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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
Nose is chocolate with a hint of coffee, ebony, red at the sides, small toffee head. Taste is bitter chocolate, some fine malt, reminds me of chocolate chip cookies. Very nicely balanced, medium bodied, pleasantly sweet. Great!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3404) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2009
Lots of licorice in both the aroma and flavor here but there’s a slight funk in the aroma that I can’t quite place.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6079) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2009
33cl Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Dark brown to black colour, almost no head, only after a vigorous pour. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and massive amounts of liquorice root, giving it an earthy and dusty dry finish, but also a nice sweetness. Medium to fullbodied, syrupy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1520) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2009
330 ml bottle. Blackish-brown color, low brown head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma with a hint of tobacco. Very dry, bitter flavor with espresso and smoked wood. Full body, light carbonation. Pretty good -- it definitely stands out from the crowd.

4
   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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5163) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TrefwoordPunk (873) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4353) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkopen (1013) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - 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.


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