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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottled.
It was only a matter of time before the original BrewDog got his paws in on the action. This egotistical young lab has decided to make a beer which best reflects himself.
This is the beer equivalent of the big, cute chocolate monster.
Soft, smooth, dark, chocolately and very strong. This gentle giant will never bite but would much rather give you a big lick on the face.

NOTE: This beer and Old World Russian Imperial Stout ARE definitely the same beer. Direct, verbatim quote from James Watt follows.
""This is Rip Tide in a 660ml that we made exclusively for Total Wine and More (a US chain). By offering them something unique we were able to ensure they listed Punk and Hardcore


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (693) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Transferring some earlier reviews from my blog to RB. Aprill 2014, Utobeer, London (£ 3,40), 33 cl. Valades pruunikas must, klaasis pitch-black; vaht ülipüsiv ja tihke, värvilt veidi tumedam kui nt Coca oma. Lõhn paneb oigama ja mõnuvärinates väänlema. Nii tugev, nii erutav: kirbelt šokolaadine, soojenedes muutub pisut magusamaks, meenutades šokolaadi- või kakaopuruga kaetud cappuccionot (nagu Londonis kombeks, enamasti küsimata), lisaks on siin mingi mitte otseselt karamelline, kuid kõrbesuhkrune tunne (või kõrbenud must ploom?), samuti on tunda alkoholisust, mis siiski kõige selle külluse vahelt õrnalt läbi kumab. Heas mõttes tolmune-mullane. Hästi õrnalt ka suitsusingine noot. Maitselt väga röstine, šokolaadine, magus ja seda tasakaalustavalt ülimalt mõrkjas. Muuseas, siin on selgelt tunda, et magusus ei ole šokolaadine - šokolaad ja magus on kaks iseasja. Öelduna veider... Nagu oleks magusus otseselt suhkrukristalline ja pigem esiplaanil, šokolaadine raskus looritaks aga taustal. Kehalt kergemapoole, kuid üliraske, suulage justkui mingi paksu kihiga katva järeltundega, aktiivsema mulliga kui eelnevalt maitstud Beavertownid - siin toob see kihisemine mõrkja humala kenasti esile, jättes terve suu mõnusalt õhkama. Selles on tunda alkoholisooja ja veidi vürtsikust (nagu hästi vähene punane pipar). Soojenedes tuleb (nagu kombeks) rohkem magusust esile, taandades algselt tunda olnud mõrksuse ja vürtsikuse. Soovitatud "aristocratic nonchalance" on sellele vast tõesti parim kaaslane. Ei muret maailmas - toekas praad on hävitatud ning salongis prõksub kamin, vestlusteemaks mitte mingil juhul miskit poliitiliselt rasket, see peab olema kindlasti kunstidega seotud. Note to self: Inksile meeldiks.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeebon (305) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
From bottle, pours lovely black in colour with small tan head. Smell is toasted malt, coffee, mark and milk chocolate and oak. Taste is good, low to medium sweet and medium bitter, wonderfully smooth and slightly creamy. A mighty fine stout!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lillmuffin (116) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle bougth at kvarteret in Bergen. Dark black color and small cute beige head. Smell like chocolate and coffee. Taste like chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Not a fan of imperial stouts but i like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silvan7 (863) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle @ Home. marrone, limpida con riflessi aranciati. schiuma beige fine e persistente. Aroma tostato, cacao, caffè in polvere, cioccolato, liquore. Gusto amaro, luppolato, in qualche modo agrumata. La tostatura ricorda caffè, cioccolato e cacao amaro. Erbacea nel finale.Molto corposa, poco carbonata, calda, Equilibrata ed armonica.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weordie (328) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a very short lived brown head. Aroma of cocoa, chicory and earth. Taste of dark chocolate, some vanilla and whole heap of bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Humlehode (307) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
Pours black with brown head. Prominent roasted, smoked, coffee and chocolate notes. Too much for my liking. Also slightly unpleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stuj01 (24) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Tasty and nice starter of an evening. Smells nice and will be great to a steak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (607) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle from 2009. Pours inky black with a thin tan head, rapidly diminishing, little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, oak, coffee, dates, toast, grass. Full body, smooth, low carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Well balanced and enjoyable. Alcohol content is well hidden. Other than the loss of carbonation, it aged very well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle @ BrewDog, Manchester [301004]
Pitch black, big tan head, some lacing
Aroma of rich dark malts, soft roasted malts
Taste of rich dark malts, rich smooth roast, smooth bit savoury malts, dab of bitter chocolate, quite complex
Palate - Medium carb, Medium to full body, quite sweet. Finish as main flavour, no burnt roast
Overall - Surprised I hadn’t rated this until now. It’s been going for years but it’s still a really nice impy

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
Cozy, but clear smell; like sweet vegetables and honey. Alcohol-intensive with hints of dark chocolate, prunes and pipe tobacco. The aftertaste is very local in the back end of the palate, and is smoky.


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