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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is oddly spicy, like an old easy chair, or a straw hat, or my parent's attic, or it actually kind of reminds me of fertilizer or insecticide... That's probably the worst description I've written, and I'm very interested in taking a sip. Reading the label, that must be the kola nut and/or poppy seeds, and I now recognize the guarana from my high school energy drink days. Smells unusually interesting.

Pours supremely clear ruby caramel color with mild head. Looks good.

Taste follows the nose, oddly enough, and has lots of odd things going on. Part of me wonders if this is fit for human consumption, but I'll keep going. Tart and fruity, plastic and chemical, malty and bizarre. Mild bitterness and sweetness. Moderately tea-like. There's definite notions of guarana, or what I assume must be guarana from the unusual likeness to Bawls energy drink. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

Dogma doesn't really taste like a beer, it tastes like something I've never tasted before and it's pretty good.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, served chilled

Pouring with an amber body, little maroon hints on the edges. Bubbly fluffy head, settling to a fine whisp. Not overly carbonated a might add

Spicy honey sweetness on the nose, almost some malt extract before it goes in the boil. Oily almost buttered toast along with fresh lavender and some beefy hops.

Taste is herbal with a touch of heather followed by a good wallop of meaty, dry hops followed once again by a chunky malt character. When I first tried this it had reminders of Stone's Arrogant Bastard and I noted that Amarillo hops are big on the bill in this ale also. A slightly vinous note and a little bit of sweetness and caramel on the finish.

A warming strong ale. The additions are noticeable but certain don't push this into 'heather ale' territory, the hops make sure they have their rightful place.

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Photo of Twitchsey
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with a cream colored head. There is a strong spice characteristics to the aroma, with a hint of grassy/pine. Overall though the aroma is very subtle, and bordering mild.

Medium amount of lacing as the head dies down.

Initial taste is that of spices, followed by a sweetness similar to honey, and ending with a strong pine/hop bitterness. The spice characteristic persists as the hop characteristic dissipates, and has an exotic feel to it.

Taste overall is fairly mild, making it easy to drink and fairly enjoyable to sit down with for the evening. though the spices can be overpowering at times.

Unique tasting, definately would be something I would try a second time, or share with friends. Recommended if you want to try something outside of the norm.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with very little head. A very lightly carbonated beer. Smell is a bit of a mess, with some malt, spice and honey. Taste is more of the same, with some sweetness from the honey and then a taste that I can only describe as pine needles. Not the smell you would get from piney hops, but pine needles. Never had anything like it before. Not a bad beer, but not sure if I would have it again.

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

550ml bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a hazy red-amber body with virtually no head. Smells nutty with caramel and brown sugar. Tastes nutty with some vegetal hops, some caramel and brown sugar with notes of licorice. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not sure what to make of this one. Odd mesh of flavors... Not bad, just very unique. Not bad, but not sure if I'd get again.

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Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint 6.4 oz. bottle that I bought at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio a few weeks ago. Stamp on label suggests Batch "C 99" and "best before" date of 16/12/10. I do not recall the price.

A Very light brown one inch head over a glowing orange brown translucent body that is a bit basic really. 3.0

S I get some bourbon like notes but I think that this could be because of the unique collection of the spices and scents that come together to mimic a bourbon smell. Honey, Kola Nut, poppy seed and gaurana are the spices that I refer to. I certainly also get an alcohol kick (part of my perceived bourbon scent). I like this smell. 4.5

T Well, there is a sweetness gained from the honey but is in the same taste spectrum as maybe some maple syrup, some alcohol and then a strong grain presence as well which gave it a bit of a burlap bag (or maybe that should be a Triscuit) feel of grainy roughness but the grains are in the back, behind the sweet malt and alcohol. This beer is nothing if not interesting. 4.0

M Moderate to big beer with that grainy feel near the end and the reasonably high ABV. 4.0

D Well I will finish the bomber but this is a big beer, one that no one would drink repeatedly, if not just for the bigness of it the likely cost (I vaguely recall something in the $7.99 to $9.99 range). 2.5

Notes: Interesting beer from BrewDog with a bourbon like smell, big malt sweetness, some grainy roughness but an ABV level which is not well hidden. This is the "biggest" spiced beer that I can recall drinking.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ruby amber pour (nice hue!), small head though.
Honey is quite noticeable on the aroma, along with treacle-like malty notes. Theres some spicy herbal hints, not sure if that's poppy or guarana? Some syrupy kola hints and peppery goodness. Very nice!
Flavours are similar, with creamy honey, toasty dark malts, a fair bit of toffee and some peppery and herbal notes.
Good velvety smooth body, great moderately low carbonation. Works perfectly!
Pretty damn sessionable, hardly any hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of thepeter
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep red amber with a minimal head that consisted of larger light bubbles and foam.

S - pretty faint aroma's of citrus (lemon), honey, herbal notes, and a bit of earthiness.

T - Citrus hops, pine needles, cola, a bit of alcohol warmth and a nutty (Kola nut) finish.

M&D - A bit of a heavy feel to it, moderate carbonation and smooth. I feel like the honey somehow is noticeable here, but maybe that's just in my mind. I could drink a couple but will not go out of my way.

Very interesting mix of flavors. Just not sure if it is what I am looking for. Either way I love the experimentation and applaud Brewdog for having balls and taking chances.

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Photo of drpimento
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Huh. Teaser beer that don't deliver. Poured with a great off white to tan colored head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is interestlingly different. Then the taste is where it all goes to hell. Shallow. chemical. Who decided that this is good? Flav is so off that it's hard to think about body. Carbonation is ok. Finish is too long for the flavor. Glad it's now only a weird memory.

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Photo of earthboundagain
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Notes

Well I am not an expert of spiced beers, so I will try my best with this review. I thought this beer was interesting to say the least. It has a lot going on flavor wise and I am not sure that all these flavors should be contained in the same bottle. The beer was different and unique, and I would drink it again with some friends, but I could not do another bomber alone. I will try this one again down the road and see if things have changed.

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Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that very quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves

Sweet and spicy aroma with light fruit notes, peppery spice and subtle sweet honey. There is also an earthy herbal presence that blends well with these other aromas. Maybe even a touch of mint.

There are a lot of complex flavors going on here. There is a very strong floral/herbal minty feel along with some spicy peppry notes, subtle sweet honey, clove, light fruit notes and syrupy medicinal notes. Very complex and interesting but the problem is that it doesn't taste very good. I appreciate the experimentation but this beer should only be sought after by people who are curious to sample it once or those looking to tic.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bomber into a tasting glass. Light amber, somewhat cloudy (though not from sediment, just the opacity of the liquid). Small white foam didn't last.

S: not too different from a Latin American soft drink (where guarana is a common ingredient) - sweet, spicy, and earthy

T: disappointing. to me it tasted more like an English bitter ale than anything exotic. the sweet honey dominating the smell is mostly gone, giving way to a mostly bitter brew. it's not a /bad/ bitterness -- there's some depth to it, kind of like roasted coffee -- but it's not what I expected. the spicy ingredients are pretty much absent. on the plus side, the ABV is very well hidden.

M: average to below-average carbonation; fairly light body for a high gravity beer

D: pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.8%. But for all the wrong reasons: once sniffed a few times, there's not much going on. I'd almost prefer a beer of this type to be /less/ drinkable because it floored me with unusual one-off flavors.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz goblet.

Deep orange copper with a two inch frothy white head that dissapates to a 1/2 inch frothy wisp.

Smells of caramel malts, cola syrup and fresh wet grass and earth; Amarillo hop. Very inviting.

Taste is surprisingly well blended malts and hops; earthy with a slight oily mouthfeel. I can detect the guarana which is similar to a coffee bean without the acidity goes quite well with the Amarillo hop profile. There is a wonderful lingering aftertaste unlike anything I have ever enjoyed. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew; the 7.8% ABV is undetectable. As it warms I can detect even more eqarthy spice. Not overwhelming spice character. It is very subtle. The guarana, Kola nut and poppy seed are all stimulants much like coffee. These ingredients are often found in energy drinks. As funny as it sounds I feel a bit energized after quaffing down my first bottle of this stuff. I wish I had another bottle to sample!
THis was very drinkable. Uniqueue and enjoyable I would recommend sharing a bottle with someone who also enjoys a creative craft brew. Loved it!Will buy more.


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Photo of erz316
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch -099, best before of 16/12/10, poured into old speckled hen glass.

A - the beer pours well, giving a big head with good retention. the head is probably a little over 2 fingers, coming in a lightly orange cream colour. lacing is also quite abundant. the body is a completely clear orange copper, a bit on the dark side. I dont know what a perfect, or even a good looking herb beer should look like, so I am going to settle on a solid four points.

S - i'll be damned if i know what kola nut or gaurana smell, let alone taste like. the nose is quite hoppy, in a more spicy than grapefruit, but more grapefruit than pine, kind of way. there is also decent malt presence, quite caramel-ish. oddly enough I even smell a pinch of fresh marijuana, though that could be the neighbors. the brew smells fine, I just can smell any of the special ingredients, so i think bumping down the score is appropriate.

T - I dont know how I should feel about this beer; its not bad, but its no knock out either. the initial taste is quite malty, caramel, and a more sweet than not. there is a distinct hop flavour in the background but it does not contribute enough to curb this quite potent sweetness. I guess I might taste some of that kola nut, and maybe the honey is making that very identifiable sweetness, but the poppy seeds and the gaurana, well, who the hell can tell. the sweetness is the most noticeable thing about this beer, seems almost out of place. the finish is bitter like piney hops, I don't know, maybe if i knew what these spices and herbs tasted like i would notice if there is a lot of kola or poppy. but I dont, so I cant. the aftertaste is malty and slightly hoppy.

MF&D - everything is pretty good in this department. ample carbonation, a heavy-light or real light medium body; its hard to tell because the carbonation thickens the body out really quickly.

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Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a pint bottle it pours into my glass a light copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with subtle lacing,the aromas are honey,herbs and some strong malty guarana quite a different smell altogether but very nice,the palette is dominated with malty honey at first then finishes with a herbal twist and a little touch of alcohol with an average mouthfeel quite a pleasant beer thats very interesting and could drink it again but wouldnt drink it all night.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a black and pink labeled bottle that is an odd amount as it isn't a full bomber, but bigger than a 12 oz. 660 ml
The label informs me of the following:

Dogma is an innovative, enigmatic ale brewed with guarana, poppy seeds and kola nut all blended together with Scottish heather honey. A conspiracy of transcontinental ingredients infused with some devastatingly BrewDog imaginative thinking.

The flavours, intricacies and nuances of this beer are best enjoyed while musing over some obscure 17th Century philosophical meanderings, such as:

"If we disbelieve everything because we cannot certainly know all things we will do much, what as wisely as he who would not use his wings but sit still and perish because he had no wings to fly."
John Locke.

This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies.

The pour is a deep clear amber with a white large bubbled head that dissipates somewhat fast leaving some lacing.

Aromas are plenty of maltiness with some caramel and bready sweetness in there. Overall, malt dominant in the nose.
Not really picking up all the added ingredients. Even the honey is hard to find. It is there, but in the background.

The flavor is malt dominant as well with some residual sweetness on the tongue. The honey is a bit more present in the flavor. Poppy Seed? I can't tell. Guarana? What the hell does guarana taste like? Perhaps like an energy drink. Kola Nuts? Again, never had them so I can't say.

One thing I can say is the 7.8 abv is really hard to tell. This beer hides it rather well.
Overall, The spices do add some character that is unique and unlike anything I've had before.

Dogma is the Roman Catholic understanding of what is right belief. This bottle of Dogma has me believe I'll have another sip.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Sainsbury's into a straight glass.

Nice warm clear amber colour, with almost no head. Modest carbonation. Lovely aroma og honey, heather, grapefruit and citrus generally. Interesting complex mix of flavours and a nice lingering aftertaste. For once, sweetness really works well in a beer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-gold, shimmering with sunset yellows and oranges, topped with a lacy, parchment-colored head. Wonderfully fruity, floral, grassy, and herbal nose - the heather honey really shines, with pleasantly soapy notes of thyme, lavender, and rose. This is possibly the most flowery beer I've ever smelled, with the possible exception of Avatar Jasmine IPA. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well, betraying the brewers' fetish for American hoppage (no complaints there!). Strong and bitter, yet restrained and balanced. Grapefruit pith and heather dominate, allowing for the thorny spice of noble hops, the volatile herbal kick of poppy, and the bubblegum fruitiness of guarana. Sweet with honey and biscuity grain, yet dry, with a light carbonation helping to perforate the sugars. Interesting and very flavorful; not quite as layered as I'd hoped, but a lovely, fun, and intriguing ale.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep coppery amber colour. Slightly off white head poured quite big and bubbly then faded to wispy covering... no real carbonation.. light lacing..

Aroma - Toffee / caramel sweetness mixed with coppery metallic notes, brown lemonade, quite sugary, definite heather honey notes, tea leaves, caramalised apples and pineapples, raisins, light rubberiness, black pepper, rosemary and thyme herbalness, earthy, some fruit loaf maltiness...

Taste - Honey and caramel sweetness initially then a (harsh?) herbal hop bitterness come through, metallic notes, black pepper, sweet ginger beer spiciness, grassy and floral notes, some medicinal traces, toasted nuttiness, burnt sugar, warming alcohol comes through, light anise... (all the flavours definitely come together better as the beer warms up - probably goes from a 3.0 initially to 4.0)

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with a little oiliness underneath.. medium bodied... maybe a bit sickly after a while to be very drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good brew that definitely needs to warm up a little for all the flavours to meld... recommended...

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Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 12/07/2010, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped sniffer. NOTE: I very much suspect that this ale is the same product as "Speedball", as the ingredients described on the back labels are identical - guarana, Californian poppy seeds, kola nut, and Scottish heather honey...

A: super elegant, the colour is dark amber with clear pink-orange glows, coming with very restrained carbonation and a slowly retreating off-white foamy head.
S: exactly like "Speedball" that I tried two months ago, the aroma provides lots of citric & woody hops with a concentration on overripe grapefruits and nectar, on a par with honey-ish & caramely-creamy malts, while from time to time a unique/weird hint of... well, mixed pepper cones, fennel seeds and dirt emerges in the background. The balance favours the sweet side of malts and honey, but the assertive hop aroma does manage to add a few more positive points.
T: the flavour definitely drives this beer apart from my previous encounter with Speedball, I think, in terms of the "order" of flavour elements that develop on the tongue - the main theme on the palate focuses on heather-ish and lightly fennel-like plantation, woodiness, plus intriguing elements like spiced dried grapefruit-peels, red pepper cones, and unknown peppery seeds (poppy seeds?), leaving red-grapefruity bitter hops and caramely malts to lag behind. Honey is mostly dissolved or blended nicely in this mixed flavour, leaving but a touch of sour nectar, while in the end a moderate flow of bitterness intensifies a bit and lingers gently, providing a semi-chewy & tannic undertone not unlike a well-hopped (but not-so-bitter) IPA.
M&D: the texture is mostly light and soft as far as the carbonation is concerned, but somehow the sweet elements do overpower the more delicate, unusual elements on the palate. That said, just like my experience of Speedball, all the intriguing elements fail to make a clear presentation in the overall drinking performance, as I've never tasted each ingredient separately. Put together, nevertheless, this fairs a well-crafted and intriguing ale truly worth exploring!

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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 jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet piney nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is complex with malt, sweet licorice, bit of caramel. Best by 3/3/2010. $7.00 for a 22 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange and honey ambrosia like color. Pretty quick head that goes from one finger head, to film, to nothing in less than five minutes. Only one line of bubbles. Totally toasted with some unplaceable herbal scents and a light coca-cola aroma. Sweet caramel with powder dry herbal notes. The middle is a light corn syrup with maybe some honey and wet orangey hops in the middle. The finish is bitter first then leaves a powder dry cola flavor. Very unique brew with lots of different flavors evoking thought with each sip. Ok sipper.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brownish red color with a tan head. Head is foamy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of caramel malts, floral hops and a bit of spice.

T- Taste is nutty and sweet up front. Tastes like a scottish ale.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation.

D- Not bad at all not the best out there but easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle, best before 3/3/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like honey, caramel malt, toffee, tea and nuts (which I assume is from the poppy seeds and kola nuts). It tastes like honey, caramel, toffee and herbal hops. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable at all. I thought it was pretty decent and would try it again in the future, although this brew is a bit pricey.

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Dogma from BrewDog
3.6 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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