Two weeks ago this beer had been in the bottle for about a year. I tried it first on December the 23rd last year. As with the other Abstrakt beers by BrewDog I have bottles stowed away and I’ll do a review of it every year.
Abstrakt AB:04 is an imperial stout brewed with coffee, cacao and Naga Jolokia chilies and has an ABV of 15%. It is still my favorite of the Abstrakt series (at least before trying the bottle I’m about to review), so let’s see if a year in the bottle will change my mind.
Very black pour that looks a bit oily. Some dark brown head builds up but dissolves quickly.
According to my notes from last year not much have changed.
Sweet aroma with dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a tiny sting from the alcohol. Not getting any hints from the chili any more. Smells very good!
The flavor is pretty sweet, with a good amount of rich dark chocolate. There is also some cold coffee present in the flavor. The chili seems to have disappeared completely.
There is not much carbonation any more, but the tiny amount present in the beer does a good job of lifting the different flavors.
This beer has balanced out a bit since last year. It’s very complex and enjoyable.
Very long finish with dark chocolate, coffee and a tiny sting from what I believe to be the chili. Very good!
A rich dark chocolate mud cake or a chocolate brownie with some caramel sauce or some toffee would probably go well with this beer.
This is still my favorite of the Abstrakt beers from BrewDog. It’s probably also one of my favorite beers from BrewDog altogether. Score: 5/5.