Time for a beer I’m pretty excited about. I have been longing for this beer since the last time I reviewed it, in November last year. The beer in question is BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:04, an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa and Naga chilies. The ABV weighs in at 15%.
When I enjoyed this beer last year I thought it was the best in the Abstrakt series, and possibly the best beer from BrewDog altogether. Hopefully another year in the bottle hasn’t made it less enjoyable. Today it has spent exactly two years in the bottle, so let’s give it some fresh air!
Very dark brown pour with a small light brown head that quickly disappears. The beer sticks to the sides of the glass as I’m drinking it.
Coffee and cocoa dominates the aroma. I’m also getting some roasted malts and hints of spices.
As the temperature rises I’m getting some hints of raisins and rum, and the alcohol is more present.
Like the aroma coffee and cocoa dominates the flavor, backed up by some nice sweet roasted malts. I’m also getting some heat from the chili.
This beer still has a very complex and balanced flavor profile. I’m not picking up much from the alcohol, which is impressive, considering the ABV of 15%.
The mouth feel of this beer is silky smooth and every small sip I take is ridiculously satisfying.
Very long finish with some hints of soy sauce up front which eases into a lovely mix of cold coffee and dark chocolate. I’m also getting some subtle heat from the chili and the alcohol.
This beer is pretty intense, and extremely good. Really well balanced and complex. Lovely!
Last year I wrote that it was probably one of my favorite beers from BrewDog, this year there is no doubt. For me this is a masterpiece of a beer. Score: 5/5.
Dog A, that I reviewed last week, is based on this beer. If you can’t get a hold of AB:04, try seeking out Dog A instead.