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


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RATINGS: 1010   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3424) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
Brown bottle, 330 ml, batch 123, best before 10/02/10, purchased via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on December 12 2008; eye: black with burgundy reflections, opaque, tiny beige head that disappears completely, light lacing; nose: roasted malt, molasses, resinous hops, vanilla, chocolate milk; mouth: roasted malt, molasses, light hops, candied fruits, chocolate milk, finale in roasted malt with a good presence of molasses and a bit of bitterness, texture is silky but also that of chocolate milk, nice balance, average acridness, lightly sweet and bitter, medium body, average carbonation; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, lot 123, meilleure avant 10/02/10, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 12 décembre 2008; œil : noire avec des reflets bourgogne, opaque, petite mousse beige qui disparaît presque complètement, légère dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, mélasse, houblon résineux, vanille, lait au chocolat; bouche : malt torréfié, mélasse, léger houblon, fruits confits, lait au chocolat, finale en malt torréfié avec une bonne présence de mélasse et une légère amertume, texture soyeuse mais aussi de lait au chocolat, bel équilibre, âcreté moyenne, légèrement sucrée et amère, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : bien aimé

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Dark and opaque, beige head that sits as a thin film for the whole glass. Round chocolatey aromas with some sweetness like raisins. Has quite port-like characteristics, dark fruits and a rosy glow. Thick and smooth. Great warm and boozy aftertaste with a lovely sweetness and a light whiskey smokiness. A beer for good cheer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a clear dark walnut brown, moderate tan coloured head. Very roasty aroma, chocolate, dark caramel. Burnt malt, dark caramel, coffee and chocolate, medium bodied. Very bitter, reedy finish. More like a foreign stout than an impy IMO, but decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Large bottle. Pours amber-hued black with fizzy tan head. Aroma is acidic coffee, earth, a little bit of raw licorice, and some wood. Flavor is roasty bitterness, some harsh coffee and wood tones. Very dry ashiness is all over, with a mild chocolate undercurrent. Decent, but a little bit weird. I enjoy the surprising dryness, But it really seems like it’s lacking something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle,poured dark brown. nose was coffee and burnt malts. Flavor was similar to the nose with a big rich finish, and slightly thinner mouthful for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
500ml bottle pours purple brown with a lot of light at the bottom. Dusty nose comes off as a strong dry stout - milk, dry dusty malts. Flavor is creamy and rich fudge and chocolate. Disappointing overall. Weak smell, dusty dry malts, fudge-heavy and astringent. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From bottle. DLM Friday tasting. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor continues with chocolate and coffee. Very rich mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but still a very good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Smell is roasty, coffee, leather, malts, and smoke. Look is clear dark brown to back in color. Taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, super roasty almost too much so, with some dried fruits thrown in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours like coffee in a cup that hadn’t been properly rinsed of it’s soapy suds. Very English and very short lived is the head froth and very little lacing. I smell molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Very light in body with watery carbonation. I have mixed feelings about this brew. On one hand it surely doesn’t compare to the usual kickass over the top specimens that I have come to crave. This one is more subdued (the title says ’’twisted merciless’’...over statement city) and refined. But on the other hand I can’t deny the overall complexities it offers. OK, so it has a bad head on it’s shoulders but the aromas is delightful and so is the flavor. Like I said, this is refined with flavors of roasted coffee bean, molasses, cake bread, cocoa, and a little English toffee. The finish lingers forever with a solid bittering component. I really could drink this all night. I would classify this as a Foreign Stout though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Very black. You look at this and say ’’How much more black could this be?’’ and the answer is ’’None. None more black’’ Any way, smells like chocolate and coffee, with cofee being slightly more prominant. Flavor is coffee and chocolate, but also nuances of plum, fig, and red wine. As it warms, the red wine becomes more noticable.

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