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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1010   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2009
courtesy of jdubfl. pours ruby/brown, with tan head. Aroma is malty with faint notes of smoke. Taste has plenty of dark fruits with chocolate malts. With light bitter hoppy finish. Light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up dark chocolate, brown sugar, and lesser coffee with earthy and grassy hoppage around.. almost artificially sweet, but quite enjoyable. The flavor was also on the sweet side with chocolate and roasted barley at the core.. bitterness was light and earth-inspired.. a little warm, but alcohol was not overt. This was very average for the style, but quite servicable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Dark brown color with a smaller hot cocoa head. Lightly toasted and roasted malt in the aroma. A touch of salt water toffee. Not a strong scent, but nothing askew. Light sweet licorice in the start. Quite enjoyable for a professed licorice hater. Middle is full of sweetened coffee, Toasted, hearty whole grain bread, blackberries and a hint of pencil eraser (resin?). Very light carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and linger is of sweet roasted malt and some mild honey roasted nuts. I find no trace of alcohol. A very enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Trade from TheRealBastard. Thanks! Enjoyed on Valentines night. Aroma is dark fruit, cream, malt. Dark brown/black with red tints when held to the light. Latte colored, big bubbled head. Creamy and sweet in mouth. Chocolate and coffee afters. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2009
Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma is fudgey, black coffee, black licorice, and smoke. Tastes like putting a whole bag of black licorice into your mouth. Other tastes include chocolate, french roast coffee, there is an earthiness present, red jube jube, and caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Decent lacing. Oily mouth feel that helps the finish linger pleasantly for a long time. This is a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Reddish black pour, licorice color, fluffy wet white head and wet lacing. Nose has tons of oak, some roast and distant coffee. Flavor has a lot of oak, dry peat and smoke, nice roasted finish. Unique, good, harsh dry body, tasty and drinkable despite the harsness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Stout’s lean and loose mouthfeel somewhat detracts from the enjoyment to be had of the chocolate, caramel and roasted malts, marzipan hints and lingering earthy, leafy hop bitterness. It’s a balanced and very drinkable example of the style, but it needs a lot work imho to play with the best in its league.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam circles the auburn-rimmed dark brown.
-The low carbonation may emulate what you get on cask, but then again the body is not well developed enough to withstand this vacuous atmosphere.
-Fruity vanilla-like sweetness morphs into marzipan every second sip.
-The finishing bitterness is not overdone, but it sure clings to the tastebuds for a long time.
-Alcohol accompanies the hop bitterness.

Bottle; batch #123, best before 10/02/2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle shared thanks to Willblake I think. Pours a Deep dark brown wiht a thinning head. Aroma of chocolate malt, light licorice, anise, earth toast and hints of coffee. More chocolate malt, with a charred acrid balck malt bitterness, herbal and earthy like hops and more anise in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Thanks tpd975 for the share. Pours dark brown with a slight, almost nonexistant off-white head. Nose is roasted malt, some smoke, and roasted malt. Flavor is almost no roasted malt some dark fruit and slight coffee and chocolate. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a bit more roast, dark fruit, and some slight chocolate. It is ok. Body is REALLY thin for an imp stout. Pretty decent for a BrewDog beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2009
It didn’t pick up on the imperial aspect of this stout. It reminded me of a mild with the smooh malt body. In the English style, with low carbonation and a fairly thick palate. Chocolate, and some earth. Only a hint of smoke.

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