Abstrakt AB:10 | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale aged in Spanish Red Wine Barrels.

Added by Ciocanelu on 01-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 20/12...bottle 7306 of 9987

A- This pours a milk chocolate textured brown with plenty of yeast goodness after some gentle swirling. The head is very mellow and becomes a caramel colored ring around the top of the liquid....what is there has excellent retention! Too hard to say what is going on carbonation wise and the lacing is lumbering and oily looking. Nice appearance!

S- Huge rum cake/Christmas cake layers here with plenty of molasses, yeast, deep dark rum, heavy nuttiness, prunes/plums, raisiny dark fruit....figs. Mellow alcohol is balanced out by dark sweet malts that are Port wine like and vanilla oak.....and the finish lingers on and on...

T- This has excellent flavors that follow the aromas and with huge balancing sweetness.....liqueur like molasses, nut creme booziness, yeast, milky chocolate, caramel/toffee richness.....vanilla....smooth vanilla.....this very much has gentle notes of dried dark fruits and almond cream at the finish......it's hard to really put into words the flavors happening here!

M/O- This has to be one of the fullest feeling beers I've ever had and don't know how much thicker it can get! There isn't a chance that anyone would know that this is 11.5%....the carbonation is almost negligent but overall this doesn't adversely affect the quality of the brew. Overall this is a highly drinkable brew and would make an excellent nightcap sipper....if anyone has a bottle of this sitting around still....drink it...you won't be disappointed!

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle (no. 4589 of 9987, apparently) - the cork being of a weirdly appropriate black composite rubber make. Not quite clear quite yet on the Continental leanings of the naming of this series, for which they have an already out-of-date web site, separate from the main one.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark ruddy chestnut brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves some broad swaths of billowing cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of bready caramel malt, sharply musty, fleshy dark orchard fruit, a pithy, oily nuttiness, well aged, fairly oxidized red wine, and earthy, wet leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, muddled nut butter, plum pudding, surprisingly understated sweet Manischewitz red wine, earthy, somewhat weedy hops, and a touch of winsome warming alcohol.

The carbonation is rather on the reserved side, with no outwardly effervescent projections, the body a sturdy medium weight, a tad creamy, and smooth, but with a very slight boozy edge. It finishes off-dry, the malt, nuts, fruit, and crazily-sublimated alcohol keeping things tight, and all in the family.

Wow - I think that this one's reputation preceded it just a little bit, at least for this camper - though once I settled in, the semblance to a big brown ale became readily evident, until the red wine notes came a-bounding in, that is. I'm getting some heavy Belgian strong ale associations here, minus the requisite yeast, yes. Anyways, a clever experiment, and woe that it is only that. Wait, scratch that - for 18 bucks a pop, this is but a cool, hipster-friendly, one and done indulgence, nothing more. Sigh - pick a vector, boyos...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle.

Color is dark brown. Forms a small head that disappears completely.
Smell is quite nice: sweet, roasted malt, caramel and also some fruits.
Taste hits you sweet right away. Resembles a 20 year old wine I had once. Complex, sweet and fruity. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
Body feels medium and crisp. Carbonation is low but present.

Not bad at all but I'm not that much into sweet beers.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. An aggressive pour yields a quickly fading beige head with a dark brown body and minimal lacing. The nose is malty and boozey with lots of dark fruits along with hints of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and subtle Port wine. The taste follows suit with loads of dark fruit and caramel malt along with hints of berries, tobacco, Port, butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with light carbonation and a smooth, subtle warming, sweet finish. The 11.5% ABV is well hidden, although this is still a sipper. Overall, this was a unique beer, but a bit sweet for my tastes...

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with chestnut edges and a ring of beige head.

S: Nutty sweet oak, dark fruity port wine, booze, definitely barrel-dominant on the nose. Smells good.

T: The barrel really tastes awesome... deeply fruity like port, for me its a bit thin and lacking some malt character. Chocolate-covered-raisin character, sweet, barrel-forward. I'd suggest drinking this ASAP as the base beer seems uninteresting to me.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml cored and caged bottle poured into tulip 7/3/13 4592/9987

A dark brown with enough clarity to see streams of bubbles going up the side and you can see about half way through the glass under the foam, two fingers of loose tan head leaves some random lace

S lots of bready caramel, burnt brown sugar, and over-ripe fruit, a little musty and earthy, quite sweet and I'm not getting a whole lot from the barrel but a little vanilla and Port, smells nice with just a hint of spice

T maybe some nutty coco and some wood I didn't catch on the nose, not too far from the smell with just a little booze but for 11.5% its well hidden. What I smells still there but its not as sweet as it smells but that still leaves a fairly sweet brew

M medium bodied with mellow carbonation, slight tannins and has a very mild numbing affect that somehow works, sweet earthy finish

O quite an interesting brew and rather well made, interesting barrel choice makes for a unique beer that's worth looking for

pretty solid brew and I can't quite think of something similar and I always like that. I wont lie its quite overpriced but I'm not upset I bought one

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle as a gift (11.5% abv.):
Dark brown, almost black with a thin, bubbly head that is a tan brown in colour and quickly turns to a touch of lacing around the edges.

Sweet with some ripe & dark fruits plus brown sugar adding to the sweetness. There is some grapes and hints of alcohol that smell almost like a fortified wine along with hints of vanilla and port.

Dark, dried fruit with some grapes & a taste slightly reminiscent of red wine that goes with the aging process of this one I guess. There is some mild strength malts with a part nutty, part sweet taste that includes some vanilla. The beer is slightly boozy with some sugar and hints of caramel in there as well.

Medium to full body with quite a sweet and boozy feel although a lot of the alcohol was successfully hidden and the beer had a better balance that expected. Carbonation was fairly subdued and the drinkability was very good with this one.

A really good beer from Brewdog and an excellent first beer from the Abstrakt series for me. Far more balanced than I would have expected from an 11.5% abv. beer, a real pleasure to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 7168/9987. Purchased at Willow Park Wines in Calgary for 17.99/375ml. They only got a case so they hadnt even put it out yet and they had sold it all.

Smell is very fruity with coffee and caramel notes. Some of the Spanish wine comes through as well
Very dark brown look to it, almost black its so brown. Very little carbonation, half finger of head which is to be expected at this ABV and style
Tastes very fruity, brown ale flavour comes through but is cut with wine. You almost feel like it is a quad with its fruity, caramel, dark toasted notes. Incredibly tasty.

Despite the price would absolutely drink this again. I am hoping I can find another bottle in the city to age. As usual BrewDog kills it in the experimental/ridiculous brews department

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 24 ratings