BrewDog Abstrakt AB:04

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa, Naga chilies (the hottest in the world), and champagne yeast.

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Scopey (15885) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Bottle from Brewdog (as well as on tap a while back at the White Horse). It pours opaque black with a very large caramel-coloured head. The nose is rich-roast coffee, dark chocolate, some chilli, a little soy, wood and alcohol. The taste is strong dark and milk chocolate, rich coffee, liquorice, pepper, cherry, alcohol warmth, smoke and tobacco, leading to a dry finish with chilli spiciness. Great balance between the chocolate and chill! It’s complex and very drinkable for the percentage. One of the best Brewdog beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
375 ml bottle shared by Rencelas- thanks, Jason! Bottled 1/11/10, bottle number 205/3300. Pours a super dark brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma of peppers, cocoa, licorice, cheese, soy, rust, berries, and green olives. Flavor of soy, chocolate, peppers, grapes, and smoked wood. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a robust mouthfeel that coats the palate with soy. Finishes smoky. Alcohol is really well hidden. This is a crazy, interesting beer with a lot of complexity and unexpected notes. Glad I got to try it.

evergreen0199 (3514) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London last autumn. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Pleasing roasty, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, heavy, malty, coffee, chocolate, orange, incredibly complex, smooth, boozy, warming and rich. Lovely stuff indeed.

Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 4 Aug 2011, bottle. i gotta say, i don’t like this like i used to. there is a lot of meaty soy sauce in here. much more oakiness than i remeber though. i’m not finding any chocolate or chilli. such a shame. i loved this beer the first two times i found it.

(original rating = 8,5,7,4,16 = 4.0) really dark black. head disappears immediately
intense dark, bitter chocolate aroma w/ substantial hints of chili
full/med body and mildly fizzy
lots and lots of syrupy chocolate flavour w/ big espresso taste as well
this is really stout! this beer is huge! almost too big. it will be great to taste it in a year or two.
the finish on this beer is sooo long!

anders37 (27251) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty dry bitter chocolate late aroma with hints of chili. Roasted malty chocolate, coffee and warming chili flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and chili finish.

FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Thanks to DarkGuardian for this beer; Sampled at Redlight Redlight January 2011

The beer sits in my glass with an inky brown / black color. It doesn’t have much carbonation to it, but does pour with a thin, brown colored head. There is a big not of chile in the nose, or rather it is definitely noticeable. Rich, umami laden dark malt savoriness is found in the nose too (a mix of dark malt and sweet malt character that is quite concentrated). Chile aromatics mix with a fruitiness to form an interesting mix and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the aroma. The biggest aroma here though is an espresso / black-coffee like roasted character that I almost forgot to mention because it was so expected.

The beer tastes sweet as it first hits my tongue and it is quite viscous but still somehow light bodied. The finish has a lingering, huge black-coffee / espresso character to it. There is a hint of chile spiciness to the finish that grows in presence as you linger in contemplation after a sip. There is a lot of big, dark chocolate like flavors in this beer and it is quite surprising how “light” this beer is; for something of this alcohol level I was expecting a much heavier brew, though this is still most definitely a sipping brew.

I found this beer quite interesting in the end; I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it that much, but I really like the good use of subtle chile notes. If I had to describe this beer I would say that it is first a coffee like beer, supported by chocolate notes that are supported by the chile notes.

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle. Thick black pour with a short, foamy tan head that quickly disappears. Lots of chocolate and cocoa on the nose as well as caramel, liquorice and coffee. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but less sweet and with hints of smoke and chilli. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lingering roasty, smoky finish. Great stout, perfectly balanced and with very well hidden alcohol.

Thomas007 (8) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2011 does not count
Cette bière a énormement de caractère , un arome a la fois fruité mais aussi subtile , avec un petit coté les premiers sont les derniers , je ne peux plus m’en passer ... Une bière de caractère à déguster avec sagesse ..

bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Keg and possibly bottle at the launch night at the White Horse, Parsons Green. By far the best beer in the Abstrackt series so far (in my view). Black with a tan head. Wonderfully complex and hugely drinkable for it’s high strength. Couldn’t really detect the chilli but the warming alcohol, woody chocolate roast and dried fruits danced on my tong. The finish was still surprisingly hoppy. World class!

finol (3506) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2011
Pours black with a thin and instantly disapering head.
Taste of licqour filled chocolate with some chili. Well balanced for the abv and chili.

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