Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:12

About time I pop a new Abstrakt beer from BrewDog. Today I’m trying the 12th one in the series. The beer was bottled on 12/12/12 (fitting date btw) so it’s still fairly fresh.

Here is the commercial description of the beer:

Imperial Black Belgian Ale aged in old Invergordon Scotch whisky barrels with mountains of raspberries, tayberries and blackberries in each cask. Decadent yet surprisingly light and refreshing, this is a moreish fruit sensation sure to leave your tongue tingling in delight!

Let’s give it a go!

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:12Looks

Dark brown color with a big head that leaves some serious sticky lacing on the glass.


I’m getting a good amount of raspberries, coffee and some roasted malts up front.

As the beer warms up I’m getting some port-wine like flavors.


There is a good amount of raspberries in the flavor as well. I’m also getting some small citrus hints, wood and coffee. As with most of the other beers in the Abstrakt series there is not much alcohol present anywhere, even though this one sports an ABV of 11.2%.

The mouth feel is smooth and the carbonation level is nice and soft.


Tart fruity finish with some whisky-like hints towards the end.


I’m a bit “meh” with this one. Nothing quite special going on. It’s very drinkable, and the flavor profile is somewhat interesting, but nothing more. Score: 3.6/5.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:12

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