Dogma | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.

Added by seaoflament on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a tan head.
S: Chocolate, spice, metallic, dark fruits, burnt caramel, pepper. So much going on here.
T: Burnt caramel, honey, ripe dark fruits, leather, apple and pear, chocolate, smoke, growing hop bitterness as the bomber disappears - similar to a black IPA. Wow!
M: Much thicker than you'd expect for a 7.8% abv brew. Very nice.
O: This beer is fantastic. I picked this up at a Binny's in Chicago. After watching Brewdogs I wanted to try one of their originals, and this was the cheapest. I'm so glad I picked this up, and am really surprised it's (apparently) retired. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz goblet.

Deep orange copper with a two inch frothy white head that dissapates to a 1/2 inch frothy wisp.

Smells of caramel malts, cola syrup and fresh wet grass and earth; Amarillo hop. Very inviting.

Taste is surprisingly well blended malts and hops; earthy with a slight oily mouthfeel. I can detect the guarana which is similar to a coffee bean without the acidity goes quite well with the Amarillo hop profile. There is a wonderful lingering aftertaste unlike anything I have ever enjoyed. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew; the 7.8% ABV is undetectable. As it warms I can detect even more eqarthy spice. Not overwhelming spice character. It is very subtle. The guarana, Kola nut and poppy seed are all stimulants much like coffee. These ingredients are often found in energy drinks. As funny as it sounds I feel a bit energized after quaffing down my first bottle of this stuff. I wish I had another bottle to sample!
THis was very drinkable. Uniqueue and enjoyable I would recommend sharing a bottle with someone who also enjoys a creative craft brew. Loved it!Will buy more.


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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a very nice head that sticks and laces like a champ; very impressive

Smell: Caramel, fruity/sweet elements (maple, honey, cola, poppy, vanilla) with a piney hop balance

Taste: A bit of caramel on the front end, followed by a range of unusual fruity/sweet flavors (maple, cola, honey, poppy and vanilla); by mid-palate, the piney hop adds balance; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors blend together nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this beer; the bitterness is not unusual but the sweet flavors are really interesting

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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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogma pours a cloudy dark copper color with a huge, rocky off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a glass coated in netted lace.

The aroma is flowery and sweet with notes of honey and brown sugar.

This medium bodied beer is soft and slick on the palate with an effervescent fizz on the tongue. Dry finish. The flavor is much like the aroma. Flowery with sweet honey and some biscuit malt to balance it out. It finishes dry and slightly bitter with some grassy hops and a touch of bitterness. Once gone the flowery honey lingers on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a cup of tea made with honey. It's very complex and delicious.

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Photo of scroteau
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've tried this beer and am very impressed. The clarity is surprising considering the malts and other adjuncts used in this beer. Mouthfeel is clean and velvety almost like you know there's honey here but not quite sure if it's really there. 7.8 abv are you kidding me there isn't a hot spot in this beer. The 65 ibu's and the malt/honey sweetness is well balanced not at all cloying like Midas Touch. There is definitely a spicy aroma, but again it's a pleasant alomost peppery aroma that sets of the sweet aroma of the crytal malts really well. There is a slight acridness in the finish probably from the roasted barley. The finish reminds of a sweet imperial stout. I'd drink this beer any time.

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Photo of patobandito
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with about a finger of white-ish head. Smell is...interesting. hard to place what exactly it is that I am smelling. Taste is good, although a bit thinner than i thought it would be, but very tasty. I can get the honey sweetness, but I dont really sense much of the other flavors described on the bottle. I am not a huge fan of herbed beers, but this one is mighty tasty.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-gold, shimmering with sunset yellows and oranges, topped with a lacy, parchment-colored head. Wonderfully fruity, floral, grassy, and herbal nose - the heather honey really shines, with pleasantly soapy notes of thyme, lavender, and rose. This is possibly the most flowery beer I've ever smelled, with the possible exception of Avatar Jasmine IPA. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well, betraying the brewers' fetish for American hoppage (no complaints there!). Strong and bitter, yet restrained and balanced. Grapefruit pith and heather dominate, allowing for the thorny spice of noble hops, the volatile herbal kick of poppy, and the bubblegum fruitiness of guarana. Sweet with honey and biscuity grain, yet dry, with a light carbonation helping to perforate the sugars. Interesting and very flavorful; not quite as layered as I'd hoped, but a lovely, fun, and intriguing ale.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Sainsbury's into a straight glass.

Nice warm clear amber colour, with almost no head. Modest carbonation. Lovely aroma og honey, heather, grapefruit and citrus generally. Interesting complex mix of flavours and a nice lingering aftertaste. For once, sweetness really works well in a beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best BrewDog beer I've had so far (out of eight). Brown 330mlk bottle, just out of date (best before 15 Sept, drank and reviewed 22 Oct).

The first beer in one of my random reviewing evenings, poured into a 'Corsendonk' badged stemmed tulip glass.

Light hazey body of dark amber with an off-white head that left some lacing as I downed the beer.

If I hadn't known better I'd have guessed Belgian from start to finish. It just seemed so Belgian, the aroma was of Belgian yeasts with a faint hint of sweetness.

The taste a semi-sweet, medium bodied beer that just gave a trace of honey flavours before a mini bitterness appeared as the mouth dries.

Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $6.49 from the Lebanon Co-Op Food Store. Batch --4, Best before 23/02/11. Served chilled in a standard pint glass. Ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, water, honey, kola nut, poppy seed, guarana.

Clear reddish-orange brew. A rigorous pour gives 2" of rocky tan head that settles slowly and leaves thick lacing. Highly aromatic. Nose is spicy, hoppy, herbaceous, sweet all at the same time, pretty complicated... caramel, pineapple, cinnamon, biscuit, green raisin, berries, teak, leather, green apple, honey. Taste is much hoppier than anticipated, good tanniny mixed hop bite, and not as complicated as the smell. Strong bergamot and grass hops on a moderate malt background. Medium bodied, slick, with a bit too much carbonation. Finish is extremely long... lingering bergamot, resin, cola, and a slight EtOH burn. Hops come to dominate the nose as it breathes. Head never settles to less than 1/2" and generates continuous lace.


Sampled another bottle from the same batch on Sep 25 2010, so this one's 5 months older. Just as good but in general everything is predictably more rounded and mature. The smell is much less complex (the individual notes are less distinct) and the taste has a bunch of cola. Tropicals are mostly gone and hops are significantly muted/ mellowed to a nondescript bitterness.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper color with off-white head that settles quickly. Nice lace.

Sweet bready malt in the aroma. Interesting spice and herbal notes. Reminds me a bit of a pumpkin ale. Faint hazelnut.

Excellent flavors, controlled spice- poppyseed is evident. slight hoppy dryness on finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation.

An interesting, flavorful brew. Would buy again.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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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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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

24.4oz brown glass pry-top. Batch 196. BB 03/03/10.

Appearance: The most head I've gotten from a BrewDog beer yet: 1/4 inch and fast fading bone white head. Clear orange/amber.

Nose: Caramel covered nuts and seeds, forest floor, dried orange peel. Complex and subtle.

Palate: Medium-bodied and somewhat bitter. Guarana! Like a tropical-fruit-infused cream soda ale. Best way I can describe it. Some black-pepper-like spiciness, and some dusty hops on the long finish. Finish is dominated by this creamy guarana.

Notes: This beer is somewhat subtle, and if you don't know what guarana tastes like, you should go to your local ethnic food grocer and see if the have a Guarana Soda from Brazil. It'll give you an idea. Yum!

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Photo of soze47
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Glad I picked this one up. Unique beer for sure and reasonably priced at $8.

Appearance: Orangey and brown, almost like low-grade pancake syrup. Lots of frothy head that goes away somewhat quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Malty and caramel first and fore most. There are hints of other flavors here too (this is brewed with kola nuts and poppy seeds), but it is almost hoppy tones that I'm picking up. Floral, herbal, and citrus rind smells are there.

Taste: Curious taste. First flavors are definitely malty and caramel sweet, but before that becomes too much, the hops bill and spices balance it nicely. I can really get the kola nut flavors too, but the hops are really what play a subdued, yet substantial role in the beer. Starts malty sweet, but all the other members of the party show up to keep it from taking over.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The mouthfeel is surprising light for a near 8% brew. It feels like a pale ale or lager in body style when drinking. Also, the flavors grow more complex as you drink. The nuts, herbs and hops continually grow to help tamp down the sweet malt.

Overall: I really like this brew, but can understand why other may not. It does have an almost cola taste to it at times, but don't worry. This is a beer with notes of subtle flavors that are all over the map in a great, unique way and a perfect body to carry the flavors.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far I've been really impressed with the beer from this brewery.
From a large bottle, labeled as batch 4, this beer is a completely clear amber color. The head is massive and extremely firm. It's a beautiful-looking brew. The aroma is deep, complex, and fascinating. It's initially notable for a distinct honey quality, quickly followed by pale and crystal malts. There isn't much of a hop smell, but it does have a spice-drawer scent. I have to admit that I didn't know what Guarana was, so I'm not sure how that contributed to the scent. It's certainly complex and also quite good. The taste is moderately sweet with a notable bitterness that comes out in the mid-taste. Lots of complexity. There is so many flavors and experiences to explore in this beer! Medium body, and nicely drinkable, especially for the level of complexity. Excellent.

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Photo of bminor7
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

A - clear honey foam.

S - not much smell...something of a weakly fragrant IPA. upon warming, some hemp-like qualities. people walking into the room kept asking "what is that smell" I'd reply "does it smell like marijuana?" they'd say "yes" I'd say "it's this beer"

T - bitter, yet sweet. i don't know what kola nuts taste like, but this tastes a bit like marijuana to me. not that i've eaten it before.

M - fair, not notable mouthfeel.

D - ABV not detectable, so drinkability is OK

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one looks great, a deep and bright rusty amber with a glow, nice bubbles, and a massive, 2" high, a tan, thick-froth head, sticks around in impressive fashion, lots of lace and a solid cover of thick foam at all time's. Healthy.

The aroma has a sharp black pepper, earthy aroma with some metallic heat and soft, English-style maltiness. right on. i like a very herbal, spicey aroma in a beer, very belgian-like yeastieness.

The flavor is really unique and interesting to say the least, sharp, crispy black pepper-like yeastieness, light to medium, ultra crisp feel, very nice. English malt, bready with mellow heather honey in the backdrop. good balance, even with all the crazy herbs added, it builds complexity in flavor in this case. kola nut could possibly be that nutty, English-malt effect I'm getting, poppy seeds adds a drying effect in the feel and a dry, earthy flavor and I have no idea how the guarana is effecting the flavor but with any luck I might get a slight speedy buzz too!! The heat is pretty mellow but really adds some nice depth.

I'm really enjoying this puppy!! I'm also really 'into' crispy, simple beers right now so this one hits the spot and is a bit unique.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. Had it a nice warm temp (50 degrees) to ensure that all of the taste opened up.

Pours a honey orange with a white sticky head that almost has a merangue quality to it. As the head dies down, it laces down the sides. This one looks sweet even before I've had a sip or a sniff!

Smells of hops, honey and spice, like corriander or cardamon, with notes of flowers. Very interesting smelling, unlike any beer I've ever smelled.

Has a sweet honey malt taste with definite orange and cane sugar notes. I also detect bit of rosewater underneath. There's a very slight bitterness that rounds it out, that remains like an echo on the tongue.

Very smooth, very drinkable beer, though also very sweet. I could certainly have one bottle by myself; after that, it may be sweet overload.

A very unique beer that I recommend you try. Tastes like something that DFH would have brewed.

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Photo of jslern
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber. Chestnut reddish is a decent way to describe the color. Thin, subsiding head.

S: hoppy, honey and smell some strawberry

T: Def taste the honey at the start and transitions into the hoppy notes.

M: A bit thin on the mouth, very light carbonation.

D: It doesn't taste 7.8%. Def a nice beer, first brewdog beer, though its not one of the more popular beers they offer that I have heard of, I wanted to try it. Lots of nice flavors here. Probably wont be buying again right away, but it was a nice beer. Left me satisfied.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. collaboration night. Served in a teardrop glass.
A) Poured with a two finger head. Tan. Creamy. Sticky. Amber in color.
S) Robust caramel malts. Floral hops. Cinnamon.
T) Nutty and sweet up front. Noticeable heather. Midway through hop bitter smackdown. Lingering hop taste and feel. Complex all the way through.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Tannin in the finish and beyond.
D) It takes time to warm up to this one. Very creative composition.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass gives me a slightly hazy copper-coloured brew with a good head of foam that isn't going away and leaves plenty of lace. It's a very effervescent beer.

The aroma is honey sweet but not unpleasantly so, and is balanced with some wafts of herbal or flowery hops. Honey is prominent though.

The taste is nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting, given the honey in the nose. There is a base of sweetness for sure, but overall this is a bitter beer with plenty of complexity. I think I can taste the kola nut... but not having ever had a kola nut I'm just saying that because I'm detecting a slight Coca-Cola flavour way in the background.

The body is average. I think it could do with a little more weight. Quite prickly on the tongue from the carbonation.

It's not a beer I'd drink every day but it's an interesting brew to try once in a while.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 520, Best before Nov 23, 2012.

A thin head with a shampoo like retention, faint yellow tan in color sits on a quite nice red almost ruby orange body, with some nice rising carbonation. I'd give this nearly a four but the head just doesn't last and looks weak.

Nose is interesting, seems reminiscent of English strong ale malts and big fruity yeast esters. Sweet honey a bit, and a cinnamon sort of bent but something really spicy burning in the back of the nostrils. Interesting not sure where this might be going but I like it.

Palate hits very full and rich, with lots of juicy qualities. Quinine tonic spritzy character with zesty mellow sharp citrus oils. Malt backbone seems large to carry everything, with a big tropical fruit punch feeling. Sort of a tannic dry finish also.

Overall fun beer, and doesn't even feel like 8% abv either.

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