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

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 (619) - 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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (824) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle. Aroma of roastwd malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dried fruits and vanilla. In taste sweet, syrupy, dull bodied, oily. Smooth and silky on the palate with solid bitterness and warming from alcohol in the finish. I do not detect chilli in beer. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (719) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 12, 2015
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (474) - - JUL 1, 2015
Batch 142, bottled on 17. 6. 2013: Black opaque colour with brown head which dissapeared in a minute. Without visual carbonation. Aroma: discrete presence of alcohol, namely presence of maltines aroma prevails: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, little dried fruit (plums), roasted, but without notes of hops. taste is similar: firstly you notice alcohol, but than immidiately prevails notes of malts in Naga Chilli. On the second hand you detect notes of hop (flovers, herbs, little spicy). Hop bitterness is low, malt sweetness is medium. Body is full and adhesiv, bitterness is low, also in finish. Complex beer - a piece of Masteripece!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asimeow (218) - Sandsli, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2015
0,33l bottle. Dog C. Batch 194, bottled on 20.6.2014. Lovely aroma of chocolate, coffee and licorice. Pitch black with brown head. Fizzy head. Oak and coffee aroma when poured. Strong hit of licorice when tasting. Lovely hidden ABV, smooth, silky mouth feel, mild and not too astringent. Leaves a coating on my teeth. This is just deep, dark and beautiful. Shame about the steep price. Low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scottishchris (428) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2015
PunkAGM2015 rate catchup from notes. 6/6/15. At Brewdog Aberdeen. This what I should’ve followed the Mikkeller Black 2014 with! Smooth and lovely imperial stout, faint heat from the chillis otherwise coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Keg at BrewDog Dundee. Pours black with a nice little tan head. Smells boozy bourbon with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes.. well, no chili coming through, bourbon, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate.. a but of char..
Earlier Rating: 7/24/2014 Total Score: 4.8
Had bottles of A and B and then C on tap. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Big, slightly boozy, chocolatey with the chili heat coming onto the lips n tongue. Absolutely outstanding!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to Paul for sharing this beast! Pitch black with a thin tan head. Nose carries dark roast malt, dark chocolate, molasses, peppery tones. Taste comprises dark chocolate, roast malts, pepper, booze, cocoa dusting, mineral tones, sugars. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, dry in the finish with a little sweetness. Excellent stuff! Eminently drinkable for such a high ABV Imperial Stout!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nihtila (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Bottle 13.12.2014 as Dog A. Very intense aroma with coffee, dark chocolate and gentle burn of chili. Taste is strong, has burnt of chili and taste of paprika but its subtle, mostly intense roasted malts, coffee and slight chocolate. Simply top class stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Keg, Brewdog Leicester. Near black with a beige head. Aromas are coffee with peppery, marzipan alcohol and dark winter fruit. Brandy infused christmas pudding with soy sauce and raisins. Hints of smoked meat. Flavours are sweet raisins and blackberries with bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate. Very peppery, warming alcohol with hot spiciness. Underlying dark toffee with whisky barrel. Plenty of umami. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (9033) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 Bottle at the Brewdog AGM. It pours jet black, with a thick tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chilli pepper, caramel ,toffee, powdered cocoa, vanilla, smoke and earth. The taste is chilli (but not overdone), rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toasted coconut, salted liquorice, vanilla, alcohol warmth, caramel, toffee and spice, with a sweet finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and a luxurious, slightly oily mouth-feel. Surprisingly smooth and very well balanced. There is definitely more chilli in this than AB:04, but they have managed to balance it out. A great beer. Delicious.


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