Yet another review of one of the beers in the Abstrakt series from BrewDog. This time AB:07, which was bottled one year ago today. I reviewed this beer in December last year, and according to the score I really enjoyed it.
AB:07 is a Whisky cask aged imperial Scotch ale, brewed with lager yeast, heather honey and Islay Whisky malt. The ABV is 12.5%. Let’s see what a year in the bottle has done with it.
Very dark pour with a head that disappeared before I managed to take a picture of the beer.
As noted from the previous review the head was fizzy back then as well, but not as much as it was this time.
The aroma has much more dark fruits than it had last year. I’m getting raisins and prunes and a hint of alcohol. I’m also getting a small hint of wood and vanilla.
As the beer warms up I’m getting some hints of Whisky.
There is still a lot going on in the flavor of this beer. The beer is slightly more sweet this time around. I’m getting some hints of wood, sherry, alcohol and raisins.
The mouth feel is pretty smooth with sharp carbonation.
The finish is long and has hints of wood and some alcohol. After some seconds you can feel the high ABV of the beer by a nice warming sensation in the throat. Towards the end the finish gets a bit too bittersweet.
I enjoyed this beer a lot more last year actually. It’s still nicely balanced, but the finish ruins it a bit. The flavor was a tad bit too sweet as well. Score: 3.5/5.
As usual with this series, come back next year around this time for another review of the beer.