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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1047   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
22.4 oz bottle
At $11.99 I thought this was fairly pricey until a recent run had me picking up more bombers in the same price range. Nonetheless I won’t be buying it again despite being a solid imperial stout. I understand the need to charge more for something that has to cross an ocean. However after my final bottle of Paradox I think I am done with Brewdog for a while.

Aroma / Appearance - Ashy brown in complexion the head contrasts nicely with the dense inky black body. Peat, smoke, anise, vanilla, caramel, and warm smores blend into an invitation to explore this more.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy molasses starts the show followed by smoke and peanut butter. Dried oak chips trace their way over the back of the tongue along with chocolate flakes. The finish gives a pleasant touch yet could be more assertive. Overall this falls into the "nice but expensive" category along with beers like DFH Black and Blue and Southern Tier’s Cuvee series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de cacao. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié avec une pointe de cacao et de petits fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #2376)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22.4oz bottle. Random, right? Very dark brown with a light beige head that dissipates. Licorice, chocolate, and wet paper aroma. The flavor has sweet licorice, lightly roasted malt and modest bitterness. Pretty mellow. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not much going on here, but I can see why this would be a good barrel candidate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2009
Pours very dark with little light at the seams of the glass. Smells of malt syrup and slightly roasty. Tastes like malt syrup with average body and roasty bitterness. OK, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2009
0,33 l bottle. Black, as is to be expected. Nose is dominated by liquorice, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is mainly coffee, some soy, with a slight chocolate sweetness at the end. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle: Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roast and espresso. Maybe a little cocoa. Flavor is a rich blend of espresso, dark fruits, roast, molasses, and a little smokey. A feeling of the abv before the bittersweet tail. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Sweet roasty aroma. Deep brown-black body, small tan head. Flavor is medium sweet, with plenty of chocolate and a bit of roast. Finish carries the sweetness, but adds some enjoyable bitter notes. A very well done strong stout, although different, to my way of thinking, from a true impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
In short: A peaty and very dirty stout.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed relatively fresh, almost 1 year before best-before date.
The look: Black body topped by a few beige bubbles acting as a head
In long: Unusual nose of peat, leather bag, old shoes and such. No kidding. Really dirty nose, I didn’t mind it at all and found it intriguing. Taste is again intriguing but just not that good. Body is rather viscous and lifeless, like a watery tar or something. Carbonation is minimal. Some old black coffee approaching old coffee filter flavour. Chocolaty too but again the chocolate doesn’t come out as standard bitter black chocolate. More like earthy/peaty buttery chocolate without much bitterness. Pretty fucked up and far from clean but surely not uninteresting. Just as long as you don’t mind an imperial stout that is as clean as a Pilipino prostitute after a fleet American battleships left town.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a pitch black with nothing much in the way of a head. Aroma is heaven itself: toasty and a touch of booze, dark fruit (raisins) and salted caramel. Yum! Taste is surprising: It has a nice roasty bite, present but subdued and well-balanced hops (which linger nicely intermingled with the roastiness in the aftertaste) and until it’s really, really warmed up, not a lot in the middle (sweetness or body). Once it warms, though, it kicks in with toasted oat/coconut cookie, graham cracker, touch of caramel. Complex and delicious! Body is lightly carbonated and while creamy, not entirely thick or chewy. I really, really like this, and aside from the astringent lightly peppery finish, I wouldn’t have pegged it for an impy, so it wears itself well, though at 8% I shouldn’t expect too much burn. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3125) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Smells of rosted malts and some vinous alcohol. Tastes of malts, chocolate and soy.

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