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

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RATINGS: 938   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 (14194) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13852) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13803) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Aarhus beerfestival. Pours black with a off white head. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate & coffee. Only lightly smoked, which for me is quite pleasant. Dark fruits - plums & raisin. Quite dusty & warm. Quite good product!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13598) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle, 8% at ÅBF08. Almost black colour. No head. Sweet roasted flavour. Quite alcoholic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13362) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Århus Ølfestival 2008. Roasted, chocolate, dried dark fruits, raisins, prunes, light smoke, coffee. OK - but Imperial Stout ??

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13350) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2007
Bottled
Pale ruby color, light coffeish aroma. Malty, roasty and nicely chocolaty stout. Good roasted aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 As old world imperial stout...Dark brown...thin head...rich and roasty, a little bit meaty. Nutty and with some choc nut with a lot of roast and hop bitterness. Sweet w a little minty hop note. Original rating 2010...Chestnut brown, with little head. Slightly whiskeyish notes, vinous aroma with only a little bit of stouty roast. Kind of thin, bit of whiskey note at the end. Dryish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2008
(Bottle, Batch 002) Pours a dark reddish brown body with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, hops (citrus), chocolate, and coffee with a bitter finish.


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