Time for another review of BrewDog Abstrakt AB:08, the blond imperial stout. I tried this one back in February, and today it has spent a year in the bottle. The beer is according to BrewDog a “Deconstructed Blonde Imperial Stout”. Check out my previous review of this beer for some more information about it. Let’s get this show on the road!
Hazy golden color with a reddish hue. The head is off-white and quickly disappears.
The beer is actually less clear than the last bottle I had, despite having been staying in the cellar all the time. The color is pretty much the same though.
I’m getting a good amount of coffee and malty sweetness. There are some nice spicy notes present as well. The high ABV (11.8%) is more present this time around.
As the beer warms up a bit there are some chili pepper notes present together with some vanilla.
Cold coffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol and chili is the first that comes to mind. There is a good amount of sweetness from the malt present, but it does not feel overly sweet.
The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is smooth and enjoyable.
As the beer warms up I’m getting some hints of chocolate milk (as in Nesquik).
The finish lasts a while and has some malty sweetness, coffee and some spices. All the way towards the end I’m reminded of chocolate milk.
I enjoyed this beer more this time around than the first time I had it. The increased hints of alcohol in the aroma does not hurt the beer at all. It’s one of the weirdest ones in the Abstrakt series, for sure. Score: 4.1/5.