Abstrakt AB:05 goes live

12.5% Belgian Imperial Stout aged on toasted coconut and cacao

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 at http://www.brewdog.com/product/abstrak-ab05

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! It is also best enjoyed from one of our BrewDog Teku glasses which you can buy here http://www.brewdog.com/product/teku-glass 

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Ben 24th February, 2011 9:18am
Tanned a bottle last night. Swing and a miss guys. Would have been good if I could taste any coconut or chocolate. As an imperial stout it's good, though perhaps a bit too sickly.Best release AB06 asap.
Pat Hanson 23rd February, 2011 10:24pm
Amazing beer - really enjoyed it at a great night at Holyrood 9A. Reminded me of the (very) old Russian Stout that used to be brewed down south in year-numbered bottles. Tried all of the IPA is Dead as well - Nelson Sauvin best followed by Citra. Thanks Brewdog!
BringBackChaosTheoryAgain 23rd February, 2011 1:56pm
For anyone wishing to try AB05 I noticed they are going to have it available on tap and in bottles at the Evening Star in Brighton tomorrow night. Also will have IPA is Dead.
Adrian 23rd February, 2011 1:41pm
Tried it yesterday.Phenomenal! Best BrewDog ever, and that is saying something!
Sevare 23rd February, 2011 8:40am
Tried AB05 last night.IMO not the best of the AB series (I like 2 and 4).A watered down version of Mikkeller Black? Or perhaps a batch of Tokyo that didn't turn out quite right and so morphed into AB05?
n 22nd February, 2011 10:51pm
can anyone let me knw where i can purchase AB:05 pls.I dnt believe 3000+ bottles vanished within a day. Surly there must be an alternative retail outlet or some other means to obtain??Pls advise.
richard 22nd February, 2011 3:33pm
is there a recommended aging period for this one?
Chris 22nd February, 2011 3:16pm
Are there still bottles for sale at the pub?
Steve Armstrong 22nd February, 2011 3:12pm
Easily the best beer BrewDog have made yet. Tried it at the pub last night and it is awesome!
Christer 22nd February, 2011 9:36am
Then you might want to update http://www.abstrakt.com/product/ab05 ... it says 3600 bottles.
richard 22nd February, 2011 9:35am
Order now sortedMany thanks
MagicDog 22nd February, 2011 12:48am
Alrighty,Sorry guy just to keep you updated in numbers. We normally produce 3,200 bottles of each AB. However the coconut in the conditioning tank has caused all sorts of problems! This batch therefore will be a little under the normal quota, however come on guyz, its our experimental range, we dont know whats going to happen!Chin chin!
Ben Magro 21st February, 2011 10:30pm
So is this beer really already sold out?? Or is this because of the pricing error?? Day 1, 9am in Australia and it's already sold out. That would suck!
richard 21st February, 2011 7:16pm
i emailed both Kayleigh & Sarah today regarding my order of 3 bottles. Neither have got back to me yet, any ideas how long as i really don't want this order messed up?
Chris Rockwell 21st February, 2011 5:29pm
James-Was the Cacao powered or in the solid bar form when you added it to the beer?thankscr
Kim Odland 21st February, 2011 2:00pm
Crap!!None for Kim :(
Manker 21st February, 2011 10:45am
Cant wait to try this. Tried the AB:02-AB:04 the other day and especially the AB:02 kicked ass. Like a previous but lighter version of Sink The Bismarck while AB:04 was just amazing. How many more AB's will be brewed this year?
Adam 20th February, 2011 9:37pm
Per the type, 700 online of 3600. Assuming as distribution channels have expanded for brew dog they need to send out bottles to the peeps that sell their everyday beers.
kevino 20th February, 2011 9:37pm
Can't wait!
Simon 20th February, 2011 8:19pm
Double bah!How come only 700 bottles made it to the website? Were there 3600 in total? Is there another sales channel? And any prospect of a subscription scheme? I'm a bit gutted to be missing a release already.
Dredpenguin 20th February, 2011 6:24pm
Bah sold out already!
craig garvie 20th February, 2011 5:16pm
This has happened before on the internet (amazon and the likes) and its quite clear if the mistake in pricing is an obvious mistake. Then the seller is entitled to correct the mistake before shipping.
Tom Archer 20th February, 2011 5:07pm
Yeah, I worked in Retail and if a customer saw a product for sale at a lower price in store when infact it was listed at a higher price, we had to sell it for that lower price, that's law.
david bald 20th February, 2011 4:11pm
surely if the beer was advertised at that price then that order has to be fullfilled at the advertised price?
James, BrewDog 20th February, 2011 2:33pm
If you did buy the mistakenly priced £9.99 package please send an email to Kayleigh@brewdog.com - she will give you the option of adding another 2 bottles to your order.Sorry for any confusion caused here.
Bob 20th February, 2011 1:52pm
What is the scoop if you have order 3 bottles for £9.99? Do you get just one bottle, do you get the option to buy three or do you get all three for a tenner?! Cheers
Beer Hawk 20th February, 2011 1:45pm
There have been some gems in the Abstrakt range so far and this looks and sounds fantastic. Order placed!
Christer 20th February, 2011 1:26pm
Will this be available at Systembolaget in Sweden as well? If so, is there a date yet?
James, BrewDog 20th February, 2011 1:05pm
Please note there was a pricing error for the first hour this beer was live.£9.99 obviously gets you one bottle and not 3. Thanks for the understanding.
Justin 20th February, 2011 11:56am
3 bottles for 9.99?! don't mind if i do...