The Dogma Ale from BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland is brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana. The brew pours out a rich amber in color with good clarity and is topped with a finger to finger-and-a-half of off-white, densely bubbled head that slowly reduces all the way down leaving only a fine collar. On the nose, this is very malt driven with aromas of honey, toffee with some spice, heather and a little alcohol warmth. In the mouth, less malty than the nose led one to believe but definitely on the sweeter side. Flavors of honey (and heather from that honey), toffee, spice and some earthiness. Slightly medicinal and herby - from the guarana, perhaps? Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Little lacing. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is quite long and turns to the bitter side near the end.
An interesting beer. I was surprised by how much heather aroma and flavor could come from heather honey considering it is just one of the ingredients. Flavorful, very drinkable and if you're looking for some caffeine in your craft beer this will work for you. That said, I'm not sure how this is being sold in the US as I thought the FDA had banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages (thanks Four Loko) a year or so ago. Maybe I am wrong and caffeine can be added to alcoholic beverages again.
22.4 ounce bottle, 7.8% ABV
Beer 227 of 366 for 2012