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

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Very dark brown. Thin head, nose is rich, deep dark fruits (plums, raisins), that classic burnt fruitcake, molasses and Okinawan black sugar. The body has a little lightness for the style, but the palate still shows muted fruity dark sugars.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured black color with a moderate fizzy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10428) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, light oxidation, mocha pie, vanilla and coffee. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2011
Complex and satisfying imperial stout. This is to be brewed on a rotating basis. Spicy rye,wheat,oats some sugar and coconut,chocolate malts, and warrior, centennial and cascade hops delivering their measured IBU of 100. This is a big beer, no head, carbonation right there. Coca-cola like caramel, some Maris Otter.At Castro Amsterdam event.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 bottle. Deep black with a thick sticky dark brown head. The aroma has an intense tarry roastiness with a lot of cocoa and heavily charry soy character with an aggressive, earthy bitterness. Has a fairly intense ashy/woody note and some lingering bitterness. Fruit component seems more restrained that in the 2011 bottle. Pretty tasty - although Iím hoping some age will round off the edges. 2011 bottle. Pitch black, dark brown head. The aroma is lightly savoury with a bit of licorice and heavy roasted malt. Lots of cocoa and treacle along with some faint dried fruit. Some blackberry flavour and a little bit of smoke. Slightly herbal and chewy along with some lingering bitterness. Fairly rich and sticky mouthfeel. Itís a pretty lovely brew, really. 7 4 8 4 15

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks Mike), pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is quite subtle, with licorice, dark fruits, wood, and molasses. Flavour features woody roasted malt upfront, with some dark fruits and subtle licorice notes behind - fruity sweetness and high hoppy bitterness on the finish. Medium-to-full bodied with a medium complexity for an impy. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8396) - 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.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
2011-06-22. Black body with a massive brown head and lace. Flavour is dry up front, sweeter fruity malt in the middle finishes with dry roasty malt returning. Modest alcohol makes itís presence known but is not as prominent as it could be for the abv. Aroma is a bit mild, notes of anise like herbal character are ephemeral and possibly imagined. Light roast and fruit, pleasant malt-mocha-roast melange that has a nuance that defies my dissection. 7+ I enjoyed it quite a bit but I canít decide if I want more or not. Perhaps I will come back to this one on another day.Cíest What Festival of Small Breweries

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8151) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
500ml bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Very dark brown, near-black color. Thin tan head, leaving good bits of lace. Awesome coffee, moderate roast malt. Smoke. Earthy hop. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Just a touch ashy, but I donít mind. Just slightly biting in the finish. Enjoyable imperial stout to try. I dig the smoke.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Near black pour, looks awesome! Aroma is heavy burnt sugar and roast, very enticing if you like sweet dark things (and I do). Rich roasty palate, muscavado sugar, cream, bitter chocolate, mmmmm! Surpassed my expectations for sure! Nice!


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