Dogma | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.

Added by seaoflament on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 363 |  Reviews: 221
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mwelchy47
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured out dark orange. Head was a little weak with the poor. There was no expiration date or batch date on the bottle. Don't know if that lead to my sub par experience with this beer. 7.8% ABV and when served cold the beer hides the alcohol pretty well. The aromatics where nice. Definitely smelled the honey and also got a strong citrus smell. You could taste the kola nut as well and I really don't think the ingredients worked well together. Is was a highly complex taste that really overpowers your palette. The warnings are posted all over the bottle. It is called a "flavored ale" and I will quote the back of the bottle, "This ale is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies." I should've read their disclosure on the back label. It is a literal discription of what you imagine clowns and gypsies drinking; it would be this "flavored ale" and it tastes like a highly glorified malt liquor. I was expecting at least a bigger presents of a hop flavor, yet it was non-exsistent.
WARNING!!!! It is a highly adventurous beer made by highly adventurous and innovative brewers. People are going to like it and then there will be people like me who can't finish the glass. I have huge respect for Brew Dogs and what they have done for the craft beer community, but this beer just didn't connect with me.

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Photo of ohyayitstrey
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of djura
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is 5 months out of date,but,i think that 95% of flavors are still there.
Batch no.209. Got it in beer shop in Budapest,HU.

A - Cola black,dark foam,one-two finger,no carbonation.

S - Candy sugars,cocoa,coffee,cola,strong honey.

T/M - Sweet but bitter finish. Lots of sugar. Warm alcohol. Spices and other aromas.

O - Drink it with some good food. Some meat dishes or dark chocolate cake. Some cheese maybe. Personally,i don't like it too much. It is aromatic and interesting,but it doesn't feet me well..

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

Not sure if I have the right Dogma. My bottle describes it like this (same ingredients) and it's 7.8% but it sure ain't clear orange as other reviewers describe it. It's a deep dark ruby.
appearance: Dark ruby, nearly opaque. Fairly thick light tan head.
smell: The honey is prominent as is smoky undertone. Cola is also right there. Quite a nose.
taste: Lives up to the nose. All the flavors are there.
overall: This is a very nice creation. Again, not sure if Brewdog has come up with a new recipe or what. This is quite dark and unless I'm that far off from others (which could be) reviews on this are mediocre at best. This is quite nice to me.

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Photo of Anvilfarm
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of fragilemacabre
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what to expect from a beer that advertised guarana as an ingredient. I had plenty of underage experiences with Sparks, but that isn't quite the same. Boyfriend tasted first and said I wouldn't like it. My first mouthful was a little strange, but subsequent ones are super tasty.

It looks denser than it feels. Lacing quickly dissipates, though a solid carpet of foam on the surface lingers. Very bitter and alcoholic smell. Lots of coffee flavor though not much in the aroma.

It feels oily in a nice way and very light. More carbonation than I tend to prefer in beers, but it really works to carry the flavors across in a way that doesn't let the flavors become cloying.

Brew Dog consistently goes for surprises and excitement in their beers and this incarnation of Dogma is no different. I'm glad they do what they do. This could have gone very badly but it is surprisingly enjoyable,

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly solid dark brown with a tan finger and a half head that has decent retention.

Smell has a lot of different things going on. Licorice and cola are on the front end followed by some rich chocolate malt. Slightly floral note and a little bit of alcohol are also present

Taste is interesting there is a slightly sweet chocolate and cola combination that is defiantly different. There is also a slight caramel malt sweetness near that back end before a very light herbal hops bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slightly sticky sweet feel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nickfran
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a dark brown, almost black in color with 2 fingers of tan head.. excellent retention. a very sweet smelling beer overall.. hints of brown sugar, licorice, molasses, roasted grains, coffee. the flavor is pretty well balanced.. tastes like a mix between an old ale, stout, and porter.. a bit roasty, nutty, a sweet malty backbone with a bit of a membrillo sweetness (spanish fruit paste spread). it's a very easy to drink beer with a medium body and low carbonation.. leaves a sweet taste in your mouth begging for more to quench your thirst.

this is a pretty nice one from brewdog, and a big bottle at an affordable price. glad to see our area getting some of this stuff fresh.

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Photo of bca115
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogma is a burnt orange, unpolished bronze sort of color, dark and somewhere in the median between clear and opaque. It develops a sizeable head on the pour, initially rising to a thick two fingers. Retention is good, and it slowly drops to a heavy island of creamy, rocky foam. Lacing is a thick, webby ring followed by some legging and finishing with some pretty thick patching.
The interesting aromatics in this beer are strong, pouring out instantly upon the bottle's opening. Spicing is fairly heavy and the main element. After the spices fall back, the herbal note and something like citrus zest come out with a light floral note. Clearly British in nature, there's a tell-tale mild metallic note right up front.
The taste has the spices and herbs, but actually lets the hops shine in an unexpected way. Floral and earthy notes are strongest, though there's a touch of pine. A sweet note sneaks into the finish, and I think this beer has the most evident cola note in it than I ever recall tasting. There's a light peppery note as well.
Crispness in a medium body leads to a nice smoothness. It's lively without being overcarbonated, and fairly deep overall.

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Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Stignacious
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of RollBounce
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of trebbates
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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