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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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 362
Photo of flyingpig
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light chestnut brown with hints of amber throughout. There is a bubbly white head that is about a fingers width tall and fades to a soapy lacing after about a minute or so.

Spicy notes to begin coupled with some herbal notes and a lot more of a hop filled aroma than I would have imagined. The aroma is an intriguing one with some sweet alcohol and honey notes with a touch of caramel somewhere in the middle.

Quite fruity to start with some spice and floral flavours. The hops from the nose are there but not as strong as before with some herbs and a lot of sweetness, some sugar and a little honey.

Smooth with a medium mouthfeel and similar carbonation levels. There is a sweet, fruity texture to the beer with a sticky touch toward the end with moderate bitterness.

Very nice beer and a lot more fruity and lighter than I was expecting with plenty of character. There is a good balance between the flavours.

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Photo of RickS95
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a spicy looking brownish orange. Looks 'rich.' The head is slightly offwhite and fleeting.

Malt forward in the nose with both a spicy and sweet scent. Very slightly floral.

There is an herb/spice taste, though I can't quite distinguish them so I'll stick with what the bottle says...poppy seed and guarana. Almost has a pale ale taste, but not quite.

There's an earthiness to this drink, a bitterness that's slightly unusual. It's light bodied and has a slightly loose feel. Lacks any of the sweetness of the nose and focuses mostly on the bitter. Alcohol is there, but very well hidden

A strange beer, it doesn't really work for me. It's unusal, so I'm happy to have it checked off my to-do list, but not something I'll likely have again.

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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 ghostwalker
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy red-brown appearance. Finger of off-white head.

Nose is herbal and spicy. Different and fairly enticing.

Flavor is overwhelming herbs and spice. What worked for the nose is too much of a good thing on the palate. Tastes like it was dry hopped with potpourri. Blecchhhh!

Mouthfeel is OK. Hard to evaluate over the train-wreck that is my palate right now.

Overall is severely impacted by the flavor. Just a bad idea, BrewDog...

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Photo of ckollias
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 1 pint, 6.4 oz bottle out of a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Sweet hoppy aroma with a citrus and honey background.

T: Starts out a little sweet with honey, has a hoppy middle and a bitter finish.

M: Pretty strong with a medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a solid IPA – interesting mix with the honey, kola nut, poppy seed, and guarana.

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Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at KJ Baarons in Worcester. Shared with bpk59.

A - Pours a golden orange haze with a two finger earthy, dense maple hue with big, sticky side lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - TON of honey with this nose. Super enjoyable and fragrant. There is a slight poppy and earthy nut note that overpowers the medicinal notes.

T - Ahh, theres the medicinal qualities. So there is good honey notes, much like the nose, but it finish very herbal/medicinal. I can imagine that this is from the guarana. There is a light, nutty finish.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, but very syrupy and sticky.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, but its far to medicinal for my liking. Great appearance and aromas, but the medicinal aspects hurt this for me.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddy black colour with a light brown head and lots of awesome lacing.

Smells very yeasty and alcoholic. First thing that springs to mind is boozy marmite...

Tastes very tangy, very boozy, very burnt too. Surprisingly watery given the lacing and head as well.

Not the best beer, but interesting nonetheless and it's always good to experiment. Nothing ventured nothing gained eh?

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The color is deep orange, almost red. I can see small bubbles in the liquid. The head is thick, about one finger high and white. The head slowly dissolves and leaves lots of lacings on the glass.

S: Smells strawberries, a bit of alcohol, wheat and maybe some honey. I can smell spices and lots of different hops. Maybe Sorachi Ace?

T: A bit peppery at the start. Almost like they have added black pepper. I can feel a lot of honey after the second sip. Wheat bread and toffee is also present. Finishes off with a lot of alcohol. Surprisingly since the ABV is not extremely high.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Slightly oily. It's almost too carbonated to my liking.

O: I'm not very fond of this beer. It seems unbalanced.

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

A: Pouring the beer from a bottle into the glass creates a pretty thick, foamy and airy head that quickly shrinks and disappears. The color is a copperish/amberish color, very clean.

S: There are a lots of sweet tones going on, smells like there's a lot of alcohol going on in here as well. Just as the label states, you can pick up some honey tones here and there. You can also smell that there should be plenty of hops in here going on in the background

T: Just as the smell the taste is pretty sweet and malty. The hoppy tones comes in at last replacing those sweet tones with bitter ones which is very nice.

M: The sweet tones that you can pick up in both the smell and taste gives you a sweet almost silky smooth feel drinking this beer at first. Then hoppy tones that also can be found in both the smell and the taste comes in doing a good job replacing that smooth feel with nice hoppy bitterness.

O: A nice and interesting beer with both sweet silky smooth smell, taste and mouthfeel. The sweet tones are very well balanced and accompanied by the hops getting to work just in time giving you a long lasting experience.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. A nice and slightly hazy amber orange beer with signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet bready and caramel malts, honey, spices, and some alcohol on the nose.

Taste: honey, honey, and more honey, spiciness is nice, light bready and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, tasty, slightly boozy and easy to drink.

Overall: I think more of fall/winter when it comes to these beers, but I have found that they can be enjoyed all times of the year. I have had this one before and and will keep my eyes open for more of it in the future.

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Photo of bark
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The colour is brown-amber (25 ECU), the liquid clear. The compact warm beige four-finger head is uneven. Good head retention. Thick lacing.

The smell is almost perfumed with lots of fresh fir tree and mahogany. Some mild Christmas spices and heavy sweet flavours.

The taste is bitter-sweet and spicy. Some metal and hints of sour fruits. Sweet notes; coconut and toffee. Passing notes of mahogany. I can feel the alcohol in the back of my mouth, but not taste it. Full body. The aftertaste is surprisingly one-handed and flat. Alcohol, metallic bitterness and odd stale-frowsy spices.

The carbonation is strong; the very small bubbles fresh. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

A very odd beer, this one. It starts off with lots of flavours, but they don’t get together very well. And the aftertaste is just flat and sticky.

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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 mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy, quickly receding off-white head.

S: Aromas of heather honey, poppy seeds, caramel, and fresh biscuits are present on the nose. I think I was expecting something a bit more medicinal, but I am impressed with this aspect of this beer.

T: A sweet, rich, malty entry quickly gives way to big notes of heather honey, kola nut, black pepper, poppy seeds, biscuits, caramel, orange zest, leather, heavy cream, tobacco, and guarana. The finish is spicy and long with an intriguing interplay of honey, medicinal guarana, and peppery poppy seed flavors.

M: This is a creamy, smooth ale with a medium-to-full body. Carbonation is gentle, but that could be because this beer has been cellared for over a year. Alcohol presence is tremendously restrained; in fact, it's barely noticeable at all.

O: This is an intriguing beer, and I am definitely glad I took the opportunity to try it, but I doubt that I will go out of my way to purchase it again. The heavy honey, pepper, and medicinal fruit flavors quickly become tiresome, and this beer is tremendously filling. All in all, this is a decent ale, but it's not something that is ever going to become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance isn't what i'd like to see from a scottish spruce ale...too carbonated but the nice full white head

the appearance is what i like to see from this type of ale....although i don't think there is a particular color associated with spruce ales...

smell is incredible a wild herbal scent...the spruce is light yet noticeable....i think the poppys come up very well...the honey is also present

the taste is a little medicinal...but not from it being may be coming from the kola nut or poppys

the feel is nice a little thick but not as thick as it pours

overall this is an ok or nice take on a Scottish spruce ale

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Photo of dtivp
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber with a two finger dull light tan head, good retention, moderate lacing.

Aroma was slightly sweet with honey and an overwhelming floral and herb scent.

Taste was bread, malt, honey sweetness, ending with the herbs and a bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, with moderate carbonation, slightly crisp and bitter with a very different floral and herb character.

Overall an interesting beer, however, once was enough for me.

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Photo of bornridiculous
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different. This beer is different.

Appearance: The beer pours a lightly hazy golden red, with a decently retaining head.

Smell: This beer smells, honestly like not much. You get a hint of something, honestly not sure of whether or not its malt or one of the many spices in this beer.

Taste: This beer is complex, and as I said, different. The beer is sweet, with malty, honey flavors that standout. There is a definite poppy taste floating around in the background, and it is a wonderful accent. The amount of alcohol in this is not really tasted, and blends in beautifully with the other tastes.

Mouthfeel: Beer is moderately carbonated, with a nice tingle and aftertaste that stay on the tongue.

My final impressions: An enjoyable, different brew, that is not really an everyday beer, but worth trying at least once.

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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 Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang flute on 8/6/11

Batch 249; best before 29-08-11

Burnt, browned orange. Ample two finger head smooths and collapses slowly but leaves quite impressive retention and a nice, ringed pattern of lace.

Huh. Smells like annoying stuff. Some herbal tones, earthy notes and yeast. Grass and hay throughout. The aroma is incredibly boring. Tastes better than expected. Heavy on the bread (comes across as spiced bread). Decent shot of herbs, but the spices hold up. Reasonably tasty but not spectacular. Lingering earthy finish. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall impression - decent and drinkable but not worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber color. It feels a little honey on the nose but it was a little difficult to see the rest of the ingredients used (as they are numerous).

It really does not see the guarana, kola nut and poppy seeds. The body has a fluffy, both sweet and malty, but the use of spices is misused. If there is no problem regarding honey or guarana - which is still a little in the finish - it is difficult to find the others.

The beer is nice to drink but it's a shame when you see what there was to do with this concept.

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Photo of bens0n
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a burnt orange color with a large amount of creamy off white head.

On the nose I can pick up on the honey and guarana. The kola nut and poppy seed aren't something I can recognize but it has a floral smell to it.

This beer is pretty thick and slick, not too boozy given ABV either. I can pick up on the guarana and poppy on the finish. The honey is pretty absent in the flavor. There is a nuttiness that lingers on your tongue after finishing it.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A very clouded orange/brown looking brew. It produced a 2-finger had that looks pretty thick and hardy. Cant really see any C02. A few spots where left on my glass.

S - It smells allot like a Red Ale to me. It's pretty sweet smelling with all kinds of fruity, candied characteristics going on, like dates and cherries. There's an apricot like aroma in there with a flowery dryness that's pretty noticeable. I also get a bit of pine like hop notes. Not incredibly herbal like I expected.

T - Right up front a substantial bitterness hits the tongue, sweet honey and herbal tea flavors quickly follow. It unfolds into a touch of toasted bread, rind and more tea, this time around it tastes like over steeped green tea. It finishes dry with lingering honey flavors, and a bitterness that seems like it comes from both hops and herbs.

M - Smooth, chewy, silky and around full bodied. Very low crispness to it.

O - Well I think this is an interesting brew, but I can't ever see myself wanting it again. The bitterness was a bit strange to me, and I'm not a fan of sweet/syrupy like beers. I did like the honey flavor (not sweetness) and tea like qualities, and the beer looks pretty nice as well. Overall I think I would pass next time. Give it a try if you like sweet brews with a good amount of bitterness to it.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass: nonic

Hazy dark orange body, certainly unfiltered. Nice rich and thick 1 finger head, full splashy lacing.

Seems like an amber ale base on the aroma. Nice light toasted malts with very aromatic notes of rose, orange, grape, mint and alcohol.

Substantially more bitter than i expected but rightfully so, this beer is pretty darn sweet. Its got a thick and almost syrupy body that quickly becomes a bit much. The amber ale base makes it's way into the flavor profile, lightly toasted malts, some candy-like sweetness but the redeeming quality seems to be the guarana and poppy seed that gives it an interesting herbal quality.

Not exactly my go-to beer. Its too sweet and as i drank further, the bitterness was completely overtaken by a cloying sweetness. I'll pass on Dogma next year.

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Photo of diamondc
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Massive head & carbonation. Good head retention. Already showing some lacing. Hazy, orange color.

S: Can definitely smell the kola nut right away, honey is present after a few aggressive swirls. Oats and wheat bread, too.

T: VERY herbal-y, honey, almost bordering on medicinal. Spicy, peppery hops at the end. Would have preferred a bit more sweetness.

M: A real sipper, a bit of a weird beer, though. Medicinal honey cough drop notes drag the drinkability down.

O: Worth a try, a challenging beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour still did not yield much of a head. Swirly lace is left on top of a basically opaque amber beer. The smell is very interesting and unique, reminding me of other oak aged beers I've tried, but much sweeter. Honey plays a dominating part in that sweetness, with a certain spiciness reminiscent of medicinal supplies combined with dried fruit. Very hard to pinpoint what that smell is. Its very aromatic, whatever it is.

It tastes very nearly to the smell, leaving me a little at a loss. Honey is easily identifiable as one of the flavors, as it is the most prevelant in the sweet part of this beer. But as far as kola nut and guarana, I have never come across these in other beers (or anything to my knowledge for that matter). They make for an interesting beer however. Spicy with a touch of clove and hops that attempt to balance with some bitterness. There is definitely a small medicinal quality to this beer though, and its a little strange. This is a sipper and a ponderer if there ever was one, but its not my favorite beer in the world. The spices and something reminiscent of caramel malts make for a bit too rich of a beer in the end. A watery mouthfeel makes for a slightly off-putting finish. All in all, there are better beers out there, but at least this is unique and definitely worth the try.

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Photo of Kshock
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange amber color. decent retention, with some lacing.

S- A mess of spices and yeast characteristics.

T- Bitter and unbalanced. Too many spices jumbled together at once.

M- decent med body, kinda thin on the backend.

O- not my cup of tea

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