Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11 (2012)

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%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:03 (2010)

Time for my fourth bottle of BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:03. This time it has been spent 3 years in the bottle! I have reviewed this beer twice on the blog, first back in 2011 and then again last year. Let’s see how it is this year!

Abstrakt AB:03 is an imperial ale aged over 2 years in whisky casks together with raspberries and strawberries, and has an ABV of 10.5%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10 (2012)

About a year ago I tried BrewDog‘s Abstrakt AB:10 for the first time. Today I’m trying it again, and now it has spent over a year in the bottle. This beer is an Imperial Brown Ale aged in Spanish wine casks for 4 months. The ABV is 11.5%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:14

It’s been a while since I did a review of BrewDog‘s Abstrakt beers, so today I’m going to do two. First up is the latest in the series, AB:14. This beer is according to BrewDog an oak aged Imperial Weizenbock. Not exactly an everyday style, at least not for me. The ABV is as usual with the Abstrakt beers quite high, 10.2%. Let’s get it open!

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Malheur 6, 10 and 12

Malheur 6, 10 and 12

A little while ago I got some samples of some new Belgian beers coming to Norway (well, new to Norway, not new in Belgium). Some of these beers were from Malheur. Some of you might have came across some of Malheur’s “Champagne beer” before, but the ones I got was “regular” Belgian beers: A Belgian Pale Ale, a Belgian Strong Ale and a dark Belgian Strong Ale. Here are some notes from my tasting of Malheur 6, 10 and 12.

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Achel 8 Blond and Achel 8 Bruin with ham and cheese

Achel, ham, cheese, pesto and mustard

The alarm went off, and I instantly scrambled for the fridge. Today is Belgium’s National Day, and I needed to choose some Belgian beer to celebrate!

The 21st of July is the Belgian National Day, and what better way to celebrate this day (well, for me at least) than to bring out some Belgian beer? I chose Achel 8 Blond and Achel 8 Bruin, some different cheeses and ham, home made pesto and mustard, and a touch of Django Reinhardt on the stereo.

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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%.

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The Ultimate beer tasting

Lost Abbey Ultimate Box Set

The day had finally arrived! We were about to experience the ultimate beer tasting! Well, at least according to the name of the box of beers we were about to open.

The last weekend in June I had some friends over for a really exciting beer tasting. We were about to taste our way through none other than Lost Abbey’s Ultimate Box Set, a set containing 12 different beers (or “tracks”). Each beer is a blend of existing Lost Abbey beers, with different sorts of barrel aging and wild yeast additions, spiced up with some extra ingredients such as grapes, peaches and cherries. Lost Abbey themselves calls this box set “A malt-driven tribute to the album rock of our youth”.

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Beer review: Ægir Natt Imperial Porter

Time for a Norwegian beer that I haven’t had in while, Ægir Natt Imperial Porter. This beer is also available as Ægir Lynchburg Natt, which is the regular Natt (the one I’m reviewing now) aged in ex-Jack Daniels barrels. I reviewed Lynchburg Natt back in March 2012, and gave it a 5 out of 5.

The regular natt is an Imperial Porter with a whopping 10% ABV (the same as Lynchburg Natt). Let’s pop it open!

Ægir Natt Imperial PorterLooks

Dark brown pour with a thick beige head.

Aroma

A lovely malty aroma with hints of coffee, liquorice, soy, very light roasted hints and some dark fruit.

Flavor

The flavor matches the aroma spot on, and has some chocolate-like flavors as well. A well balanced and really tasty “porter”. It reminds me more of an imperial stout really, but good none the less.

The mouth feel is full and the carbonation is soft and comfortable.

Finish

Pretty long finish with hints of dark chocolate, dark fruits and some hints of coffee.

Rating

A beer that I don’t enjoy too often, but every time I drink it I can’t stop thinking “Why on earth don’t I buy more of this beer?!”. Score: 4.7/5.

This beer is available at Vinmonopolet.

Ægir Natt Imperial Porter

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Beer review: BrewDog IPA is Dead – Dana, Goldings, El Dorado and Waimea

Tonight I’m going to review the latest IPA is Dead mixed pack from BrewDog. This particular pack contains 4 single hop IPA’s, with the following hops:

  • Dana
  • Goldings
  • El Dorado
  • Waimea

Of these I have only brewed with Goldings myself, and I haven’t tried any single hop IPA’s of the other hops, so I’m eager to get started!

I have reviewed two other IPA is Dead 4-packs earlier: Bramling X, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace and Citra and Challenger, Motueka, Galaxy and HBC.

Dana

BrewDog IPA is Dead - DanaLooks

Slightly hazy orange color with little head.

Aroma

I’m getting some rubbery notes in the aroma. Not pleasant at all. I’m also getting some hints of grass, flowers and perfume.

Flavor

As in the aroma I’m getting perfume and flowers. There are also some hints of burnt rubber.

The mouth feel is creamy and the carbonation is soft and comfortable.

Finish

Long and harsh finish with some nasty rubbery notes.

Rating

Did not finish this one. Not good at all. Score: 1/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Dana

Goldings

BrewDog IPA is Dead - GoldingsLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting some bread-like notes and some fruitiness reminding me of apples. I’m also picking up some grassy notes.

Flavor

The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with regards to tasting notes. Fruity with some bitterness.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

The finish has some boozy notes up front and is quite bitter.

Rating

A lot better than the Dana one, but far from a good (single hop) IPA. Score: 2.3/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Goldings

El Dorado

BrewDog IPA is Dead - El DoradoLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting some distinct lemon-like hints. Really fruity and juciy aroma.

Flavor

The flavor is really interesting. Loads of different fruity notes. I’m picking up melon, pear, pineapple and lemon. Really fruity and refreshing.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

Some bitterness up front with loads of fruitiness. The finish is sadly a bit short.

Rating

This was a really fruity and refreshing IPA. Lovely balance and really interesting flavors. Score: 3.7/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - El Dorado

Waimea

BrewDog IPA is Dead - WaimeaLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting grass, pine, resin and some malty sweetness.

Flavors

As in the aroma I’m getting a good amount of pine and lemon. There is also some caramel-like hints present.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

Bitter and long finish with hints of pine and some citrus. Leaves me wanting more!

Rating

Not as good as the El Dorado one, but nevertheless a good IPA with some lovely pine and citrusy notes. Score: 3.2/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Waimea

Blend

And now for the most important question, will it blend?

BrewDog IPA is DeadLooks

The color is, not really to my big surprise, like the others.

Aroma

I’m picking up loads of the hints from Dana and some from El Dorado. Sadly the bad parts overpower the good parts.

Flavor

As with the aroma the bad parts seem to take control. I’m getting some hints of burnt rubber, grass, pine and some resin. There is also a sweet and good malty backbone present.

Mouth feel is as expected (like the others).

Finish

Long finish with hints of citrus and pine with some soapy hints as well.

Rating

The blend wasn’t very interesting actually. Too bad the rubbery notes were present, as there was some other good stuff in there. All in all not very good.

Conclusion

This was one of the most disappointing reviews I have done in a while. I know that I haven’t been wow-ed by BrewDog lately, but this was really depressing. I would not recommend this mixed pack to anyone. Finding a better IPA than any of these (with the exception of the El Dorado one) is easy.

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