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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
30
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0
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Ratings: 363 |  Reviews: 221
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a flat looking copper brown liquid, there was hardly a head to it at all. The look of the beer boring and kind of flat to me. The smell of the beer is rather muted, nothing really comes through too much on the nose. The taste is sort of like the nose. It had some light herbal notes but again nothing that really screams out to me. The mouthfeel is watery and dull. Overall I was really unimpressed by this brew. It's a shame because I normally enjoy BrewDog quite a bit. This one not so much.

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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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I've never had a beer with kola nuts, poppy seeds, and guarana before. Would it really matter?

The beer seems to hold firm to a very solid English Bitter or a strong Mild. Great caramel flavors and aromas that might edge toward toffee. Though flavorful, the beer does not give a lot of residual sweetness, rather simply malty and drinkable.

The hops have a mild herbal flavor but ultimately a sturdy underpinning of bitterness that becomes a bit abrupt at times with a bitey lingering.

Otherwise, the beer has a nice medium fruitiness but not the buttery notes that come along with English style beers. This one seems to have ample carbonation to withstand a great head throughout and nice lacing all the while (most Brewdog beers have been lightly carbonated and not capable of doing so).

A nice English style bitter but the additions of the nuts, seeds, and herbs make little impact.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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?

C+

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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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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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2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy color amber ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of weird and not common spice mix is quiet particular. Taste is also quite particular with some weird spices which I am not particularly fond of. Body is about average with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Weird spices and not something I would wish to try again necessarily.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a murky brown color with a one-finger, tan head of sudsy foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of herbs - lots of them. I also picked up licorice or maybe anise.

T - It was spicy - herb spicy, not bitter spicy. There was a licorice flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

O - This was not a great beer. It was just odd and unbalanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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 Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate light copper color. Some sticky lacing throughout. Nose brings a good dose of honey as well as some citrus, clove, and herbs. A bit spicy. Taste is sweet and spiced. A bit of fruit. Medium body with a carbonation level hat complements the flavors. A bit too much in the end, affecting drinkability.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-red body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - An aroma of caramel with a little spice. Some pepper, cinnamon, cloves and spicy yeast.

T - Toffee and caramel malts up front. Some peppery flavors in the middle that mix well with the toffee and the beginning of spicy, pine hops. Finishes with more peppery yeast/spice character and now more musty, british/saison hop character. Lingering pepper and allspice flavors with a little musty hop character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not sure what to make of this, the Kola nut is the only one of the spices that I can even begin to recognize by flavor and I don't particularly get it in this beer. It seems like they used a reasonable degree of restraint with the spices to keep them in balance with the malt and hops. The spice character that I do get seems to come as much from yeast and actual spice additions and the herbal/musty hops work well with the peppery character in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of a spiced saison. Overall this beer is pretty drinkable and much more coherent than I feared it might be. Worth trying, though I can't say I feel the need to stock my cellar with a case of these.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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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