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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1033   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Molenbrouwer (5) - Bodegraven, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2009 does not count
Bottle from Bier&Co, Beautiful big peated aroma, small lace dry, but big flavor. good iodine palate. my compliments. very different them my own brew B,Z&T

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5109) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle from Bierkonning. Pitch dark black, with a pencil thin white head. Nose of roasted malt and molasses. Taste of vanilla, chocolate and dark roast. Also toffee, coffee and the usual stout suspects. A real delight. Only minor criticism is the very smokey finish, but I imagine some like that. Hats off to this excellent Scottish brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TrefwoordPunk (871) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Bottle 33 cl. Pours pitch black with a small tan head and an aroma of mocca, dark chocolate and grain. The taste starts out nice, vanilla, chocolate, malts, something roasted and strong coffee. But after that a more fresh taste comes kicking in and the taste gets fishy. Yuck, I hate that. Starts out nice but I don’t like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4348) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 18, 2009
Cask @ Bon Accord. Nice and surprising to have had this one in Bon Accord, probably the first IS I encountered there! Hopefully there will be more coming along. Black colour, creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, sweet tarts and coffee. Flavour of bitter coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkopen (1008) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2009
330 ml bottle. Deep, dark brown colour, thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a whiff of dark fruits. Strongly roasted, a little burnt flavour with coffee and plenty of chocolate. Dry, ashy bitter finish. Smooth, oily, full-bodied, low carbonation. A very enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Dark brown with a khaki colored head. Kelpie tobacco aroma with dusty black malts. Smooth medium body. Great flavors of dry, roasty malts with kelp, coffee, and cocoa. Starts dry and finishes lightly sweet. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9680) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 330 ml bottle. #406. BB 23/09/14.
Black colour with a small tan head. Dark fruits, sweetness, roasted malt, dried fruits and mild hoppy bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, hops, moderate bitterness, mild coffee, vanilla sweetness, dark fruits and sweetness. Low carbonation. Nice palate. Thick and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (546) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Black color with limited carbonation. Aroma of dates and cola. Very chewy and thick, the high octane makes this a slow sipper. Roasted coffee maltiness with solid hoppy kick at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2009

3/11/2009: Rip Tide "twisted merciless stout" is both the second Brew Dog beer I have had tonight or at any time and I must say that I am quite impressed with their offerings. They are full of flavor and life, but not overly high on the alcohol. The packaging is simple and modest, yet stylish and intriguing enough to draw one in. I really like the plays on characteristics going on in this particular beer. The black raspberry aroma is paired so nicely with the flavor of dark chocolate-covered liquor-filled cherries. Other complexities layered on top of that include heavily caramelized and roasted maltiness along with a smoky finish that is slightly dry. The smokiness is really doing it for me. So is the near black liquid and attractive frothy beige moustache-forming beige head! This is a rich and creamy, full-bodied beer that is super good!

1 Pint, 6.4 Fluid Ounce bottle (Batch 001; Best before 03/03/09; Alc. 8% by Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #232 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle. Almost black colour with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet, roasted and chocolaty. Roasted malt flavour with notes of chocolate and liquorice. Some bitterness in the finish and quite smooth mouthfeel.

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