Photos: M.K. & I. Burheim
In the pandemic-ridden summer days of 2020, we see Corona putting a stop to most events planned to take place. However, On a late Saturday evening in Oslo, me and four friends gathered for a special happening that I believe hasn’t happened before (at least I have never seen anything like it?): The mission being to complete the entire line of the Abstract series from Brewdog.
Having gathered quite a bit of them each of us throughout times, we got together to crack them all at once. Yes, writing this the day after… (and it is a terrible day as one can imagine!) i’d forgotten how it feels with such a headache- so I suppose I’ll take it as a bonus reminder. But more importantly: I did take notes! So here they follow- enjoy!
Yellowbrownish colour. Nose is close to BW/quad, subtle notes of caramel. Ripe apples, super-ripe. Quite delicious as a matter of fact, contrary to what I expected.
Dark brown colour. Nose: Dark berries/fruity notes. Taste is somehow mouldy, with a straaange bitterness(?)- almost amonia-like sting of old hops. «Not cool», to quote Rick & Morty.
Brown & murky looks. Quite sour nose w/raspberries. Stings a bit. Acidity and old basement. It’s not as bad as nr 2…
Seems most promising of the lot so far! Dark, stout is what we have here. Chocolaty notes and chili traces are intact, definite best so far. Withstanding the test of time, this one- which (as a curiosity) is the one that the whole DOG series were based on.
Dark as night is what we like for a stout to be. This being no exeption. Belgian Imp stout, this one has the total picture: sweetness, Choc, nutty & fruity. Smooth as f**k!
This one I’ve had once before- terrible! So, what now? Black IPA… Sounds awesome. Nose is hoppy and foresty, with clear traces of ageing. Much better than anticipated, thought this would be no good.
Scotch ale, with liquorice notes. Tastewise, It’s a bit old’ish, but smooth & better than expected.
Thin. Supposed to be a stout? Caramellish nose. Sweetness in taste. Very mature.
Good taste for quite old beer. Vineous, oaky and boozy taste.
Brown ale aged on Malaga barrels. Accompanied by a dessert wine of Malaga kind, it kinda weakens a bit- seems like lost what was there once. Not bad tasting,
BW. quite weak though. Not bad tasting, but bot good either
AB:12- 2/6 Belgian strong ale, strenght in raspberries, both in terms of aroma and taste.
AB:13- 2/6 sourish stout. Ageing doesn’t seem to have done this beer well, according to my taste.
AB:14- 3/6 Weissbock. Not usually my fave category in the world of beers, still I’ve had some real good ones before. This one however, is past its prime it seems. Old beerbasement aroma. There’s some sweetness in the taste. Wort-like, but not in a bad way.
AB:15- 4/6 Great! Sweet, bold (still beautiful)
AB:16- 3/6 Very vineous, but at the same time also quite light-bodied. Long aftertaste In this one.
AB:17- 4/6 sweet nose. Candy chocolate combined with distinct coffee features.
AB:18- 3/6 Farmhouse. blend of saisons, aged in rum barrels. Raisins. old. Sour, but sweet undernotes.
AB:19- 3/6 sweet as well as acidic notes. Quite good balance. Good stuff
AB:20- 3/6 a little mouldy, but great. Sweet, old but good. Much better than what I remembered from last time I had it actually.
I have no idea anymore what beer type we’re talking. Sweet, a little acidic, and nice.
Raw? Nose could fool me at this point. (“Really? You think??) Taste be like “Y’all, this is some sweet good shit.”
Sweet & fruity. Lost 4 further words… 3 left.
AB:24- 3/6 great. A little BBQ, smoky-like.
AB:25- 5/6 Wow! A barley wine that just strikes out like that! This is it. Fresh, aged and rounded off in them edges. Fantastic stuff guys!
AB:26- 3/6 spiced, heat, stout-like. Funny & exiting twist on a stout, and it does actually work.
AB:27- 4/6 Bourbon notes and sweetness provides for a good stout. Also: Stoked that this the last one! (Phew) There were several good ones ones in this run, this being one of them. Great finalé! ?
Last but not least: A shoutout to those who were kind enough to trade/sell contribution beers with us, in order for this to take place: Lasse L, David H, Thomas S, Kryzsiek M and Svein Åge B.