Earlier this month I wrote about ordering some beer from the BrewDog Brewery. Although all of these beers were splendid, I was also in for a surprise. One of the beers I had ordered was called Abstrakt: 08. I researched the beer and found its website (Ok it is on the back label): http://www.abstrakt.com/.
According to the website the beer was supposed to be a deconstructed blond imperial stout. “What?” I asked myself. How can the words “blond” and “stout” be used in the same description? As I read more, I was intrigued by the whole Abstract concept. Each beer that they brew is a one-time-only production. And, each is brewed in limited quantities. What a great marketing scheme. The labels are minimalist in design, with just enough information to make you want to search the Internet for more information.
One side of my brain said: “Celler it and enjoy it later. At 11.8% alcohol, it will age marvelously.” The other side of my brain said, “I wonder what a blond imperial stout tastes like. Try it now.” Well, it really was no contest—I opened it. The beer is truly unique, with lots of interesting flavors: coffee, malt, chocolate, etc. There was really nothing about it that said “stout” to me, but who cares? The beer was a delight. Now I’ve got figure out a way to try some of the other Abstrakt beers.