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 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 Spineypanda
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber and has ring of foam but no actual head.
Smells really nice like a little bit of candy and some hops.
The taste is really nice! It has a strange taste that I assume is the poppy seeds, as well as the other herbs.

Having many Brewdog beers before this one, i think that it is a quite interesting change to the others.
I like this beer and will enjoy it to the last sip.

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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 winegourmet76
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour it, I am not getting much carbonation or foam. Perhaps I did not clean my glassware properly though.
On the nose, strange fruit, I am guessing the kola nut and guarana.
The taste is dry, definitely some peppery notes that are interesting with all of the dry fruit flavors. Very complex, but the mouthfeel just isn't doing it for me. Again, could have been the glassware. Even so, I will buy this again because it is almost out of my comfort zone. Another cool brew from the Brewdog boys.

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Photo of brendanmoody
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- dark amber, good amount of head, very visually appealing
s- light hop aroma, some nuttiness, and honey. the honey scent seemed to take over the more that i drank it, which wasn't a bad thing
t- a little sweet, light hop finish. i was a little dissapointed in the taste, the honey, nut, poppy, and guarna were not as i would've liked, but on the same token maybe its a good thing those flavors were subtle
m- medium body, high carbonation
d- drinkable, definitely an interesting brew that is worth trying!

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

this beer pours a pretty amber color with a small off white head that recedes to lacing and sticks nicely to the glass. the aroma smells surprisingly like beer, with all the ingredients listed on the bottle I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but the aroma speaks of roasted crystal malt and a nice hop backing with a touch of nuttiness there, but not overwhelmingly so. the taste once again, very beer like. the sweet malt greets you at the outset, and the fruit and nut taste plays a small role before the bitter end... not that the bitter end is a bad thing. the medium body and light co2 make this a nice sipper.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana. Sounds interesting enough, lets see how it is.

A- Pours a slightly hazed brownish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet caramel malt that is slightly toasted and nutty with a hint of honey. Not bad, definitely unique.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the sweet caramel malts along with honey, spices and finally some herbal hops in the finish creating a good amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected for a 7.8% beer with a high amount of carbonation prickling the tongue.

D- Overall, a pretty decent beer that is worth a shot solely on the beers uniqueness.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dogma...Wow. What can I say. Honey, kola nut, guarana, and poppy seed. Quite an adventurous brew.

Pours out as a nice amber red color. Pretty.
Head is about half and inch and last a decent amount of time before fading to a nice lacing.

Smells of caramel and...pepper? Not much there. Very faint.

Now here we go! Lets give it a whirl!

Mouth feel is OK. Not bad. Nothing special. About what I would expect.

Taste is very unique...Obviously. I can tell the honey and guarana are there, but you really have to look for them. No Idea what kola nut tastes like. Every flavor you can pick out up front is quickly overpower by the poppy seed. The poppy lasts a loooong time. Finishes with a decent bitterness.

Very different.
Very interesting.
Wouldn't drink it every time I hit the pub, but it's one I would ave here and there.
It's one I would recommend.
Put it one your bucketlist or whatever.

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Photo of bminor7
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

A - clear honey foam.

S - not much smell...something of a weakly fragrant IPA. upon warming, some hemp-like qualities. people walking into the room kept asking "what is that smell" I'd reply "does it smell like marijuana?" they'd say "yes" I'd say "it's this beer"

T - bitter, yet sweet. i don't know what kola nuts taste like, but this tastes a bit like marijuana to me. not that i've eaten it before.

M - fair, not notable mouthfeel.

D - ABV not detectable, so drinkability is OK

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark amberish, orange tint. resembled an IPA possbily. low head retnetion

Aroma - did not smell much, sublte honey

Taste - a taste of grain sweetness at the front with an uncomfortable metal taste. I did not pick up anyhting other than some honey. Finishes dry, a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, about medium body

Drinkability - disappointing

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice red color. Nice white head. Very clear.

S - wow. this was a nice smell. It was fruity and nutty and sweet all at the same time. GREAT JOB!!

T - Tastes almost as nice as it smells. All the flavors of the honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana come together quite nicely to make something unique like I have never had before.

M - Good mouthfeel. A bit low on the carbonation. A little lighter than what I expect from a spiced beer. Not dry finish which is fine.

D - Very nice. It is light on the stomach and great on flavor. Not a beer to enjoy on a hot day, but a good beer to enjoy on a rainy day. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd pair it with some sweets like cake or tiramisu. Very nice.

I really enjoyed this one from Brewdog. I will definitely purchase it again.

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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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold/cloudy orange with a small head on top of a mild honey and herbal spice aroma. Medium-bodied beer that is balance, with sweetness up front and then a tart citric backbite that is really dry and cuts sharp. Tastes good overall but the heavy backbite is a bit of a drag. Mild spices mixed with mild herbal hops and malts make for an OK brew but not one that is incredible.

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Photo of Xul
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with brown hues, capped by a shortlived single finger white head.

S: Fairly subdued, albeit pleasant nose. Bready malt base accentuated by spices - honey is the dominant spice, followed by a poppy seed scent and some subtle piney aspects.

T: Malt up front with a lot of honey character and a subtle sweetness. Transitions into spices in the middle and finishes with a well-balanced bitterness with the piney aspects from the nose coming through in a stronger way.

M: Medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.

D: The smooth finish and subtle sweetness make this very quaffable.

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at Derby St. Liquors, Hingham Mass.

A - Poured an amber/brown color. Surprisingly hazy. Not much head.

S - Strong pleasant smell of warm honey, malt, hops, and a bit of coffee.

T - At first, the beer was very bitter and hoppy. This faded to a sweeter, cocoa taste on the back end. Definitely a beer with two acts.

M - A bit too much hop bitterness clung to the teeth, but the beer felt smooth, sweet, and interesting.

D - Pretty darn good. A lot of tastes to keep the drinker interested.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent amber with a white head. Doesn't appear to be many carbonation bubbles.

S- Smells very strongly of sweet honey. Some undertones of spice are there too. A really nice aroma.

T- Sweet, flavorful honey gives way to a very spicy and fairly complex finish. I really enjoyed the progression from sweet to spiciness.

M - Low carbonation level and low to medium bodied. Smooth and silky.

D - A flavorful and smooth brew makes for a very drinkable beer experience. A nice session beer.

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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 dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, orange red colour with a fluffy, tight ivory head. The head dissipates to a thick but consistent film.

Sweet with some floral hop character. A hint of orange. A light herbal note plays out but I can't identify it. Slighly woody.

Hmmmm, I don't really know what to say. There is definately some light malt, a bit of hops and some 'herbs' but the whole thing sort of fails to come together. It is a bit watery with a strong lingering bitterness. The toffee maltiness only lasts for a few seconds. That said it seems to do what it says it does.

Lightish body with moderate carbonation. A bit watery.

As a whole it doesn't work for me. It is perfectly drinkable and doesn't put me off but it lacks direction and clarity. It seems like Brewdog have tried too hard to be extreme and in the process failed to make a good beer. I normally really like these guys but they can't make it work here.

Reconsideration: A second bottle (this time the 660ml format) proves nicer. Bigger, toffee malts, less harsh herb flavours and a better mouthfeel all make this beer a better drink.

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

Batch #99, best by 16/12/10. Poured from bomber into a Unibroue tulip. One finger of off-white head relaxes on the surface of the body for a decent length of time before fading. Soapy lacing sticks to the side of the glass for quite a while. Aroma is sweet, pleasant, refreshing, unique, almost like honey-butter. Actually, very much like honey-butter. Taste is moderately sweet with some interesting spices. I assume I'm tasting guarana, since I don't think I've ever tasted it before. I get the kola nut taste but poppy seeds I don't taste. Interesting mixture of flavor, that's for sure. Style points and creativity points must be added. Remarkably well hidden ABV, almost no trace of alcohol. Interesting and tasty brew.

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

Presentation: 660 ml bottle into a nonic. "batch 099 best before 15/12/10" stamped onto back of label.

A- Color is a slightly hazy amber. Pours with ~1 finger of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- Spicy, slightly piney hoppiness followed closely by sweet, malty notes.

T- A barrage of herbs and spices, followed by a distinctly honey sweetness. Quite unique to my experiences, and a bit difficult to individually pick out the various flavors. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is not particularly noted.

M- Moderate carbonation with a bit of crispness to it. Medium to medium-light feel, with a bit of oily slickness.

D- Good. I probably wouldn't want to make a session out of this beyond a 660ml, or even to have it with any real regularity- but it was a pleasant, interesting, easy enough drink that was an enjoyable diversion from the beaten path.

Future outlook: Dunno. Was good, and a quite unique experience...might have to pick up again and see how it wears the second time.

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

The beer pours a dark amber, almost red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice crystal/roasted malt character along with a strong peppery aroma. I'm not detecting any guarana or kola, although I have no idea what a kola nut is. The taste is decent. It has a dry, fruity flavor that boasts of honey and the guarana fruit. It has a light pale and crystal malt base as well as a mild cracked pepper finish. The taste is unique in that the fruit is so pronounced, but the poppy seed squashes it in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These guys make so damn funky beers. I like strange brews like this one. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but in small doses it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Travlr
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was orange with a large white head and tremendous lacing.
Aroma was very subtle, but had notes of licorice and anise, with a hint of black pepper.
Taste was similar to apple juice and sand, very subtle almost to the point of being bland. Little finish.
Medium body. Too light for my taste.

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Photo of JamesS
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a sparkling copper color with excellent head and great lacing. Nice deep malt scent with wonderful honey tones. Excellent taste; deep and malty, very rich; nice honey flavors with a bit of cola zing to it. Very rich, thick, and flavorful brew that goes down well and only has the slightlest tinge of it's high ABV.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a fairly vigorous pour, I managed to get a small head on this, though it faded soon. The color is orange-red, a bit hazy. The nose offers some moderate caramel malt, some earthy hops, and an unidentifiable spiciness--actually, it makes me think of a wet tea bag. The taste is pretty ESB-like: light caramel malt, earthy hoppiness, and a bit of diacetyl at the end, with a rounded fruitiness. I can't tastes any of the other spices mentioned. Body is definitely a bit on the watery side, though that too feels a like a traditional English draught beer.

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