Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:13

I just noticed that I had completely forgotten to review BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:13! The beer was bottled all the way back in March and has been sitting in my fridge for a good while just waiting for me to pick it up.

AB:13 is a “cherry” imperial stout, aged for 14(!) months in sherry and whisky barrels. The ABV of this beer is 11.3%.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:13Looks

Very dark brown, oily pour with a light brown head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a tiny ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass.


Hints of sherry, raisins, roasted malts, some chocolate and some alcohol. Complex and “heavy” aroma.


The flavor is much like the aroma actually. I’m getting loads of sherry, molasses, chocolate, some alcohol and some roasted malts. Really complex with perhaps a tad bit too much sherry notes for my liking.

The body is full and the carbonation is soft.


Very long and delicious finish with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not a lot of hints of the ABV in the finish.


This is one of the better Abstrakt beers I have had for quite a while. Complex and powerful. Would love it if the sherry hints was slightly more subdued. Looking forward to seeing what a year or two in the cellar will do to this beer. Score: 4/5.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:13

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