Time for another bottle of BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:02. BrewDog labels this beer as a Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale. RateBeer labels it as a Barley Wine, and BeerAdvocate has it as an American Strong Ale. Let’s see what fits best…
The color is murky brown with some reddish hints. The beer looks a tad bit muddy. The head is beige and disappeared rather quickly.
There are some small hoppy hints still present. I’m also getting some dark red fruits and malty sweetness. There is a small cherry hint to it that was not present last year.
Compared to last year there is a bit more hint of the alcohol, but not to the point of spoiling the beer.
The beer is sweet with a very nice mouth feel. Silky smooth! It’s also quite fruity and fresh, yet complex and powerful. The beer is starting to get really balanced!
I’m getting much of the same as in the aroma: Malty sweetness, some cherry and some bitterness from the hops. There is a slight sting from the alcohol as well.
As the beer warms up I’m getting some really nice spicy notes.
The finish of this beer lasts for quite a while! Up front it has some bitterness which quickly disappears in favor of a good amount of caramel sweetness and fruity freshness. It’s also very warming (because of high ABV of 16%).
The beer is slightly better this time around. It’s more balanced, and the amount of warmth from the alcohol is very pleasant. Score: 4.2/5.
Regarding the style of the beer I must say I agree with RateBeer. To me this beer feels like a British Barley Wine (after spending two years in the bottle).