Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:05 (2011)

I’m a couple of days late for the 2nd anniversary of BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:05. I have reviewed this beer twice before, first when it was 3 months old, and again when it was a year and some days old. Now it has spent two years and two days in the bottle, so let’s see how it has developed.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:05Looks

Pitch black with very little head. The little head that is generated quickly disappears.

Last year it generated a huge head in comparison!

Aroma

Roasted coconuts, chocolate, vanilla and some hints of coffee in the aroma. Quite rich and smooth.

I’m not picking up any alcohol.

Flavor

I’m picking up much of the same in the flavor. I’m getting some sweet liquorice flavors that was not present in the aroma. The flavor is overall quite sweet and could use a bit more carbonation to not feel so heavy.

The mouth feel is thick and syrupy, and the carbonation level is very low. The has been quite a drop in the carbonation level since last year.

Finish

Very long and sweet finish with some hints of coconut and dark bitter chocolate. It’s like each sip leaves a thin coating of beer in the mouth as the finish seems to last forever.

Rating

Still very sweet and I think it was a shame that the carbonation level had dropped as much as it had. Not as enjoyable as last time around. Score: 3.7/5.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:05

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