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Dogma (7,4%) - BrewDog

Dogma (7,4%)Dogma (7,4%)

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The truth. You don’t want to hear the truth. The truth’s no longer out there bubba. Just chicken ass lies. Become a Dogma Disciple. Believe in the birds and the bees. Act crazy, be heavily armed at all times and scream in German. Dogma is an indulgent, decadent and encapsulating scotch ale brewed with 10 different types of malt all blended together with Scottish heather honey. Soak up the sweet nectar like a jackrabbit on heat. This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies.

(Beer added by: dgilks on 04-12-2012)
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Photo of BEERchitect


4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Keeping their vernacular in mind, the Scottish brewers of Brewdogs thwart the crazy and whimsy of the current and turbulent craft beer climate, and get back to their Scottish roots with a beer with the namesake of their own heart- a Scottish "Wee Heavy" that delivers on its promises.

Its beautiful display of brown, rust and ruby culminates in a garnet body with chestnut hues. Tawny in its appearance, the beer's deep and masculine color is clear yet dark with those red tones. Showcasing a mid-statured head, the beer's foam character is light but comfortably fledgling. With a semi-still late session, the ale favors brandy appearances while lacing only sparingly.

Its smoky-sweet aromas resonate on the palate with deeply cooked tofee- resembling molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate at times. Its deeply embedded savory scent is toasty, peaty, nutty and husky. There's a delicate blackberry and red grape note that lurks behind and gives the scent a beautifuly and tangy balanced scent as the taste draws near.

What ensues is a malty-rich taste of molasses, peanut, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with cola-nut influence and toast. As its hearty sweetness crosses the middle, the toasted malt taste and campfire opens up to fruity notes of raisin, date, figs and red grape. Finishing warm and toasty-dry, the impressions of fruit linger on to inform a peppery taste of sherry and scotch whisky.

Its underwhelming malty creaminess seems to undermine the taste of the beer, its plaster-like dryness crispens gives a drinkability early and late to the beer with ease, creating a symbiotic feel of what's savory and what's dry- something that only well-built beers can. Its malty-dry finish is warm and pleasantly ashy.

Dogma is likely Brewdog's most flagship-worthy ale- it captures the best of its vernacular but is so strong that it excels in it level of flavor, strength, richness and dryness- no Scottish ale has done so much in such effortless taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 06:13:46 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a large creamy head.
Nose shows rich dark malt with hefty caramel, treacle, burnt figs, toasty malt and chocolate fudge.
Some roasted malt as a flavours but a lot of sweetness too. Golden syrup, coffee, alcohol, piny hops and liquorice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 12:52:46 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with red highlights, virtually opaque in the glass. Thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, leaving thin lacing. Interesting aroma of brown bread, molasses, caramel, sweet nuts, hints of cola spicing and light cardboard similar to aged stouts. Flavor is a mellow blend of dark toasty malt, molasses, dates, figs, mixed nuts, cocoa and hints of coffee and cola. Really complex. Very nice creamy mouthfeel and medium to heavy body. A fun, complicated ale that has elements of both Scotch ale and porter, but with other interesting and complimentary flavors. There was so much going on here it seems almost all over the map, but still feels well melded and integrated. I'm impressed. The heavy malt and molasses flavors make it more of a sipping beer despite its moderate ABV. I liked this a lot and will snag another one when it rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:34:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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United Kingdom (England)

4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank chilled from a BrewDog Snifter Glass at BrewDog Bristol in 2013.

Appearance: 4.50

Smell: 4.50

Taste: 4.75

Mouthfeel: 4.75

Overall: 4.75

Such a great, full bodied, flavorsome, beer from BrewDog.
One of my all time favourites, would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:08:27 | More by NikJ
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Paddy O'Beers

Very dark brown color with some sparse bubbles around the edge and a thin, web-like covering. Deep malty aromas along with molasses and prune...pretty mild overall though. Flavor is malty and sweet, but not cloying. Sweet bread, berries, some stickiness, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and cola. Medium bodied, clean, and dry. A nice little Scotch ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 16:18:45 | More by wedge
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pure black out of the bottle, there is a tiny off white head.

The smell is caramel and treacle, very sweet.

The taste is very sweet and malty, very sweet with caramel with a lot of yeasty flavour.

The mouthfeel is thick like honey,with medium carbonation.

Overall a very tasty if not overly sweet ale. The mouthfeel is fantastic though. The sweetness does make it difficult to drink though. It's too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:42:53 | More by Dave1999
Photo of FLima


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color, ruby when exposed to light. It made a two fingers of thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of chocolate and caramel, brandy and malty notes. I did not get much honey here.
Delicious sweet flavor, here you can find honey, herbs, roasted malts, licorice, cola, red fruits and some brandy. You can go on and on (sugar cane syrup, mint etc.).
Mild dry and fruity with a distant ginger aftertaste.
Really full body, velvet almost viscous, with very low carbonation, though appropriate. 7.4% ABV is timid given its bold character.
Even though it is complex, it is very drinkable. Excellent scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:00:03 | More by FLima
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml (I think?) bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a nice looking two finger mocha shade with a good texture. Rock-solid retention and attractive lacing are also present.

S: There is a lot of chocolate, along side some cola, honey, and a very subtle herbal component. All the sweetness comes across enjoyably.

T: The flavors presented are far more caramel-forward in general than the nose suggested. Despite that, there's a strong suggestion of sweet cola and faint chocolate to start, before it gradually dries out near the finish. The honey qualities come across both dryly and sweetly.

M: At first, it's a very clean, dry brew, but after a while sweetness will accumulate on the front of the palate (the sides and back remain dry, however). Carbonation is low, which fits its somewhat syrupy nature - but the thinner texture doesn't, really.

O: For about 4 oz, this one truly kicks ass in terms of both drinkability and enjoyment factor. But as soon as the sweetness accumulates, it becomes a little less likable for my tastes. Killing an entire bottle would be difficult, but not unbearable; this is one to share with others. Between this and taking heroin, I'd pick drinking this 11 times out of 10.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:54:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viscous violet-chocolate with bronze head of fast-fading froth.
Tar, fish sauce, oak smoke and Polish poppy cake on the nose - heavy.
Acidic black malts, dates, molasses, espresso beans, and sure enough, kola nut, then a spark of orange rind at the end.
Flower and allspice ending rolling waves of cookie spiced sweetness on the linger
Medium to full, well chewy, a bit oily, round and sticky.

Suspicious of this one, given BrewDog's taste for gimmickry and the ingredients. But it's a well-judged and hearty, with a combo of spice, hops, and black malt acid (but no roast) balancing the prodigious sweetness. Maybe not the most faithful to style, but a good winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:28:54 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of beerdrifter


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark mahogany pour with a touch of ruby when held to the light. Two finger beige head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is spicy, malty, and really complex with hints of nutmeg, molasses, figs, toffee, smoke, honey, and just a touch of coffee and mocha. The honey really comes out in the taste as this comes to temperature. Extremely toasty and malty with hints of cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, and just a bit of red berries and licorice. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a subtle creaminess and tangy bitter finish. Not at all what I had expected as I'm not a big fan of honey. A very unique and tasty interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 17:29:50 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Knapp85


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color. Very rich looking. It's got a cream colored head on top that holds a very good retention. Not much lacing though. The smell of the beer is malty, with some smoked malt, and hints of chocolate. The taste is also loaded with a strong malt dominance, lots of caramel in there with subtle smoke and chocolate toast flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and heavy. It's dense and should be for the style. Overall it's a good brew, I don't pick up on the addition of Heather or Honey too much in it. However it remains a good beer and is worth trying. In my personal opinion it's far better than the original Dogma.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:42:06 | More by Knapp85
Photo of danieelol


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Leura Cellars.

Pours a thin-looking dark black which turns to a dark amber when held to the light. Good, resilient head and lacing.

Smell shows a lot of roast and banana one might find in Cooper's Best Extra Stout. Smooth.

Taste is dry and roasty, yeasty and bitter.

Do get a slightly distinctive malty toffee flavour in this beer, which could be the honey coming through. Also get a lot of soy sauce.

The mouthfeel on this one is quite silky and good.

Overall a well-made scotch ale which I definitely enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 08:15:24 | More by danieelol
Photo of dansmcd


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark burnt orangey brown, under a finger of tan head which fades quickly to a cloud and collar with few thin strings of lacing.

S - Unexpected wafts of fresh fruit hops, pineapple, give way to roasted malts, buttered toast and honey. Lovely.

T - Again some fruitiness up front but heavily overwhelmed by black coffee, toffee, dark berries and lemon.

M - A lot going on in every sip, medium carbonation, medium body, dry chalky finish.

O - Full of twists and turns, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 07:46:56 | More by dansmcd
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 03 13 - from Slowbeer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, russet hues, tan coarse head. Good clumpy lacing.

Malts driven nose with caramels, a little honey.

Taste is direct into Scotch Ale territory, dark treacle toffee, earthy malts, burnt caramels. As it warms, more earthy, dry, dark roast flavours emerge and dominate.

Mouthfeel good, medium bodied, carbonation medium.

All in all, much better than what I remember its previous namesake to be. Odd marketing tho...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 08:49:04 | More by heygeebee
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany brown to black. Bubbly, light brown head that fades fast.

Dark raosted malts and a strong coffee aroma coupled with some chocolate and a touch of caramel and peat. Dome liquorice & a stout-like aroma that has some sugar in it and possibly some figs and other dark, dried fruits and possibly some plums.

Roasted malts prescense with some chocolate, burnt sugar and cocoa along with some milder coffee notes. There is a touch of grain and alcohol quickly followed by some dried fruit notes and a helping of some fig.

Medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a creamy feel to the beer that is generally quite smooth. There is an overall sweetness from the fruit and a touch of alcohol too.

This one was a lot heavier and harder to swallow than it's original nmaesake, the 7.8% version of this beer. In fact the two share no similarities other than in name with both being a completely different style of beer to the other. To be honest I wasn't a fan of this version of the beer at all although it was drinkable.

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Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 13:03:20 | More by flyingpig
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Flying Saucer at the Lake Beerfeast 2012.

The beer pours a yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the peat malt, with some nice toffee and caramel notes thrown in. The flavor is once again fairly peaty, with some dark fruit and heather notes. There is also, as expected, a lot of toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is much better than the Original Dogma.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:45:44 | More by Mora2000
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky dark brown colour with a smooth, creamy dark tan head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Deep, dark caramel with some light fruitiness. Molasses. Interesting. Not as fruity as I would expect.

Rich molasses and burnt caramel. Some herbal notes from the heather and nice tartness on the back. Very good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

This is a really solid beer. A good Scotch Ale and the heather honey adds interesting depth. It is missing a little fruit for my liking but it works well otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 10:07:01 | More by dgilks
Dogma (7,4%) from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.