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


on tap

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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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

Temptation's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Temptation (255) - - FEB 6, 2013
Pitch black, beige head. Aromas to black fruits, plums, spices like anisette and dried coffee. Taste to liquorice, bitter chocolate, spices, burnt toffee and hops. Tasty, mysterious, complex, nice. Probably it is not a superb beer, but I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (662) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Sweet aroma of vanilla with milk chocolates, roasted malts, coffee. Taste brings some bitter chocolate, licorice and coffee. A great stout without being too offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1708) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 23, 2015
From the very old notes, hence this is not a real rating, but more just a mark to myself that I have tried this at one point. Nice stout with notes of coffee, roast, and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taradil (40) - - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle Color: black Head: minimal, tan Aroma: caramel, raisins, chocolate Taste: dark chocolate, plums, raisins, roasted malts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottishchris (457) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius. Pitch black, bubbly/creamy tan head. Charcoal, wood, coffee. Low carbonation. Surprisingly medium light body. Dry. Chocolate, charcoal, hops. Dry light bitter finish. Hides abv well. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16444) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle. Pretty much black, small brown head. Aroma of earthy dark chocolate, chicory. Taste has bitter chocolate, espresso. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbonde (197) - DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
33 cl bottle@Jacob Aall, Majorstuen@approx 7 degrees C (too cold). Pours pitch black with dark beige head with ok retention. Aroma of dark malts and pleasant liqourice and alcohol. Rich taste of chocolate, toasted malt, liquorice, anis, sweetness and alcohol. The latter though in good balance considering the ABV. Gets much better as it warms up a bit, but lacks the last bit of complexity to match my top Imperial Stouts/Baltic Porters. However, do not be mistaken, this is a great beer and a very drinkalbe stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (1116) - Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2015
On tap at Brewdog Bristol -- Infused with coffee and star anise. This beer is so good, and the additions really add some interesting flavors and notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle from Masuyo’s. Pours an inky black with no head. Bottle is good until 2018. Nose has some coffee, 85% cacao, with some wood and alcohol as it warms up. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body. Roasted coffee and burned caramel taste is present with some chocolate and fruit in there as well. Has a nice touch of sourness and bitterness. Slight warming finish with lingering bitterness. Decent enough but pretty one-dimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackradioboy (114) - SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Tap at Brewdog Glasgow. Lots of head (end of keg?) Nice looking, but very disappointing. Almost no flavour. It's bitter and there's a tiny bit of sweetness. Then dry at finish. I'm looking at this very attractive beer and wondering where the taste went... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1694) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2015
330ml bottle. Black colour with a light brown foam head leaving lacing. Aroma is malty, roasted, treacle, brown sugar, coffee, nutty. Taste is sweet smokey roast malt, molasses, black fruits, coffee, dark chocolate bitter. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

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