madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2013
Dog A: Tons of bitter, dry coffee. Some smoke and roasted, almost burned characters. Nothing more really. A good beer, but I had my hopes higher. Still nice, but a bit one-dimensional. 8, 5, 7, 4, 15
Dog B: Roasted coffee, but still sweeter and more complex than Dog A in my opinion. The spicey chili is clearer in this one I think. This is better than Dog A. 8, 5, 8, 4, 16. Inbreak (6519) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 24.09.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:Ferris (16489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Nice brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is rich and slightly sweet, dark malts, licorice, chili, dark sugar, coffee, caramel, cocoa, dark fruits. Taste is sweet, dark malts, burnt coffee, chili, licorice, cocoa, alcohol, dark fruits, dark sugar, burnt caramel, grass, ashtray. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Very nice, but further aging will probably do this one good.
Bottle - Cocoa and chili, with hints of dark roast coffee. Jet black with a dark brown ring of head. Chili is very upfront, but balances well with the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla. Slight bitterness and a long coffee finish. A complex beer that has been balanced beautifully, too bad it costs an arm and a leg. Spab (4069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
330 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a night black colour with small rich brown head. Aroma is rich coffee, cocoa and licorice; chili is there too but subtle enough relatively to not overpower. Flavour is very rich with lots of coffee and dark/semi-sweet chocolate, some smoke, licorice and chili pepper. Alcohol is there but without any real burn. Full body. Mellow carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Very big beer. oops (211) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 6, 2013
0,33 bottle as Dog B. Colour is black, no head. In aroma liquorice, chili, coffee and spices. Tastes a little bit heavy and sweet. Was expecting much more from this. Decent beer for long winter nights, but not for summertime.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Appearance: Ink black with no head, just a tan ring around the glass.
Aroma: Toffee, treacle, liquorice, prune, vinous, fruit cake, grassy and floral. The chilli also adds to the aroma with its notes coming through.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness. The palate is dominated by liquorice, treacle and waves of chilli.
Palate: Thin texture, low/medium body and mouthfeel, no/low carbonation, astringent and has a lingering finish of sweetness, treacle and chilli spice.
Comments: Very good, slight glass ring lace. This was the 5th anniversary edition. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle (33cl), BB 1.4.2012, consumed 31.8.2013. Pitch black colour. Half-inch dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a stable ring. Sugary/sticky swirl with transient spot lacing. Adorable, complex, sweet malty aroma with coffee, cocoa, oak, vanilla, hint of chili. Sweet, oily mouthfeel with some chili heat that also gives a slightly sparkling/prickly sensation. Taste has a wonderful balance between vanilla-malty sweetness, woody bitterness and soy sauce saltiness. zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
heat. darkness. concrete. spice. dark. thick some slight sap but not much juice relatively speaking . Good nose. light head BeerBaboon (2124) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2013
Kaatuu lasiin pikimustana. Muodostaa vain hieman beigeä vaahtoa. Tuoksu on huumaavan lakritsinen. Sen lisäksi tuoksussa on kahvia, paahtunutta mallasta ja ripaus chiliä. Maku on jälleen kerran voimakkaan lakritsinen. Lisäksi maussa on paahtunutta mallasta, kahvia, vaniljaa ja taas ripaus chiliä. Tämän oluen juominen on kuin mielenkiintoisesti maustettua lakritsia söisi. Suutuntuma on öljyinen ja paksu. Todellista herkkua. The_Osprey (9120) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014
Aug 2013 - Room temp bottle of the original ’Dog A’, bottled Apr 12. From Brewdog online shop. Black of course. Just a beige ring of head. Smell - some coffee, maybe a little vegetable, some yeast. Body is medium and carbonation is initially quite high (softens fairly quickly). Taste has some soy, a little sharp. I’m finding it hard to pick up vanilla. However, there is some clear (but mild) coffee and chili in the aftertaste. Some chocolate sweetness. Acidic and rough on the stomach initially. Needs at least half an hour in the air and it then calms down a bit. Alcohol is not really noticeable at over 15%. This has the makings of a great beer - the coffee flavours are really nice when they pop out of the taste. It’s let down a lot by its sharpness, which makes me reluctant to take another sip. (3.7).
Dec 2013 - Room temp bottle of ’Dog B’ bottled Apr 2013. Pours black, can force a head which lasted all of twenty seconds. Smell is toned down wet dog, liquorice. Body is medium. Taste - sweet, liquoricey, molasses, plastic, alcohol present but it’s a smooth beer. I have to really search for coffee and vanilla flavours. A slightly different impression to the Dog A. (3.7).
July 2014 - Keg at Brewdog as ’Dog C’. Black, small white head. Aroma - yeasty coffee. Body - medium. Taste - tangy coffee liquer, chili is more prominent than in previous versions, slightly vegetal and boozy. Very slow sipper. (3.9)