Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 330ml bottle, pours black with a small tan head, low carbonation, aroma is heavy on the coffee giving a lovely mocha chocolate flavour, as it develops on the palate the vanilla and chilli come through, with hints of whisky dancing on the tongue. Palate is not a thick as it might be and its a very drinkable 15%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (6235) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle: Batch 097: Served in a Duvel glass: A really expensive bottle, but since its a special day today, its absolutely worth and time to open this bottle and not cellar it any longer and maybe die and never taste it... A very dark almost black pour. A medium sized, bit lively and slowly changing into a closed lacing, true brown foamy head on top a pitch black colored beer. Aromas of coffee, coffee beans, coffee roast, soy sauce, some dark liquorice tones, dark chocolate, some spices, coal, meat (marinated bbq bacon), caramel, fluid tar and a hint of toasted/roasted leaves. Smoothly balanced dark and complex aroma. Very nice! Flavours of roasted almost burned barley malts, coffee, caramel, spices, bitter, coffee roast and coffee beans, some soya and molasses while its nothing sweet, some wood roast, light tar, some smoke, coal, chocolate and some marzepin. Lovely spicy roast. Aftertaste lingering bitterness, woody malts, roast, caramel, coal, dark fruits and some dark chocolate. Dark, roasty and bitter overall. Low carbo, soft creamy to oily mouthfeel (with a spicy edge), full bodied and a light sticky oily texture. Goddamn what a beer! Almost everything is good! Only big negative point I want to mention here is that it has a strong quite normal malty tone that is just a bit out of tune which also comes back in the aftertaste a bit... But next to that, what a beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghendrix (150) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2013 Bottle in Brewdog Newcastle & from AGM. Black, thin brown head. Espresso and chocolate are huge on the nose here, spicy, dark malts. Taste is spicy, bitter, light sweet. Coffee dominates at first in the mouth. Some vanilla and roasted malt there too. Dark chocolate. The subtle chili heat also comes with a little fruitiness in the middle of the mouth, which is delightful. Lasts long and the heat is a lovely addition to the chocolate and coffee bitterness you usually get from most great imperial stouts. A contender for my favourite ever. Paid 18 for a bottle just to have it again, thats how good it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (5128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
De loin la meilleure stout de brewdog ce jour, les notes de chocolat noir sont tellement profondes quelles accompagnent presque de faon hypocrite le tranchant du chili. Vanille, cuir, tabac, noisettes et anis habitent aussi le liquide. Le corps est soyeux et riche mais jamais lourd. Superbe, jaurais aim une 2e bouteille.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours totally black with a black head. Aroma is malty, vanilla, chocolate, roasted with some chilli and coffee. Taste is moderate sweet leading to a dry finish. I havent always been impressed with Brewdogs stuff but this is awesome!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5535) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Bergen Storsenter, Bergen. Pours a pitch black body with a small beige head. Aroma is ashes, tar, alcohol, licorice, hints of espresso and leather. Taste is alcohol up front, along with tar, licorice, coffee, leather, dark berries, cocoa, hints of ashes and syrup. Slight chili burn in the aftertaste, but not really that assertive. Medium body and carbonation; strange enough for such a big beer which I would expect to be fuller. The flavors seem off-balance and not very well integrated - perhaps this will change with storage. OK, but AB:04 was far better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5679) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 330 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Aroma of chili and roasted malt, taste of chocolate, roasted malt and loads of chili. Also some chili heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (11496) - Troms, NORWAY - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 330ml bottle in a box, expensive anniversary ale bought at Vinmonopolet City Nord, Bod. Oily pour revealing a brownish layer covering a coal black body. Dotted spots at the glass. Lovely aroma of cocoa, dark spices and roasted, semi-sweet malts. Fine blended taste of vanilla sweetness and cocoa offset by spices and roasted malts towards a lingering ending. Warming alcohol. A very nice one, worth the price (at my sisters house in Bod, 27.04.2013).
Draught, as BrewDog Dog B, 15 % abv, third-pint measure at BrewDog Leeds. Patchy, fawn-coloured surface. Jet black body. Leather, dark malts and integrated vapour of alcohol. Delicious and comprehensive flavour profile of chocolate and coffee grounds that opens up to an amazing aftertaste of strong pepper and dark bitter fruits lingering down the throat. Full bodied. Enjoying sipper indeed (30.06.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbeast88 (41) - NORWAY - APR 28, 2013
Appearance: Dark black with beige head Aroma: Coffee,chocolate,licorice and some hint of vanilla taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour Palate:full body, thick feel, lively, bitter, Overall: one of the best imperial stouts around in my opinion

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1930) - Athens, GREECE - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Color dark brown with small brown head. Aroma malt, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Taste sweet, malt, alcohol, coffee, vanilla.

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