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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 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 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 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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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 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 Phyl21ca
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 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 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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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 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 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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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Dogma
22.4 oz. bottle; "best before 125 - 10 - 04 - 12"
$6.99 @ Joe Canal's Discount Liquor, Egg Harbor, NJ

Nice label. Nice bottle as well, I like the shape. And I like the writing about the beer and the quote from John Locke. It's obviously "Stone" inspired in general, but it's much more literate and witty than most of what Greg Koch has thrown together. Onward...

Brewdog Dogma is a feisty little bitch if I can gather anything from the opening "crack" of the cap. It pours a clear deep-amber body beneath a massive head of frothy, yellowed off-white foam. (I should note at this point that I sampled it at a cellar temperature). The head holds remarkably well. Tiny bubbles can be seen making their way steadily upward and it doesn't seem to have too much carbonation. Partial sheets of lace are left behind.

OK, here we go... smells malty and hoppy. Basic. Caramelish and leafy with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness thrown in. There's something else to it but I can't place it. It seems like a pretty basic beer in general, although I know from reading the label that it's got honey, kola nut, poppy seeds and guarana thrown in. I guess I can see the honey and the poppy seeds, but I'm not even sure what kola nut is except that it's a stimulant that's got more caffeine to it than coffee. And I guess the guarana goes hand in hand with that.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and fairly smooth with just a light tickle on the palate from the median carbonation.

The flavor reveals a lot more than the aroma does, but again, I'm not sure what I'm tasting. It's peppery; and there's a bitterness to it that I'm sure is not coming from hops. The somewhat sugary malt helps to balance that, but it lingers in the aftertaste. And I guess that sugar is coming from the honey. And I do find a bit of nuttiness to it which could be from the kola nut, or might just be from the malts. I also find it much more floral than the aroma suggested. It's a bit toasty and if I had to peg this with a style other than "herbed / spiced" I'd probably go with brown ale, albeit a bit on the lighter side.

So let's break it down. Basic, yet complex. Complex in a way that we're not used to. It's not that it's got depth of flavor, or multiple flavor components going on all together and combining or not combining, it's just that those flavor components aren't exactly clear to our inexperienced palates. And yet, it falls back upon being fairly basic. So, OK, very good, but it's not exactly the kind of beer you'd look to as a basic beer to drink - it's so much more. It's not a session beer. I wouldn't order this out at the pub with the mates; or should I, is that what I'm missing? Is this a kind of response to Red Bull? Is it an "energy drink" via beer? If that's the case, I'll pass, I don't need that gimmick. But I will say it's unique. And I'll say I enjoyed it. I'm still up in the air on the "why" and "what for", but I can still call it as it stands hedonistically: average for a craft beer.

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

"The Declaration of Independence was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others."

--Robert Green Ingersoll

Polished persimmon orange with tangerine trim and a bubbly crown of suds that is equal parts ivory and ecru. The head is visually appealing and is beginning to grace the glass with a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace in BB-shot sheets.

Somewhat odd ingredients result in a somewhat odd aroma. Even though it smells like black pepper is present, it isn't. Must be the kola nut and/or guarana. Scottish heather honey and poppy seeds... no can smell. Different and interesting, but underwhelming. Here's hoping the flavor doesn't come across the same way.

Tough call on the taste score, so let's see how the rest of the bottle shakes out. Dogma is a classic herbed/spiced beer in that it tastes incredibly... uh... herbal and spicy. It's both malty sweet and hoppy bitter (Bramling Cross and Amarillo), which is much better than neither one or only one of the two.

The herb and spice load isn't bad during the upper half of the bottle, but it could become wearying over the entire 500 ml. A smaller vessel might have been the better way to go. Guarana is definitely appreciated. The others.... not so much. If blinded, I would have guessed spruce tips without a second thought.

The mouthfeel is roughly akin to an American IPA. The finish hangs on forever, thanks to what feels like abundant malt sugars. Well-calibrated bubbles don't hurt either.

Despite an offbeat list of ingredients, Dogma is not what-the-hell-were-they-thinking? beer that is too weird for its own good and is undrinkable as a result. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but this BrewDog brew is tasty stuff, as long as you have an adventurous streak.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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 smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. Moderate head that settles to single layer of bubbles. Leaves a good blanket of lace.

Brown sugar malt with a mild, floral hop bitterness. Light woodsy smell. Smells like a darker American pale ale.

Initially, I detect brown ale malts--roasted nuts, biscuit and toast. The moderate hop level gives this beer a dry mouthfeel. Decent body with an appropriate carbonation level. The finish is lightly bitter and not long lasting.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight (3/10/10) at ChurchKey in DC.

a - Pours a dark amber color. Inch of white head, no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of some honey and spices. Also getting a little bit of what smells like soap to me.

t - Tastes of honey, nuts, and some spice. The nut taste is nice, but interesting mix.

m - Medium body with no carbonation.

d - Wasn't the biggest fan of this one. The smell was a little weird to me, and althought the nutty taste was nice, the honey/nut/spice combo was a mix I wasn't a huge fan of. I wouldn't really look to try this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed rosy amber with a finger of head that builds up over time, but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is faint, but what can be perceived is pine, pineapple, and ginger. The taste has hints of honey and toffee in its body, with a hoppy pine and bitterness and peppery spiciness hanging on the edges. Overall, a unique melange of tastebud-poking, which, for me, did not sit all that well with my tongue. It is medium-bodied and smooth enough, but the strange flavoring bogs the drinkability down a good deal. An acquired taste, to say the least, but I'd say it's worth the adventure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 stakem
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 8/3/10. Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Batch 4, best before date of 2/23/11.

Poured into a pint glass it appears a clear amber color with 2 fingers worth of creamy yellowish stained fluff. It recedes leaving quite a cratored surface an patchy amounts of lace all over the glass.

The aroma is sweet like honey with some spiciness and floral quality about it. There is also a bit of medicinal and herbal aspect kind of like a spiced/herbed tea.

The flavor has a bitter herbal front end that includes some spice about it mingled with the bitterness. The taste is similar to an unsweetened tea with an herbal flavor mixed with honey that doesn't impart any sweetness but blends well with the other spiced and herbal flavors.

A light to medium bodied offering with a moderately low level of carbonation. Mildly solvent alcohol character and some grainy sweetness is evident as the brew warms. Pretty drinkable but a hard beer for me to wrap myself around or drink more than a single glass of. Different to say the least. Long aftertaste of bitterness partially imparted by the hops and most likely the extra ingrediants thrown in here.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with reddish orange hues and a huge bubbly/sticky head that slowly recedes but paints my glass white. Smell is herbal bordering on medicinal with hints of patchouli and pepper. Sweet caramel malts, a touch of corn, hints of dark fruit round out the aroma. Taste is dry and spicy. Starts off peppery followed by some darker fruits and honey. Lingering herbal, menthol taste in the finish. Medium to high level of carbonation, medium body, sticky herbal mouthfeel. This one just didn't agree with me. I love the way Brewdog likes to push boundaries and try new things, but I disliked the herbal medicinal character of this one. One and done for me.

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