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

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RATINGS: 959   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to a rep for leaving our store a sample. Black color with a thin head. It was immediately obvious this was the base beer for the previous one (Paradox). Roasty malt aroma, light oak and a bit of salt. Strong, grainy taste. Lots of roast and bitter chocolate. Earthy and chalky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
A porter right up my alley: sweet and roasty aroma and a flavor to match. I like the hops in this one too, nicely grapefruity. The liquorice is also very prominent in both the aroma and the flavor, the chocolate and coffee being more dominant in the taste than in the aroma. Need to try more brewdog beers...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Poured by Dr.Bill on the RBSG ’08 bus. Dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma of rich mocha, caramel, some smoke/roast and a tinge of alcohol. Surprisingly very bitter with a ton of resinous, earthy hop character then wood, light chocolate and a bit of charcoal - overall a bit harsh. Medium bodied beer with soft carbonation. Thanks for sharing, SD folks!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, hop. Flavour is coffee, hop, roasted malt, chococolate. Nice beer

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Sampled on the RBSG bus, courtesy of Dr Bill. Pours a deep dark brown with aroma of nuts, dark bread, rasien, and caramel. Medium bodied but thin texture for an imperial stout. Flavor of caramel, wet grains, nuts, chocolate, and peat. Finish dry and slightly astringent, and somewhat boozy as well. This did not seem like an impy to me,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Pitch black. Again, kind of weird. Aroma of caramel and chocolate milk. Flavor is almost of brownies. Alcohol very apparent in the finish. Nice flavor, but not sure I’ll be able to finish the bottle. Mouthfeel is nice for a great ale. PS, I made it through the bottle. Re-Rate: Alcohol mellows with a bit of age. Develops a bit of pleasant sourness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
smells of alcohol and maybe a touch of caramell. dark amber color. charred, malty flavors with bitter astringency behind it. scottish tasting for sure with the maltiness going on but more on the alcoholic side rather than the thick side.. some nut skin flavors near the end. its drinkable though if nothing else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
660ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, alcohol, and hops. Poured deep red/dark brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Clear. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, peat, chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Medium body. Thinish, smooth, creamy texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, chocolate, peat, roasted malt finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2008
Pretty black. Tarry, intensely roasty aroma though not that intense in terms of intensity if that makes sense. Perhaps I should say "extremely burnt aroma at moderate intensity"? Anyway... There’s also a surprisingly vivid floral aroma, coming from hops I presume. Certainly not the kind of thing you expect in a stout, but definitely not unwelcome. Beautiful round, rich mouthfeel - a touch alkaline - kinda like Old Engine Oil only with the roastiness turned way up. Bitter chocolate, burnt toast and hints of Jamaica flowers. Very bitter. Really good stuff, it seems to have made it over here in excellent nick. I want more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of KimJohansen. Clear dark reddish brown with a small rough beige head. Burned malt aroma. Medium-bodied with distinct burned malts, tar and smoke. Also some licorice sweetness. Malt bitter finish. 160408


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