Time for a review! It’s been ages since I wrote anything here, and I have been slacking with the yearly reviews of BrewDog’s Abstrakt series. I have three of them in the fridge, waiting for a review, and I’ll start with AB:08, a blonde stout. I have reviewed this twice on the blog before, once when the beer was a couple of months old, and once again when it was about a year old.
This time it has spent 2 years and 2 months in the bottle.
The beer looks pretty much like it did the last time I tried it, a hazy golden/red-ish color.
There is not much carbonation left but a slight ring of bubbles cling to the edge of the glass.
I’m getting some sweet malty notes in the aroma. There are also some sweet orange like hints present, almost like marmalade.
As last time I’m picking up some roasted coffee in the aroma.
When I’m taking notes I’m ending up with pretty much the same as last year. I’m reminded of toast and cold coffee, along with a good amount of malty sweetness, honey and toffee
As the beer warms up I’m getting some slight hints of salt as well, which I haven’t picked up before.
The finish lasts for quite a while and is a bit bitter, and boozy.
If I remember correctly I enjoyed this beer more the last time around. The finish is too bitter and has too much alcohol. It’s still an OK beer though, but I think it’s already past its prime, which is a shame since I have a few more bottles of it in my cellar.