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Dogma - BrewDog

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.
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Photo of CampusCrew
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark amberish, orange tint. resembled an IPA possbily. low head retnetion

Aroma - did not smell much, sublte honey

Taste - a taste of grain sweetness at the front with an uncomfortable metal taste. I did not pick up anyhting other than some honey. Finishes dry, a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, about medium body

Drinkability - disappointing

Photo of phillipzayas
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold/cloudy orange with a small head on top of a mild honey and herbal spice aroma. Medium-bodied beer that is balance, with sweetness up front and then a tart citric backbite that is really dry and cuts sharp. Tastes good overall but the heavy backbite is a bit of a drag. Mild spices mixed with mild herbal hops and malts make for an OK brew but not one that is incredible.

Photo of Xul
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with brown hues, capped by a shortlived single finger white head.

S: Fairly subdued, albeit pleasant nose. Bready malt base accentuated by spices - honey is the dominant spice, followed by a poppy seed scent and some subtle piney aspects.

T: Malt up front with a lot of honey character and a subtle sweetness. Transitions into spices in the middle and finishes with a well-balanced bitterness with the piney aspects from the nose coming through in a stronger way.

M: Medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.

D: The smooth finish and subtle sweetness make this very quaffable.

Photo of drinksandeats
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at Derby St. Liquors, Hingham Mass.

A - Poured an amber/brown color. Surprisingly hazy. Not much head.

S - Strong pleasant smell of warm honey, malt, hops, and a bit of coffee.

T - At first, the beer was very bitter and hoppy. This faded to a sweeter, cocoa taste on the back end. Definitely a beer with two acts.

M - A bit too much hop bitterness clung to the teeth, but the beer felt smooth, sweet, and interesting.

D - Pretty darn good. A lot of tastes to keep the drinker interested.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area. Batch 196, Best Before 3/3/10.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with good legs and average lacing. Aroma is sweet, with prevalent spices. Taste begins sweet, but quickly gives way to heavy tartness and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, with drinkability being limited by the tartness some for me. Interesting beer, but probably not something I'd search out again.

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, orange red colour with a fluffy, tight ivory head. The head dissipates to a thick but consistent film.

Sweet with some floral hop character. A hint of orange. A light herbal note plays out but I can't identify it. Slighly woody.

Hmmmm, I don't really know what to say. There is definately some light malt, a bit of hops and some 'herbs' but the whole thing sort of fails to come together. It is a bit watery with a strong lingering bitterness. The toffee maltiness only lasts for a few seconds. That said it seems to do what it says it does.

Lightish body with moderate carbonation. A bit watery.

As a whole it doesn't work for me. It is perfectly drinkable and doesn't put me off but it lacks direction and clarity. It seems like Brewdog have tried too hard to be extreme and in the process failed to make a good beer. I normally really like these guys but they can't make it work here.

Reconsideration: A second bottle (this time the 660ml format) proves nicer. Bigger, toffee malts, less harsh herb flavours and a better mouthfeel all make this beer a better drink.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #99, best by 16/12/10. Poured from bomber into a Unibroue tulip. One finger of off-white head relaxes on the surface of the body for a decent length of time before fading. Soapy lacing sticks to the side of the glass for quite a while. Aroma is sweet, pleasant, refreshing, unique, almost like honey-butter. Actually, very much like honey-butter. Taste is moderately sweet with some interesting spices. I assume I'm tasting guarana, since I don't think I've ever tasted it before. I get the kola nut taste but poppy seeds I don't taste. Interesting mixture of flavor, that's for sure. Style points and creativity points must be added. Remarkably well hidden ABV, almost no trace of alcohol. Interesting and tasty brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a darkened tengerine color. Conservative head, not able to whip up much. Some spotty lacing, a partial cover of rather large bubbles, and a fairly sticky collar.

Aroma - light, but spicy, like something from the kitchen you'd use for beef or chicken. A faint touch of standard sweetness but this one isn't giving away any details.

Taste - a taste of grain sweetness at the front, some indistinct flavors following. I didn't know what to expect from kola nut and guarana going in, and I'm no closer to understanding them at this point. There's something there, I just can't figure it out. The swallow goes hoppy, dry and nearly medicinal, but stays interesting too. Finishes dry, a touch of sweetness, about the same as during the swallow, though I did eventually get a taste of the poppy at the very end, at the beer's warmest.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, about average body and weight.

Drinkability - okay stuff, just not all that endearing.

Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 660 ml bottle into a nonic. "batch 099 best before 15/12/10" stamped onto back of label.

A- Color is a slightly hazy amber. Pours with ~1 finger of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- Spicy, slightly piney hoppiness followed closely by sweet, malty notes.

T- A barrage of herbs and spices, followed by a distinctly honey sweetness. Quite unique to my experiences, and a bit difficult to individually pick out the various flavors. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is not particularly noted.

M- Moderate carbonation with a bit of crispness to it. Medium to medium-light feel, with a bit of oily slickness.

D- Good. I probably wouldn't want to make a session out of this beyond a 660ml, or even to have it with any real regularity- but it was a pleasant, interesting, easy enough drink that was an enjoyable diversion from the beaten path.

Future outlook: Dunno. Was good, and a quite unique experience...might have to pick up again and see how it wears the second time.

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  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.

Photo of Travlr
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was orange with a large white head and tremendous lacing.
Aroma was very subtle, but had notes of licorice and anise, with a hint of black pepper.
Taste was similar to apple juice and sand, very subtle almost to the point of being bland. Little finish.
Medium body. Too light for my taste.

Photo of JamesS
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a fairly vigorous pour, I managed to get a small head on this, though it faded soon. The color is orange-red, a bit hazy. The nose offers some moderate caramel malt, some earthy hops, and an unidentifiable spiciness--actually, it makes me think of a wet tea bag. The taste is pretty ESB-like: light caramel malt, earthy hoppiness, and a bit of diacetyl at the end, with a rounded fruitiness. I can't tastes any of the other spices mentioned. Body is definitely a bit on the watery side, though that too feels a like a traditional English draught beer.

Photo of DerBayer
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this truly tasyes like a herbed/spiced beer but is somewhat on the bitter side.

There is little balancing malt character but the herbs are quite pleasant and NOT medicinal.

I liked the beer OK overal but the mouthfeel is a bit thin and not as refreshing as it could be.

The drinkability suffers from the slightly unbalanced taste and the thinnish mouthfeel.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is oddly spicy, like an old easy chair, or a straw hat, or my parent's attic, or it actually kind of reminds me of fertilizer or insecticide... That's probably the worst description I've written, and I'm very interested in taking a sip. Reading the label, that must be the kola nut and/or poppy seeds, and I now recognize the guarana from my high school energy drink days. Smells unusually interesting.

Pours supremely clear ruby caramel color with mild head. Looks good.

Taste follows the nose, oddly enough, and has lots of odd things going on. Part of me wonders if this is fit for human consumption, but I'll keep going. Tart and fruity, plastic and chemical, malty and bizarre. Mild bitterness and sweetness. Moderately tea-like. There's definite notions of guarana, or what I assume must be guarana from the unusual likeness to Bawls energy drink. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

Dogma doesn't really taste like a beer, it tastes like something I've never tasted before and it's pretty good.

Photo of cypressbob
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, served chilled

Pouring with an amber body, little maroon hints on the edges. Bubbly fluffy head, settling to a fine whisp. Not overly carbonated a might add

Spicy honey sweetness on the nose, almost some malt extract before it goes in the boil. Oily almost buttered toast along with fresh lavender and some beefy hops.

Taste is herbal with a touch of heather followed by a good wallop of meaty, dry hops followed once again by a chunky malt character. When I first tried this it had reminders of Stone's Arrogant Bastard and I noted that Amarillo hops are big on the bill in this ale also. A slightly vinous note and a little bit of sweetness and caramel on the finish.

A warming strong ale. The additions are noticeable but certain don't push this into 'heather ale' territory, the hops make sure they have their rightful place.

Photo of Twitchsey
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with a cream colored head. There is a strong spice characteristics to the aroma, with a hint of grassy/pine. Overall though the aroma is very subtle, and bordering mild.

Medium amount of lacing as the head dies down.

Initial taste is that of spices, followed by a sweetness similar to honey, and ending with a strong pine/hop bitterness. The spice characteristic persists as the hop characteristic dissipates, and has an exotic feel to it.

Taste overall is fairly mild, making it easy to drink and fairly enjoyable to sit down with for the evening. though the spices can be overpowering at times.

Unique tasting, definately would be something I would try a second time, or share with friends. Recommended if you want to try something outside of the norm.

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a hazy red-amber body with virtually no head. Smells nutty with caramel and brown sugar. Tastes nutty with some vegetal hops, some caramel and brown sugar with notes of licorice. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not sure what to make of this one. Odd mesh of flavors... Not bad, just very unique. Not bad, but not sure if I'd get again.

Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint 6.4 oz. bottle that I bought at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio a few weeks ago. Stamp on label suggests Batch "C 99" and "best before" date of 16/12/10. I do not recall the price.

A Very light brown one inch head over a glowing orange brown translucent body that is a bit basic really. 3.0

S I get some bourbon like notes but I think that this could be because of the unique collection of the spices and scents that come together to mimic a bourbon smell. Honey, Kola Nut, poppy seed and gaurana are the spices that I refer to. I certainly also get an alcohol kick (part of my perceived bourbon scent). I like this smell. 4.5

T Well, there is a sweetness gained from the honey but is in the same taste spectrum as maybe some maple syrup, some alcohol and then a strong grain presence as well which gave it a bit of a burlap bag (or maybe that should be a Triscuit) feel of grainy roughness but the grains are in the back, behind the sweet malt and alcohol. This beer is nothing if not interesting. 4.0

M Moderate to big beer with that grainy feel near the end and the reasonably high ABV. 4.0

D Well I will finish the bomber but this is a big beer, one that no one would drink repeatedly, if not just for the bigness of it the likely cost (I vaguely recall something in the $7.99 to $9.99 range). 2.5

Notes: Interesting beer from BrewDog with a bourbon like smell, big malt sweetness, some grainy roughness but an ABV level which is not well hidden. This is the "biggest" spiced beer that I can recall drinking.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ruby amber pour (nice hue!), small head though.
Honey is quite noticeable on the aroma, along with treacle-like malty notes. Theres some spicy herbal hints, not sure if that's poppy or guarana? Some syrupy kola hints and peppery goodness. Very nice!
Flavours are similar, with creamy honey, toasty dark malts, a fair bit of toffee and some peppery and herbal notes.
Good velvety smooth body, great moderately low carbonation. Works perfectly!
Pretty damn sessionable, hardly any hint of the alcohol.

Photo of thepeter
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep red amber with a minimal head that consisted of larger light bubbles and foam.

S - pretty faint aroma's of citrus (lemon), honey, herbal notes, and a bit of earthiness.

T - Citrus hops, pine needles, cola, a bit of alcohol warmth and a nutty (Kola nut) finish.

M&D - A bit of a heavy feel to it, moderate carbonation and smooth. I feel like the honey somehow is noticeable here, but maybe that's just in my mind. I could drink a couple but will not go out of my way.

Very interesting mix of flavors. Just not sure if it is what I am looking for. Either way I love the experimentation and applaud Brewdog for having balls and taking chances.

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