BrewDog Abstrakt AB:04

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


on tap


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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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nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks, Dak! Easily the best BrewDog beer I have tried. Pours a viscous black with a fleeting head. Loaded with coffee, chilies, and cocoa as advertised. Very reminiscent of Hunapuhs, actually. The malt, yeast, and sweetness are well balanced and round on the mid-palate. The heat from the chilies lingers on the finish. Would love to have this again!

LoFi (1735) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle 683/3800. Black with a ruby tinge, sizzling dark brown head that disappears instantly. Aroma: port/vinous, chocolate, liqueur. Taste: sweet, licorice, chocolate, brown sugar/syrup, chili (but nowhere near Texas Ranger), coffee, vanilla. Also something I can’t really describe. Liqueurish, thick.

KyotoLefty (10524) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle, tasted blind. Thick, low brown head on black beer. Aroma os whiskey, fruits, chocolate, soy sauce, raisin. Sweet and fruity, with chocolate, cream, wood, berries. Tart edge is very nice. Roasty but rather mild burntness. Very sweet and fruity, and hot. Didn’t guess there were chillis in there!

TimE (5997) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2011
Pitch black color, quickly disappaiting head. Strong nose if dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa an chillies. Awesome. Very low carbonation, tons of coffee and chcolate nibs in the mouth with stinging chillies. Fairly sweet, but for 15% it drinks really well. You could make a great cake off this. Bloody awesome.

blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Black pour, with a small, really dense brown head. Aroma of chili, roasted peppers, chocolate and a concoction of spices. Slightly acidic, taste of chili, spices, chocolate, alcohol. Sticky sweet. Can’t really’s like the flavors just stay in the middle of the mouth, leaving me a bit perplexed. I want more reasted malts, a fuller mouthfeel. A dissapointing one.

Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Courtesy of Dak. The cool looking green 0.375L black cork and caged pours out deep dark liquid with mahogany edges and almost no head but impressive glass staining legginess. The aroma offers up molasses, dark roasted malts, some dark caramel, dark roasted coffee and a sense of chili meat. The taste is smooth and yummy with nectar like sweet goodness going from rich molasses, near burnt malts, some rich dark roasted coffee notes and to a pleasingly complimentary note of chili meat. The notes all go wonderfully together and just go on and on and on at times and I don’t want them to ever stop. I also get delicious rich velvety dark chocolate here and there too. Wow! This is insanely good and seems a bit Hunahpu like, well at least one or two batches from the first year it was made are pretty close to this.

BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Sampled at Dak’s Cantillon Tasting (I know). So glad I had an opportunity to sample this one. Dark mahogany bordering midnight with a razor thin latte head. Aroma of dark unsweetened cocoa, roasted coffee bean, and and vanilla. Lots of dark chocolate and heavy soy in flavor. Didn’t really pick up the peppers in this one. Subtle if present. Oily, coating, but delicious! A treat for sure!

Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2011
500ml bottle, #1727/3300, dated 1/11/10. Courtesy darkguardian. The pour yields a completely pitch black, oily, uber-dense body with a small but menacing head of dark chocolate brown foam. Dens, sugary sheeting coats the glass, staining it brown for a few seconds, yet it leaves no hard lacing behind. The nose is intense, laden with concentrated, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy coconut, moderately blackened caramel, and earthen coffee. Fruity, fleshy chili peppers are surprisingly complex, and the capsaicin is well covered by all the malt. A hint of chipotle-like smokiness lends a nice, rounding touch. Flavors are again based in black chocolate, touching on caramel, coffee, and dark, fleshy fruit. The heat of the ghost chillies is subtle, imparting a slow, low burn more so than an outright blaze. Coconut and vanilla offer a nice twist to the chocolate base. The palate is thick, sweet, and oily up front, as is to be expected of a 15% imperial stout. What saves it though is the champagne yeast, which does a better-than-expected job of cleaning off the sugars. It’s also not as alcoholic as one would think. Bottom line, in ultra-small quantities, this stuff is interesting as hell and well pulled together. I couldn’t drink more than a few ounces, but that isn’t its purpose anyway. Bravo to BrewDog for trying something cool.

ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
500ml, corked & caged bottle, #1693/3300 dated 1/11/10 as rating #997 during my imperial stout countdown to rating #1000. opens with a beautiful hiss and pours a silky, deep black with shades of red around the edges and a smooth, effervescent, dark khaki head with light retention and oily sheets of lace. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of dried chili peppers, chili oil, and dark cacao chocolate backed by dry, roasted coffee, tobacco ash, and toffee with beautifully subtle dark fruits, burnt leather, and molasses. flavor is superb as well, a bit more sweet than the aroma would let on, with rich dark chocolate, fudge brownies, and toffee backed by roasted espresso, charred wood, and dark fruits with beautifully integrated, earthy, slightly smokey peppers that pack the perfect, subtle amount of heat on the swallow. palate is full bodied, smooth, and sweet but it’s perfectly balanced by the spice of the peppers and finishes dry and roastey with a touch of cocoa. overall, an absolutely marvelous beer that takes a page from the Hunahpu book and re-writes it beautifully.

dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
(sampled at Dak’s 5000 tasting). Pours a syrupy dark brown color with no head. Aroma has alcohol, coffee and chili peppers. Tast is sweet chocolate with some light chili peppers, but the peppers are quite subdued. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. Really nice.

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