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Dogma - BrewDog

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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 spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BrewDog talks a lot and has a great imagination when it come to brewing different styles. A vibrant golden amber with a pretty good head. All the ingredients that went onto this and not one of them stand out. They blend together well though. The taste is similar but at the same time has lots if character. Tastes like an IPA with funky, tasty profiles. Medium body with a full flavor. As it warms in the glass, flavors expand and grow into their own. The honey is a bit more noticeable.
I have had other BrewDog beers and most are decent. This is comparable. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:23:48 | More by spree92
Photo of trixdout

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 16:05:12 | More by trixdout
Photo of FriedSlug

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

12-02-2013 01:35:16 | More by FriedSlug
Photo of bminor7

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

A - clear honey brown...no foam.

S - not much smell...something of a weakly fragrant IPA. upon warming, some hemp-like qualities. people walking into the room kept asking "what is that smell" I'd reply "does it smell like marijuana?" they'd say "yes" I'd say "it's this beer"

T - bitter, yet sweet. i don't know what kola nuts taste like, but this tastes a bit like marijuana to me. not that i've eaten it before.

M - fair, not notable mouthfeel.

D - ABV not detectable, so drinkability is OK

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:46:07 | More by bminor7
Photo of blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dogma...Wow. What can I say. Honey, kola nut, guarana, and poppy seed. Quite an adventurous brew.

Pours out as a nice amber red color. Pretty.
Head is about half and inch and last a decent amount of time before fading to a nice lacing.

Smells of caramel and...pepper? Not much there. Very faint.

Now here we go! Lets give it a whirl!

Mouth feel is OK. Not bad. Nothing special. About what I would expect.

Taste is very unique...Obviously. I can tell the honey and guarana are there, but you really have to look for them. No Idea what kola nut tastes like. Every flavor you can pick out up front is quickly overpower by the poppy seed. The poppy lasts a loooong time. Finishes with a decent bitterness.

Very different.
Very interesting.
Wouldn't drink it every time I hit the pub, but it's one I would ave here and there.
It's one I would recommend.
Put it one your bucketlist or whatever.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:03:06 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of BostonBrewins


4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent amber with a white head. Doesn't appear to be many carbonation bubbles.

S- Smells very strongly of sweet honey. Some undertones of spice are there too. A really nice aroma.

T- Sweet, flavorful honey gives way to a very spicy and fairly complex finish. I really enjoyed the progression from sweet to spiciness.

M - Low carbonation level and low to medium bodied. Smooth and silky.

D - A flavorful and smooth brew makes for a very drinkable beer experience. A nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:59:29 | More by BostonBrewins
Photo of earthboundagain


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Notes

Well I am not an expert of spiced beers, so I will try my best with this review. I thought this beer was interesting to say the least. It has a lot going on flavor wise and I am not sure that all these flavors should be contained in the same bottle. The beer was different and unique, and I would drink it again with some friends, but I could not do another bomber alone. I will try this one again down the road and see if things have changed.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 19:23:32 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of christopheraknox


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-30-2011 23:49:51 | More by christopheraknox
Photo of BeerTruck


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-09-2012 21:58:08 | More by BeerTruck
Photo of lou50rp


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich orange color with an off-white head. Head retention, not great, but decent lacing.
Smell is sweet and fruity
Taste is spicy with a bit of pepper. Good finish with a hint of hops at the end.
mouth feel is medium, with a bit of creaminess.
A drinkable beer at any time of the year

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 21:45:17 | More by lou50rp
Photo of petacutlasaurus


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer recently - one of BrewDog's cheaper offerings. Greater than average carbonation, a little bit of foam in the head, dark, honey brown color. On tasting, it was surprisingly refreshing. The nut and honey tastes are blended in well with the medium to light body and the even lighter fruit tastes. Maybe it's the guarana, but the beer's got a nice little bit of kick that sets it apart from similar tasting brews. Overall, I enjoy it, but I'm not sure it's balance is spot on. There are a lot of flavors here that are all great in their own right, but together, it seems like they're reaching too many different directions.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:59:53 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of EtOHMD


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the other side, boston into tulip glass. Deep copper reddish color with small white head and visible carbonation bubbling up. Mainly floral smell with hints of pleasant mustiness. Nicely complex taste with floral tones, brewed tea, slight alcohol. Overall thin feel. Kind of tastes like an alcoholic fruity floral iced tea, in a good way. More than pleased to have one but not more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 21:00:36 | More by EtOHMD
Photo of TrevorWGrover


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-09-2012 23:36:33 | More by TrevorWGrover
Photo of PissWarmChango


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2011 22:15:11 | More by PissWarmChango
Photo of Heminoolo


1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

09-23-2012 12:46:37 | More by Heminoolo
Photo of eriktoyra


2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The color is deep orange, almost red. I can see small bubbles in the liquid. The head is thick, about one finger high and white. The head slowly dissolves and leaves lots of lacings on the glass.

S: Smells strawberries, a bit of alcohol, wheat and maybe some honey. I can smell spices and lots of different hops. Maybe Sorachi Ace?

T: A bit peppery at the start. Almost like they have added black pepper. I can feel a lot of honey after the second sip. Wheat bread and toffee is also present. Finishes off with a lot of alcohol. Surprisingly since the ABV is not extremely high.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Slightly oily. It's almost too carbonated to my liking.

O: I'm not very fond of this beer. It seems unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:16:43 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of Boitnott

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to my local beer seller and and asked for an odd beer. I wanted something intriguing and inspiring and this one caught my eye. Brewdog has a limited offering in my area, and if there is something then it is over $8 for a 12-oz. I picked this one up and poured into a DFH Snifter.

At first glance it has a dark orange color with creamy inch high head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is nice, but does not last throughout. Upon a taking a sniff, I began to wonder if this was a Wild Ale. Of course it is not, and this smell largely comes from the guarana. A faint smell of honey also persists, and I can best describe this as unique.

The nose does not have much going on with it. Some faint tastes of the guarana and poppy in the nose but not enough to enlighten the palate. However it really blossoms in the finish. The guarana adds wonders to the overall taste and the notes of honey balance out its harshness. The only issue is the tasteless nose. Without a distinguished opening this beer fails to excel to greatness.

The ABV is unnoticeable with the guarana and other flavors. The carbonation is slightly lower than I would like, but not enough to make it a bad drink. Overall I am pleased with Brewdog's attempt to be unique in beer world that at times overrun with IPAs and typical stouts. Not a bad brew if you are feeling risky.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:36:38 | More by Boitnott
Photo of Flowyn82


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-03-2012 01:51:17 | More by Flowyn82
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:51:43 | More by patobandito
Photo of nickfran

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-10-2013 20:43:44 | More by nickfran
Photo of Boneheadmx


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to a hazy, reddish tan with a beautiful cream colored, 2-finger head that lasted throughout the drink.

Smell is very fruity, with hints of honey and prunes. Very hard to detect any hops.

Taste is very malty with a balanced bite of hops. Very surprising as I didn't notice it very much in the smell. The bitterness lingers a bit and gives way to a pleasant and subtle warm sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, with just the right amount of carbonation (very little).

Drinkability I would say isn't super high, but overall is still a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 07:56:36 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of rmolledo


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: copper in color, no head at all. slightly hazy.

S: honey, caramel, hops, and malt

T: upfront is almost like a scottish ale but then you get this rush of exotic flavors. Not sure what a guarana is but i'm thinking that is what is lending the tropical fruit flavors to this beer. Great balance of hop bitterness and sweetness. get a little bit of lingering astringency possibly from roasted grains.

MF: fairly light to moderate mouthfeel.

D: a fun to try beer but not a session beer by any means. For the gravity it is very smooth, I don't get any alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:43:54 | More by rmolledo
Photo of ceetee26

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-12-2012 07:54:25 | More by ceetee26
Photo of ClassicBrad


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brownish red into my DFH Signature glass. Soapy head with sparing strands of lace. The head, even though its not the heartiest, does stick around for the entire beer (not sure if the beer or the amazing glass is to thank for that).

Smell is very pleasant; honey, spices, and a little kiss of hop. The honey is such a smooth, warming scent.

Taste is of green herb and other spices that catch you off guard. The honey definitely hits the palate in a good way. Almost feels like it covers your tongue. I wanna say that I can taste the poppy seed's bitter, toasty spice come through in the back of the mouth, but at the same time don't think I would have suggested so if I had not read the bottle, haha. But wow! You definitely get that green herb sensation when you breathe out after a gulp.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and almost spicy. This beer definitely leaves my mouth differently than it found it. There's some real aftershock of spice and honey.

Drinkability-- considering the alcohol content and ambitiously unique blend of unorthodox ingredients-- is surprisingly inviting. I'm tackling this bomber by my lonesome and will certainly be sad to see it leave. Oh well... plenty of beer in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 01:21:17 | More by ClassicBrad
Photo of Doomfag

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-17-2013 14:14:52 | More by Doomfag
Dogma from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.