Dogma | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Speedball

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.

Added by Viggo on 01-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 227
Reviews by StoneBrewFanatic:
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really beautiful amber into my pint glass with a foamy head. Relatively nice lacing.

S - Sweet honey and spice, hops, bread, malts, very herbal.

T - This beer is complex and delicious. Nice bite from the hops, followed by honey and almost a peppery spiciness. As it mellows in the mouth it leaves you with sweet malts and a nice bitterness.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, a bit sharp on the tongue. I really like the bite, then the sweet, then the bitter.

D - This beer is very drinkable and very enjoyable. Complex with many layers to enjoy!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a cloudy hazed burnt orange with a minimal head that left shotty lace as it settled quickly.Aromas are mainly of caramel malt,a faint herbal hop not shows through after awhile.Like others have noted to me its like an English bitter anod or an English Pale,its malt driven with big caramel and biscuit notes,finishes with a bit of green herbal hop.The poppy seed,guarana,and kola nut cant really be found,at least not on my palate.Its very easy to drink,and the alcohol is very well hidden.Not bad,but also nothing to search high and low for either.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty neat beer. I have to say, it has got some original flavors and aromas.

A lot of honey jumps out in the nose, red fruits, and sort of a cracked pepper seediness. Not the best smelling beer, but it's still fun to roam around in there.

The taste brings more of a wildflower character up front, herbs, honey, cherry, and it's slightly nutty in the fade well after the swallow.

I would enjoy this more if the body just had a little more heft, it is a little on the light side. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but it seems to fit.

This is a fun beer that I would recommend sharing with a friend or two and having fun picking out the unusual notes.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew Dog Dogma 7.8% alcohol poured from 22.4oz bomber batch 99.

A- Pours a dark amber colored fluid with orange glowing rims of the glass in light. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass with light vigor.

S- Sweet honey and spice upfront. Guarana and slightly grassy hops are noticeable in the nose.

T-M- Taste is one of a kind but in a way that is a very strange experimental brew flavor. Upfront thick grassy and Guarana dominate with a estery alcohol heat. Second is a dark malty backbone. Finishes lighty carbonated and wet on the tongue.

D- It's a decent mixture of strange stuff that makes this a good taster not long-term drinker.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer resembles an IPA: hazy burnt orange color, nice white head. Despite the long list of ingredients, the aroma was pretty tame. Some spice and sweet grain. Lots of different tastes show up. Some honey, toffee, Coca Cola, licorice, and hop bitterness. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to do, and found it to be a little too schizophrenic for me.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 660ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists its abv at 7.8% and it has a very short description of the beer.

Appearance: The body has a reddish orange amber color with a slight haze. From the aggressive pour I got just a small soapy head. This head fades quickly leaving just a thin lacing on top.

Smell: Its aroma is very sweet and fruity with little citrus and herbal hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a big juicy fruity character with sweet and tart ruby red grapefruit notes over a light/thin malt base. Its finish brings a little spice and some herbal hop notes with a firm bit of hop bitterness. The palate has a light to medium feel with light fuzzy carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a border line soda pop like character but is still interesting.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, with best before dating on the label. Pours typical amber, lightly hazed/cloudy, loose and minor lite tan head, leaves adequate low sheeting and heavy handed lace. Mild malt nose with perhaps a hint of fruit. Malt here outweighed with heavy handed hops, I'm not able to pick out any of the strange fruit/spice/whatever is in this beer, sort of mushy in the midsection, not my cup of tea, highly doubt I'd go for this one again real soon...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogma begins with the honey-sweet nose that would be expected from a honey-brewed ale. Add to that a good measure of candi sugar aroma, honeysuckle, and strong hints of candied fruit and sugary soda (likely from the kola nut, though I've never smelled one in the wild, as it were), and there's obviously a good bit of sweetness about this brew. In fact, only a shade of toasted grains manages to make it into the nose.

On the tongue, the beer continues its quest into the realms of sugar, though only for the first few seconds of the mouthful. After that the more bitter flavors--especially those from the kola nut, poppy seed, and guarana--kick in, bringing a distinct cola-like flavor to the brew, as well as a vaguely Dr. Pepper kick and a plant-stem bitterness that reminds me of chomping into dandelion stems as a kid. Raw nut and seed husk flavors add to this mixture, producing what is obviously a unique drinking experience. Late in the mouthful an even stronger plant bitterness comes through--a mixture of light grapefruit rind and dandelion stem--which lasts well into the aftertaste, joined late therein with a returning candi sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, though this beer will no doubt violate the average drinker's sense of what constitutes a "beer," it is an interesting and very drinkable experiment, and worth trying for anyone on the lookout for something original and offbeat.

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Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010. I've had this one for a while; bought it ages ago and stashed it in my garage. Hope it hasn't aged too badly. The label mentions the addition of guarana, poppy seeds, kola nut and heather honey to the brew.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A very hazy orangy-golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Bottle contains evidence of conditioning with live yeast. Forms a small head of light-brown foam that subsides after a minute or two. An interesting herbal aroma with notes of tea, sweet honey, heather, spice and alcohol.

Tastes complex; a slightly sweet honey character with a piney, herbal bitterness. Notes of heather, pine, herbs, stewed hops and yeast, underpinned by a warming hint of alcohol (more prominent as it warms). Flavours of malt are masked, and the bitterness is quite pronounced. A whisper of kola nut in the background (although if it wasn't mentioned on the label then it would probably go unobserved). Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with mild astringency. A bitter herbal aftertaste.

An unusual and interesting ale. Pretty good, with a nice blend of flavours. There may have originally been a more aromatic hop character that has since faded, but it's hard to be certain. Not one for everyday drinking, but well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy dark golden beer, great lacing from this one. Aroma was woody, with clove, it gave me a "bleh" reaction.

Taste, sweet, herbal. Made me think it was one of those batches where the brewer just wanted to make the beer as unconventional and exotic as possible by throwing a ton of different stuff into the batch. Seems to be driven by a Belgian yeast strain and a weird bitterness not derived from hops.

Really didn't care for this beer, glad I knocked it out at the SDIBF and didn't pay some ridiculous price for this down the road.

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Photo of KarlMcGowan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm so glad I didn't write these brews of from the UK, I thought they were trying to bite the American style. This beer proves that they are just taking some tips from us and applying it to their own brewing traditions. Appears a glowing crimson amber when held to the light, a pale beige head forms with tight bubbles lacing is thin but evenly spread, very nice presentation again we have the 660ml bottle. Best by 12/16/2010. This must be fresh...

Aromatics offer up sweet nectar with spicy undertones, a flow of honey and alcohol coming out with caramel malt and earthy hops. A definite high ball of craft brewing with the poppy seeds providing the downer and the guarana and kola nuts providing the stimulants. BTW, according to wikipedia...kola nuts contain high amounts of N-nitroso compounds which are carcinogenic. No worse chewing tobacco, right?

Flavors pleasant slightly burnt edge amongst layers of caramel malt sweetness finishes highly bitter with additions of those Amazonian fruits and African nuts. Sweet herbal honey layers with Scottish Heather honey additions, but doesn't ever become cloying. I cant detect earthy hops with ample bitterness looked up the IBUs...65 and I was surprised to see Amarillo hops in use not getting any grapefruit or citrus edges.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a sweet even flow, not bad at all quite enjoyable brew that I will revisit with friends. The big bottle is a bit much for a single portion size. Carbonation is even and inoffensive nothing to apologize about here.

Drinkability overall is okay a very complex crimson amber brew that was loaded with weird ingredients, a bit of extreme brewing across the pond maybe they visited Sam Calgione and company.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of OStrungT
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin, creamy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a mild caramel malt aroma. Some nutty aroma mixes in. It isnt as aggressive as I thought. It has a slight fruity aroma. A slight fig aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Less than I thought. Toffee and caramel mostly. Some nutty flavor also. I can taste a slight fig flavor also.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer. It surely isnt aggressive. The alcohol content is a little high, so that would be the only problem.

Overall: This beer didnt impress me. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt incredable either. I expected it to be unique, but it was jsut middle of the road.

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Photo of nicole-mac
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of degerbah
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at UC's international beer tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber color with no head at all. The smell is odd. According to the bottle it is made with guarana, kola nuts, honey, poppies, and other spices. I could have been picking up any of these, the smell was just odd. The initial taste reminds me of an APA. Lots of hops up front with a huge honey aftertaste. There is almost no discernable alcohol taste which is an accomplishment at 7.8%. Too much honey for my taste and probably wouldn't get it again. Still, its my first brewdog and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogma is a burnt orange, unpolished bronze sort of color, dark and somewhere in the median between clear and opaque. It develops a sizeable head on the pour, initially rising to a thick two fingers. Retention is good, and it slowly drops to a heavy island of creamy, rocky foam. Lacing is a thick, webby ring followed by some legging and finishing with some pretty thick patching.
The interesting aromatics in this beer are strong, pouring out instantly upon the bottle's opening. Spicing is fairly heavy and the main element. After the spices fall back, the herbal note and something like citrus zest come out with a light floral note. Clearly British in nature, there's a tell-tale mild metallic note right up front.
The taste has the spices and herbs, but actually lets the hops shine in an unexpected way. Floral and earthy notes are strongest, though there's a touch of pine. A sweet note sneaks into the finish, and I think this beer has the most evident cola note in it than I ever recall tasting. There's a light peppery note as well.
Crispness in a medium body leads to a nice smoothness. It's lively without being overcarbonated, and fairly deep overall.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled medium amber that only forms its eggshell head with a with very vigorous pour.

S-Candied dark fruits and caramel malts. It smells almost cloyingly sweet.

T-The smell is deceptive, as the taste is nowhere near as sweet as it smells. A caramel toffee nuttiness begins the palate followed by the guarana poppy seed combo and a hoppy back end. Alcohol follows in the finish.

M-Lighter than expected...on the lighter side of medium. Balanced carbonation.

D-I'd say this is reasonably drinkable. Unusual, but drinkable. I probably am not going out of my way to buy another any time soon, but it has sparked my curiosity about the brewery and I look forward to seeing what else Brewdog has to offer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance isn't what i'd like to see from a scottish spruce ale...too carbonated but the nice full white head

the appearance is what i like to see from this type of ale....although i don't think there is a particular color associated with spruce ales...

smell is incredible a wild herbal scent...the spruce is light yet noticeable....i think the poppys come up very well...the honey is also present

the taste is a little medicinal...but not from it being may be coming from the kola nut or poppys

the feel is nice a little thick but not as thick as it pours

overall this is an ok or nice take on a Scottish spruce ale

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes over the weekend.

A: Pours a clear pink/red/orange color with a nice frothy, off-white head on top. Pretty good retention and decent lacing. Little carbonation bubbles visibly go from the bottom to the top of my glass.

S: Rather sweet aroma from the honey. There is a floral aspect to it, not floral as in hoppy, but more like actual flowers. A little bit of caramel near the backend.

T: Similar to the aroma, rather sweet tasting, front loaded with honey and some flowers. There is some caramel and a nutty component (probably from the kola nuts). It is a bit toasty as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little thick from the honey, and a little chewy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good, a little on the sweet side, but I liked it more than I was expecting to.

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