BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
The beer is an 11.5% Imperial Brown Ale which we have aged in amazing Spanish sweet red barrels from Malaga. Stewart Bowman, our Head Brewer, devised an Imperial Brown Ale designed to perfectly complement the wine flavours and extract maximum depth and character from the giant barrels. We also felt the Imperial Brown Ale was ideally suited to be barrel aged and as well as the infusion of the Malaga wine character will also benefit added complexity and maturity from the time in oak.

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flying_pig (1646) - SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2013
375ml bottle as a gift (11.5% abv.):
Sweet with some ripe & dark fruits plus brown sugar adding to the sweetness. There is some grapes and hints of alcohol that smell almost like a fortified wine along with hints of vanilla and port.
Dark brown, almost black with a thin, bubbly head that is a tan brown in colour and quickly turns to a touch of lacing around the edges.
Dark, dried fruit with some grapes & a taste slightly reminiscent of red wine that goes with the aging process of this one I guess. There is some mild strength malts with a part nutty, part sweet taste that includes some vanilla. The beer is slightly boozy with some sugar and hints of caramel in there as well.
Medium to full body with quite a sweet and boozy feel although a lot of the alcohol was successfully hidden and the beer had a better balance that expected. Carbonation was fairly subdued and the drinkability was very good with this one.

A really good beer from Brewdog and an excellent first beer from the Abstrakt series for me. Far more balanced than I would have expected from an 11.5% abv. beer, a real pleasure to drink.

Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
On the train from Hereford to Inverness, bottle from Twickers, 18/10/13. Opaque mahogony brown with a thin light tan covering. Nose is dark malts, toffee fudge, light booze, muscavado sugars, light smoke, earthy cocoa tones, fruity jams. Taste comprises dark malts, berry fruit compote, cake mix, chocolate, toffee fudge, raspberry tones, sherry notes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey finale. Decent drop, the alcohol is well integrated and this beer carries a good level of depth - lots going on!

Yorker (2050) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Corked 37.5 cl bottle @ home (bottle #6948). Pours brown with a lot of sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour is roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, dark fruits, and wine – with some warming alcohol in the finish.

sulawang (1197) - - SEP 24, 2013
Visual: Beautiful simplistic Brew Dog label, corked and twisty-cap top secured green bottle. Pours dark cola brown with a reddish hue, small foamy dissipating head, ringed retention, sedimentation, some slow-moving activity. Nose: Thick, sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and barley malt. Attack: thick syrupy mouthfeel Mid-palate: caramel sweetness(8/10) mixed with minor alcohol detection, (MAIN) molasses, soy sauce, chocolate Finish: medium sweet & sour, coffee tanginess, red-fruity sweet malty finish. Summary: Expensive at $18/half bottle but very worth it considering the superb flavour profile, drinkability, potency, and overall high quality craftsmanship.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
(375ml bottle) Purchased from The Strath froth an ungodly $19. Bottle 4329. Pours near headless with a deep black body. Nose of sweet soy and molasses. Great body and oily texture. Strong boozy and heavily malted. Not worth anything close to the price but very strong palate, fun elixir. --- reviewed on

Ferris (16499) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle - Dark fruit, brown sugar and some chocolate. Muddy brown with a thin brown head. Molasses, dark fruit, some sourness (from the wine I assume) and a little heat in the finish along with some coffee notes. Very complex and definitely worth a try.

ansalon (4121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
Pours very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is dates, figs, caramel, hints of coffee, liqourice and tart. Taste is muscovado sugar, liqourice, caramel, dates, figs, chocolate. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tfredvik (2032) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a standard Abstrakt body, i.e. it looks pretty flat. The colour is very dark brown, while the "head" consists of a thin, light-brown film with some big bubbles floating on top. The aroma is strong, sweet, malty and lightly roasted, with dark caramel (very dark, maybe it’s closer to burnt sugar) and dark dried fruits. Also come delicious vinous alcohol notes that reminds me of sherry. In the back I also get some spices. The taste is heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter. The strong flavours follow the aroma, maybe with a tad more spices and herbs. The red wine barrels haven’t produced any noticeable sourness or bretty notes, and that suits me just fine. The body is full, the texture is lovely oily, but as always when it comes to an Abstrakt, the close to flat carbonation isn’t fitting. I really need to try a fresh Abstrakt.
[37.5 cl bottle, bottle 9121 of 9987, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Online]

plunkie (8) - - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
A deep dark brown beer with a light brown head. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla and fruit all rise out of the glass. More fruit and some woody flavours establish them selves in your mouth leading to a long roasted espresso finish. Very well balanced yet complex.

BierFiend (253) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours cloudy brown with small tan head. Smells of roasted malts, light caramel. Tastes of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, and alcohol. Light carbonation.

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