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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Nearly black body with a pretty garnet edge. The large head is dark tan with lots of large bubbles. The aroma is at first quality roast coffee with some sweet pancakes. There was also a note of almonds. The taste is brash with strong coffee and dark chocolate. The finish has prunes and some bread crust. The body is nicely balance, but has a little bit of rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste along with a strong bitterness. Well made, but I would like a touch less roast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Tasting - Perfect Pour. Dark brownish black, tan creamy head. Soft roasted vanilla coffee nose rides undercurrents of lightly smoked cocoa. Dried dark currants and coffee tones round with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Decent, but not in the world class league...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
Black body, off white head; Very round slightly sourish grain nose; Very soft sourish deep body; Long finish with alcohol burn, malty grain bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Pours a dark brown color, with a decent tan head. Smells of sharp caramel and chocolate, with hints of alcohol, and toffee notes. The flavor was much the same. Very sharp in its characters. The alcohol wasnt big, but tingled in a stinging way a bit. The chocolate and roasty flavors seem to stand out most. Not overly complex, but certainly solid.

3.8
   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.

3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4028) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   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


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