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
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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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 soulgrowl
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not entirely black, but a deep, dark coffee brown. The head is like crema on espresso, oily and mottled tan. Aroma is mostly raisins and chocolate — like Raisinets with a punch of piney, floral hops. Big on rose and geranium, with some marjoram and hay as well as a firm foundation of caramel and molasses. The flavour is a rush of coffee, with figs, straw, juniper, curaçao, burnt toast, and a bit of soy sauce developing in the periphery. Nicely balanced for such a burly brew, but to be honest, balance was not what I looked forward to in this beer. Sippable rather than quaffable, and it grows on you as you drink it. A slight disappointment as it is too sweet, but still nice.

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