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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1043   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 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 (3368) - 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 didnít 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 doesnít 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 donít 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 itís 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 wouldnít have pegged it for an impy, so it wears itself well, though at 8% I shouldnít expect too much burn. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3036) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2009
Lots of licorice in both the aroma and flavor here but thereís a slight funk in the aroma that I canít quite place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6318) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1568) - 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.

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