Today Abstrakt AB:02 from BrewDog has spent three years in the bottle. Time for another review! I reviewed this beer on the blog in 2012 and 2011, and all the way back in 2010 on my flickr account. Let’s pop yet another bottle of this beer.
Dark brown reddish pour, which leaves a dark brown color in the glass with a reddish hue. The head is quite small.
I’m getting dark fruits, boozy hints, sugary sweetness and some resin-like aromas.
This beer reminds me more of a barley wine, as it somewhat did last year as well.
Sweet, syrupy, pine and some booze. Pretty balanced and complex. The beer is really different compared to the first time I tried it.
The body is smooth and the carbonation is low.
Long finish with a nice sting from the alcohol. There is a good amount of malty sweetness present as well. The finish is quite lovely.
I’m not going to bother rating these Abstrakt’s anymore (as in the cellared ones). This particular beer has transformed into something that reminds me of a barley wine, and no hoppy hints are anywhere near the beer anymore. I would love some more carbonation, but it appears that the corks used in these bottles aren’t too good. Too bad!