Abstrakt AB:05 goes live
Belgian Imperial Stout aged on toasted coconut and cacao
The latest instalment is our uber-limited release Abstrakt series is now bottled and ready to ship. Only 700 of these bottles will be available on our online store.
Our Abstrakt series is a new breed of beer brand which only ever brews and releases a beer once. We release a very small number of limited edition abstrakt batches per year. More art than beer, these beers are directional & boundary pushing: blurring distinctions and transcending categories All Abstrakt beers are bottle-conditioned, individually numbered and known only by their release code, e.g. AB:01, and ideally suited to ageing.
AB:05 is a 12.5 Imperial Stout fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Post fermentation we have aged it for 4 months on loads of tasted coconut chips and bucket loads of pure cacao. The Belgian yeast strain introduces a whole new dimension to the Imperial Stout style resulting in a beer which resembles a marshmallow toasted on a smouldering barbeque then smothered in dark chocolate. Massively seductive and encapsulating this blacker than midnight beer pours with coffee brown head so thick you could almost stand on it and with an epic lacing on your glass.
The pure cacao came from our friends at Willie’s Cacao – we did a cool swap deal and sent them some beer. The resulting aroma may make you feel like your head is going to explode from chocolate, as the beer warms in the glass an amazing complexity develops with almond, coffee, coconut, rum, raisons, tinges of port, molasses and caramel all present. The mouth feel is dramatic, this is such a thick, rich beer and we decided to go with high carbonation. The result is a liquid velvet mouth feel that glides along your pallet. The high carbonation gets lost in the density of the stout but ensures the flavors are delivered in the most enthralling way. Chocolate, toasted marshmallow, roasted almonds, caramel, touches of red fruits and thousands of other flavors entice you as you gently sip away at it. I am just a little sad the batch was so small and we lost so much removing the coconuts and all the cacao.
The best beer BrewDog has made to date? I definitely think so and it will be interesting to see how many people agree with me. It may also be the ultimate ice cream float beer.
As with all the Abstrakt series, AB05 is a individually numbered, limited edition bottle. Perfect for ageing or just drinking now!