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


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RATINGS: 937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Rip Tide
Date: July 29, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: clear dark brown, ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with a touch of dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, balancing caramel sweetness adds fruityness and brings out a touch of chocolate, light balancing bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old World Russian Imperial Stout
Date: December 10, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, agressive tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, sweet caramel, dark chocolate
Body: creamy thick body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate, sweetness brings out the chocolate as well as a light fruityness, well balanced lingering bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
bottle - mild aroma, slight notes of smokiness. medium to light body for a stout, let alone an imperial stout. medium roastiness with some smoke. Tastes like you’d think a rubber tire might taste. Finishes sweet like lactose and then with a sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
pours a jet black with a thin foam on top, very good lacing.
smell is of powered bakers cocoa, vanilla, some malts, a light roastiness.
taste is thick, creamy, milk chocolate, touch of vanilla, touch of caramel, nice mild bitter finish.
overall a really nice taste that goes down wonderfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle from ’Beersofeurope.co.uk’: Very dark sout with very little head. Aroma of roadted malt and chocolate. Flavour is lots of roasted malt with a little burntness, nice caramel notes. Nice and thick as I like in an imperial stout. Reaaly good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours with almost no head and has bubbles within that bubble up to the top one-by-one. After pouring, it almost looks like Coca-Cola in the glass. Nose is pretty generic of roasted malts. Taste is more complex than the nose would suggest. Predominant taste is coffee, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, and an earthiness. Finish is pleasantly bitter of coffee and hops and is quite long lasting. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Jeez! These beers gets no appearance points. They always pour with absolutely no head. Overly roasted chocolate nose, some burnt caramel and the lightest wisp of acrid coffee. A light hint of smoke and vinous fruit leads into some licorice and molasses. Bittersweet roastiness, and I am not saying this is undrinkable, because its not, but it has the undersirable qualities that I do not like in a stout, licorice, soy and salt, and its overly roasted. Flaky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle while in San Diego on 08/01/2008 for the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Dark brown body with a small off-white head. Chocolate and roast aroma. Roast malt and caramel flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2008
Presents jet black with a substantial beige coloured head. Aromas are a little reserved, dark chocolate roasted coffee beans a hint of honeycombe and slightly metalic. (almost like a lead pencil) Palate is rather full, choc-hazelnut dominates with bittersweet coffee roast rounding out the mid palate. Metallic character comes up again (its a tad undesirable, but not too bad) more bittersweet roast with a malty, rather viscous finish. Alcohol is hidden oh so well!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to a rep for leaving our store a sample. Black color with a thin head. It was immediately obvious this was the base beer for the previous one (Paradox). Roasty malt aroma, light oak and a bit of salt. Strong, grainy taste. Lots of roast and bitter chocolate. Earthy and chalky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
A porter right up my alley: sweet and roasty aroma and a flavor to match. I like the hops in this one too, nicely grapefruity. The liquorice is also very prominent in both the aroma and the flavor, the chocolate and coffee being more dominant in the taste than in the aroma. Need to try more brewdog beers...

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