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Dogma - BrewDog

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +39.3%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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sonomaroma, Dec 31, 2011
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R15, Nov 18, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +31.5%

Pours a sparkling copper color with excellent head and great lacing. Nice deep malt scent with wonderful honey tones. Excellent taste; deep and malty, very rich; nice honey flavors with a bit of cola zing to it. Very rich, thick, and flavorful brew that goes down well and only has the slightlest tinge of it's high ABV.

JamesS, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%

Poured into a 16 oz goblet.

Deep orange copper with a two inch frothy white head that dissapates to a 1/2 inch frothy wisp.

Smells of caramel malts, cola syrup and fresh wet grass and earth; Amarillo hop. Very inviting.

Taste is surprisingly well blended malts and hops; earthy with a slight oily mouthfeel. I can detect the guarana which is similar to a coffee bean without the acidity goes quite well with the Amarillo hop profile. There is a wonderful lingering aftertaste unlike anything I have ever enjoyed. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew; the 7.8% ABV is undetectable. As it warms I can detect even more eqarthy spice. Not overwhelming spice character. It is very subtle. The guarana, Kola nut and poppy seed are all stimulants much like coffee. These ingredients are often found in energy drinks. As funny as it sounds I feel a bit energized after quaffing down my first bottle of this stuff. I wish I had another bottle to sample!
THis was very drinkable. Uniqueue and enjoyable I would recommend sharing a bottle with someone who also enjoys a creative craft brew. Loved it!Will buy more.


GordonQuid, Sep 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Mbpike, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Turbodog666, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

archero, Thursday at 12:39 AM
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a very nice head that sticks and laces like a champ; very impressive

Smell: Caramel, fruity/sweet elements (maple, honey, cola, poppy, vanilla) with a piney hop balance

Taste: A bit of caramel on the front end, followed by a range of unusual fruity/sweet flavors (maple, cola, honey, poppy and vanilla); by mid-palate, the piney hop adds balance; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors blend together nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this beer; the bitterness is not unusual but the sweet flavors are really interesting

brentk56, May 23, 2011
Photo of phillipzayas
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

A - Very nice red color. Nice white head. Very clear.

S - wow. this was a nice smell. It was fruity and nutty and sweet all at the same time. GREAT JOB!!

T - Tastes almost as nice as it smells. All the flavors of the honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana come together quite nicely to make something unique like I have never had before.

M - Good mouthfeel. A bit low on the carbonation. A little lighter than what I expect from a spiced beer. Not dry finish which is fine.

D - Very nice. It is light on the stomach and great on flavor. Not a beer to enjoy on a hot day, but a good beer to enjoy on a rainy day. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd pair it with some sweets like cake or tiramisu. Very nice.

I really enjoyed this one from Brewdog. I will definitely purchase it again.

phillipzayas, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of scroteau
4.38/5  rDev +22%

First time I've tried this beer and am very impressed. The clarity is surprising considering the malts and other adjuncts used in this beer. Mouthfeel is clean and velvety almost like you know there's honey here but not quite sure if it's really there. 7.8 abv are you kidding me there isn't a hot spot in this beer. The 65 ibu's and the malt/honey sweetness is well balanced not at all cloying like Midas Touch. There is definitely a spicy aroma, but again it's a pleasant alomost peppery aroma that sets of the sweet aroma of the crytal malts really well. There is a slight acridness in the finish probably from the roasted barley. The finish reminds of a sweet imperial stout. I'd drink this beer any time.

scroteau, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of patobandito
4.38/5  rDev +22%

Pours a reddish brown with about a finger of white-ish head. Smell is...interesting. hard to place what exactly it is that I am smelling. Taste is good, although a bit thinner than i thought it would be, but very tasty. I can get the honey sweetness, but I dont really sense much of the other flavors described on the bottle. I am not a huge fan of herbed beers, but this one is mighty tasty.

patobandito, May 10, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

Dogma pours a cloudy dark copper color with a huge, rocky off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a glass coated in netted lace.

The aroma is flowery and sweet with notes of honey and brown sugar.

This medium bodied beer is soft and slick on the palate with an effervescent fizz on the tongue. Dry finish. The flavor is much like the aroma. Flowery with sweet honey and some biscuit malt to balance it out. It finishes dry and slightly bitter with some grassy hops and a touch of bitterness. Once gone the flowery honey lingers on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a cup of tea made with honey. It's very complex and delicious.

WanderingFool, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Amber-gold, shimmering with sunset yellows and oranges, topped with a lacy, parchment-colored head. Wonderfully fruity, floral, grassy, and herbal nose - the heather honey really shines, with pleasantly soapy notes of thyme, lavender, and rose. This is possibly the most flowery beer I've ever smelled, with the possible exception of Avatar Jasmine IPA. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well, betraying the brewers' fetish for American hoppage (no complaints there!). Strong and bitter, yet restrained and balanced. Grapefruit pith and heather dominate, allowing for the thorny spice of noble hops, the volatile herbal kick of poppy, and the bubblegum fruitiness of guarana. Sweet with honey and biscuity grain, yet dry, with a light carbonation helping to perforate the sugars. Interesting and very flavorful; not quite as layered as I'd hoped, but a lovely, fun, and intriguing ale.

soulgrowl, Sep 08, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

330ml bottle from Sainsbury's into a straight glass.

Nice warm clear amber colour, with almost no head. Modest carbonation. Lovely aroma og honey, heather, grapefruit and citrus generally. Interesting complex mix of flavours and a nice lingering aftertaste. For once, sweetness really works well in a beer.

crowncapcollect, Sep 08, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

The best BrewDog beer I've had so far (out of eight). Brown 330mlk bottle, just out of date (best before 15 Sept, drank and reviewed 22 Oct).

The first beer in one of my random reviewing evenings, poured into a 'Corsendonk' badged stemmed tulip glass.

Light hazey body of dark amber with an off-white head that left some lacing as I downed the beer.

If I hadn't known better I'd have guessed Belgian from start to finish. It just seemed so Belgian, the aroma was of Belgian yeasts with a faint hint of sweetness.

The taste a semi-sweet, medium bodied beer that just gave a trace of honey flavours before a mini bitterness appeared as the mouth dries.

Very, very drinkable.

BlackHaddock, Oct 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

KarlMcGowan, Apr 17, 2013
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FriedSlug, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

DoubleSimcoe, May 26, 2013
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ohyayitstrey, Nov 05, 2013
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decay_of_mind, May 13, 2012
Photo of endincolorado
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Clear, deep copper color with off-white head that settles quickly. Nice lace.

Sweet bready malt in the aroma. Interesting spice and herbal notes. Reminds me a bit of a pumpkin ale. Faint hazelnut.

Excellent flavors, controlled spice- poppyseed is evident. slight hoppy dryness on finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation.

An interesting, flavorful brew. Would buy again.

endincolorado, Mar 24, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

A - Pours a really beautiful amber into my pint glass with a foamy head. Relatively nice lacing.

S - Sweet honey and spice, hops, bread, malts, very herbal.

T - This beer is complex and delicious. Nice bite from the hops, followed by honey and almost a peppery spiciness. As it mellows in the mouth it leaves you with sweet malts and a nice bitterness.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, a bit sharp on the tongue. I really like the bite, then the sweet, then the bitter.

D - This beer is very drinkable and very enjoyable. Complex with many layers to enjoy!

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.2/5  rDev +17%

Glad I picked this one up. Unique beer for sure and reasonably priced at $8.

Appearance: Orangey and brown, almost like low-grade pancake syrup. Lots of frothy head that goes away somewhat quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Malty and caramel first and fore most. There are hints of other flavors here too (this is brewed with kola nuts and poppy seeds), but it is almost hoppy tones that I'm picking up. Floral, herbal, and citrus rind smells are there.

Taste: Curious taste. First flavors are definitely malty and caramel sweet, but before that becomes too much, the hops bill and spices balance it nicely. I can really get the kola nut flavors too, but the hops are really what play a subdued, yet substantial role in the beer. Starts malty sweet, but all the other members of the party show up to keep it from taking over.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is surprising light for a near 8% brew. It feels like a pale ale or lager in body style when drinking. Also, the flavors grow more complex as you drink. The nuts, herbs and hops continually grow to help tamp down the sweet malt.

Overall: I really like this brew, but can understand why other may not. It does have an almost cola taste to it at times, but don't worry. This is a beer with notes of subtle flavors that are all over the map in a great, unique way and a perfect body to carry the flavors.

soze47, Feb 27, 2011
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Dogma from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.