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


on tap

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RATINGS: 977   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Large bottle. Pours amber-hued black with fizzy tan head. Aroma is acidic coffee, earth, a little bit of raw licorice, and some wood. Flavor is roasty bitterness, some harsh coffee and wood tones. Very dry ashiness is all over, with a mild chocolate undercurrent. Decent, but a little bit weird. I enjoy the surprising dryness, But it really seems like it’s lacking something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle,poured dark brown. nose was coffee and burnt malts. Flavor was similar to the nose with a big rich finish, and slightly thinner mouthful for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
500ml bottle pours purple brown with a lot of light at the bottom. Dusty nose comes off as a strong dry stout - milk, dry dusty malts. Flavor is creamy and rich fudge and chocolate. Disappointing overall. Weak smell, dusty dry malts, fudge-heavy and astringent. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From bottle. DLM Friday tasting. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor continues with chocolate and coffee. Very rich mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but still a very good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4332) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Smell is roasty, coffee, leather, malts, and smoke. Look is clear dark brown to back in color. Taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, super roasty almost too much so, with some dried fruits thrown in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours like coffee in a cup that hadn’t been properly rinsed of it’s soapy suds. Very English and very short lived is the head froth and very little lacing. I smell molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Very light in body with watery carbonation. I have mixed feelings about this brew. On one hand it surely doesn’t compare to the usual kickass over the top specimens that I have come to crave. This one is more subdued (the title says ’’twisted merciless’’...over statement city) and refined. But on the other hand I can’t deny the overall complexities it offers. OK, so it has a bad head on it’s shoulders but the aromas is delightful and so is the flavor. Like I said, this is refined with flavors of roasted coffee bean, molasses, cake bread, cocoa, and a little English toffee. The finish lingers forever with a solid bittering component. I really could drink this all night. I would classify this as a Foreign Stout though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5423) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Very black. You look at this and say ’’How much more black could this be?’’ and the answer is ’’None. None more black’’ Any way, smells like chocolate and coffee, with cofee being slightly more prominant. Flavor is coffee and chocolate, but also nuances of plum, fig, and red wine. As it warms, the red wine becomes more noticable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
22.4 oz. bottle. Batch #002. Dark brown color. Thin, whispy, light brown head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate. Thin, watery mouthfeel. A bit of a disappointment. Flavor is nice, but doesn’t blow me away. Some roasted notes, a good amount of hoppiness. Finish is slightly bitter. Different take on the style. Ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
Aros Ølfest, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 241008. Dark brown with small head. Aroma of coffee and malt. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and some hop spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle batch 006 best by 12/12/09. Decent oatmeal aromaalong with somesweet notes. Black flat head a can of RC has more of a carbinated head just to flaten out. Aweful thin body texture for an Imperial Stout. Sweet roasted oats and somedrycoco bittering. More like a sweet stout imo.

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