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Dogma - BrewDog


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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, fruit, spices, and herbs. Taste is much the same with herbal and cola flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors with the ingredients used.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:16:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"The Declaration of Independence was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others."

--Robert Green Ingersoll

Polished persimmon orange with tangerine trim and a bubbly crown of suds that is equal parts ivory and ecru. The head is visually appealing and is beginning to grace the glass with a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace in BB-shot sheets.

Somewhat odd ingredients result in a somewhat odd aroma. Even though it smells like black pepper is present, it isn't. Must be the kola nut and/or guarana. Scottish heather honey and poppy seeds... no can smell. Different and interesting, but underwhelming. Here's hoping the flavor doesn't come across the same way.

Tough call on the taste score, so let's see how the rest of the bottle shakes out. Dogma is a classic herbed/spiced beer in that it tastes incredibly... uh... herbal and spicy. It's both malty sweet and hoppy bitter (Bramling Cross and Amarillo), which is much better than neither one or only one of the two.

The herb and spice load isn't bad during the upper half of the bottle, but it could become wearying over the entire 500 ml. A smaller vessel might have been the better way to go. Guarana is definitely appreciated. The others.... not so much. If blinded, I would have guessed spruce tips without a second thought.

The mouthfeel is roughly akin to an American IPA. The finish hangs on forever, thanks to what feels like abundant malt sugars. Well-calibrated bubbles don't hurt either.

Despite an offbeat list of ingredients, Dogma is not what-the-hell-were-they-thinking? beer that is too weird for its own good and is undrinkable as a result. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but this BrewDog brew is tasty stuff, as long as you have an adventurous streak.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 14:59:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:42:56 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy color amber ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of weird and not common spice mix is quiet particular. Taste is also quite particular with some weird spices which I am not particularly fond of. Body is about average with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Weird spices and not something I would wish to try again necessarily.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 03:39:47 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I've never had a beer with kola nuts, poppy seeds, and guarana before. Would it really matter?

The beer seems to hold firm to a very solid English Bitter or a strong Mild. Great caramel flavors and aromas that might edge toward toffee. Though flavorful, the beer does not give a lot of residual sweetness, rather simply malty and drinkable.

The hops have a mild herbal flavor but ultimately a sturdy underpinning of bitterness that becomes a bit abrupt at times with a bitey lingering.

Otherwise, the beer has a nice medium fruitiness but not the buttery notes that come along with English style beers. This one seems to have ample carbonation to withstand a great head throughout and nice lacing all the while (most Brewdog beers have been lightly carbonated and not capable of doing so).

A nice English style bitter but the additions of the nuts, seeds, and herbs make little impact.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:53:35 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate light copper color. Some sticky lacing throughout. Nose brings a good dose of honey as well as some citrus, clove, and herbs. A bit spicy. Taste is sweet and spiced. A bit of fruit. Medium body with a carbonation level hat complements the flavors. A bit too much in the end, affecting drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 10:17:39 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:23:04 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed rosy amber with a finger of head that builds up over time, but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is faint, but what can be perceived is pine, pineapple, and ginger. The taste has hints of honey and toffee in its body, with a hoppy pine and bitterness and peppery spiciness hanging on the edges. Overall, a unique melange of tastebud-poking, which, for me, did not sit all that well with my tongue. It is medium-bodied and smooth enough, but the strange flavoring bogs the drinkability down a good deal. An acquired taste, to say the least, but I'd say it's worth the adventure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:29:28 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Dogma
22.4 oz. bottle; "best before 125 - 10 - 04 - 12"
$6.99 @ Joe Canal's Discount Liquor, Egg Harbor, NJ

Nice label. Nice bottle as well, I like the shape. And I like the writing about the beer and the quote from John Locke. It's obviously "Stone" inspired in general, but it's much more literate and witty than most of what Greg Koch has thrown together. Onward...

Brewdog Dogma is a feisty little bitch if I can gather anything from the opening "crack" of the cap. It pours a clear deep-amber body beneath a massive head of frothy, yellowed off-white foam. (I should note at this point that I sampled it at a cellar temperature). The head holds remarkably well. Tiny bubbles can be seen making their way steadily upward and it doesn't seem to have too much carbonation. Partial sheets of lace are left behind.

OK, here we go... smells malty and hoppy. Basic. Caramelish and leafy with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness thrown in. There's something else to it but I can't place it. It seems like a pretty basic beer in general, although I know from reading the label that it's got honey, kola nut, poppy seeds and guarana thrown in. I guess I can see the honey and the poppy seeds, but I'm not even sure what kola nut is except that it's a stimulant that's got more caffeine to it than coffee. And I guess the guarana goes hand in hand with that.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and fairly smooth with just a light tickle on the palate from the median carbonation.

The flavor reveals a lot more than the aroma does, but again, I'm not sure what I'm tasting. It's peppery; and there's a bitterness to it that I'm sure is not coming from hops. The somewhat sugary malt helps to balance that, but it lingers in the aftertaste. And I guess that sugar is coming from the honey. And I do find a bit of nuttiness to it which could be from the kola nut, or might just be from the malts. I also find it much more floral than the aroma suggested. It's a bit toasty and if I had to peg this with a style other than "herbed / spiced" I'd probably go with brown ale, albeit a bit on the lighter side.

So let's break it down. Basic, yet complex. Complex in a way that we're not used to. It's not that it's got depth of flavor, or multiple flavor components going on all together and combining or not combining, it's just that those flavor components aren't exactly clear to our inexperienced palates. And yet, it falls back upon being fairly basic. So, OK, very good, but it's not exactly the kind of beer you'd look to as a basic beer to drink - it's so much more. It's not a session beer. I wouldn't order this out at the pub with the mates; or should I, is that what I'm missing? Is this a kind of response to Red Bull? Is it an "energy drink" via beer? If that's the case, I'll pass, I don't need that gimmick. But I will say it's unique. And I'll say I enjoyed it. I'm still up in the air on the "why" and "what for", but I can still call it as it stands hedonistically: average for a craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:28:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of russpowell


3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit of a gusher, pours an effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Figgyness, raisins & both fall off fairly fast

T: Follows the nose, leafy tobacco, brown sugar & persimmons up front. Some milk toast & jammyness as this warms, plus dryness & a touch of woody hops, a touch of cinnamon & brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks fairly easy despite the fact this didn't quite pull together. This one did nothing for me

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:27:56 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber, almost red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice crystal/roasted malt character along with a strong peppery aroma. I'm not detecting any guarana or kola, although I have no idea what a kola nut is. The taste is decent. It has a dry, fruity flavor that boasts of honey and the guarana fruit. It has a light pale and crystal malt base as well as a mild cracked pepper finish. The taste is unique in that the fruit is so pronounced, but the poppy seed squashes it in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These guys make so damn funky beers. I like strange brews like this one. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but in small doses it quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:48:46 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head with small bubbles.

Sweet mild aroma. Kind of fruit.

Beer is thin in the body, very complicated flavors. The description with kola nuts, tropical fruits, very gruit ale like. Not really my style but this one was quite interesting. No aftertaste, does not finish dry. I probably wouldn't drink it again but I would recommend it to the right person.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:46:45 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:53:53 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a murky brown color with a one-finger, tan head of sudsy foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of herbs - lots of them. I also picked up licorice or maybe anise.

T - It was spicy - herb spicy, not bitter spicy. There was a licorice flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

O - This was not a great beer. It was just odd and unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:19:32 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a flat looking copper brown liquid, there was hardly a head to it at all. The look of the beer boring and kind of flat to me. The smell of the beer is rather muted, nothing really comes through too much on the nose. The taste is sort of like the nose. It had some light herbal notes but again nothing that really screams out to me. The mouthfeel is watery and dull. Overall I was really unimpressed by this brew. It's a shame because I normally enjoy BrewDog quite a bit. This one not so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 20:57:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:20:01 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 19:14:58 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. Moderate head that settles to single layer of bubbles. Leaves a good blanket of lace.

Brown sugar malt with a mild, floral hop bitterness. Light woodsy smell. Smells like a darker American pale ale.

Initially, I detect brown ale malts--roasted nuts, biscuit and toast. The moderate hop level gives this beer a dry mouthfeel. Decent body with an appropriate carbonation level. The finish is lightly bitter and not long lasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:11:25 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a light white head, good lacing.

S: Smoky, fruity notes, berries, poppy seeds, honey for sure.

T: Bit of a roasty malt bitterness to start mixed with honey. Lightly floral in hop character, with some oaky resin in the aftertaste.

M: Thin at times, bitter aftertaste, relatively smooth, a bit of ethanol, meady.

D: An interesting brew, but in the end it didn't qualify its price-tag. Good flavours, but nothing to wow or intrigue the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:17:56 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is one strange bottle of brew right here. some very strange ingredients come together quite well. the pour is a medium copper color, clear, with a few fingers of sudsy khaki head that slowly fades out. I smell the honey, and the rest of the additives sort of produce a green tea smell, which gives some bitter bite to the sweeter red malt bill. the flavor is malt forward, with the sweetness of honey and a floral yeast component. I could tell this is a brewdog beer without ever looking at the label, its got that distinct yeast complexion that is in all of their beers. alcohol is well hidden, but comes out as the beer warms up. this has an aftertaste of some of the herbal infusions my girlfriend makes, slightly bitter, strong, concentrated. I don't get much hops in here, but there is enough going on without them. the body is fuller than medium, but the drinkability is aided by spirited carbonation and the clean finish. without the honey, this beer might be really weird, but the honey meshes well with everything, and brings it all back into harmony. overall a clever beer from brewdog, but not something I need to drink again. props for the ingenuity though!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:59:00 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight (3/10/10) at ChurchKey in DC.

a - Pours a dark amber color. Inch of white head, no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of some honey and spices. Also getting a little bit of what smells like soap to me.

t - Tastes of honey, nuts, and some spice. The nut taste is nice, but interesting mix.

m - Medium body with no carbonation.

d - Wasn't the biggest fan of this one. The smell was a little weird to me, and althought the nutty taste was nice, the honey/nut/spice combo was a mix I wasn't a huge fan of. I wouldn't really look to try this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 03:49:16 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger biege colour head of fair thickness, nice cream, and nice retention. Colour is a murky nontransparent caramel-brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale floral hops, cream, clean malts, toffee, and hints of lactose. Grass. A mild strength aroma.

T: Limited herbs, tropical fruit notes from the hops, clean malts, strange cream, some hop bitterness, overpowering floral hoppy notes, and a clean finish. Quite a mess; it's thrown together instead of balanced. Not real complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decently thick. Okay carbonation. It's strangely coarsely milky, in a weird sort of way. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. Another pretentious failure from BrewDog. It's alright, but I wouldn't get it again. Meh. Where are the herbs?


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 07:02:02 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:27:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet piney nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is complex with malt, sweet licorice, bit of caramel. Best by 3/3/2010. $7.00 for a 22 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 22:38:01 | More by jdhilt
Photo of corby112


2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that very quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves

Sweet and spicy aroma with light fruit notes, peppery spice and subtle sweet honey. There is also an earthy herbal presence that blends well with these other aromas. Maybe even a touch of mint.

There are a lot of complex flavors going on here. There is a very strong floral/herbal minty feel along with some spicy peppry notes, subtle sweet honey, clove, light fruit notes and syrupy medicinal notes. Very complex and interesting but the problem is that it doesn't taste very good. I appreciate the experimentation but this beer should only be sought after by people who are curious to sample it once or those looking to tic.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 05:00:11 | More by corby112
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Dogma from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.