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Dogma - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
82
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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.4%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

djrn2, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in appearance but when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass appear to be very dark brown. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to have a little sweetness from the honey with notes of dark fruits along with hints of kola nuts and toffee. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a brown ale compared to a herbed/spiced beer so I'm not sure if this beer was aged and this mellowed out the hoppy and herbal flavors. In any event, it was rather easy to drink and had some interesting aromas and flavors.

Note: Batch 209

metter98, May 29, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
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

brentk56, May 24, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaydoc, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

oberon, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

zeff80, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

StonedTrippin, May 12, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-red body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - An aroma of caramel with a little spice. Some pepper, cinnamon, cloves and spicy yeast.

T - Toffee and caramel malts up front. Some peppery flavors in the middle that mix well with the toffee and the beginning of spicy, pine hops. Finishes with more peppery yeast/spice character and now more musty, british/saison hop character. Lingering pepper and allspice flavors with a little musty hop character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not sure what to make of this, the Kola nut is the only one of the spices that I can even begin to recognize by flavor and I don't particularly get it in this beer. It seems like they used a reasonable degree of restraint with the spices to keep them in balance with the malt and hops. The spice character that I do get seems to come as much from yeast and actual spice additions and the herbal/musty hops work well with the peppery character in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of a spiced saison. Overall this beer is pretty drinkable and much more coherent than I feared it might be. Worth trying, though I can't say I feel the need to stock my cellar with a case of these.

nickfl, Jan 15, 2010
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Dogma from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.