Category Archives: Scotland

BrewDog Dog F

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 17.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 10th Anniversary Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle & box) Dog F is very special. Before you is our liquid anniversary marking 10 years of brewing. A Decade of Dog. To celebrate, we have done what we do best – brew an incredible beer and barrel-age it to the edge of existence. Dog F is a 17.5% imperial stout brewed with copious dark malts, pure cacao and coffee, balanced on a knife-edge of Habanero chili. Our hottest Dog to date also has layers of resonance from months spent in Cognac barrels. This beer will age with grace or be the centre of the party right now – it’s your call. Thank you for being part of our Decade of Dog. But you know we have a long way to go yet…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.39
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml boxed bottle, batch 170226, with a best before date of 1st April 2027. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a thin beige head that dissipated quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, cacao, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee, light boozy (maybe cognac), and a touch of herbal chili.
Taste: Chili spice, cognac booze, caramel, toffee, light roast, with touches of chocolate and hints of coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, chili bite, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Smooth, chili spice forward. Cognac booze is there, but less than I expected considering this is 17.5% abv. The spiciness balanced the caramel and toffee sweetness. Although there was less roast and chocolate for an Imperial Stout, it wasn’t as boozy as I thought it would be, and the spiciness was prominent, but very good.

BrewDog Tokyo*

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 16.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Intergalactic stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is a beer inspired by a 1980s space invaders game played in Japan’s capital. The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the pixelated arcade action have been painstakingly recreated in this bottle’s contents. We brew this complex Imperial Stout with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries, dry-hop it with a bucket-load of our favourite hops then carefully age it on French toasted oak chips. It’s all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must from time to time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 29th January 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark malt, light char, oak, hints of dark fruit.
Taste: Sweet, caramel, syrupy, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, prunes, cranberry and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: As it warmed to a more Imperial Stout ‘ideal’ temperature, it actually became too sweet and syrupy for my liking. I actually enjoyed it more when the cold numbed and toned it down a bit. The combination of sweet and syrupy was just too much for me even just sipping, as there wasn’t enough roastiness to balance it.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:20

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 14.2%
Style: English Barleywine
Other Notes: Tiramisu Oatmeal Milk Barley Wine

Brewer Description: (from website) Our interpretation of the classic Italian tiramisu dessert. A blend of epic English barley wine brewed with coffee, oats and milk, and a twisted complex rum cask-aged imperial stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottle 38,773 of 45,800, bottled on 14th March 2016, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark brown colour with almost no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Coffee grounds, sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, figs, plum, licorice, brown sugar and alcohol.
Taste: Sweet, caramel, chocolate milk, dark fruit, fig, raisin and a boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with no carbonation.
Overall: Nice aromas and interesting flavours, but I would have preferred some kind of carbonation.

Brewdog Black Eyed King Imp Vietnamese Coffee Edition

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 12.7%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Vietnamese Coffee Edition

Brewer Description: (from brewdogrecipes.com) This is the Vietnamese Coffee Edition. At 12.7% ABV, Black Eyed King Imp is a super intense and twistedly complex brew, with intense notes of sweet vanilla, rich espresso, smooth molasses and bitter chocolate barely contained by the whatever container it’s in.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.69
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 8th October 2020. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a less than half finger brown head that dissipated quickly and left some nice fine spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla and molasses.
Taste: Much like the aroma, wonderful roastiness, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oak, vanilla and a touch of molasses.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, soft carbonation with a touch of booze.
Overall: A wonderful sipper with excellent aroma and flavours. Easily the best BrewDog beer out there. I’m just sad that this was my last can.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh 10th Anniversary

Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery
Country: Scotland
ABV: 8%
Style: English Old Ale
Other Notes: Ale matured in whisky casks for a full two years. Special twelve year old reserve barrels – Highland Park

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This unique, tenth anniversary edition is aged for a full two years (three times longer than normal) in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park’s legendary 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, allowing even more whisky flavours to imbue the ale. Let’s toast a decade of barrel-aged brewing – Slainte!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.61
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml foiled and capped bottle, bottle no. 09925, bottled in October 2017, and best before end of February 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with pretty much no head and only very sparse spotted lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, whisky, raisin, fig, wood, caramel, with light peat and smoke.
Taste: Watery, whisky, roasted malts, chocolate, raisin, caramel, fig, dried fruit, with light roast and smoke.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: My first impression was that the body was so light that it drank like watered down whisky. It was better after it warmed as the complexity and roastiness came out and balanced the wateriness to the point that it was ok and drinkable. I easily preferred the Special Reserve 21 version though, but I am looking forward to trying the other varieties. A heavier body would have improved this.