Abstrakt AB:19

Rating: 3.85

Originally bottled on the 1st of July 2015, this one will amazingly only be my second beer from Brewdog’s Abstrakt series of beers and follows on from their AB:10 offering that I tried in late 2013 after receiving a bottle as a gift a year earlier. The beer is one of approximately six Abstrakt beers that I had picked up over the last couple of years but is the first I’ve cracked open in quite some time. Made by blending two of the brewery’s imperial saisons, a red and a black, before ageing the result in rum barrels, this one is labelled as one of the brewery’s most complex beers and comes in at 13.1% abv; it will also be the 126th Brewdog beer that I will have reviewed here. Like all Abstrakt offerings, each bottle of this one is individually numbered and I’ve managed to get my hands on bottle 6508 of 10,042 which is roughly the same number of bottles that was originally available for AB:10 back in 2012 (9987 bottles of that one being released). AB:19 was definitely a beer that I was looking forward to and hopefully I won’t wait as long before opening another of the Abstrakt bottles I am ageing at the moment.

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Appearance (4/5): Pouring with quite a dark mahogany brown body that is almost black, this one has an opaque body and a tiny bit of lacing sitting mainly around the circumference of the glass in lieu of a head. The lacing is an off-white colour and there’s a touch extra right in the middle of the beer too.
Aroma (7/10): There’s quite a rich nose to this one with a definite alcohol aroma opening things up thanks to the rum barrels used in the brewing process, there was some touches of oak and a faint vanilla sweetness in there too. The beer initially featured some darker fruits with fig, raisin and plum all making an appearance before some touches of caramel added to the complexity. I had been expecting a little more in the way of funk and tart notes from this one but there was more spice than anything else around the middle before some darker malts showed up. Towards the end some lingering fruits remained with some berries and subdued tart seeing things out with a light chocolate aroma.
Taste (7/10): Slightly more fruity than anticipated after the nose, this one opened with some of the rum and alcohol from the aroma but they seemed a touch less pronounced this time around. Soon after the darker fruits started to appear with some plum and raisin alongside touches of dates, some nutmeg and cinnamon adding some spice nearer the middle too. Further on and some pleasant chocolate flavours started to show and along with some vanilla they both added a nice sweetness to the beer. Down the stretch the beer was again quite complex with faint oak flavours and the odd roasted one coming through before some cherries and subtle funk seen things out.
Palate (4/5): A very complex, full-bodied beer that was also quite rich and strong; what you would expect from a 13.1% beer and it definitely got off to a good start. There was a burning alcohol feel from the beer coming through at times which gave a warming feel to the beer nearer the end with some sweetness thanks to the vanilla, oak and chocolate. There wasn’t a whole lot of carbonation to the beer and the head in particular was disappointing but that might have been down to the fact that the beer was around eighteen months old when I finally cracked it open, instead it was quite smooth and balanced; great stuff.

Overall (17/20): A very rich and sweet beer with tonnes of complexity to it, I particularly enjoyed darker fruits and vanilla flavours combining with the subtle funk and tart of the beer. There was some boozy rum that at times was a little strong and warming but nothing more than was expected give the strength and it was definitely an excellent beer to sip away at. Overall this one was a really nice offering from Brewdog and one that grew on me more as I worked my way down the glass, it’s easily one of the best saison’s I’ve tried too.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: BrewDog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Imperial Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Abv: 13.1%
Serving: Bottle (375ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £10.00

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