Brew Dog – Dogma

Tasting: June 11, 2011
Style: Ale (Spiced)

Do I dump beers down the drain? – absolutely! Why? Because drinking new beers is a complete gamble – I find some gems, but I also find some that truly disappoint. I try to limit myself to around six bottles per week and I certainly don’t want forget the ones that I really enjoy for the sake of discovery. Last night’s Samurai was eighty-sixed about half way through. I replaced it with a Two-Hearted Ale and I enjoyed that very much. But, it’s a new night and a new beer. This ale says it’s brewed with honey, kola nuts, poppy seeds and guarana. Hmmm, I’m going to say that I’m going into this with a cautious eye. Dogma is brewed by Brew Dog in Scotland and boasts 7.8% ABV.

Pour is ruby in color with a wonderful looking head that lingers on beautifully. Honey sweetness, some herbal aroma as well – reminds me of a muted lavender or a heather – probably from the honey that was used in this beer. This beer is amazingly complex. I am bombarded with a number of tastes, wood, lavender, caramel, pepper. Has a very minimal hop signature. This is a medium bodied ale. Is this one a dumper? Absolutely not. I’m enjoying it. I can’t say that it’s a classic by any stretch or that I’ll seek it out again — but I’ll give the brewery props for a very creative and complex ale. I’ll give it 86 points.

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