Abstrakt AB:20 | BrewDog

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4.2/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
7
pDev:
5.48%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Photo of flyingpig
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle from Brewdog.com (£10):
Dark & slightly murky brown with the odd red tinge running through it & a few small bubbles rising to the surface after an aggressive pour; sadly there’s no sign of a head really & what there was disappeared quite fast. The nose is naturally strong but not as overpowering as expected given the strength of the beer, I got plenty of grapes & alcohol to give the beer a port like nose with some cherry sweetness & hints of coffee further on. Plenty of sugars & some strong, complex dark fruits followed to see things out with the nose. The taste is similarly strong with a lot of dark fruits, cherries & dates with a slight acidity & a bit of roasted coffee too. Overall the beer is full bodied with almost no carbonation given the age but its held up much better than expected & was pleasantly drinkable despite being a very strong one; lm glad I'm trying it when I did rather than ageing it any further though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with no head or lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with some residual sugar notes. Taste is also a mix of heavy caramelized malt notes with some toffee, some residual sugar and light port notes. Body is about average with no carbonation. Took a little while to get used to the fact that there is no carbonation but enjoyable nightcap nonetheless.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared bottle. For 14 percent the booze is so well hidden scooby doo and the gang can't even find it. Lovely dessert beer, with cloying sweetness from the creme fraiche, chocolate, dark fruit, and the caramelized sugar, counterbalanced with the coffee, cinnamon, and baking spices. The smell is more boozy and coffee forward than taste, but lovely, like a macchiato. Texture is typical pastry stout, perfect a for dry cake beer. Yummy

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Photo of chinchill
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle (thank Matt!).
Really well hidden alcohol in this sweet sipper. (OK, I was told this was 20% ABV but now that I know it's 'only' 14.2% I can still testify that the alcohol is nicely hidden). Coffee dominates the nose but the flavor is more complex and balanced, bringing out more clearly some dark fruits and toffee.

Overall: impressive and highly recommended

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Glowing ruby cognac-like look with no head. 4
Coffee, wood, tobacco, rum and some fusels. 4
Burnt sugar, a milkiness, sweet cookie and vanilla hit, some stale coffee, and barrel to end. 4.5
Light to medium, dry, snappy. 4

It’s a liqueur, so start there. And if you think gastronomy, then you’re getting the pieces of tira misu: coffee, rum, cream, cookie. The most impressive piece is that full, cakey, sweetness - lines up with Pumking pie crust notes for “how did they do that?”. Crushes the (deconstructed concept). I’d serve this to anyone, beer fan or not, as an apertif. Truly special. 4.75

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Abstrakt AB:20 from BrewDog
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 7 ratings