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

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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - APR 21, 2008
Bottled, bbe 01/2009. Dark brown to black, lacing tanned head. Nose is burned, slightly syrupy and woody, piney hops. A bit like Koff porter with more hops. Full and intensive flavor, strong liquorice, burned malt and piney hops. Sweetish, but finishes drier with grapefruity bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily palate. Intensive and well hopped, but that liquorice gets maybe a bit too overpowering sometimes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 17, 2008
Pours black with a thick tan head.Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, coffee and alcohol. Wow, this is tasty, Comes on smooth with chocolate, dark fruits and coffee, sliding very nicely into a lasting bitter coffee finish. Med-thick mouthfeel. Very nicely done! Moves fluidly from sweet start to bitter finish. Welcome to the US Brewdog!!! Iím going to a Brewdog tasting tomorrow night, and this definitely has whet my appetite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
Black with tiny short lasting head. Sweet char aroma with liquerice and smoky notes. Sweet flavor with smoky, char and liquerice notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Nose: Big coffee notes underscored by faint hops. Palate: Rich, luscious coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Very faint, fruity hops. Classicly styled.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
another very nice brew fom brew dog. I like this company and am anixous to try more of it. This stout was very, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2008
Cask at Coventry Beer Festival 08. Very dark brown, almost black. Small brown head. Despite the opinions of others, I think the aroma is wonderful; ginger cake, alcohol and dates. Smooth oily taste has a sort of iced coffee tang, and soon plunges into a deep, slightly brutal hoppiness. Yes, the aroma is the stand-out feature.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10058) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate hoppy and malty aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Bitter finish. Moderate bitter average finish. Creamy palate.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Not sure of the reason for the high ratings - and like Rastacouere Iím surprised at the amount of two line high scores. Iíd appreciate people saying why they liked it: "Colour is black, aroma is coffee, flavour is strong, I liked it." seems a bit shallow. Itís a strong stout for sure, and people like strong stouts, but this is really not one of the best strong stouts Iíve encountered - and considering how easy they are to make, and how home brewed strong stout can taste really nice even from kit, Iím perplexed at the scores (canít say praise as nobody has really praised it) this beer is getting. The aroma is not exciting. Itís an indifferent slightly fish-tinged chocolate. The taste is strong, but not actually that pleasant - and Iím aware that people can get quite excited about intensity. There is a strong bitterness. Itís quite oily with a viscous and firm mouthfeel - and a firm mouthfeel is often rated highly. For me the beer is not good. Given that a strong stout is baby school easy to impress with, the brewers are revealing themselves as inept with this garbage. It smells unpleasant, tastes unpleasant, is boring and unadventurous, is too bitter, too oily, too fishy, and lacks character, This is simply a badly designed and brewed beer. Crap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - APR 11, 2008
scura buona schiuma un po grossolana media persistenza note luppolaote tostato scaldandosi anche frutta in bocca taglio netto amaro tostato caffe leggiero cioccolato un poco liquoroso

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
25.4oz bottle, batch 001. Poured deep reddish brown with a moderate sized tan head. Aroma of liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate malt at first, which is then joined by citric hops. Finish is fairly bitter, with an ashy/salty mouthfeel.


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