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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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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass, dark brown with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: coffee, cola, quite sweet, honey

T: cola, coffee, honey, toasty malt

M: medium to full

O: OK, uniquely flavored beer

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Photo of denver10
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with an amber hue and a thumbs wdith khaki, foamy head. A thick wall of lacing to this too. An aroma dominated by sweet honey on top of some toffee and nut. Flavor is sweet with a strong dose of honey, some toffee, nutty a little poppy, and maybe a little fruity. Some alcohol does show itself.. A thick mouthfeel with less activity to it than it seemed like it should have. Overall, a decent enough brew, though the ingredients don't seem to come together as well as they could. In particular, the honey is a bit too dominant in this.

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Photo of socon67
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious of Brew Dog ever sicne I've enjoyed Paradox on tap. I figured I'd try the Dogma.

A- Very amber with a reasonable white foamy head.

S- I can smell honey and something that smells like... bread?! I'm guessing the poppy seed has alot to do with that.

T- Tasty. Surprisingly hoppy, very sweet. An odd beer to get a handle on.

M- Moderate carbonation, slight raspiness from the hops.

D- I had a couple glasses and was done. I think it would be better with food than to kcik back a few.

Overall it isn't bad at all, but I think I like other Brew Dog beers over Dogma.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area. Batch 196, Best Before 3/3/10.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with good legs and average lacing. Aroma is sweet, with prevalent spices. Taste begins sweet, but quickly gives way to heavy tartness and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, with drinkability being limited by the tartness some for me. Interesting beer, but probably not something I'd search out again.

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Photo of djura
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is 5 months out of date,but,i think that 95% of flavors are still there.
Batch no.209. Got it in beer shop in Budapest,HU.

A - Cola black,dark foam,one-two finger,no carbonation.

S - Candy sugars,cocoa,coffee,cola,strong honey.

T/M - Sweet but bitter finish. Lots of sugar. Warm alcohol. Spices and other aromas.

O - Drink it with some good food. Some meat dishes or dark chocolate cake. Some cheese maybe. Personally,i don't like it too much. It is aromatic and interesting,but it doesn't feet me well..

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 oz. bottle stamped 125-10-04-12. Sampled on January 10, 2012.The pour is a nice looking copper color or medium amber to be more precise. Loads of fluffy head floats along the top and goes nowhere fast. The aroma does not overpower but the herbs and spices are evident including honey and poppy. The body is medium. The taste is distinctive as it brings out the sweet honey, spices, and a peppery finish, which lingers. Definitely a brew of its own.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a darkened tengerine color. Conservative head, not able to whip up much. Some spotty lacing, a partial cover of rather large bubbles, and a fairly sticky collar.

Aroma - light, but spicy, like something from the kitchen you'd use for beef or chicken. A faint touch of standard sweetness but this one isn't giving away any details.

Taste - a taste of grain sweetness at the front, some indistinct flavors following. I didn't know what to expect from kola nut and guarana going in, and I'm no closer to understanding them at this point. There's something there, I just can't figure it out. The swallow goes hoppy, dry and nearly medicinal, but stays interesting too. Finishes dry, a touch of sweetness, about the same as during the swallow, though I did eventually get a taste of the poppy at the very end, at the beer's warmest.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, about average body and weight.

Drinkability - okay stuff, just not all that endearing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit of a gusher, pours an effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Figgyness, raisins & both fall off fairly fast

T: Follows the nose, leafy tobacco, brown sugar & persimmons up front. Some milk toast & jammyness as this warms, plus dryness & a touch of woody hops, a touch of cinnamon & brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks fairly easy despite the fact this didn't quite pull together. This one did nothing for me

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Photo of thepeter
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep red amber with a minimal head that consisted of larger light bubbles and foam.

S - pretty faint aroma's of citrus (lemon), honey, herbal notes, and a bit of earthiness.

T - Citrus hops, pine needles, cola, a bit of alcohol warmth and a nutty (Kola nut) finish.

M&D - A bit of a heavy feel to it, moderate carbonation and smooth. I feel like the honey somehow is noticeable here, but maybe that's just in my mind. I could drink a couple but will not go out of my way.

Very interesting mix of flavors. Just not sure if it is what I am looking for. Either way I love the experimentation and applaud Brewdog for having balls and taking chances.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma is a potpourri of herbs and spices on a bed of freshly baked bread laced with honey.

Dogma is deep red in color and slightly opaque. Head is a one finger tan pillow of bubbles, but it quickly dissipates into nothing at all. No speakable lacing whatsoever.

Flavor is decent with a strong herbal overtone. Wildflower honey, sage, a hint of tarragon. I don't pick up the poppy seed and kola nut like the bottle says. Regardless, it tastes pretty good, and is a decent herb/spiced beer. Medium body and just the right amount of carbonation to clean the palate. Middle of the road, and I wouldn't scoff at drinking it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 degerbah
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dsolonenko
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of owend
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of IWannaEatFood
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of kushlash23
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, pretty amber with burgundy highlights and a thin white/brown head and tons of lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast and a little malts. Tastes of malts, some hops, and plenty of poppy, some black pepper, a little honey and maybe even some kola nut. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice thick body and a tiny bit of carbonation. Drinkability is sort of low.

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Photo of oline73
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a half finger of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Floral and a bit fruity. Mildly soapy and perfume like. Some malt sweetness.

Taste: I can taste the honey right away. There are some mild floral notes and a sweetness from the malt. The finish is mildly hoppy with some alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was interesting, but only alright. I did enjoy the honey in the taste.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22.4 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot-brown color. Hazy off-white head quickly dissipates to a light film.

Smell: Interesting aroma of bread, oats, and either light fruits or honey.

Taste: Bananas and honey actually hit my tongue first, then some oats,followed by some more herbal notes. It becomes fairly bitter towards the finish. The bitterness continues through the aftertaste, along with that honey-oat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Relatively mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat strong in alcohol, but it isn't apparent in the taste. However, the bitterness is rather unpleasant and long-lasting.

The herbal bitterness here is a bit over-the-top. An interesting beer for the curious to try, but not something I'll put on my repeat list.

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Photo of beer2day
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red to orange pour. Very little head. Nice lacing, but thin.

Definitely picking up the spices in the nose. Weak citrus, but lots of poppy. Interesting, but not very beery.

Thin, watery hit. Takes well into the finish before the hops kick in. Even then, weak and more the essence of hops than the true flavor.

Feel is much thinner than desired.

Ok, but nothing to get terribly excited about.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Dogma from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 364 ratings
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