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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: 1045   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Butters’ 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a fading, not enough lace, beige head with a dark brown clear body. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and toast. Tastes like bubblegum, toast, brown sugar, and bitter chocolate. A bit thin in spots in the aroma and flavor/mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6805) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) - Black in colour with no head. Roasted and slightly fruity aroma with hops, coffee, chocolate and raisins. Lightly hoppy and soapy taste with coffee, hints of toffee and chocolate, followed by a roasted and hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark cola brown with a smallish, but firm, beige head. Roasted malt and lots of milk chocolate in the nose, with hints of milky sourness, but also some strange, gluey-stingy-sweaty side-aroma. Sweetish-malty flavor with some licorice, and a burned-roasty charcoal finish. Medium, slightly thin body with low carbonation. In a way quite similar to Slottskällans IS, but much more rough on the edges, and not nearly as smooth and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2009
Thick coal black pour,with a good tan head. Taste is very good, and complex, lots of coffee, malts and spices, quite sweet caramel like balance with a pleasant bitter burnt malt finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a dark chocolate brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tannish head. Aroma is malty and roasted with notes of funk, chocolate, smoke, some hints of dark ripe fruit. Flavor is malty and slightly smoky with notes of chocolate, hops, ripe dark fruit, and some hints of coffee and toffee. Generally medium body with a roasted and malty finish. Seemed a little thin with too much hop presence for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9268) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2009
courtesy of jdubfl. pours ruby/brown, with tan head. Aroma is malty with faint notes of smoke. Taste has plenty of dark fruits with chocolate malts. With light bitter hoppy finish. Light and easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up dark chocolate, brown sugar, and lesser coffee with earthy and grassy hoppage around.. almost artificially sweet, but quite enjoyable. The flavor was also on the sweet side with chocolate and roasted barley at the core.. bitterness was light and earth-inspired.. a little warm, but alcohol was not overt. This was very average for the style, but quite servicable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5604) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Dark brown color with a smaller hot cocoa head. Lightly toasted and roasted malt in the aroma. A touch of salt water toffee. Not a strong scent, but nothing askew. Light sweet licorice in the start. Quite enjoyable for a professed licorice hater. Middle is full of sweetened coffee, Toasted, hearty whole grain bread, blackberries and a hint of pencil eraser (resin?). Very light carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and linger is of sweet roasted malt and some mild honey roasted nuts. I find no trace of alcohol. A very enjoyable stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Trade from TheRealBastard. Thanks! Enjoyed on Valentines night. Aroma is dark fruit, cream, malt. Dark brown/black with red tints when held to the light. Latte colored, big bubbled head. Creamy and sweet in mouth. Chocolate and coffee afters. Smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2009
Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma is fudgey, black coffee, black licorice, and smoke. Tastes like putting a whole bag of black licorice into your mouth. Other tastes include chocolate, french roast coffee, there is an earthiness present, red jube jube, and caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Decent lacing. Oily mouth feel that helps the finish linger pleasantly for a long time. This is a really nice beer.


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