Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:03 (2010)

Last year around this time I wrote a review of BrewDog‘s Abstrakt AB:03, As said in the previous review this is a 10.5% ABV Imperial Ale, that has been aged for more than 2 years in Whisky barrels with raspberries and strawberries. Let’s dig in!

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:03Looks

Pretty much the same as last year. Much carbonation, and still a lot of sediments.

The bottle has been handled quite gently and has been sitting pretty much in the same spot since I fetched the one I reviewed about a year ago. As you might see from the picture some sediments got stuck in the head of the beer and stuck to the glass when the head disappeared.


It’s still mostly raspberries in the aroma. I’m not getting any hints of the oak ageing this time around though. It mostly smells like a weak raspberry juice with some sour notes, and a tiny hint of alcohol.


I’m getting raspberries, a hint of strawberries, alcohol and some faint whisky notes. The barrel ageing is still present in the flavor of the beer, a tad bit more than last year actually.

As the beer warms up I’m getting some sweet malty hints and the beer feels really warming in my throat. The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is pretty high and sharp.


Long finish with a touch of wood, sour red berries and some bitterness.


Well, tonight I think this beer was a tad bit boring to be honest. One dimensional and artificial, with some refreshing sips once in a while. Score: 3/5.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:03

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