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

bottled
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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thechobgoblin (10) - - JUL 27, 2012
I can’t recommend this beer enough, it ticks all the boxes. It’s strong but drinkable. The beautiful coffee taste hits first, but the more you drink it, the more the subtle flavours of the chilli start to shine through. There is no better beer to take a half hour out, stick on some relaxing music and indulge yourself. Perfection.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Rating #962 - February 9, 2014 - Opened this for #beerguychrisgeekbeer #week6 and for the return of @AMC’s The Walking Dead. $23.10 CAD for a 330ml bottle from Sherbrooke. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted java grinds. Palate is a sweet spicy mix of chocolatey chili vanilla goodness with an out of this world balance of sweet, booze, and bitter. The highest of praise, and my first 5.0 of 2014. #5whore

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. So I’ve had this beer three times now, and have always deferred rating it because it just blows me away. I wanted to be certain it wasn’t circumstantial adoration-- meaning that I was in a particularly great mood, or I had it on a special occasion, etc. but every time I’ve had this I’m so completely impressed with the intensity of flavours, the balance, and the overall pleasure it gives me. Chocolate, coffee, pronounced toasted coconut, pecan, vanilla, late pleasant chilli warmth, no trace of alcohol whatsoever. A new top 10 for me, and a beef I hope I can continue to return to.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
33cl bottle. Bottled 2012-04-01. Pitch black colour with a very small light brown head. Aroma is laden with massive notes of coffee but also notes of cocoa and chilli. Overtones of sweet malts and brown sugar. Flavour is as massive as the aroma. Lots and lots of coffee with chilli and liqorice. A very decent amount of alcohol as well. A long lingering aftertaste.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christopsy (102) - SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2014
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!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2014 Anniversary beer, basically their AB04 but with added vanilla and, whatever it is, naga chilli. Yellowish beige head, thin due to the extreme alcohol strength, colour near black, just a bit of chestnut glow under bright light. Very dense, powerful and exciting aroma revealing all kinds of cacao powder, bitter chocolate, black coffee, whisky, cider, cinnamon, pear syrup, peat, tobacco, vanilla, brown sugar and even that chilli. Taste begins assertively with a mouth-filling toasted bitterness, thick oily and powdery mouthfeel weighing heavy on the tongue, profound chocolatey maltiness, lots of spicy tones reminiscent of sweet tobacco, pepper and again that chilli, lots of dark fruits, finishing with a great deal of leafy hop bitterness, very very long, accompanied by an equally long warming alcohol reminiscent of coffee liqueur and cognac. Brewdog has flabbergastered me more than once but this is so far the most impressive thing I ever tasted from them - I would even go as far to say that this is one of the best beers I ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmar33 (152) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. This is intense! So much coffee, so much chilli, so much imperial! This is really delicious, the chilli really makes it stand out from the crowd!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimplySike (851) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 2014-07-11
33cl. Bottle. Dog C
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma coffee, chocolate, dark malts, caramel, licorice, alcohol, sweet fruits, spice/pepper, vanilla.
Taste choco caramel sweet, some coffee bitters, a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel thick, oily, sticky, burning alcohol/pepper.
Again this is awesome, this version seems more sweet.

2013-08-02
33cl. Bottle. Dog B
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma coffee, dark malts, liquorice, chocolate, alcohol, little spice/pepper.
Taste big coffee bitter, choco sweet, little burning pepper.
Mouthfeel thick, creamy, sticky.
Freakishly awesome!

2013-06-22
33cl. Bottle. Aged a for over a year.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma alcohol, choco, coffee, spicy chilli, roasted malts.
Taste choco caramel sweet, coffee bitter, some sour.
Mouthfeel thick, oily.
Still the f*cking awesome!

2012-05-20
Bottle 33cl. Poors thick black with brown head. Aroma thick alcohol sweetness, some chilli, coffee. Taste choco, coffee, some chilli. This is really great, soooooo goooood!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShelbyGrey (174) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2013
En botella, cortesia de derbidagge, oscura como la noche,densa, espuma fina beish. Aromas dulces, torrefactos, cacao, caffe,vainilla y chocolate. Sabor contundente y amable para su alta graduación. Una delicia!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2020) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
De loin la meilleure stout de brewdog à ce jour, les notes de chocolat noir sont tellement profondes qu’elles accompagnent presque de façon hypocrite le tranchant du chili. Vanille, cuir, tabac, noisettes et anis habitent aussi le liquide. Le corps est soyeux et riche mais jamais lourd. Superbe, j’aurais aimé une 2e bouteille.


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