Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:07

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%.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:07Looks

Copper red color with fizzy head that quickly disappeared.

Aroma

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!

Flavor

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.

Finish

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.

Food matches

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!

Rating

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.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:07

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7 Responses to Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:07

  1. Kristopher says:

    At the Beermakers Dinner with James Watt in Helsingborg a couple of months ago, we had the AB:07 to calfcheek with potatoes, tomatoes, chantarelles and other sweet stuff and that was amazing. I think it’ll work out fine where ever you usually drink red wine :)

    I wrote some about it here, it’s in swedish though.
    http://kornmalt.blogspot.com/2011/10/beermakers-dinner-med-brewdog-pa-gastro.html

    Kristopher

  2. Christer Edvartsen says:

    I think it might work if there is enough sweetness in the food.

    Thanks for the tip!

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