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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: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle, Pours black, tan head, slight orange hues. Aroma of malt, slight wood, dark roast, some bitter. Flavor has subtle wood, dark roast, faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-med body with high carbonation......Overall, good stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2445) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours dark and has the exact appearance of diet coke. Nose is cocoa powder, booze, and roasted malt. Taste is like a mouthful of coffee grounds with a bit of chocolate. Very bitter. Decent mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Batch 002 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a black body with a quickly vanishing head that still leaves behind some lacing. Aroma has lotos of alcohol and chocolate. Taste is malty with light chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is syrupy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Taste courtesy Hopscotch. Blackish red pour with little head. Roasty grain aroma with sweet malt and just a hint of whiskey. Roasted grains, chocolate malt and hint of hops in the taste. Big and ballsy very assertive malt and very much like an after dinner drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 SDFOB-2008. Bottle. Very rich dark in color. Very smooth and soft Imperial Stout. Good bittersweet chocolate, some fruity flavors come in later. Some chewy roasted malts. Real good. Resampled in a better setting: Sweet roasted malt nose with a touch of oak cherry. Pours night black with a small off white head. Taste of subtle chocolate. OK. Medium bodied, smooth semi-dry finish. Easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2008
This is not the kind of in your face imperial stout that most american beer nerd palates have come to expect, which is why I’m surprised it’s still rated so high - it’s more like a slightly more aggressive take on the traditional british version of the style - dark brown, with a soapy, lasting lace - aroma of lactose, chocolate, coffee, intense roast, a tiny bit of alcohol - very smooth mouthfeel - the flavor is extremely roasty, with a lot of coffee character - some sweet chocolate malts ride through the middle, with a bit of plum and dark berry fruitiness as well - but a strong bitterness comes from behind that, making the other characteristics aside from the roastiness disappear from the palate pretty fast - the bitterness lasts quite some time through the finish, and the alcohol becomes fairly evident, adding a warming character - the dryness and bitterness work well in this one, and I kind of find it refreshing to have an impy that isn’t so over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Bomber. Pours fairly black with a spotty whitish head comprised of rather large bubbles. The aroma is something of a departure for an imperial stout. It has the coffee and roast going on, but it has a solid hickory and light spiced character too. I don’t get a lot of dense roastiness, but I do seem to find something creating a sharp, almost citrusy sensation. The flavor is a bit heavier and certainly roastier. Actually, the coffee presence in the flavor is quite delightful. This fades to an ashy, smoky note. Sappy hickory is noted throughout. I start to detect hints at raisins and a dash of port qualities towards the end of the snifter, but I think the drier flavors are Riptide’s strong suit. This is a pretty tasty beer, but not very large. I liked it but not enough to drop that kind of cash for another bomber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5174) - 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 (1260) - 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.


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