It has been a while since I have reviewed a new Abstrakt beer from the talented guys over at BrewDog, and having been lucky enough to taste this particular one at the BrewDog tasting at Tilt back in September I have been looking forward to doing a review.
AB:07 is Whisky cask aged imperial Scotch ale, supposedly brewed with lager yeast, heather honey and Islay Whisky malt. The ABV is 12.5%.
Copper red color with fizzy head that quickly disappeared.
At first the aroma feels quite vinous. There are some woody hints, vanilla and some caramel sweetness. I’m also getting some hints of honey.
The aroma is quite complex, but it feels very balanced. None of the particular aromas are getting in the way of the others. Really interesting!
Not really sure where to start with this one. There is a whole lot going on in the flavor, and it’s really balanced.
The malty base is really pleasant. Not too sweet, and it makes for a really good mouth feel. There is a good amount of peat as well after a while. The Whisky notes are stronger in the flavor than in the aroma.
I’m also getting some fruity flavors with hints of blueberries. There are some alcohol coming though as well, but it’s not in the way at all.
At first the finish has a good amount of alcohol, which quickly disappears. After this there are some roasted malts and caramel sweetness. A really good and warming finish.
Not sure about this one. For me this is a typical dessert beer, but at the moment I can figure out which dessert I would have with this beer. If you have any idea, feel free to enlighten me!
This is one of my favorite Abstrakt beers, topped only by AB:04. It’s really balanced and it has some pretty intense flavors. Score: 4.6/5.
This particular bottle is #1731 of 4400 bottles. As with the other Abstrakt beers I have more in the cellar, so come back around 22nd September next year and I’ll see how the beer has evolved after a year in the bottle.