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Dogma - BrewDog

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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 03-04-2009)
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Reviews by nickthegun12:
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nickthegun12

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev +2%

appearance isn't what i'd like to see from a scottish spruce ale...too carbonated but the nice full white head

the appearance is what i like to see from this type of ale....although i don't think there is a particular color associated with spruce ales...

smell is incredible a wild herbal scent...the spruce is light yet noticeable....i think the poppys come up very well...the honey is also present

the taste is a little medicinal...but not from it being spoiled...it may be coming from the kola nut or poppys

the feel is nice a little thick but not as thick as it pours

overall this is an ok or nice take on a Scottish spruce ale

12-30-2011 02:30:35 | More by nickthegun12
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass a cloudy hazed burnt orange with a minimal head that left shotty lace as it settled quickly.Aromas are mainly of caramel malt,a faint herbal hop not shows through after awhile.Like others have noted to me its like an English bitter anod or an English Pale,its malt driven with big caramel and biscuit notes,finishes with a bit of green herbal hop.The poppy seed,guarana,and kola nut cant really be found,at least not on my palate.Its very easy to drink,and the alcohol is very well hidden.Not bad,but also nothing to search high and low for either.

03-18-2010 22:23:04 | More by oberon
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

This is a pretty neat beer. I have to say, it has got some original flavors and aromas.

A lot of honey jumps out in the nose, red fruits, and sort of a cracked pepper seediness. Not the best smelling beer, but it's still fun to roam around in there.

The taste brings more of a wildflower character up front, herbs, honey, cherry, and it's slightly nutty in the fade well after the swallow.

I would enjoy this more if the body just had a little more heft, it is a little on the light side. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but it seems to fit.

This is a fun beer that I would recommend sharing with a friend or two and having fun picking out the unusual notes.

04-14-2010 02:49:06 | More by brownbeer
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Brew Dog Dogma 7.8% alcohol poured from 22.4oz bomber batch 99.

A- Pours a dark amber colored fluid with orange glowing rims of the glass in light. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass with light vigor.

S- Sweet honey and spice upfront. Guarana and slightly grassy hops are noticeable in the nose.

T-M- Taste is one of a kind but in a way that is a very strange experimental brew flavor. Upfront thick grassy and Guarana dominate with a estery alcohol heat. Second is a dark malty backbone. Finishes lighty carbonated and wet on the tongue.

D- It's a decent mixture of strange stuff that makes this a good taster not long-term drinker.

07-05-2010 18:59:32 | More by wesbrownyeah
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

In a pint glass this beer resembles an IPA: hazy burnt orange color, nice white head. Despite the long list of ingredients, the aroma was pretty tame. Some spice and sweet grain. Lots of different tastes show up. Some honey, toffee, Coca Cola, licorice, and hop bitterness. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to do, and found it to be a little too schizophrenic for me.

07-09-2009 14:31:34 | More by lordofthewiens
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generallee

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 660ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists its abv at 7.8% and it has a very short description of the beer.

Appearance: The body has a reddish orange amber color with a slight haze. From the aggressive pour I got just a small soapy head. This head fades quickly leaving just a thin lacing on top.

Smell: Its aroma is very sweet and fruity with little citrus and herbal hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a big juicy fruity character with sweet and tart ruby red grapefruit notes over a light/thin malt base. Its finish brings a little spice and some herbal hop notes with a firm bit of hop bitterness. The palate has a light to medium feel with light fuzzy carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a border line soda pop like character but is still interesting.

02-23-2011 12:54:12 | More by generallee
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Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5%

Mid sized bottle, with best before dating on the label. Pours typical amber, lightly hazed/cloudy, loose and minor lite tan head, leaves adequate low sheeting and heavy handed lace. Mild malt nose with perhaps a hint of fruit. Malt here outweighed with heavy handed hops, I'm not able to pick out any of the strange fruit/spice/whatever is in this beer, sort of mushy in the midsection, not my cup of tea, highly doubt I'd go for this one again real soon...

03-19-2010 03:27:45 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a copper color with very little head. A very lightly carbonated beer. Smell is a bit of a mess, with some malt, spice and honey. Taste is more of the same, with some sweetness from the honey and then a taste that I can only describe as pine needles. Not the smell you would get from piney hops, but pine needles. Never had anything like it before. Not a bad beer, but not sure if I would have it again.

11-01-2009 20:53:53 | More by Mora2000
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jisak74


4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-21-2012 10:38:30 | More by jisak74
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Dogma begins with the honey-sweet nose that would be expected from a honey-brewed ale. Add to that a good measure of candi sugar aroma, honeysuckle, and strong hints of candied fruit and sugary soda (likely from the kola nut, though I've never smelled one in the wild, as it were), and there's obviously a good bit of sweetness about this brew. In fact, only a shade of toasted grains manages to make it into the nose.

On the tongue, the beer continues its quest into the realms of sugar, though only for the first few seconds of the mouthful. After that the more bitter flavors--especially those from the kola nut, poppy seed, and guarana--kick in, bringing a distinct cola-like flavor to the brew, as well as a vaguely Dr. Pepper kick and a plant-stem bitterness that reminds me of chomping into dandelion stems as a kid. Raw nut and seed husk flavors add to this mixture, producing what is obviously a unique drinking experience. Late in the mouthful an even stronger plant bitterness comes through--a mixture of light grapefruit rind and dandelion stem--which lasts well into the aftertaste, joined late therein with a returning candi sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, though this beer will no doubt violate the average drinker's sense of what constitutes a "beer," it is an interesting and very drinkable experiment, and worth trying for anyone on the lookout for something original and offbeat.

07-31-2011 03:40:31 | More by jondeelee
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-03-2012 20:59:30 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010. I've had this one for a while; bought it ages ago and stashed it in my garage. Hope it hasn't aged too badly. The label mentions the addition of guarana, poppy seeds, kola nut and heather honey to the brew.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A very hazy orangy-golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Bottle contains evidence of conditioning with live yeast. Forms a small head of light-brown foam that subsides after a minute or two. An interesting herbal aroma with notes of tea, sweet honey, heather, spice and alcohol.

Tastes complex; a slightly sweet honey character with a piney, herbal bitterness. Notes of heather, pine, herbs, stewed hops and yeast, underpinned by a warming hint of alcohol (more prominent as it warms). Flavours of malt are masked, and the bitterness is quite pronounced. A whisper of kola nut in the background (although if it wasn't mentioned on the label then it would probably go unobserved). Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with mild astringency. A bitter herbal aftertaste.

An unusual and interesting ale. Pretty good, with a nice blend of flavours. There may have originally been a more aromatic hop character that has since faded, but it's hard to be certain. Not one for everyday drinking, but well worth trying if you come across it.

07-24-2011 23:44:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.81/5  rDev -21.5%

Hazy dark golden beer, great lacing from this one. Aroma was woody, with clove, it gave me a "bleh" reaction.

Taste, sweet, herbal. Made me think it was one of those batches where the brewer just wanted to make the beer as unconventional and exotic as possible by throwing a ton of different stuff into the batch. Seems to be driven by a Belgian yeast strain and a weird bitterness not derived from hops.

Really didn't care for this beer, glad I knocked it out at the SDIBF and didn't pay some ridiculous price for this down the road.

11-24-2010 19:02:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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KarlMcGowan

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-17-2013 16:55:05 | More by KarlMcGowan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

I'm so glad I didn't write these brews of from the UK, I thought they were trying to bite the American style. This beer proves that they are just taking some tips from us and applying it to their own brewing traditions. Appears a glowing crimson amber when held to the light, a pale beige head forms with tight bubbles lacing is thin but evenly spread, very nice presentation again we have the 660ml bottle. Best by 12/16/2010. This must be fresh...

Aromatics offer up sweet nectar with spicy undertones, a flow of honey and alcohol coming out with caramel malt and earthy hops. A definite high ball of craft brewing with the poppy seeds providing the downer and the guarana and kola nuts providing the stimulants. BTW, according to wikipedia...kola nuts contain high amounts of N-nitroso compounds which are carcinogenic. No worse chewing tobacco, right?

Flavors pleasant slightly burnt edge amongst layers of caramel malt sweetness finishes highly bitter with additions of those Amazonian fruits and African nuts. Sweet herbal honey layers with Scottish Heather honey additions, but doesn't ever become cloying. I cant detect earthy hops with ample bitterness looked up the IBUs...65 and I was surprised to see Amarillo hops in use not getting any grapefruit or citrus edges.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a sweet even flow, not bad at all quite enjoyable brew that I will revisit with friends. The big bottle is a bit much for a single portion size. Carbonation is even and inoffensive nothing to apologize about here.

Drinkability overall is okay a very complex crimson amber brew that was loaded with weird ingredients, a bit of extreme brewing across the pond maybe they visited Sam Calgione and company.

08-29-2009 19:14:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-13-2011 19:45:05 | More by valkyre65
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OStrungT

California

3.15/5  rDev -12%

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin, creamy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a mild caramel malt aroma. Some nutty aroma mixes in. It isnt as aggressive as I thought. It has a slight fruity aroma. A slight fig aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Less than I thought. Toffee and caramel mostly. Some nutty flavor also. I can taste a slight fig flavor also.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer. It surely isnt aggressive. The alcohol content is a little high, so that would be the only problem.

Overall: This beer didnt impress me. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt incredable either. I expected it to be unique, but it was jsut middle of the road.

07-18-2009 19:42:13 | More by OStrungT
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degerbah

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -7%

Tried a bottle at UC's international beer tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber color with no head at all. The smell is odd. According to the bottle it is made with guarana, kola nuts, honey, poppies, and other spices. I could have been picking up any of these, the smell was just odd. The initial taste reminds me of an APA. Lots of hops up front with a huge honey aftertaste. There is almost no discernable alcohol taste which is an accomplishment at 7.8%. Too much honey for my taste and probably wouldn't get it again. Still, its my first brewdog and I'm glad to have tried it.

04-30-2009 23:57:22 | More by degerbah
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Brenden

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Dogma is a burnt orange, unpolished bronze sort of color, dark and somewhere in the median between clear and opaque. It develops a sizeable head on the pour, initially rising to a thick two fingers. Retention is good, and it slowly drops to a heavy island of creamy, rocky foam. Lacing is a thick, webby ring followed by some legging and finishing with some pretty thick patching.
The interesting aromatics in this beer are strong, pouring out instantly upon the bottle's opening. Spicing is fairly heavy and the main element. After the spices fall back, the herbal note and something like citrus zest come out with a light floral note. Clearly British in nature, there's a tell-tale mild metallic note right up front.
The taste has the spices and herbs, but actually lets the hops shine in an unexpected way. Floral and earthy notes are strongest, though there's a touch of pine. A sweet note sneaks into the finish, and I think this beer has the most evident cola note in it than I ever recall tasting. There's a light peppery note as well.
Crispness in a medium body leads to a nice smoothness. It's lively without being overcarbonated, and fairly deep overall.

07-25-2013 16:07:45 | More by Brenden
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled medium amber that only forms its eggshell head with a with very vigorous pour.

S-Candied dark fruits and caramel malts. It smells almost cloyingly sweet.

T-The smell is deceptive, as the taste is nowhere near as sweet as it smells. A caramel toffee nuttiness begins the palate followed by the guarana poppy seed combo and a hoppy back end. Alcohol follows in the finish.

M-Lighter than expected...on the lighter side of medium. Balanced carbonation.

D-I'd say this is reasonably drinkable. Unusual, but drinkable. I probably am not going out of my way to buy another any time soon, but it has sparked my curiosity about the brewery and I look forward to seeing what else Brewdog has to offer.

08-04-2009 23:25:55 | More by caddybuyer
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Review from notes over the weekend.

A: Pours a clear pink/red/orange color with a nice frothy, off-white head on top. Pretty good retention and decent lacing. Little carbonation bubbles visibly go from the bottom to the top of my glass.

S: Rather sweet aroma from the honey. There is a floral aspect to it, not floral as in hoppy, but more like actual flowers. A little bit of caramel near the backend.

T: Similar to the aroma, rather sweet tasting, front loaded with honey and some flowers. There is some caramel and a nutty component (probably from the kola nuts). It is a bit toasty as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little thick from the honey, and a little chewy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good, a little on the sweet side, but I liked it more than I was expecting to.

08-22-2011 19:55:34 | More by mdaschaf
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +14%

This one looks great, a deep and bright rusty amber with a glow, nice bubbles, and a massive, 2" high, a tan, thick-froth head, sticks around in impressive fashion, lots of lace and a solid cover of thick foam at all time's. Healthy.

The aroma has a sharp black pepper, earthy aroma with some metallic heat and soft, English-style maltiness. right on. i like a very herbal, spicey aroma in a beer, very belgian-like yeastieness.

The flavor is really unique and interesting to say the least, sharp, crispy black pepper-like yeastieness, light to medium, ultra crisp feel, very nice. English malt, bready with mellow heather honey in the backdrop. good balance, even with all the crazy herbs added, it builds complexity in flavor in this case. kola nut could possibly be that nutty, English-malt effect I'm getting, poppy seeds adds a drying effect in the feel and a dry, earthy flavor and I have no idea how the guarana is effecting the flavor but with any luck I might get a slight speedy buzz too!! The heat is pretty mellow but really adds some nice depth.

I'm really enjoying this puppy!! I'm also really 'into' crispy, simple beers right now so this one hits the spot and is a bit unique.

05-01-2010 21:18:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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asabreed

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A mix between amber and copper, with a raucous off-white head that bubbles all over the place, then dissipates, then leaves thick and thin ringlets all over the glass.

Smell: There's an initial charred grain and earthy presence with some bright sweetness of tropical fruit peaking through, and I think as it warms I can detect some of the poppy seed, but I don't know what kola nut is. That said, some nice and complex sweetness comes through, but nothing seems to be nuanced as much as I'd like, and it seems like there may be too many ingredients in the mix for something harmonious to really take place here.

Taste: What I like here is the balance between sweetness and an earthy hop and grain presence, as it doesn't really go too far to either side. That said, I have a hard time distinguishing what's going on here, except for the presence of honey, which thankfully isn't too terribly sweet, but is definitely noticeable. Some mild fruit ester sweetness and big charred grain flavors at the end, though I'm not sure what this is from. Lingering earthy grains with mild fruit.

Mouthfeel: I'm not sure what's going on here; it may be too many ingredients, or too much honey possible, but it's definitely a little oily and heavy-bodied, because not enough carbonation comes through to balance the slightly syrupy nature of the brew.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly an experiment, and for the relatively cheap price tag -- considering how high the prices are for some of the BrewDog catalog -- I'm glad I picked up a bottle. I got to try, whether in a beer or not, something I've never had, which is always pretty cool. I wouldn't purchase it again, but I did enjoy my time with it.

05-07-2010 21:56:20 | More by asabreed
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

I bought this beer because I read a review of one of their other brews in BeerAdvocate magazine which sounded interesting, because it seems BrewDog is a Scottish brewery inspired by U.S. craft greats, and because the label text seems obviously inspired by particular California breweries of note. To wit: "This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies." Kinda LagunitaStone, no? Also, it's brewed with Scottish heather honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana. Experimental, at the very least.

Didn't expect this, but it looks very Double IPA: burnt rust-orange color with a creamy, bubbly half-inch head. Well-filtered and just a few streaks of lace.

With all those wild ingredients, it sure doesn't smell very exotic. Rather just a dull fruit aroma with a slap of nuttiness that seems to put a fence around what might've been a more assertive smell.

The flavor, however, offers something for the fan of experimental brews. The guarana is probably the most up-front of the stated ingredients, with a super-earthy honey coming a close second. Nut is there and very much asserting its kola-ness, and having had Magic Hat's Odd Notion version that was brewed with poppy seeds, I believe there's a smidgen of those here too (a strained earth/dirt flavor). Inevitably, Dogma brings many tea-like impressions to mind. Take it as you will, but I'm not a huge fan of tea, although I quite like his beer. There's a tartness and a quick drying-out that lets the flavor down, as it just doesn't last long, and the only thing riding through in the finish is puckery unripe fruit. Still, when each sip offers something unusual, I'm in it for the long haul (ie. a full bomber -- no prob).

Mouth is velvety and borders on creamy, though a thinner body keeps it from grabbing much of the attention away from the interesting flavor profile.

Like this a good bit, although wouldn't want it more than occasionally. It has some problems (the puckery finish, unremarkable aroma) but all in all, I like. I like that it's one of few beers that doesn't bring "hops," "malt" or "yeast" to mind yet doesn't lack flavor and depth -- at least not for what it's going for, which is smashing paradigms and style categories. I'm officially interested in trying more BrewDog brews.

06-08-2009 23:15:51 | More by Metalmonk
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a cloudy amber, with a short, lacy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts and a touch of bitterness.

For a beer brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana, I'm not getting much of anything here. Some slightly cloying sweetness, a touch of herbal hops. A very faint honey character emerges at it warms.

A solid beer and enjoyable, but for so many interesting ingredients there's not a lot going on here. Oh well.

01-29-2011 03:06:53 | More by RockyTopHeel
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