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

Big fluffy khaki head, cloudy amber body. Good, sticky lace.

Awesome nose, some cola, a bit of poppy, and some honey. Not sure what guarana smells like, but this probably smells like that, too.

Tastes kinda cola-ish but with a strong edge of almost metallic bitterness... too much of something here. Not a lot of honey in the actual taste. The bitterness isn't hops, that's for sure. The poppy that's present is not as sweet as you'd expect.

Mouthfeel is creamier than a cola and finer grained.

I expected that this might be kind of like a cola, but it was significantly more bitter. I'm not totally sure what to make of it, and it would probably pair decently with a steak or something. The metallic aspect is a downside, and it could be likened to a really bitter root beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22.4 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot-brown color. Hazy off-white head quickly dissipates to a light film.

Smell: Interesting aroma of bread, oats, and either light fruits or honey.

Taste: Bananas and honey actually hit my tongue first, then some oats,followed by some more herbal notes. It becomes fairly bitter towards the finish. The bitterness continues through the aftertaste, along with that honey-oat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Relatively mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat strong in alcohol, but it isn't apparent in the taste. However, the bitterness is rather unpleasant and long-lasting.

The herbal bitterness here is a bit over-the-top. An interesting beer for the curious to try, but not something I'll put on my repeat list.

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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 Stunner97
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark brown with light carbonation and slight carbonation seen in the glass the head is beautiful and lingers for a very long time,

Smell- malty, almost musty sourness to the nose, honey, spice

Taste- slightly sweet and malty up front, theres a nice lingering spice that lingers on through the finish keeping it balanced,honey only faintly noticed and there is definitely nuttyness to the flavor, decently hoppy to at the finish, interesting flavor profile though not overwhelming

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability/overall- not sure exactly what to make this beer its almost very spicey, not sure one hundred precent if its just hops or combination of unique ingredients being used in the beer, overall this beer did grow on me but not sure its one I could drink a whole lot of or would get often, interesting but not amazing

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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 zoolzoo
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, golden amber pour. Half finger white head.

S: Certainly some honey sweetness, spice, yeasty fruit. The rest of the aroma is indescribable. A slightly boozy mish mash.

T: Initially peppery and bitter, probably a combination of hops and maybe the poppy seed? Mid palate is quite herbal, sort of sweet. Specific flavors are nondescript. A bit boozy.

M: High carbonation, "medium" thickness.

O: An odd and somewhat distasteful combination of flavors.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange/brown three finger head dense head.

Aromas of honey - yep...

Taste is honey. But dull, Really dull. Not sweet, just dry n dull... Mixed with a hop-bomb for good measure. Except it isn't a good measure. It needs to be a lighter base.

Mouthfeel, nix to report really.

Oveall, a mismatch between a hoppy beer and a sweet beer.

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Photo of StayWounded
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Other than it's big head, it isn't much different than other ales.
A nice golden slightly amberish color, pale head that dissipates fast. Nothing too notable.

S: Smells unlike many other ales, has a deep almost porter smell. Very complex. Definite hoppy brightness.

T: An incredibly complex ale. Onset is herbal astringency with an almost smokey flavor (the poppy seed?) A nice taste of a sweet honey flavor towards the middle and end. Tastes better as it warms.

M: Short aftertaste, no real warmth. Sort of forgettable.

Overall: Definitely an experience. Interesting, but leaves something to be desired, especially with the build up the bottle gives.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared by Ryan011235. Best by 29-08-11

Hazy and rusty in color with a twinge of orange. Short, dotty lacing from a small head.

There seems to be a slight bit of oxidation here, but the papery smells could be coming from some of these weird spices. There is a decidedly annoying, energy drink, bro-dude herbal nonsense smell to this.

Sweet with a lot of weird spices and fruity herbal stuff. A short flash of anise-like flavors could be from the poppy seeds. A honey-like sweeter finish.

Medium body with a nice dry finish.

This stuff is obnoxious. I feel like this is the guys a Brew Dog's personalities in pure liquid form. Trendy, bro-dudey, self-centered and obnoxious.

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Photo of k7sw
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a mug.
A- A nice copper-amber haze with a 2 finger head that receded by the second sip. Left some nice rings at first.
S- Sweet, like fresh baked honey-oat bread
T- By the end of the bottle it started to taste a little watered down. At first the flavors were faint but sweet with a hard-hitting bitter aftertaste. The bitter was my favorite part, the guarana was really evident here. I'm not really sure what a Kola nut is supposed to taste like but there was one particular taste that I wasn't able to name so I assumed that was the Kola nut. It added a bittersweet bite that really came through throughout the taste and lingered in the aftertaste.
M- Medium carbonation reminded me of a fountain drink.
D- I could drink this all day. Light and sweet.
O- I enjoyed the beer but it certainly didn't blow me away. The sweet light flavors seemed to dull by the end of the drink. Certainly an experimental brew and I'd be happy to drink it again once my palate was a little more capable of distinguishing it's complex flavors.

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

Dogma begins with the honey-sweet nose that would be expected from a honey-brewed ale. Add to that a good measure of candi sugar aroma, honeysuckle, and strong hints of candied fruit and sugary soda (likely from the kola nut, though I've never smelled one in the wild, as it were), and there's obviously a good bit of sweetness about this brew. In fact, only a shade of toasted grains manages to make it into the nose.

On the tongue, the beer continues its quest into the realms of sugar, though only for the first few seconds of the mouthful. After that the more bitter flavors--especially those from the kola nut, poppy seed, and guarana--kick in, bringing a distinct cola-like flavor to the brew, as well as a vaguely Dr. Pepper kick and a plant-stem bitterness that reminds me of chomping into dandelion stems as a kid. Raw nut and seed husk flavors add to this mixture, producing what is obviously a unique drinking experience. Late in the mouthful an even stronger plant bitterness comes through--a mixture of light grapefruit rind and dandelion stem--which lasts well into the aftertaste, joined late therein with a returning candi sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, though this beer will no doubt violate the average drinker's sense of what constitutes a "beer," it is an interesting and very drinkable experiment, and worth trying for anyone on the lookout for something original and offbeat.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010. I've had this one for a while; bought it ages ago and stashed it in my garage. Hope it hasn't aged too badly. The label mentions the addition of guarana, poppy seeds, kola nut and heather honey to the brew.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A very hazy orangy-golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Bottle contains evidence of conditioning with live yeast. Forms a small head of light-brown foam that subsides after a minute or two. An interesting herbal aroma with notes of tea, sweet honey, heather, spice and alcohol.

Tastes complex; a slightly sweet honey character with a piney, herbal bitterness. Notes of heather, pine, herbs, stewed hops and yeast, underpinned by a warming hint of alcohol (more prominent as it warms). Flavours of malt are masked, and the bitterness is quite pronounced. A whisper of kola nut in the background (although if it wasn't mentioned on the label then it would probably go unobserved). Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with mild astringency. A bitter herbal aftertaste.

An unusual and interesting ale. Pretty good, with a nice blend of flavours. There may have originally been a more aromatic hop character that has since faded, but it's hard to be certain. Not one for everyday drinking, but well worth trying if you come across it.

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

Had on tap at Adobe Blues.

Poured into a tulip, the beer has a very dark amber body with lots of haze and murk to it. A thin head leaves nice lacing as the beer is diminished. Good smelling, A piney hop presence is the first I noticed and as the beer warms up, the honey comes out. Other added spices seem to subtle to be noticed.

Nice and sweet tasting, it's very malt-forward with sweet fruity flavor in it seemed to be brought about by the yeast. Fuller bodied, Dogma has just enough carbonation to keep it enjoyable. I liked it and would try it again.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky amber with a large white creamy head that slowly sinks into great lacings.

S: Spice and sweet dark malt. Fruit and honey. The heather is in the back. Kind of rough.

T: Lots of sweet malt, caramell. Bitter hops. Flowers, fruit and honey. Heather! But a bit rough.

M: Body as well as the carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is rather long and very bitter.

O: This was kind of rough and unbalanced. Rather nice but not great.

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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 champ103
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/red/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms from the cask pump. The foam sticks around for a minute, and leaves some lace behind.
S: Toasted malts with some honey sweetness. Floral and herbal aromas. Very soft, but enjoyable.
T: Again, very soft flavors. Caramel and honey sweetness. Lightly fruity with some floral/grassy flavors. All fine a dandy, I just wish all those flavors were a bit more pronounced.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation, even for a cask conditioned beer. Not hard to drink. I could have had another if in the mood.

Really one of BrewDog's better beers. Maybe the only one I would consider trying again, which is saying something. Worth a try, which is about the best I can say for BrewDog.

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Photo of brystmar
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown with tons of white head. Looks like a brown ale. Spicy in the nose, boozy, aged malts too.

Taste is overly bitter. Hard to differentiate the ingredients, not a particularly balanced brew. Thin body, plenty of carb, more alcoholic warmth than expected. This one just isn't for me.

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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 Boneheadmx
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to a hazy, reddish tan with a beautiful cream colored, 2-finger head that lasted throughout the drink.

Smell is very fruity, with hints of honey and prunes. Very hard to detect any hops.

Taste is very malty with a balanced bite of hops. Very surprising as I didn't notice it very much in the smell. The bitterness lingers a bit and gives way to a pleasant and subtle warm sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, with just the right amount of carbonation (very little).

Drinkability I would say isn't super high, but overall is still a very solid beer.

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Photo of spree92
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BrewDog talks a lot and has a great imagination when it come to brewing different styles. A vibrant golden amber with a pretty good head. All the ingredients that went onto this and not one of them stand out. They blend together well though. The taste is similar but at the same time has lots if character. Tastes like an IPA with funky, tasty profiles. Medium body with a full flavor. As it warms in the glass, flavors expand and grow into their own. The honey is a bit more noticeable.
I have had other BrewDog beers and most are decent. This is comparable. Worth trying.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is orange and a bit cloudy, like iced tea. The head is huge and fluffy. Smells floral with honey and hops. Flavor is quite bitter with hops, honey, pepper, and more floral notes in the finish.

There's a lot going on, but I think I can't figure it out since there are ingredients I am unfamiliar with.

Complex, but very tasty!

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

1/2 pint served into tulip glass at brewdog bar in Edinburgh

A- Amber body with a haze, tan head, which is 2 fingers, tight and creamy with average retention but good lacing.

S- malt forward brew, toffee, I get a hint of a floral perfume which i would pin down as the Heather.

T- hit of sweetness, detecting Munich malt and the honey/caramel sweetness meeting a semi dry finish with a subtle hop bite. Alcohol heat is barely noticeable.

S- medium body and carbonation.

D- probably more going on in this beer than I could detect, before I read the description I thought this resembled a belgian dubbel! Interesting flavour profile!

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

Crazy beer.

Pours a beautiful copper with a rich head, that dies down after a few sips, but never goes away.

The aromas are amazing. Heather and honey hit the nose the hardest, and upon sipping, a peppery smell comes out. Flavors include nut, pepper, and honey. A hop bite finishes, and doesn't linger, which is nice.

Also, the mouthfeel is dry, which is appreciated. Alcohol is there, but in a warm way versus a stinging way.

All in all, this is a lovely beer. Definitely not a session, but I could see myself rocking another.

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