Abstrakt AB:12 | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Belgian IPA, Scottish Berries Aged in Oak Casks.

Added by Hultkrantz on 03-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of mick303
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty much straight black with no head or discernible lacing. Thick and oily.
S- a lot of sweet licorice and boozy aromas, some roast malt notes and creamy notes, fruit preserves, concentrated raspberry jam, mixed with biscuit and some strong alcohol notes with brandied oak barrels, the yeast resides in the back adding a lot of character with fruitiness and candy notes. Sweet and dusty is a fair descriptor. 3.5
T – dark molasses, licorice and tobacco, red cassis, very dark fruit, cherries, and dark chocolate, quite sweet with cocoa and malt notes, and the yeast slips to the background, as do the hops by this point (2.5 years old) it has become a smooth fruity sipper, with nearly brandy notes and a hint of vanilla oak. Drinks actually quite nicely, the alcohol is not aggressive and nicely warming, but really this isn’t offering much exciting, a lot of flat dark fruits and cola notes, belgian ipa is a stretch at best.
M – thick, big body, and nearly flat, but it has a coating and sweet port-like character, in fact it could fairly easily pass for a mildly carbonated port wine, the flavours are pretty comparable.
A sweet sipper, berries make a slight appearance but the sweet molasses and cherry notes are quite cloying and hang on in the finish forever, very much a dessert beer, and ideally with a fire and taking time to let the alcohol imbibe, as the flavours themselves aren't that impressive.

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Photo of boredalready
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gasc0igne
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a mess.

Doesn't look appealing, cola with almost no head (light brown), still.
Aroma is mostly alcohol and barrel, heavy sweetness that I can't fully describe.
Alcohol soaked dark fruits, lightest touch of bitterness, some charred oak.
Very little to no carbonation, too drying and quite sticky.
I couldn't finish this.

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Photo of brotherliam
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bobmus
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BrickOneal
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Inky black with garnet highlights. Very small and short lasted tan head. Okay but nothing special.

Big sweet aroma. Slightly tarry. Alcohol. Oak.

Big alcoholic sweetness backed up by a fruity character. Oak is powerful along with a touch of char. Nice bitterness in the background. Lacking balance.

Medium-full body with low carbonation. Not phenomenal.

Average at best. The phenolic whisky character is interesting as is the oak and the fruit and the bitterness. BUT, there is no balance and it doesn't integrate.

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Photo of Kal
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JasonMinck
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Brycki
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hultkrantz
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"BOTTLED ON: 12/12/12, BOTTLE: 5667 of 9829" Purchased at Systembolaget for 129SEK march 1 2013. 375ml
Says 11.2% alcohol on their website while bottle says 11.7%
85% opacity, red/brown hue. Slight, attractive foaming.

Smells like cement plaster, sweet and dusty. Later came some sawdust. Even later, opening up and warming perhaps some lavender or viola, plaster dispersing.

Taste is very sweet, milky, creamy, but I'd claim quite unconventionally so. Oak character.
After swallowing, breathing through the nose gives the smell of something like warm milk mixed with lots of sugar. It wears off and leaves a typical, but long, oaked stout aftertaste. Maybe a hint of pine here, slightly sour.
The mouth sensation is at first milky, then more acidic.

Maybe you'd like this if you're into milk/cream stouts. Not my thing.
It's quite interesting atleast, way more so than the Abstrakt 11.

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Abstrakt AB:12 from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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