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


on tap

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RATINGS: 972   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - AUG 30, 2008
Dark brown with a nice tan lacing head. Chocolate, caramel, little coffee. Very rounded and smooth. Flavour is of bitter cocoa, malty with a dry end. A long aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2008
33oml bottle exp 22/11/08. Looked good when poured with a decent head. It didn’t t last. Plenty of flavour but a bit sour and astringent. Burnt. clean finish though. I could taste the alcohol too. Too thin for a stout. Not bad but not up to my expectations of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3937) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 650 ml, batch 004, bb 9-9-09. Nearly opaque with a two-finger head that settles to an enduring quarter-inch and leaves a frosty-soapy lacing behind. Earthy aromas of cocoa, coffee and peat with hints of caramel and marshmallow. Tastes of coffee, chicory, dark chocolate, smoked peat and oak with just enough vanilla-caramel and a hint of apple to balance all the bitter roast flavors. Medium-heavy body is neither too watery nor too syrupy. Creamy smooth with light carbonation and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Batch 002 Best Before 07/07/09. Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Flavor: Slightly bitter, with hints of coffee and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Batch 004 Best Before 09/09/09 Pitch black pour with a very thin light tan head that rims the glass but otherwise disappears. Potent roasty character with slight hoppiness and some bitter chocolate. Nice roasted malts in the taste and a nice but not overly bitter hop finish. A little one-dimensional even for a fairly classically styled RIS. Nice burnt smoke aftertaste lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Rip Tide
Date: July 29, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: clear dark brown, ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with a touch of dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, balancing caramel sweetness adds fruityness and brings out a touch of chocolate, light balancing bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old World Russian Imperial Stout
Date: December 10, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, agressive tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, sweet caramel, dark chocolate
Body: creamy thick body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate, sweetness brings out the chocolate as well as a light fruityness, well balanced lingering bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
bottle - mild aroma, slight notes of smokiness. medium to light body for a stout, let alone an imperial stout. medium roastiness with some smoke. Tastes like you’d think a rubber tire might taste. Finishes sweet like lactose and then with a sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2084) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
pours a jet black with a thin foam on top, very good lacing.
smell is of powered bakers cocoa, vanilla, some malts, a light roastiness.
taste is thick, creamy, milk chocolate, touch of vanilla, touch of caramel, nice mild bitter finish.
overall a really nice taste that goes down wonderfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle from ’Beersofeurope.co.uk’: Very dark sout with very little head. Aroma of roadted malt and chocolate. Flavour is lots of roasted malt with a little burntness, nice caramel notes. Nice and thick as I like in an imperial stout. Reaaly good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours with almost no head and has bubbles within that bubble up to the top one-by-one. After pouring, it almost looks like Coca-Cola in the glass. Nose is pretty generic of roasted malts. Taste is more complex than the nose would suggest. Predominant taste is coffee, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, and an earthiness. Finish is pleasantly bitter of coffee and hops and is quite long lasting. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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