BrewDog Abstrakt AB:04

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7198) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle. It pours a black colour with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with notes of cocoa powder. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee with notes of chili peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottled, #2730 of 3300. Poured near black with lighter brown around the edges.. nothing stuck around for head. The aroma picked up burnt coffee, licorice, and cocoa, with black pepper, more robust pepper, and spicy alcohol around.. a little oxidation set in, and it was complementary. The flavor found burnt licorice, molasses, and coffee at the core, with vanilla and dry cocoa on the edges.. a little pepper meat around there too.. picked up a touch of peppery spicage, alcohol warmth, and fruity yesat on the long finish. Heavy-bodied with very low carbonation on the palate.. slick and oily on the middle, and a tad grainy through the finish.. not a lot of Naga presence, but it really didnt need it. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6651) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Bottle many thx to Craig that digged this out from celler - took 10 minutes cons 2013-04-03 Edinburgh AR: bourbon vanilla, coffey, dark chocolate AP: black body, frothy beige head F: rich chocolate flavour, wee chilli, coffey, warming feeling, white sugar finishes chocolate fontain, white sugar cubes, - unfortunatly the sugar cubes are destruering way to much. Storageing improved this beer (bottled 2010)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1448) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2013
Will note that the chilies had dropped of considerally. Little to no heat from them. Big roast character. A touches of sweet and sherry but on the dry side overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4324) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle 37,5 cl @ Kaj. Pours black brown with barely no head. Aroma is peppery roasted malty sweet fruity fidges raisins, yaiks so good and a touch of vanilla too. Flavor is chocolate cocoa coffee roasted velvety sweet alcohol bitter. Finishes bitter sweet alcohol and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1976) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Aroma is full of tobacco, ash, and leather with some soy sauce notes. Some dark fruit esters, especially fig and prune. Not much spice to the aroma but there is a hint. Some sherry qualities appearing with the soy sauce; this beer is showing its age. Light alcohol aroma, but not overwhelming. Pours a deep black with brown highlights on the edges. Light brown thin head that does not last long. The flavor has a lot of spice to it and it combines with the fruit esters to create an almost raspberry chipotle flavor. Some dark chocolate character with some roast as well. A bit of a teriyaki beef jerky note to it. Moderate bitterness, but not over the top. Some alcohol flavor in the finish. Also starting to show its age. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with fairly low carbonation. Very low astringency. Medium to high alcohol heat. Overall a good beer, but it's showing it's age. The soy sauce is starting to really take over. If you still have one of these you should drink it now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12771) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2012
Corked bottle. Almost bleack, no head. Malt, molasses, hints of soya and pepper in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with moleaases and hints of red pepper. No carbon to speak of. Maple syrup. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
In short: A monster black beer of great complexity that is also surprisingly easy to drink. One of the best big beer Ive ever had. Wow!
How: Bottle 375ml at The Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm
The look: Black body topped by tiny beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is big heavy rich blackened malts, fattening cake, light spicy notes and a lot less alcohol fumes than expected from a 15% monster. With such a monster beer I could smell just about every big black beer aroma if I searched for it, like liquorice, chocolate, dates, tar, you name it. Body is as thick as they come, big viscous corpulent body with a soft carbonation, splendid mouthfeel. Taste is a big slice of black cake, a lot of rich cocoa, lots of molasses, bittersweet black chocolate, a slice of sweet raisin pie, sweet dark prunes, port wine, well integrated spicy notes. And I could go on and on, this is a monster viscous black beer that can taste just about any flavor you want if you are looking for it. Alcohol remains mostly well concealed, the beer is doesnt feel boozy at all. I was very surprised by how excellent this beer was, certainly one of the best monster beer Ive had, and my wife who usually dont care for beers like this thought it was the best heavy beer she ever tasted (and she tastes most of the bottles I open). I went through my bottle quite easily, this beer is almost easy to drink!!! Brewdog have been swinging for the fences for a while now and to me this Abstrakt 04 is their first true homerun. This monster would certainly be in the ratebeer top-5 if it was made by a hyped American brewery. Unfortunately the Abstrack AB:04 is not an easy beer to find anymore, but if you cant find a bottle but really want to know what it tastes like just drink half a AB:08, didnt you learn anything in algebra jesus

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stravale (2888) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle from The Grove, Huddersfield. No. 1936/3300 Bottled 1/11/10 291012
Pitch black, no head, slight ruby edges in glass
Aroma - Complex aroma of rich roasted malts, chocolate, touch of soy, chillis noticeable, slight vegatative note probably from the chilli, some chilli heat on the nose, great aroma
Taste - rich chocolate malts, dark plain chocolate, mellow dark roast malts, underneath some dark fruity malts, hint of sweet red wine, so well balanced, not too much chilli but the heat gets noticeable after a while, excellent taste
Palate - no carb, medium body, lighter in body than expected. Finish - nice rich chcolately malty residue, smooth warming alcohol. Rich thicker chocolate malts strangely come out of the thinner body and coat the mouth in the finish.
Overall - Well the hype was right with this one. Maybe it would be better it had bit more body and it was not as flat. All the AB beers should be around this quality though. Excellent Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Craigs. Thick, inky viscous black, almost no head fades to nothing. Big capsicum, wood, roasty coffee, open alcohol nose. Big sweet dark chocolate front, sweet coffee, tiniest touch of warm spice underneath. Lots of woody roast and a warming bitter finish. Silky, soupy, viscous mouthfeel. Amazing.

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