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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 GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 209. Poured from a 750 into a nonic, the beer is a very dark, deep, brown coloring with a fluffy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, honey, roasted nut, and a subtle sugary sweetness. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with a blend of coffee, molasses, nut, tangy caramel, earthy notes, and a bready backbone. Very rich, on a full, robust, heavy body. The aftertaste is sugary sweet and heavily roasted molasses and honey. Smooth, slow, lingering finish. Good beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a nice shade of bronze topped by a finger of dense cream colored head that fades to a small pool and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of toasted bready malt with some banana and bubblegum aroma with some spice notes
T: taste is bananas and bubble gum with some caramel sweetness, a little spice going on as well. swallow tastes like coke a cola with some caramel malt sweetness and a tinge of spicy yeast on the back end
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. the finish on this beer is refreshing
O: Overall it isn't a bad beer at all. the flavors and complexity aren't offensive but it also isn't anything special. Not sure how I feel about having to drink an entire bottle though.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22.4 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 7/16/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, cola, herbal tea, light pepper, light chocolate, plum, pear, apple, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, cola, herbal tea, light pepper, light chocolate, plum, pear, apple, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, light chocolate, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in appearance but when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass appear to be very dark brown. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to have a little sweetness from the honey with notes of dark fruits along with hints of kola nuts and toffee. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a brown ale compared to a herbed/spiced beer so I'm not sure if this beer was aged and this mellowed out the hoppy and herbal flavors. In any event, it was rather easy to drink and had some interesting aromas and flavors.

Note: Batch 209

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with sticker reading Batch #120, best before 21-01-14, so I'm guessing that is best before January 21, 2014, so it looks like I'm a little late, but I'm not scared! I've been holding this bottle down for a few months now, 7.80% abv on the label, although my label is orange instead of black and red like the beer pictured. Interesting premise, I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy caramel mahogany cola colored body. Thick & semi-viscous. Just over a finger of dark khaki mocha head. Second pour yields 3 big fingers of fat mocha head.

S - Smell is pretty nice and definitely unique. Lots of caramel / toffee malts, brown bread, some cream, honeyed sweetness is very noticeable, some cola (from the kola nuts?), and some earthy nuttiness. Some maple syrupy sort of aroma also distinct.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of caramel / toffee malt, sugary earthy tea leaf sweetness, some honey, cola, nuttiness, and lots of dark bitter coffee-ish barley roast. Lots of unidentifiable herbal action going on also. Very interesting, to be sure.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Very dry, earthy, herbal, and bitter on the finish. Semi-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a unique and interesting use of ingredients in a beer, and they definitely seem to work well together, but this probably isn't something I would go out of my way to try again, especially not for the price point. Still, glad to have tried one of the older bottles, so maybe I will get to try the 7.40% abv version one day.

BrewDog Dogma ---4/5.

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Photo of tronester
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a medium tan head. Smells of honey and fresh flowers. Taste is a malt bomb, some honey and An hint of wood. Mouth feel is rich and smooth. The beer really coats your mouth. Overall a pretty good beer, but too expensive for what you get.

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Photo of mwelchy47
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured out dark orange. Head was a little weak with the poor. There was no expiration date or batch date on the bottle. Don't know if that lead to my sub par experience with this beer. 7.8% ABV and when served cold the beer hides the alcohol pretty well. The aromatics where nice. Definitely smelled the honey and also got a strong citrus smell. You could taste the kola nut as well and I really don't think the ingredients worked well together. Is was a highly complex taste that really overpowers your palette. The warnings are posted all over the bottle. It is called a "flavored ale" and I will quote the back of the bottle, "This ale is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies." I should've read their disclosure on the back label. It is a literal discription of what you imagine clowns and gypsies drinking; it would be this "flavored ale" and it tastes like a highly glorified malt liquor. I was expecting at least a bigger presents of a hop flavor, yet it was non-exsistent.
WARNING!!!! It is a highly adventurous beer made by highly adventurous and innovative brewers. People are going to like it and then there will be people like me who can't finish the glass. I have huge respect for Brew Dogs and what they have done for the craft beer community, but this beer just didn't connect with me.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I have the right Dogma. My bottle describes it like this (same ingredients) and it's 7.8% but it sure ain't clear orange as other reviewers describe it. It's a deep dark ruby.
appearance: Dark ruby, nearly opaque. Fairly thick light tan head.
smell: The honey is prominent as is smoky undertone. Cola is also right there. Quite a nose.
taste: Lives up to the nose. All the flavors are there.
overall: This is a very nice creation. Again, not sure if Brewdog has come up with a new recipe or what. This is quite dark and unless I'm that far off from others (which could be) reviews on this are mediocre at best. This is quite nice to me.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what to expect from a beer that advertised guarana as an ingredient. I had plenty of underage experiences with Sparks, but that isn't quite the same. Boyfriend tasted first and said I wouldn't like it. My first mouthful was a little strange, but subsequent ones are super tasty.

It looks denser than it feels. Lacing quickly dissipates, though a solid carpet of foam on the surface lingers. Very bitter and alcoholic smell. Lots of coffee flavor though not much in the aroma.

It feels oily in a nice way and very light. More carbonation than I tend to prefer in beers, but it really works to carry the flavors across in a way that doesn't let the flavors become cloying.

Brew Dog consistently goes for surprises and excitement in their beers and this incarnation of Dogma is no different. I'm glad they do what they do. This could have gone very badly but it is surprisingly enjoyable,

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly solid dark brown with a tan finger and a half head that has decent retention.

Smell has a lot of different things going on. Licorice and cola are on the front end followed by some rich chocolate malt. Slightly floral note and a little bit of alcohol are also present

Taste is interesting there is a slightly sweet chocolate and cola combination that is defiantly different. There is also a slight caramel malt sweetness near that back end before a very light herbal hops bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slightly sticky sweet feel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a dark brown, almost black in color with 2 fingers of tan head.. excellent retention. a very sweet smelling beer overall.. hints of brown sugar, licorice, molasses, roasted grains, coffee. the flavor is pretty well balanced.. tastes like a mix between an old ale, stout, and porter.. a bit roasty, nutty, a sweet malty backbone with a bit of a membrillo sweetness (spanish fruit paste spread). it's a very easy to drink beer with a medium body and low carbonation.. leaves a sweet taste in your mouth begging for more to quench your thirst.

this is a pretty nice one from brewdog, and a big bottle at an affordable price. glad to see our area getting some of this stuff fresh.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is one strange bottle of brew right here. some very strange ingredients come together quite well. the pour is a medium copper color, clear, with a few fingers of sudsy khaki head that slowly fades out. I smell the honey, and the rest of the additives sort of produce a green tea smell, which gives some bitter bite to the sweeter red malt bill. the flavor is malt forward, with the sweetness of honey and a floral yeast component. I could tell this is a brewdog beer without ever looking at the label, its got that distinct yeast complexion that is in all of their beers. alcohol is well hidden, but comes out as the beer warms up. this has an aftertaste of some of the herbal infusions my girlfriend makes, slightly bitter, strong, concentrated. I don't get much hops in here, but there is enough going on without them. the body is fuller than medium, but the drinkability is aided by spirited carbonation and the clean finish. without the honey, this beer might be really weird, but the honey meshes well with everything, and brings it all back into harmony. overall a clever beer from brewdog, but not something I need to drink again. props for the ingenuity though!

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Photo of stephens101
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic.

This reddish-orange brew pours with two-fingers of pure tan head. Foam is thick and resilient.

Aroma consists of honey, graham crackers, tea, cinnamon sticks and faint herbal hops.

Tastes malty with a wallop of honey, a few notes of apple and pear, poppy, a bit of earthy nuttiness and tea leaves at the back. The honey becomes arguably overpowering after a glassful.

Has a medium body and a bit sinewy with very little alcohol heat.

Pleasantly surprised with this one as I usually can't get to fruit/spiced beers. Apart from the growing impact of the honey as the glass empties, this one works pretty well, although 12 oz. would probably suffice for an individual, or plan on sharing the magnum.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, fruit, spices, and herbs. Taste is much the same with herbal and cola flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors with the ingredients used.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewdog Dogma

LOOK: Dark brown, mostly clear but very dark and with a maroon tinge. Two shades of tan head leaving good lace.

SMELL: Boozy, nutty coffee. Strong smelling initially then gives way to pleasant ale yeast fruitiness.

TASTE: Nuts, honey, malts and herbal notes. One would suspect English ale yeast was employed as this brew tastes somewhere between a barleywine and an English brown ale. Subtle cocoa notes. The alcohol is toned down in the taste, a finishes with a dryness and dry poppy seeds post-quaff. Minutes after drinking you can still taste poppy seeds.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, mild carbonation and smooth creamy feel. Somehow dry as hell.

OVERALL: A bitches brew that comes together and finishes strong (as in successfully). I may fail a drug test due to the poppy seeds used in brewing, but who the hell cares.

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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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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 LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky dark orange with a wispy light tan head, slight lacing. Aroma of toasted and sweet malt and a bit of herbal elements. Medium body with a peppery spicy medium malt body. Neutral, bland middle and a nice peppery aftertaste. This would have been excellent with a deeper malt or dark fruit flavor. Medium to heavy bodied. An interesting, but not overly exciting dark herbed beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger biege colour head of fair thickness, nice cream, and nice retention. Colour is a murky nontransparent caramel-brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale floral hops, cream, clean malts, toffee, and hints of lactose. Grass. A mild strength aroma.

T: Limited herbs, tropical fruit notes from the hops, clean malts, strange cream, some hop bitterness, overpowering floral hoppy notes, and a clean finish. Quite a mess; it's thrown together instead of balanced. Not real complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decently thick. Okay carbonation. It's strangely coarsely milky, in a weird sort of way. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. Another pretentious failure from BrewDog. It's alright, but I wouldn't get it again. Meh. Where are the herbs?


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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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Dogma from BrewDog
3.6 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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