Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11

Now for the latest beer in the Abstrakt series from BrewDog. AB:11 is a black Barley Wine brewed with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers, and it weighs in at 12.8% ABV.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11Looks

Dark brown clear pour with a decent sized beige head.


I’m picking up a strong hint of the ginger in the aroma. I’m also picking up a good amount of alcohol, and some gentle roasted notes.

I’m getting a Christmas-like feeling when smelling this beer.


The ginger is also dominant in the flavor profile of this beer. I’m also getting some hints of liquorice. I was expecting some flavors from the black raspberries, but I’m not able to pick it up. The beer has a good amount of sweetness to it sa well. The alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor.

The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is soft.

As the beer hits room temperature (~24°C) I can pick up some hints of raspberries, but the ginger is still too dominant in my opinion.


Up front I’m getting some alcohol and then a whole lot of ginger. After a while I’m getting some more fruity notes. I’m getting some spicy warming notes from the chipotle all the way towards the end of the finish.

As the beer warms up there are some fruity notes present up front.


All in all a very interesting beer, but too one-dimensional with regards to the ginger. Score: 3.4/5.

This beer might need some more time in the bottle, so I’m looking forward to trying this one next year.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11

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