Abstrakt AB:06 | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Black IPA. A monster of a IPA combining dark malts with monumental amounts of our favourite hops.

Added by soulgrowl on 05-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by maxk:
Photo of maxk
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A third of a pint enjoyed on tap from BrewDog Edinburgh in one of their tulip style glasses. Review from tasting notes taken while drinking.

A: Black with negligible light penetrating the beer, but it was admittedly very dark in the pub. There was a one finger head, somewhere in between a cream and beige color, good head retention, eventually giving way to just a little bit of lacing.

S: The beer smells sweet, most noticeable aromas are roasted malt, caramelized sugar and vanilla. There was also a hint of raisin and coffee in there.

T: Tastes sweet, reminiscent of a treacle or toffee pudding in beer form only so much better. After the initial sweetness, I noticed coffee, vanilla and raisin, with a subtle roasted malt flavor throughout.

M: The perfect mouthfeel for a beer. It was only slightly syrupy, smooth, and couldn't have a more perfect level of carbonation. The bubbles accent the flavor of the beer as it goes down.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had in Scotland. I've never had an American Black Ale before, but if this is representative of the style, I may have a new favorite.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of spicelab
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Bottled 16 May 2011.

Pretty well jet black with a dense two-finger beige head. Great retention and a conspicuously raised ring.

Very nice and surprisingly demure balance of roast and hops. Orange-mango and pineapple blend with liquorice, chocolate, and caramel. No burnt characteristics at all. Later on, caramelised figs, stewed plums and an almost barleywine syrupiness take it in a direction I'm not convinced it belongs.

Similar flavours but more vibrant than the nose. Coffee, grapefruit and citrus blend seamlessly in a way that shows how the ABA style can transcend its component parts. Decent pine resin presence, but a rather mellow bitterness on the whole.

Satisfyingly full but not overly thick for 11.2%. Moderate carbonation and a nice resinous kick on the rear palate.

Really well done. Roast malt character is restrained so as to not bash the hop profile with any ashy, charry notes. The result is a smorgasbord for the senses with amazing drinkability at 11.2%

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Photo of Sneevel
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ThaCreep
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose is fruity hops (especially mango) and the IPA I2PA that is felt and this is particularly appetizing, but particularly strange for a beer that appears opaque black to taste.

This is a dark ale india. And it feels in your mouth, we mark the roasting of the coffee liqueur and a mixture of roasted malt and hops for a crisp lingering finish. A very good surprise.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 16.05.2011.
Bottle 5329 of 8973

Appearance: Black, but not fully opaque. Pours almost no head, wine-like. Visible sediment in the bottle.

Aroma: Alcohol, caramel, aromatic hops. Molasses, hint of cardamom. Intriguing!

Taste: Licorice and spices. Hops are not overwhelming, but introduce a herb-like flavour. Alcohol is obviously present, but very much in the background. Warming, but goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Soupy but smooth, almost no carbonation. The body is lighter than you might expect though, especially for this type of beer.

Overall: The beer takes the high alcohol content extremely well, a feat by itself. It's not as mind blowing as I might have hoped, but certainly an interesting soup of flavours and aromas. Not bad for the winter season, given the spices and warmth. It's supposedly an imperial IPA, but the hops don't dominate at all in my opinion, and it's pleasant to drink; no full-blown hop bitterness here. I should also note that it was rather difficult to open the bottle, the artificial champagne-type cork was very tight.

This is sadly only my first contact with the Abstrakt series. I would've been more interested in some of the previous offerings, especially AB:03 and AB:04, but I'm pleased to have gotten my hands on this one anyway!

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Photo of rarbring
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark ruby with strains of brown, a small off-white head, no lacing, rather small curtains.

The smell is honey dipped bitter oranges, allspice and nettles.

The taste is sweet, raisins, and a rum infused chiliness.

No carbonation, a soft and oily texture, a big body and round dryness.

A spicy nice aperitif, an intense brew enjoyed in small portions.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Dammit, I forgot to note the bottle number...I know it was somewhere close to the upper limit, though... Anyway, it pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger or so of wan tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, toasted pumpernickel (I don't recommend toasting pumpernickel, by the way...), pine resin, and very light orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is toned down slightly, softened as they were mixed together. Not nearly as acerbic as the smell came across at times. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish, one that bordered on sticky. Overall, a nice CDA, a surprise coming out of the BrewDog boys (whose IPAs and other hoppy offerings have normally fallen somewhat flat for me in the past).

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Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark green (i.e. anti-Heineken) glass with a metal twist-lock and a pull cork served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm Sweden (where the bottle was purchased). Served at a mildly cold temperature thirty minutes after removal from the refrigerator. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of nice lovely cream, great thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. I'd say it's about three minutes. Colour is a solid black, which is rather atypical for the style. Very appealing, almost more an imperial stout if I didn't know better.

Sm: A moderate strength aroma of the usual bittering crystal hops of an IPA, but mixed with off-esters that me broken nose can't place and some mildly bad musty caramel/cream notes. This seems funky. Let's see how she tastes.

T: She tastes funky. A sort of experimental mix of crystal bittering faux-IPA notes, slight cream, caramel, amber hops, and other weird difficult-to-distinguish experimental tones. It's very strangely built, but I think it's fair to call it balanced. I'd say all around I do like it, but the climax isn't as good as the body, which is awkward. It's a hard beer to review because it's so atypical. That said, atypical/experimental by no means automatically implies good. It's complex, but has no true direction or goal. It's like they through a bunch of hops in haphazardly and hoped it turned out good. Luckily for them, it did. Sort of.

Mf: Smooth for the most part and wet from the open through the midpoint. From the midpoint to the climax it dries without coarsening, which isn't usual. The thickness/thinness feels indecisive, and ultimately ends up too thick because of the melting pot of indistinct hops.

Dr: It's very drinkable - especially for the high ABV, it's fairly high quality, and the price is downright obscene. Brewdog could easily continue brewing this regularly, they just opted to go for a cliche limited release in order to jack up the price and fuck over their customers in a gimmicky manner. Obviously, it's working; I bought it. Does that mean I have to like them? No. They're gimmicky eejits, but some of their beer is pretty good. Most is garbage, particularly their non-limited releases. They're a bit like Apple: usually garbage quality, but excellent marketing. This beer is a rare exception.

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Photo of cobrarax
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The foam is thick, compact and has got a light brown colour. Rather much lacing. The liquid is a little bit hazy. Dark brown, nearly black with some red tones.

S: The smell is quite fruity. Also some roasted malt. Rainy pine forest, rosehips, strawberries, raspberries and eucalyptus is also present in the smell. Hoppy.

T: The bitterness is intense. Pine resin, softwood and grapefruit at first. Then sweet, malty tones accompanied by burned sugar. Raspberries peppers and juniper. Some hints of tobacco. The aftertaste is long and a little bit grassy. Overall it is very sweet and very bitter: ergo rather well balanced.

M: Thick liquid, nearly no carbonation. Alcohol is not present.

O: Not as worthy as AB:05, but still: really, really good beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lughnasa Beer Festival, Dublin.

Viscous porter black with a tan head that sheets. Orange boiled sweets with a bit of tar on the nose.
Sticky orange and rhubarb jam with plenty of black malts up front then bitter resin and citrus hops. Medium to full, sticky, chewy with no burn somehow.

Monster black! Big hops but stout like qualities, too. Too heavy for anything except sipping, but a bit epic.

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Photo of taitlifto
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red colour, quite dark with sexy, slinky beige film of head, clinging to the sides of the glass nicely. Looks good.

Smells malty and sweet and thick. Plenty of English toffee, brown sugar and treacle, with a mild citric tang over the top and a hint of resin. Bit sweet and dessert wine-esque; could use a bit more cutting.

Taste is also pretty damn malty but not quite so ridiculously sweet, with a slightly toasted edge and quite a lot of booziness. Rye bread, brown sugar and sherry, with a touch of brandy on the back that's quite noticeably warm. Overall a bit simple, too, doesn't quite develop the complex sugars I might have expected. So big, yet subdued in some ways. Not bad.

Bit watery on the feel, but there's a noticeable kick to it - boozey with a slightly frothy texture. Decent.

Sweet, desserty kind of brew. Feel like it's missing something though that might have pulled it all together.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who thought that I'd be drinking my first Abstakt in Brazil? Thank you André for making this happen. On to the beer:

Black colored with a hue of creamy brown. A reasonable head forms on top, and good sticking lace remains stuck to the glass. The nose is big on pine, chocolate and brownies. I had no dea what the style was supposed to be beforehand, but it seems like a hoppy Imperial Stout.

The taste says hoppy RIS. Pine and orange flavor combine with the plentful doses of chocolate to make a melangé that is fun to drink. Citrusy in the aftertaste. A full body and well hidden alcohol make up the texture of this beer.

Hard to say if this is much of a new concept, but it is fun drinking stuff.

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Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rich chocolate brown with larger bubbles under a thin tan head that lingers. Smell of chocolate, citrus, molasses, and roasty malts.

The dark malts really dissipate a lot of the hoppiness in the taste: it's certainly there, particularly in the nose as one sips, but it is less present on the tongue. Yup: soy sauce was mentioned among our tasters as well. Quaffs grow more pleasant as the beer warms: sweetness begins to emerge under the smokiness and earthy and tea-astringent hops are more pronounced. A real pleasant surprise in the black IPA family.

Finish grows longer and lingers in the area of dark fruit and smoke as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and almost sticky. Good choice, Ehren.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, the plastic cork is difficult to extract; as always with the Abstrakt series.

Pours a ruddy brown colour, rather translucent, with a bubbly and inconsistent head of pale chocolate shavings brown. Body is very thin and fluid. Lacing is patchy and speckled. Wow. I didn't expect this beer to look so innocuous, but it does.

Nose is very pleasant, with a nice blend of sweet, grainy malts, above a dark fruity hop character. The hops give a rather berry-like aroma, with hints of blackcurrants and a herbal tone. Smells to me rather like Bramling Cross. It's nicely integrated, but surprisingly light.

Taste is similar, and indeed, perhaps a little more subdued again even. Sweet, swilling malts give off mild grain and confectioner's sugar notes through the centre, while a moderated and earthy bitterness creeps through to balance on the end. Through the mid palate, toasty, slightly oaky notes come through, giving mince pie filling and some slight brandy. There's hints of booze in there to accentuate all of this, but again I'm surprised at how mild and moderated it all seems.

Feel is particularly light, and while smooth, is very fluid.

Good enough when viewed in isolation, but a pretty tame entry in the series, and not even a great example of an IBA. Given these things, it doesn't justify the hefty price tag it attracts. Not even close.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 16 May 2011. Bottle 1844/8973. From notes. Reviewed 31 May 2011.

A: Two fingers of beige head top an imposingly dark beer. Black in the shadows, direct backlighting reveals a reddish-dark chestnut brown beer. Scattered lacing.

S: Hopped to hell and back, apparently. Fruity, floral, and bitter. Tropical fruit (Nelson Sauvin?) and some American resin.

T: I don't even-- Bizarrely fruity-sweet. Chocolate? Drying, piney molasses? Berries. Mangoes. The aftertaste is bitter and still damned fruity. Lots of hops thrown in there too. I like it!

M: Nothing about which to complain. Vaguely substantial and mostly drying. Especially on the aftertaste.

O: A great experiment and worth looking for a bottle. A bit weird, but if brewed regularly, I'd buy it again. And again.

Notes: A self-proclaimed "Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Black IPA."

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle 11,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled into a tulip wine glass.
Bottle 3064/8973
Bottled on 16/05/11

Appearance: If the bottle design counted for appearance the whole AB series would get full marks! I just love the simplicity and elegance.
Back to the contents of the bottle. AB06 pours a lovely dark brown, almost black with deep red highlights when held to the light and is topped with a good sized tan brown head that lasts pretty well and leaves good lace for the abv.

Smell: Wow, this bottle is 4 and a half months old and still a hop bomb! Resiny pine, tons citrus, freshly cut grass, mint, lantana (I seem to get this in a few Brewdog beers), some pineapple (as well as other lighter tropical fruit notes), lightly tart red fruit (raspberries?), dark treacle, chocolate and a touch of raisins. No alcohol is noted.
Super complex and powerful nose, I wish all black IPA's smelled like this.

Taste: After the smell I was expecting a massive taste and the beer delivers. Resinous pine, citrus and herbal hops overlay sweet dark malt, brown sugar, treacle and chocolate. The initial taste is sweet but quickly fades to a wonderful bitter finish. How, I do not know, but as with the nose alcohol is totally hidden.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the beer! Pretty heavy, slightly sticky body with moderate, smooth carbonation. The combination of the great mouthfeel and the abv. cover makes me want to gulp this down!

Overall: Great beer and the best Black IPA I have had to date. I really wish they would make this as one of their regulars!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin Jeff who picked this up on his last trip to England, bottle 83 of 8973. Bottle split evenly in 2 SA perfect pint glasses. The pour was jet black, moderate tan head after a vigourous pour. The aroma was piney,sweet, vanilla. Both of us thought it was either a barley wine or an old ale. The beer had some piney resin, was sweet, malty. It had a sweet finish. The body is full, light carbonation, alcohol noticeable, definite sipper. I really enjoyed it.

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Abstrakt AB:06 from BrewDog
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 36 ratings