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Abstrakt AB:02 - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
83
good

19 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale.

(Beer added by: thepeter on 06-20-2010)
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Photo of MasterSki
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks(?) to Jason for sharing this. #1175 of 3600. Bottled June 16th, 2010. An 18% "triple-hopped" Imperial Red Ale - what could possibly go wrong?

A - Some quick-dissipating bubbles settle to...nada. Dark, opaque, red-brown body. Wasn't expecting much considering the alcohol, and I didn't get much either.

S - Cotton candy, booze. Smells like an out-of control Irish red ale, with treacle, burnt sugars, and a retarded amount of alcohol. Smells like Jolly Rancher Liquor. Maybe there were hops here, but they're probably long gone.

T - The taste is horrendous - far worse than I expected from the aroma. Bitter walnut, fusel alcohol, burnt tires, and more alcohol. Maybe even a bit of astringent hop bitterness. It didn't make me gag, so I guess it's a bit better than some White Birch beers I've had.

M - Surprisingly thin medium body for the high ABV, minimal carbonation, intense alcohol burn, sticky texture.

D - Pretty much undrinkable. I poured this out after maybe 2-3 sips, and I think Jason managed to choke down even less. Perhaps this was a bit better when it was fresh, although I can't imagine how it would be.

MasterSki, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of bark
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

bark, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

spicelab, May 28, 2013
Photo of rarbring
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clouded light brown, an off-white small head, no lacing and small curtains.

A lot of smell in this one, a hoppy haze with sweet grape-fruits, soy sauce, peas and some tea.

A sweet bread start, apricots, sherry, even alcohol, bitter grape-fruit seeds.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a big body, a small dry finish.

Not an easy brew, a bit unbalanced.

rarbring, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of thepeter
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got a chance to try this at the Release Party at the Cask and Kitchen. I would have called it an Imperial Red Ale that is VERY well hopped. Deep amber red color and a nice thin head that did not last long. Smelled of hops, a bit of malt and then more hops, a bit of pine resin but not much more. The taste was all hops a slight amount of booze, which is amazing as it this was 18%! Not really all that much character or depth of flavors and little balance. Still this is an Imperial Triple dry hopped Red ale and Balance may not be what they were going for. Felt very nice in the mouth, good medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability may be low but it is very strong in both alc% and flavor.

thepeter, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bsuedekum, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Bottle #2145/3600, bottled on 6/16/10. A triple dry-hopped imperial red ale...okay...right on. It pours a slightly murky ruby-garnet topped by a finger of wan tan foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, dank greens, deep pine resin, dank wood, light biscuit, and dark honey (...the hell does that mean...?). There's a vague mustiness involved in all of it. The taste holds notes of pine resin, dark greens, light cocoa, toasted rye bread, toasted caramel, light toffee, light menthol, and a palpable feeling of booze. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, an interesting brew, but one that seems too strong for its own good (in a number of ways). Not bad, but nothing I'm gonna seek out again. An experience, I suppose.

TMoney2591, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of crnipeter
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit uncertain how to rate this beer (classed as American Strong Ale here on BA) as it seems to resemble English Barleywine/Old ale more than anything else.

Pours hazed coppery body with almost non-existent beige loose head of agglomerated bubbles.

Nose is strongly malty with biscuity-caramel character and exhibits powerful dried fruits and sweet orange oil-like aroma, and even chocolaty notes. Evident are earthy hops. Considering its 18% ABV and the brewer, alcohol is well hidden.

Full bodied with mild carbonation and warming alcohol. Flavor exhibits dried fruits and caramel-biscuity malt whose sweetness is counterbalanced by evident (earthy) hop-bitterness and a bit too hot alcohol warmth, while finish remains on the sweet side.

crnipeter, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of shambeano
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a friend. been holding on to it since it came out. poured into a unibroue tulip.

A- pours a very dark brown with about 1 cm of relatively fluffy head that slowly subsides to a very thin film. very thick and dark in the glass. interesting.

S- Initially sweet malt, but followed by a strong alcohol kick. touch of dark fruit and raisin. but mainly sweetness and alcohol.

T- straight up again, a whole bunch of sweet malt. still very boozy. underneath the booze there is some hop presence, bitter and a touch citric, but it comes only after getting used to the booze. very resiny.

M- although there is a touch of carbonation, its pretty thick. Bitterness is lingering, finishing pretty dry. a fair amount happening in the mouth.

O- There is a lot of alcohol in here, but not as much as i was expecting for the ABV. Straight up its sweet malt and alcohol, but underneath the hops and other flavours come through, but the alcohol does take some getting used to, and is still pretty dominant.

shambeano, May 03, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.75/5  rDev +3%

danieelol, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, sticky, toffee aroma with dark fruit notes. Rounded, resinous hop character too. Interesting.

Slightly hazy, red-amber colour with a nice, moderate sized tan head. Decent head retention.

This is interesting. Resinous, piney, smoky and oily, I don't quite know what to make of this. The intense malt and alcohol character almost hits me as a coffee note and the deep toffee flavour is really interesting. Big bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Interesting.

This is an interesting beer. It doesn't have the big, fresh hop character I expected but the interplay of malt and hops with alcohol that I get here is truly interesting and I like it.

dgilks, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky cherry hue with decent carbonation that leaves a quick dissapearing head and little lacing,the aroma is floral and sweet with notes of fruity,piney hops and some boiled candy and brown sugar,it has medium bodied mouthfeel which is very sticky and has a very sweet upfront taste with flavours of boiled candy,brown sugar,caramel,passionfruit and is rounded out by a pine needle hoppy bitterness,overall its a nice drop thats 18%ABV hides very well but due to that,its stickyish mouthfeel and its exspensive price i dont think it would have a regular spot in my fridge,interesting though.

ADZA, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of paxton1978
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tasting glass from the fridge and sipped as it warmed. Really nice caramel colour with a creamy beige head that pleasingly stuck around longer than i thought it would. Smells like a heavy rye- like red's rye on crack, but with a delicious juicy edge- some figs in there, i think. Mouthfeel is nice and soft at first, but is marred by a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. There are several nice complexities in the taste, but i got quite a bit of alcohol off it. It'll be interesting to see how this ages- i suspect the booze will soften and allow the underlying complexities to shine through, but at the expense of the hop flavour. Still a winner though!

paxton1978, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle 18% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottle 3043/3600
Bottled on 16/06/2010

I am really looking forward to this beer - as I love huge beers like this and I love Brewdog!

Appearance: Deep, opaque mahogany brown body with red/oranges edges when backlit. Surprisingly a rough pour yields a small white head that lasts most of the way down and leaves quite a few spots of lacing (impressive for an aged 18% beer!). Some alcohol legs are also visible after swirling.

Smell: Wow, massive nose. I could smell this from the second I got the cork out. Rich caramel, toffee, brown sugar, lots of candied citrus peel, booze soaked dark fruits (raisins and plums) and some pine resin are all well noted. As the beer warms more resiny notes are present as well as a light smoky burned character.

Taste: Initially sweet dark caramel, treacle and dark fruits (distinct plum notes), followed by more candied citrus peel and some pine resin. The finish is fairly bitter and well lasting.

Mouthfeel: Wow, the body is surprisingly light for such a big beer. I was expecting it to be heavy and syrupy, but in fact the body is medium with some light stickiness. The very low level of smooth carbonation is just about perfect.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would happily buy it again were it available.

Thehuntmaster, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin foamy off white head, dark amber with golden brown hues. Head recedes slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Strong citrus (cascade?) hops lead, decent sweet malt undertones, some alcohol notes

Orange/Lemon and Grassy flavors, citrusy with hints of caramel malts and some slight roast, sweet on top with bitter undertones that build to the finish with a growing earthy presence. Alcohol definitely makes its presence known, but balances well with the complex hop bitterness and partial malt profile.

Light body and medium carbonation, smooth.

A very delicious and interesting beer, definitely too strong for a regular drinking beer, but an excellent beer to have on rare occasion or when in the mood for something complex and impressive.

breweryaprntc13, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a nice tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacings.

S: Lots of dark dried frutis and molasses, as it should be considering the high ABV. The caramell malt is sweet, and roasted. The floral as well as the bitter American hops are really heavy. Citric and piney.

T: Lots and lots of hops, piney and citric, but also bitter. Sweetness from the malt and dark dried fruits. But this beer is all about the trippel dry hopping.

M: Medium to full body and very low carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and is at first sweet and bitter but soon it's only bitter.

D: If you can make a 18% ABV beer that doesn't smell or taste like alcohol you must know what you're doing. The hops are overpowering but a very nice and interesting beer, nevertheless.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

mdagnew, Sep 06, 2012
Abstrakt AB:02 from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.