And here is yet another Abstrakt review, AB:11. This beer was bottled on the same date as AB:03, only two years later, meaning that the beer I’m reviewing now has spent a year in the bottle. Last year this beer gave me a real ginger kick, so let’s hope some other flavors get to show their splendor this time around.
AB:11 is a black Barley Wine brewed with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers, with an ABV of 12.8%.
The pour looks pretty much exactly like it did last year. Dark brown in color with a two finger beige head.
There is still a huge amount of ginger in the aroma, but this time around I’m also picking up some chocolate and nuts.
Lovely to see that the ginger has toned down a bit compared to last year.
I’m getting ginger, chocolate, coffee and some red fruit. The Christmas-feeling is strong in this one.
The body is full and the carbonation is slightly sharp.
There is a tiny hit of the chipotle peppers in the finish of the beer. I’m getting some smokiness and a tiny bit of peppery warmth. The ginger sticks around until the bitter end.
The beer is more balanced this time around, making it a lot less enjoyable IMHO. The ginger still takes up a lot of aroma/flavor, but there is also a lot of other flavors around after a year in the bottle. Looking forward to popping a bottle next year!