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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21076) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Thin black colour, a touch of roast malt on the nose, smokey chocolate, little smokey and a little bitter inlinger.

tk2 cask Aberdeen Beer festival 07 ... Deep solid black ... lots of roast malts ... good depth and good balance. 3.2->3.7

Bottle at home as i thought i should rerate this ... deep brown black ... thin tan head ... soft big coffee and odd oxidised nose ? ... deep roast ... toffee ... again an odd something ... nice though 3.4 bottle at home as old world russian imperial stout ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft dry chocolate roast malts nose ... quite bitter ... little thin ... little oxidasition ... dark tffee roast ... quite a lot of bitter coffee 3.5

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 <i>2008-12-03, gravity dispense at Pig´s Ear Festival 2008, London, 7-4-9-4-16=40</i>
Very dark color. It has a quite ordinary aroma, but followed by an extra-ordinary flavor, where the usual caramel and chocolate &&#35;40;and enough sweetness&&#35;41; are followed by a new flavor, maybe wood, maybe nuts, maybe chocolate, maybe pine; impossible to catch but astonishing. Excellent.

<i>2007-09-21, bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival 2007 afterfestival at Per´s, 6-3-7-3-15=34</i>
Dark brown to black color. Light aroma of caramel and sausage. Good body structure, good swwet caramel flavor, some sweet chocolate, round, warming, with correct bitterness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Thanks Paul. Pours black with reddish hints and a creamy, tan head. Has some dry and roasty malts in the aroma, with hints of chocolate. Medium sweet flavor, some mossy earth, moderate roast, light raw cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Roasty finish, more moss and earth, light burnt sugar. Fairly dynamic. Good stuff.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle shared at Whole Foods with Lyoli. Oily, black pour with a thick, beige head. Tons of chocolate, roasty malts on the nose. Great flavor, impeccably balanced, lots of mocha, smokey alcohol, sugary charcoal. Full bodied, warming with smooth carbonation. Very mild burn on the finish, lots of sweetness and medium length roasted malt linger. Great beer, incredibly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
(RBESG 2007, Glasgow. Bottle) Black color, brown head. Malty chocolate aroma with some hops bringing balance. Maltyu chocolate flavor, nice long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17427) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle form Voldby. Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and liquorice. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 141012

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle at Chris_o Shindig. Very dark brown with tan head. That’s good. I like all of it. Aroma, mouthfeel, finish. Superb. One of the beers of the day for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (16806) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 21, 2011
Malzig, wenig herb, die Aromen scheinen nicht wirklich stark präsent zu sein, halbherzig. Mittelwürzig, zum Ende aromatischer werdend. Auch die zum Ende hin im Vordergrund stehende Malzigkeit ist weniger stark als erwartet, könnte würziger/kräftiger sein. Test vom 28.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,11,11,10,10 - 10,50

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Aarhus beerfestival. Nice head with ok duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate and coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16649) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Served on tap at BrewDog Camden into a tulip style glass (Dec ’11). Not too much of a head, maybe a finger, dark brown to black in colour. roasted malt and toffee smells came across, however the aroma was somewhat lacking in charectar. taste wise roasted malts, toffee/coffee, a little chocolate and a slightly burnt roast flavour. served a little too cold to be able to appreciate this beer fully and the flavour/taste improved as the beer warmed up in my glass. mouthfeel - a little on the thin side for a beer of this strength.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Bottle, thx to KnutAlbert. Pours an almost black body, with a small, tan head. Molasses, coffee, mocha and some salty licorice in the aroma. Really pleasant. The flavor has a slightly salty touch, with molasses, coffee, mocha, some chocolate and lots of delicious, hoppy bitterness. Full-bodied, silky and smooth in the mouth, finishing both hop-bitter and coffee-bitter. Delicious. Rating: 8-4-8-4-16-4. (080216)

Bottle. A really dark brown beer with a minimal beige head. Chocolate, some coffee and some hops in the background of the aroma. The flavor is coffee-bitter, with chocolate, roasted malt and some hoppy bitterness. Medium body and a finish with both coffee and hop bitterness and some chocolate. The beer is quite nice, but doesn’t stand out. Actually, it felt a bit boring. (080620)


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