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, raisins, molasses and dark dried fruits. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet, vinous and warming alcohol.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mmyohane (107) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Dog C, best before 20.6.2024. Aroma has vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. Pours black with almost no head that leaves beautiful lacing. Taste has heavy sweetness and medium bitterness. A lot of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Full bodied with almost flat carbonation. Long warm, sweet and malty finish. Excellent!


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