Thursday, August 15, 2013


Brew Dog beer is a rarity in Connecticut. I don't know that I've ever seen on the shelf at the beer store I go to and they have the largest selection of craft beer I've seen in my part of the state.

So, when I find a bottle I grab it.

When I was in Greenville, New Hampshire recently I stopped at the Country Mile because I heard they had a good selection of craft beer. I was not led astray.  They have an interesting selection of craft brews. Among their inventory was Dogma brewed by Brewdog.

Guess what? I grabbed a bottle.

The bottle says it is best enjoyed while musing over some obscure 17th Century philosophical meanderings. Well, I can't say I'm all that much into that.  I did, however, drink it while watching some political mumbo jumbo on the boob tube.  I don't know if that counts.

Dogma (7.80% ABV) is a spiced beer brewed with guarana, poppy seeds, kola nut and Scottish heather honey.

It poured a foggy burnt orange that looks very much like unfiltered apple cider in the glass.  It builds a dense creamy off-white head that clings loosely to the side of the glass.

The aroma is interesting and appealing; fruity, malty along with some honey and spice.

The taste has a solid malt backbone complimented by juicy fruits and honey. The sweet stuff is offset nicely by a pleasant dose of hops.  There's just enough bitterness to balance out the flavors without overt bitterness. On the whole, the taste is unusual, but not in a bad way.  I can't really describe the flavor beyond that, because I've never had anything quite like it before. But it's tasty.  

I didn't get a any taste of alcohol except when I took a huge, greedy mouthful.  Take a normal sip and you won't taste any booziness.

The mouthfeel is medium-ish with a good amount of carbonation.

Dogma is a pretty easy drinking beer. Coming from Brew Dog, I expected this to be big, bold and perhaps a little over the top.  What it was was a tasty, complex and quaffable brew.

Overall: very good.

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