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Brewdog Abstrakt AB:06


  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: American Black Ale / Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
  • ABV: 11.2 %
  • Size: 375 ml
  • Bought from: Arkadia Alko, 18.32 euro
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I recently had Brewdog’s Abstrakt AB:08, a beer from their one-off series of concept beers (known as Abstrakt), and today I will be trying the sixth beer in the series. AB:06 is a triple-dry hopped imperial black ipa (their words), which has been brewed with maris otter and various dark malts (including dehusked black malt). There is no information available on the hop varieties used, but the IBUs should be around 120. Haven’t tried many Black IPAs/Ales earlier, but it seems like most craft breweries are making one nowadays. I like the idea of a huge amount of hoppiness coupled to some dark and roasty malt tones. Let’s see how it tastes!

Brewdog Abstrakt AB:06
The beer pours with a clear dark brown color, and a minimal cream-colored head is formed. The surface is oily and is full of foam islands.
The aroma features tones of caramel, roasted malts, dark fruits, pine and citrus. There is some alcohol detectable.
The flavor begins quite sweet and malty, and there are tones of brown sugar and molasses together with roasted malt. This is joined by a slightly spicy and citrusy hoppiness. The flavor finishes quite dry and with an earthy bitter tone, that clings to the back of the tongue. There is a lot of bitterness in the beer, but it is subdued quite well by the sweet tones. There is surprisingly little hoppiness in this, but it is a year old though.
The beer has a quite full and oily body with a low carbonation level. Quite easy to drink, and alcohol well hidden, but the bitterness is definitely present.
Overall a nice beer, and I liked the AB:06 better than AB:08. This Imperial Black IPA, had turned more into a Imperial Stout light on roastiness, and I was missing some resinous hop aroma and flavor, that probably was present when the beer was fresh. An interesting beer, but not worth the high price.

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