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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (2476) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2011
Very tidy. Challenging beer. Big chilli taste but none of the spice. That capsaicin tang at the front of your neckhole and a warmth lingers in your chest cavity. That could also be the alcohol though. An engine oil black with a curious literally golden head which disappears. A fully worthwhile beer experiment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
100th rate! pours oily black with brown head. Aroma of chilly, coffee and cacao. Taste is big! Chocolate and coffee with a little chilly heat. Slightly sweet. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden. Soooo rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvhemert (397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2011
AROMA: coffee mostly, some chocolate and roasted nuts APPEARANCE: pitch black, brown head that disappears TASTE: medium bitterness PALATE: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter aftertaste OVERALL: really nice beer albeit the high ABV is not disguised that well (can it?) Like the roasted nutty aroma mixed with coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Rohan. Pour is pitch black with small to medium chocolate coloured head. Aromas are dominated by roasted grain with some bitter chocolate and espresso coffee. Flavours once again show plenty of roasted grain. Some heat on the finish though I suspect more from the alcohol than chilli. Medium mouthfeel. Nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2011
The aroma fills up with chocolate and coffee, but then comes a candy like aroma from the chili. Not really the heat, but more of the actual sweetness. But here comes the funny thing with this beer, the chili heat its not that present in the taste either, all tho in the finish you get some heat, but is it from the chili or from the 15% alcohol. Drinks very smoth and its in my opinion BrewDogs best beer to this date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Sample at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 28th Oct 2010 (Brewdog Abstrakt 04 launch). Black, no head. Im not usually a fan of beers with chili but this tastes like a perfect fusion of melted dark chocolate and chili heat. Surprisingly lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget, Stockholm, Sweden. Aroma is sweet and a little sour, lots of roasted notes, coffee and cacao. Pours a pitch black with little foam. Taste is strong, loads of coffee, some sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol. The chili leaves a burning sensation as it rolls over the tounge, such a cool beer! It is almost flat but the chili makes it tingle slightly, quite oily texture. This was the first of the Abstrakt beers I really enjoyed, probably because the others did not age as well, but still, to me this is what this series is all about. I also believe stouts are more suitable for experimentation than the ales, perhaps this is a contributing factor as to why I preferred this beer over the previous three.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this, awesome black cork... Almost black body, head is gone right away... The nose is subtle, displays chilis but it isnt hot, a bit of chocolate... A surprsing amount of restraint on the taste as well, lots of chilis but not hot, lots chocolate, no alcohol, cant believe this is 15%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (12217) - Troms, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2011
375ml bottle, no. 983, trade with Craig last year in Edinburgh. The body is black as pitch and covered by a tiny, tan-coloured head. Coffee grounds to the nose. Taste of coffee and chocolate. Dark bitter fruits towards the finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth. Very nice (shared with Finn, Troms 29.06.2011).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Pours shiny black with a quickly fading charred expresso colored head. Aroma is rich bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, dry cocoa, and a smidge of underlying chile. Whoa - what the hell? Ive never had anything quite like this before. Taste starts with chocolate/coffee and then opens up into a medium chile heat before giving way to a sweet, light liquer flavor and ending with more chocolate, chile, and some heat from the alcohol. The champagne yeast seems to add a pleasant tinge to the heat from the chiles. Decadent, complex sipper and very tasty.

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