New Brew Friday

TGIF fellow beer enthusiasts.

In honour of the end of the week and the dawn of the weekend I thought I would offer up a review of a weekend beer – read big bottle, complex flavours and higher ABV.


This week I am reviewing a beer from one of my favourite breweries BrewDog’s Dogma a 7.8% ale brewed with honey, kola nut (a caffeine-containing nut), poppy seed and guarana (a fruit with twice the caffeine of a coffee bean).


BrewDog Dogma


Dogma pours a cloudy, rusty orange colour with lots of off-white head.  The head dies off to a light skim with some nice lacing. There is a ton of malt coming through on the nose with a slight raw nut aroma. Like the nose belies this beer is about as malt forward as you can get from first sip to finish the palate is dominated with a rich, cloying sweetness and roastiness. There is a nice amount of body to this beer, which allows it to carry the big tastes and at the same time giving Dogma a slight warming quality. There is also a honeyed sweetness you can taste as you drink. As I mentioned the finish is malty but fairly subtle all in all.

Like many other beers brewed with multiple add-ins (I keep picturing the Baskin Robbins sundae bar) I feel like I cannot untangle what exactly each addition brings to the beer but setting aside the ingredient over-enthusiasm as a malt forward beer I quite like Dogma and would recommend it to fellow malt enthusiasts or those looking to get their caffeine fix sans coffee.


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