Time for the newest part of the Abstrakt series from BrewDog: AB:10. Abstrakt AB:10 is an 11.5% Imperial Brown Ale aged in big Spanish sweet wine casks for 4 months. I love both Imperial Brown Ales, and barrel aged beers, so this better be good!
Dark murky brown color with a big beige head. The head disappears after a couple of minutes and does not leave much lacing.
The aroma has a lot of dark fruit going on. I’m getting prunes, some coffee, milk chocolate, caramel and some roastiness.
The aroma is quite complex with loads of different things to pick up. The aroma also changes a bit as the temperature gets higher.
I’m getting a lot of the different aromas in the flavor as well. Dark red fruits, chocolate, coffee and some smoke. I’m also getting some vanilla notes and some flavors reminding me of port wine. It seems the beer itself has blended really nice with the flavors from the barrels.
The mouth feel is very smooth and the carbonation level is a bit sharp.
The finish lasts very long and contains some caramel sweetness, alcohol and some hints of red grapes. Really good!
This is a really intriguing beer. I do love a good Imperial Brown Ale, and I also love barrel aged beers, and I feel this is a really good combination of the two. The beer is very complex yet still very drinkable. The alcohol is well concealed. Score: 4.5/5.