After spending some days in Copenhagen attending Sour & Bitter, Copenhagen Beer Festival and Copenhagen Beer Celebration I had planned to have some days “off” (read: no beer for some days). Today I looked at my calendar and there was a note about this beer, BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:06 (yes, I actually keep stuff like this in my calendar). The date on the bottle says 2011-05-16 (a year ago today) so I couldn’t resist popping a bottle.
I reviewed this beer in June last year as well. Let’s see how the additional months in the bottle has treated the beer!
Very dark color (almost pitch black) with a light brown head. The head has really good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.
The beer looks pretty much the same as last time (with about the same amount of head). Some of the other vintage Abstrakt beers I have reviewed have lost quite a bit of carbonation after some extra time in the bottle, but this one had not.
Last year there was a lot of hops in the aroma. The hops have faded quite a bit leaving room for some nice hints of liquorice, caramel, wet wood and some alcohol. The hops are not completely gone, leaving some nice hints of pineapple and grape.
The aroma is much less aggressive this time around, but it smells absolutely delicious!
As in the aroma, the hops have faded quite a bit. Much of the same characteristics I got on the nose can be found in the flavor profile. Most notably is the hint of sweet liquorice and pine. The beer is really well balanced and has a complex profile.
The mouth feel of the beer is still pretty smooth and the carbonation level is medium/low.
The finish lasts quite a while and I’m getting a small sting from the alcohol up front, some hints of liquorice and roasted malts and some lovely bitter notes towards the end reminding me of the hoppy character this beer had some months back!
The aging had transformed this beer from a hop bomb to a much more complex and balanced beer with some small hints of its (hoppy) past and perhaps some hints of what’s to come. To my surprise, I enjoyed this beer much more this time around.