Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:09 (2012)

Finally I’m able to pull off an Abstrakt review on the correct date! Today is the 1st anniversary of BrewDog Abstrakt AB:09, a “Cranachan” Imperial Stout with a whopping ABV of 17.1%. I had this beer for the first time in May last year, and today it has spent a year in the bottle. To quote myself:

Abstrakt AB:09 is an Imperial Stout brewed with heather honey, raspberries and oats, and have been aged in whisky barrels for about 6 months.

Let’s see how it has developed!

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:09Looks

Clear dark brown color with a tan head that quickly disappears.

After pouring it looks pretty much like last year, with the same amount of head.


I’m getting molasses, alcohol, dark bitter chocolate and some liquorice.

There is quite a lot going on in the aroma, and it gets more and more intense as the beer warms up. There is also a slight hint of dark berries after a while.


As in the flavor I’m getting some hints dark bitter chocolate and some liquorice, and also some coffee, caramel and honey.

The beer has a full body and a smooth carbonation, and because of the massive ABV it feels very warming.

As the beer warms up I’m getting some hints of peated malt as well.


The finish seems to last forever and has some nice sweet tones. I’m getting vanilla and some cocoa.


A very complex and enjoyable beer. I find it to be a lot more enjoyable this year! Score: 4.1/5.

Come back next year for another review of this lovely beer!

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:09

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