For the most part, I really like the products that Brewdog ships overseas. Sure they don’t always hit the mark when targeting a specific style, but their more experimental items (Paradox anyone) can be pretty damn impressive. Dogma is another “experimental” interpretation of a traditional style.
Brewed with a blend of 10 different malts (including Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Brown and Dark Chocolate Malt) as well as heather honey and kola nut, this 7.8% ABV Scotch Ale is an interesting beer to say the least. It’s a richly flavored beer with plenty going on within it’s dark depths from a welcome nuttiness to a fairly decent hoppy backend.
Dogma pours much darker than I would have expected it to. It’s nearly opaque and a dark, dark brown in color with a full and resilient cap of dark tan foam.
Can’t say that I’m able to specifically pick out the kola nut, but the malty profile of the beer does have a light nuttiness to it. The honey, on the other hand, is quite easy to pick out. There’s also a bit of burnt caramel and some breadiness present.
With as much that’s going on within this beer, I had my doubts, but it’s actually quite tasty. A solid, earthy nuttiness arrives first with a hint of honey. Dark malts, caramel and a little coffee are present along with a moderate amount of sweetness. The drying finish was a little surprising, but it works. There’s a bit of warmth in the chest as well, especially as the beer warms.
Dogma’s a pretty darn good beer. It’s flavors aren’t quite as dynamic as the nose lead on, but it’s still got more than enough to keep your palate fully entertained for the duration. I’d pick this one up again in the future.