BrewDog Abstrakt 06 – 11.5% Imperial Black IPA

9 05 2012

I mentioned a while back about the release of BrewDog Abstrakt 06, well I have finally gotten round to drinking one of my bottles and as such I can give you all my two pennies worth.

 So where to begin… well if you have read anything about Abstrakt then you will know that it is series of special edition, limited volume concept beers being brewed by BrewDog.

06 is oddly enough the sixth in the series… you see how that works.

 The price per bottle is a little steep – I paid €12.99, but don’t that put you off, you really do get what you pay for!

Nice black coloredbody with a reasonable creamy head. Good lacing which lasts  well through out.

There is a big aroma of pine, dark chocolate, orange and molasses.

Pine and lots of orange flavor combine with the plentful doses of chocolate and slightly floral kick. Nice citrusy aftertaste, sort of like sumac. A full body and well hidden alcohol make up the texture of this beer.

I know that this is billed as an Imperial Black IPA but if I were to try and pigeon hole this I would have to go with a very heavilly hopped Imperial Stout.

Good beer that is worth the money, can’t wait to see how these age.


BrewDog AB06 Goes Live

25 06 2011

Some of you might have been keeping pace with BrewDog’s Abstrakt range of beers, click here to find out more if you haven’t.

Well I have finally managed to get my hands on my first bottle of AB 06 and will be drinking it and reviewing it at the first available oppurtunity, until that time here is what the BrewDogs themsevles have to say about it.


“The latest version of our Abstrakt Series is now for sale.  You can get your paws on some here: and from the abstrakt website here 

 AB06 is a 11.5% Imperial Black IPA which has been triple dry hopped.  This beer is savage; boasting more bitterness and more hops than any BrewDog creation to date, combining loads of awesome malts and monumental amounts of our favourite hops.

 As always with Abstrakt, each bottle is individually numbered and very well suited to ageing. Drink one now and then age one for a couple of years and see how it develops. Cellar it up.”


The Nutshell – Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

11 11 2010

According to the Guinness Book of Records the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is the smallest pub in the UK.

 Whether this is the case or not is up for dispute as at least 2 other pubs that I am aware of make the same claim, either way it is bloody small, about 15ft x 7ft according to the barman.

You can fit about 15 people in The Nutshell in moderate comfort but the record stands at a massive 102 back in 1984, having spent many evenings in the Nutshell all I can say is I hope they all knew each other well, if they didn’t prior to going in they did when they came out!

There is an awful lot to look at in the Nutshell, especially considering it is such a small pub, there is a stags head on one wall and there used to be a stuffed black cat as well, apparently it was found during renovations bricked up behind an old chimney!

Unsurprisingly as it is only 5 minutes down the road Greene King is well represnted in the Nutshell with their I.P.A and Abbott Ale always in residence.

The Nutshell is always popular with tourists and during the summer months can be a bit busy regardless of when you pop in, the rest of the time it is just a regular local pub, all be it in miniature.

Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

An update on my homebrewing project

28 10 2010

 As regular readers will know my most recent homebrew was a traditional IPA, well it now a little over a month since it was bottled so I decided to give it a try and see how it is getting on.

 There is a fair amount of carbonation, certainly enough for my tastes. The beer pours to a very pleasant light amber with a decent sized head that lasts well throughout drinking with a fair bit of lacing.

 There is a decent aroma developing with hops, a slight hint of citrus and a rich maltiness being the predominant notes.

 For me the look and smell of my homebrew are important but the key is very definately how it tastes. Well I can officially say that this IPA is a winner as far as I’m concerned.

There is a good level of bitterness to the beer offset with a nice caramel like sweetness from the malt, I was really pleased as a lto of homebrews that I have sampled before have had an almost cider like quality to them coupled with a rather unpleasant sweetness.

If I compare this IPA with a commercially brewed version I would certainly take this over something like the ubiquitous Greene King offering and not only because this is tipping the scales at a little over 6% (6.2% as close as I can measure it)

I can’t wait until my next scheduled tasting at the end of November 🙂

Marstons Old Empire Original Export IPA 5.7% A.B.V

12 10 2010

Following on from my post about Harviestouns Bitter and Twisted here is my promised post on Marstons Old Empire I.P.A as raided from my local off licence before they vanished into the mist as everything interesting there is want to do.

Before I start reviewing this beer I am going to take a brief moment to make sure everyone is up to speed on quite what an IPA is and why it is such named.

IPA quite literally stands for India Pale Ale and the clue as to it’s birth and reason for being are in the name; back when England had an Empire the expats who made up the British Raj had a bit of a thirst on and understandably they wanted to ease that thirst with beer.

Most popular beers at the time weren’t stable enough to make the long sea journey to India from good old Blighty and such something new was needed.

IPA was the perfect solution it was well hopped so would last for longer, it had a higher alcohol content, again for longer shelf life and it was light and refreshing making it perfect for drinking in the warm Indian climate.

It was an instant hit with the Raj and before long it was a hit at home as well.

Well that is my little potted history lesson completed so it is time to crack on with the beer in hand (well now in stomach)

Marston’s Old Empire Original Export IPA is one of just many hundreds if not thousands of brands of IPA available to the beer drinker today.

However if you were to mention IPA to a lot of people they will instantly think of the Greene King offering which thanks to their size and marketing savvy is available in most pubs you set foot in, even if they don’t offer any other real ale.

There is nothing wrong with Greene King IPA however as with everything variety is the spice of life and there are a whole range of great flavoursome IPAs out there ready to be drunk; Marston’s Old Empire is one of these.

The aroma of Old Empire is not dissimilar to a slightly damp pine forest there are some pine and grassy notes a hint of citrus and a malt note almost hidden away at the back.

Marstons might have been aiming for this sort of damp forest floor aroma from Old Empire but I just found it to be more than a little skunky, if I had to hazard a guess I would say that this skunkiness is a result of the choice of a clear glass bottle.

Old Empires pours a dark golden colour with a mid sized white head which leaves very little lacing .

On tasting the beer you notice a nice bitter ctirus peel flavour, some hint of caramel maltiness and a nice grassy/hay like note creeping in.  There is a nice zing to Old Empire along with the ever so slightly sulfurous taste that you get with all of Marston’s beers due to Burton on Trent being such a hard water area.

There are two main downsides to the taste and feel of Old Empire, the first is that the hint of skunk that you can pick up in the aroma is still there lingering in the background when you drink it and the second is that bearing in mind that it is supposed to be a traditional IPA made to an original recipe I would expect it to be a bit “bigger” particularly given that it’s ABV is on the high side for a lot of modern IPA.



real drinkers only need apply

10 09 2010

Are you feed up with beers that are a measly 5,7,9 hell even 11% well fret not!

If you have always had dreams of a delicious beer coupled with the ABV of neat spirits then Brewdog have just the thing for you…


Billed as being an IPA for the dedicated sink the bismarck is picking up where tactical nuclear penguin left off, it is the strongest beer in the world!

This behemoth of an IPA is clocking in at a mighty 41% ABV!!!

That is roughly 10x the strength of most regular IPA that you will come across! I was blown away by TNP when I tried it and that only came in at a miserly 32%. I fully envisage sink the bismarck to put into an alcohol induced coma of happiness!
Needless to say I have had to order some of this bad boy for me to sample, probably under medical supervision and well away from heavy machinery.

Here are the boys from Brewdog to amuse and educate you about their monsterous creation.

Sink the Bismarck! from BrewDog on Vimeo.

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