Dogma (7,4%) | BrewDog

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Dogma (7,4%)Dogma (7,4%)

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The truth. You don’t want to hear the truth. The truth’s no longer out there bubba. Just chicken ass lies. Become a Dogma Disciple. Believe in the birds and the bees. Act crazy, be heavily armed at all times and scream in German. Dogma is an indulgent, decadent and encapsulating scotch ale brewed with 10 different types of malt all blended together with Scottish heather honey. Soak up the sweet nectar like a jackrabbit on heat. This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies.

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Photo of NikJ
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank chilled from a BrewDog Snifter Glass at BrewDog Bristol in 2013.

Appearance: 4.50

Smell: 4.50

Taste: 4.75

Mouthfeel: 4.75

Overall: 4.75

Such a great, full bodied, flavorsome, beer from BrewDog.
One of my all time favourites, would highly recommend.

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Photo of pallison123
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a pretty fantastic beer. It's not a 'wee heavy' as a beer of that style would clock in at trad Scottish standards around 4.5 to 5.0 ABV with some serious malt action - but this goes further. To me this is theScottish equivalent of American 'imperial IPAs' - which have nought to do with trad IPAs but emphasize the local ingrdients to the max - in the former case local hops - in Dogma's case Malt. Drink this approaching room temperature to get the full effect of what is good in Scottish Ale. Remember your first Belhaven - when you were a wee lad? It was pretty special. This takes that style to a new level of awesomeness.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a sniffer aged about a year. Looks, smells and tastes like cola from the addition of kola nut. Never would have thought this to be a scotch ale more like an extra dark and malty brown ale. Nevertheless the scotch style malts added another level of complexity to the beer. Massive tastes of honey give this beer extra depth as well. A combination of malt, dark sugars and alcohol make this a heavy yet delicious beer. Hope to see it on the shelves again and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than Santa paws...
Stronger than Santa paws...
Sweeter than Santa paws...
As unfamiliar to Scotch as Santa paws is.
But the beer is absolutely terrific.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

The commercial description is almost as good as the beer and the beer is very good! Poured at a perfect temperature with a modest light tan head, a little yeast and a very dark clear but almost opaque cherry color. Aroma is dark roast malt traditional Scotch ale. Flavor is a little muddled upfront but it really comes out in the finish as an excellent traditional Scotch ale; lots of dark malt and sugar flavors toffee little Cocoa, not quite smoke but in that direction. Body is great for this style soft warm round slightly boozy. Great drinkin' Scotch ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When the dry earthiness and smoky taste of scotch whisky causing much abrasion upon the palate, those otherwise beautifully masculine ale keeps the vernacular in mind while softening those peated flavors and textures with honey, malt, spice and a wee-heavy attitude.

Hazy and somewhat muddled in appearance, its tawny bronze hues thwart a massive arid head that's bursting with aromas of honey, toast, chocolate and booze. Its medium-weight malt buffers the earth and pepper with floral honey, toffee and smoky sweetness.

The ale blossoms across the middle as its floral and caramel gives way to robust toast, coffee, cocoa nib, cola nut and crusted savoriness. Given a slight 'meaty' taste as its fatter middle is given a melanoidin-rich lushness.

Its fast-fleeting exit lightens considerably and casts aside the bulk of sweetness, favoring a drier and spicy finish that's predicated on peppercorn, spruce, toasted husk with vinous and dried stone fruit. Its arid dryness, subtle warmth and stern effervescence enlivens a tepid ash character that's sure to be to the delight of fine cigar aficionados.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Dark brown with beige head that disapates to a ring. Aroma chocolate, caramel, sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, with caramel, toffee, chocolate, slight honey.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That was my first wee heavy and I should say I'm impressed.
Strong caramel and roasted malts aroma came out of the bottle a sec after I opened it.
It pours a beautiful copper/dark brown beer with a nice dark beige foam.
Aroma and taste are basically caramel and roasted malts, with a nice hoppy character and some cola notes. Alcohol is at good level, I usually don't like dark beers with cola notes because it reminds me too much of soft drinks, this one is nice though.
Body is a bit creamy and carbonation is at average. Bitterness is at a nice level and it seems that the taste stays on the tongue for a great amount of time.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear (maybe a hint of cloudiness), deep burnt orange/sienna colour, with a light foam of head that looks creamy victorian tan head and an every so light lace around the glass as the head dissipitates.

Aromatics: I get an ever so lightly roasted caramel malt with added hints of fresh spice.

Taste: I love the intensity of flavour, sweet caramelized honey and malt, with a tad bit of earthy spice.

Feel: it has an interesting almost paradoxical combination of light and heavy. Its creamy lightness as it coats the palate in contrast to its physical weighted character.

Overall: Loved it. Have never really tried a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy before, and if this style is what they are like then I’ll be trying them more often.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color. Very rich looking. It's got a cream colored head on top that holds a very good retention. Not much lacing though. The smell of the beer is malty, with some smoked malt, and hints of chocolate. The taste is also loaded with a strong malt dominance, lots of caramel in there with subtle smoke and chocolate toast flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and heavy. It's dense and should be for the style. Overall it's a good brew, I don't pick up on the addition of Heather or Honey too much in it. However it remains a good beer and is worth trying. In my personal opinion it's far better than the original Dogma.

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Photo of FLima
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color, ruby when exposed to light. It made a two fingers of thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of chocolate and caramel, brandy and malty notes. I did not get much honey here.
Delicious sweet flavor, here you can find honey, herbs, roasted malts, licorice, cola, red fruits and some brandy. You can go on and on (sugar cane syrup, mint etc.).
Mild dry and fruity with a distant ginger aftertaste.
Really full body, velvet almost viscous, with very low carbonation, though appropriate. 7.4% ABV is timid given its bold character.
Even though it is complex, it is very drinkable. Excellent scotch ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viscous violet-chocolate with bronze head of fast-fading froth.
Tar, fish sauce, oak smoke and Polish poppy cake on the nose - heavy.
Acidic black malts, dates, molasses, espresso beans, and sure enough, kola nut, then a spark of orange rind at the end.
Flower and allspice ending rolling waves of cookie spiced sweetness on the linger
Medium to full, well chewy, a bit oily, round and sticky.

Suspicious of this one, given BrewDog's taste for gimmickry and the ingredients. But it's a well-judged and hearty, with a combo of spice, hops, and black malt acid (but no roast) balancing the prodigious sweetness. Maybe not the most faithful to style, but a good winter sipper.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. The aroma has a nice deep toasty malt note with peat smoke, dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor mimics the nose with more of the peat, some of the brown sugar, molasses, and char, and of course just a hint of alcohol. The beer drinks easy and smoothly. Overall, this is a solid option and very nice on tap.

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Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

• 10.29.14 – Game 7 of World Series (baseball playoffs – it’s 4 out of 7 and they don’t often go down to the wire like this – San Francisco (won) vs. Kansas City)
• Perfect pour yields 1.5 inches of dark tan head, held to the light it has a ruby / garnet color on the edges, held away from the light, very dark
• Can’t get much smell but what I can is malt influenced
• Full heavy taste, slight amount of roastiness, coffee, or maybe it’s just bitterness from the hops coming through. Not really tasting “heather” but not sure what it tastes like anyway. Great mouth feel.
• 4.0 rating

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with red highlights, virtually opaque in the glass. Thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, leaving thin lacing. Interesting aroma of brown bread, molasses, caramel, sweet nuts, hints of cola spicing and light cardboard similar to aged stouts. Flavor is a mellow blend of dark toasty malt, molasses, dates, figs, mixed nuts, cocoa and hints of coffee and cola. Really complex. Very nice creamy mouthfeel and medium to heavy body. A fun, complicated ale that has elements of both Scotch ale and porter, but with other interesting and complimentary flavors. There was so much going on here it seems almost all over the map, but still feels well melded and integrated. I'm impressed. The heavy malt and molasses flavors make it more of a sipping beer despite its moderate ABV. I liked this a lot and will snag another one when it rolls around.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, I guess a whole new entry was required because they dropped the booze a paltry 0.4%, eh? Oh, and reworked labeling, blah blah blah.

This beer pours a clear (I think), dark orange-tinted brown hue, with one skinny finger of loosely foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some melting ghost face lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of roasted, lightly meaty caramel malt, separate wet ash, singed field honey, struggling domestic and tropical fruit notes, and leafy, weedy, and lightly floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy, and somewhat pastry-like caramel malt, watered-down treacle, honeyed wheat crackers, a faint earthy spice, equally tame yeasty esters, cafe-au-lait, subtle Nordic licorice, and still tame noble leafy, floral, and kind of perfumed hops.

The bubbles are fairly low-key and lackadaisical in their wandering frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (so not disappointing the inherent style here), smooth, and more than a tad (wee?) creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, as the caramel/toffee/treacle keeps things chugging along, the honey starts wondering about its per diem, and the hops bundle themselves back off to whence they came.

An enjoyable and rather easy to drink version of a Wee Heavy, the adjunct honey bolstering the base sweetness, but more in a flavour vein, than by anything all that sugary. Worthy of a go, if you have any predilection to malt-bombs, that somehow possess the ability to convince you that they are nothing of the sort.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark mahogany pour with a touch of ruby when held to the light. Two finger beige head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is spicy, malty, and really complex with hints of nutmeg, molasses, figs, toffee, smoke, honey, and just a touch of coffee and mocha. The honey really comes out in the taste as this comes to temperature. Extremely toasty and malty with hints of cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, and just a bit of red berries and licorice. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a subtle creaminess and tangy bitter finish. Not at all what I had expected as I'm not a big fan of honey. A very unique and tasty interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pure black out of the bottle, there is a tiny off white head.

The smell is caramel and treacle, very sweet.

The taste is very sweet and malty, very sweet with caramel with a lot of yeasty flavour.

The mouthfeel is thick like honey,with medium carbonation.

Overall a very tasty if not overly sweet ale. The mouthfeel is fantastic though. The sweetness does make it difficult to drink though. It's too sweet for me.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark burnt orangey brown, under a finger of tan head which fades quickly to a cloud and collar with few thin strings of lacing.

S - Unexpected wafts of fresh fruit hops, pineapple, give way to roasted malts, buttered toast and honey. Lovely.

T - Again some fruitiness up front but heavily overwhelmed by black coffee, toffee, dark berries and lemon.

M - A lot going on in every sip, medium carbonation, medium body, dry chalky finish.

O - Full of twists and turns, it's worth a try.

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Photo of danieelol
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Leura Cellars.

Pours a thin-looking dark black which turns to a dark amber when held to the light. Good, resilient head and lacing.

Smell shows a lot of roast and banana one might find in Cooper's Best Extra Stout. Smooth.

Taste is dry and roasty, yeasty and bitter.

Do get a slightly distinctive malty toffee flavour in this beer, which could be the honey coming through. Also get a lot of soy sauce.

The mouthfeel on this one is quite silky and good.

Overall a well-made scotch ale which I definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a large creamy head.
Nose shows rich dark malt with hefty caramel, treacle, burnt figs, toasty malt and chocolate fudge.
Some roasted malt as a flavours but a lot of sweetness too. Golden syrup, coffee, alcohol, piny hops and liquorice.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Nutty vanilla aroma. Sweet honey nut taste. Very smokey. Interesting thin but sticky body. This really isn’t like any beer I’ve had before.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark hazy brown colour with a beige head. Aromas of roasted caramel malt. Tastes of roasted caramel malt with hints of toffee, cocoa & nuts leading to a roasted alcoholic caramel malted finish with medium bitterness.

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Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Paddy O'Beers

Very dark brown color with some sparse bubbles around the edge and a thin, web-like covering. Deep malty aromas along with molasses and prune...pretty mild overall though. Flavor is malty and sweet, but not cloying. Sweet bread, berries, some stickiness, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and cola. Medium bodied, clean, and dry. A nice little Scotch ale.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 03 13 - from Slowbeer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, russet hues, tan coarse head. Good clumpy lacing.

Malts driven nose with caramels, a little honey.

Taste is direct into Scotch Ale territory, dark treacle toffee, earthy malts, burnt caramels. As it warms, more earthy, dry, dark roast flavours emerge and dominate.

Mouthfeel good, medium bodied, carbonation medium.

All in all, much better than what I remember its previous namesake to be. Odd marketing tho...

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