Brewed by Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Abv has varied. 2011 edition had 9% 2014 edition was 9% Unique to Ontario, Tempest Imperial Stout is brewed with a complex grain bill and three types of hops. Tempest has a bracing bitterness that quickly blends with deep malt notes and a slight spiciness. Cellered for 3 months prior to packaging and then wax dipped, this beer will cellar well for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3767) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
Brown bottle, 2013 vintage, 500 ml, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on January 8 2014; eye: black, opaque, nice creamy dark brown head that turns into a ring, average lacing; nose: resinous hops, roasted barley, black coffee, light chocolate; mouth: resinous hops, roasted barley, burnt barley, black coffee, light chocolate, pleasant acridness, ashy, dry finale in roasted barley with presence of coffee, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly oily texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, millésime 2013, 500 ml, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 8 janvier 2014; œil : noire, opaque, belle mousse crémeuse brune foncée qui se transforme en un anneau, dentelle moyenne; nez : houblon résineux, orge torréfiée, café noir, léger chocolat; bouche : houblon résineux, orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, café noir, léger chocolat, âcreté plaisante, cendré, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence de café, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (801) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pitch black pour with a huge dark mocha head that leaves nice lace all the way down. Chocolate dominates the nose with some coffee, dark fruits and a hint of pine. Taste is sweet roasted malts leading to a nice bitterness at the end to balance things out. 2013 vintage is 9% but this is well hidden. Medium creamy body with average carbonation and a long finish. The fight with the wax seal was well worth the end result.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Sweet malty nose with dark chocolate, dark fruit notes. But fairly simple, unimpressive mouth. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12935) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Bittersweet chocolate, soy and molasses. Oily jet black and a thin beige head. Espresso and bittersweet chocolate and a bitterness that balances sweetness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This spot-on Imperial Stout develops delicious roasted malts with dark chocolate accents, as black pepper and alcohol warmth spice up the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the blackness.
-The malt profile is beautiful from aroma to finish.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet never cloying.
-There are some black bean depths as well in the chewy center of the cereal profile.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
*Tempest Imperial Stout* Amsterdam Brewery (which is in Toronto) Pretty much black pout with a ton of brown foamy head. A ton. Looks like sponge toffee. Scent is malty and chocolaty. Mouth is bitter, like a really dark bitter chocolate with a malty sweetness coming in right at the end. The middle is smoked. Aftertaste is boozy. Quite the flavor journey. Okay read the bottle wrong, thought this was 7% and it’s %9, no wonder it’s boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (855) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
2013. Noir. Mousse brune foncé. Opaque. Semble riche. Nez: chocolat. Truffe. Café au lait. Anis. Guimauve. Coca/Rootbeer. Fraise. Écorce d'Orange. Malt fumé. Vanille. Bouche: alcool. Forte amertume. Chocolat noir. Cendré. Orange/liqueur. Légèrement fumée. Café corsé/espresso. Moins liquoreuse que le nez ainsi que l'apparence semble l'indiqué. Peut être un peu trop froide... Attendons un peu... Plus onctueuse gorgé après gorgé. La chaleur d'alcool persiste. L'amertume s'accentue. Les saveur tourne autour du café amère presque acide et de chocolat noir non sucré. Et résulte en une finale bien sèche et cendré. Un très bon produit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Really dark pour with a modest head. Chocolate coffee caramel ...however it lacks a little depth for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (1183) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
bottle 2012 9%. Poured dark opaque black with a creamy mocha brown head. Aroma of roasted barley and a touch of alcohol. Thick oily texture with a warming finish. Roasted malt flavour, a little burnt. Coffee, treacle, vanilla flavours all mashed together with a medium dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
torontojay (25) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2013 bottle from LCBO. Nice, dark pour with a meager head. Aromas full of roasted coffee and chocolate, with a hint of green hops. Palate is pretty substantial and the flavour is a nice mix of spice, chocolate malts and bitter hops. Overall very good, will likely mellow nicely with age. The wax top was a bugger, though.

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