BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
Bottle conditioned - Limited edition release (9819 bottles)
AB:11 is an imperial black barley wine brewed with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers. A 12.8% rollercoaster of ginger zestiness, chipotle smokiness all bound together with dark berry tartness and the decadent residual body of a black barley wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, - JUN 21, 2013
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, warm chilli, cured meat and savoury malt notes. Mild herbal and lemon hops up front gradually segue into sweet but zingy ginger. This blends surprisingly well with rich dark chocolate and toasted rye bread malt in the mid-palate. Warming chilli comes in towards the finish, where it blends very nicely with ginger and dark chocolate. There is an almost whisky and dry ginger aftertaste. This is one of those out there BrewDog beers where all the strange ingredients come together and work very well. A rich and enjoyable brew.

Lonick (1874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle @Craig’s (Abstrakt tasting). Pours very dark brown with a red tinge, no head, no carb. Nose is sherry, chocolate, spices, ginger. Taste is big on the vanilla, woody, berries.

GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle at Craigs. Pours deep brown nigh on black with no head. Aroma is caramel, slight raspberry, chocolate, chilli and ginger albeit weak. Taste is chocolate sweet, hint of ginger, cocoa powder, hint of vanilla sweet.

Rune (12803) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2017
This 375ml bottle, no.5033, was bought at the BrewDog bar in Shoreditch London in November 2012. Coal black body, naked surface, dotted spots on the glass. Aroma of dark spices and chocolate malts. Rather unusual taste profile with variety of prunes, ginger, caramel and dark bread. Lingering spiced fruity finish. Mouth filling. Something else, pleasing (Shared with Finn and djoeye at a rating session, Tromsø 09.01.2017).

Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2017
Flaske 375ml. Nr. 5033 av 9819. Spandert av Rune. Delt med ham og djoeye i WCveien 9 Jan 17. Svart. Filmskum. Aroma av whisky & krydder. Smaken Jägermeister & kamfer. Tørr ettersmak. Annerledes øl - men ikke spesielt godt.

djoeye (4605) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2017
Aroma; jägermeister, ginger cinnamon, oak malts. Look; off pink film, jet black body. Taste; roasted malts, black syrup, roasted prunes, jägermeister, camphor, dark cherries, ginger – solid n warming finish. Feel; solid, soft. Overall; suddenly something completely different. [37.5cl.btl 12.8% T8-9-2012 #btl5033/9819 Provided by Rune [email protected] Session]

Erzengel (8763) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2016
Malty sticky beginning. Fresh with lots of malt, The ginger is there, the peppers as well. Hints of dried fruit, plums, probably the raspberries as well. Round, refreshing, easy to drink for the ABV, lots of chocolate roasted malt, no alcohol tasteable. Fantastic great brew! Smooth, round absolutely great!

Beerhunter111 (20482) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2016
375ml bottle. Dunkel orange braune Farbe. Geruch kräftig intensiv malzig, reifes Obst, toffee, wenig Gewürze. Geschmack intensiv süß malzig, alkoholisch, toffee, rotes dunkles malz. Sirup.

Koelschtrinker (20403) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 10, 2016
Intensiv malziger Antrunk, sehr gewürzig, Rosmarin, leichte Noten von Karamell. Wenig trocken, gewürzig, spritzig. Gut! 10/9/11/11/10/11

Zlotta (3287) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Sampled from 0.375 l bottle. Dark reddish brown with some beige bubbles on top. Sweetish, malty and quite fruity aroma of raisins, blackcurrant, plums and licorice. Sweetish-malty, spicy and moderately fruity taste of caramel, raisins, lots of licorice, plums and some chocolate, followed by a long, slightly bitter, spicy and rather warming-alcoholic finish. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Way too spicy, absolutely unbalanced.

OminouSC2 (673) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 One of my favorites. The barley wine is in itself good, but all the layers in aromas and taste that the spice, berries and peppers bring makes it really one of a kind - that’s probably the point of the Abstrakt series. The barley wine adds the alcohol and sweet aromas, while the added tartness and smoke from the berries and the pepper makes your taste buds really work for it. Only downside is that, although an experience, it’s not very well balanced.

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