Dogma is a “heather honey infused ale” from Scotland’s BrewDog brewery. This herb/spice beer has a 7.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.
Dogma is an innovative, enigmatic ale brewed with guarana, poppy seeds and kola nut all blended together with Scottish heather honey. A conspiracy of transcontinental ingredients infused with some devastatingly BrewDog imaginative thinking.
The flavours, intricacies and nuances of this beer are best enjoyed while musing over some obscure 17th Century philosophical meanderings, such as:
“If we disbelieve everything because we cannot certainly know all things we will do much, what as wisely as he who would not use his wings but sit still and perish because he had no wings to fly.”
This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies.
Dogma pours a fizzy reddish (ruddy) brown, with bubbles along the side of the glass. The head is a huge three inches of thick khaki foam. Even after it has faded, remnants of the head hang around like the foam of an ice cream float.
The dominate smells are of chocolate and honey. There are also hints of pepper, lemon/lime soda and what I think is starfruit.
The taste is fizzy, with honey and pepper flavors blending throughout each sip. This combination keeps either flavor (the spiciness or the sweetness) from becoming too dominant. Mild chocolate notes comes through at the end. As the beer warms the honey starts to win the flavor war.
Mouthfeel is fizzy and light. There is a slight drying in the finish, but nothing that distracts too much from the overall experience.
Dogma is an okay beer. The nose is interesting and the tastes blend together well-enough, but there isn’t enough there to really grab my attention. I see what BrewDog was trying to do, but it doesn’t quite get there.
Overall: 5.5 out of 10
As a HERB/SPICE BEER: 6 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Dogfish Head MIDAS TOUCH, Left Hand GOOD JUJU, Barons BLACK WATTLE SUPERIOR WATTLE SEED ALE