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.