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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14298) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2011
Been awhile since I tasted this. From the notes I made I can only see I liked the dark color and the taste was better than I expected. Palate was good, full body finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14189) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Capped 750 from the Sacramento Total Wine. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy 3 finger dark tan head. Aroma seems mostly chocolate. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, maybe hops. Hops? There’s too much going on here to distinguish hops. It’s fairly bitter. This is a reasonably, or maybe unreasonably, complicated ale. One thing for sure - it’s a best buy considering the amount of ingredients.
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle from Johns Marketplace in Portland, OR. Pours a very dark ruby brown with a good tan head. There is a rich dark fruit aroma along with toasted/burnt malt and coffee. A pleasant aroma. Full bodied with near chewy carbonation. Flavor is a bit of tar, very, very smooth burnt malt, and coffee. With time chocolate is detectable. Then it all coalesces into a well balanced and sturdy stout. Soft and smooth it is. Also very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 Scores based on only the most recent rating, as the others are no longer relevant to the product they now make.
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2008)
Rating: 7-5-8-4-16=3.8
Bacon aroma - gentle sweet burnt coffee or mocha aroma. Fantastic smooth palate - literally silky. Taste follows the aroma. Lovely strong but well balanced burnt taste - though the burntness is in places a bit astringent - but with enough of a malty body and hoppy bitter edge to keep it interesting.
rerate: 7-4-8-4-16=3.9
330ml bottle, Kaisla, Helsinki.
Massively walnutty aroma. Soft palate. Big nutty taste. Very smooth. Full bodied. A touch of toffee nut, some tingles of spice.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (6:4:6+:4:14=3.4+)
Soft choco aroma. Dark. Nice and soft through and through. Nice to know that they’ve still got the ability to occasionally make a decent beer. But this is nowhere near the great beer that it was 4 years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light graininess and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth witrh a lightly dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light coffee and a hint of anise with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13418) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Cask conditioned at Oxford Beer Fest ’07. Black with slight tan head. Looking like crude oil in a glass, this is a big thick sweet, fruity beer with a touch of cough medicine in the background. Blackberry and a hint of banana, I couldn’t get too far beyond the sweetness. Tricky for a beer fest because it stays in the mouth for some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2009
(22.4oz bottle, best by 7/7/09) Small tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some bittersweet chocolate, anise, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, some smoke, faint anise. Some alcohol in the finish. Low carbonation, medium-full body, some stickiness. Very nice take, not as brash as the style has tended toward in recent years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate hoppy and malty aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Bitter finish. Moderate bitter average finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
A deep dark stout with a thin off white head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, dust, dark fruits, and fruity esters. In mouth, a nice lightly sweet chocolate, milkey, smooth, lightly hopped but sustained burned bitterness. A bit lighter bodied than expected. Not bad. Bieropholie Imports, BB 10-02-10.

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