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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 976   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


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22-oz bottle. This is not the kind of in your face imperial stout that I often encounter. It is more like an aggressive version of the traditional british stout. Color is dark brown with very little head with a soapy, lasting lace. Aroma is lactose, chocolate, coffee, intense roast, and alcohol. The alcohol bothered me at first. I swished it around quite a bit to let it breathe. Mouthfee is very smooth - the flavor is extremely roasty, with a lot of coffee character - some sweet chocolate malts ride through the middle, with a bit of plum and dark berry fruitiness as well - but a strong bitterness comes from behind that, making the other characteristics aside from the roastiness disappear from the palate pretty fast - the bitterness lasts quite some time through the finish, but the alcohol never presented itself as I had expected it would. - the dryness and bitterness work well in this one, and I kind of find it refreshing to have an impy that isn’t so over the top. It is one of my very favorites now.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (730) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Nice glossy black colour with a reasonable sized light tan head. Medium bodied with some good malt roast and balanced sweetness. Decent length. Not very challenging for the craft beer thrill seeker but fine for the craftsceptic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1460) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2015
Black pour with khaki head and some lacing. Licorice, bitter chocolate, raspberry, vanilla, booze, and velvety smoothness. Vintage 2009

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CacheManyHose (337) - HONG KONG - MAR 15, 2015
Opaque inky black with fluffy tan head that dissipates. Smells of roasted malt, roasted coffee bean, some vanilla and booze. Taste is coffee, burnt malt, caramel, light spice and wood. Body is on the thin side, roasted and bitter with a hint of lemon. Deep and roasted and quite fine - not at all thick. Very tasty. Had it alongside the Founders Stout (which I love) and this made that taste more sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (394) - HONG KONG - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Pitch black pour, 1 finger tan foamy head. Aroma is sharp boozy, roasted malt, a bit of raisin. Taste is big and roasty with booziness, good amount of bitterness. Sharp and complex. Really solid imperial stout that's got lots going on while still being very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
15.5.2014. Aroma with cocoa and roast. Flavour is first slightly sweet, from cocoa to roasty, dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (951) - - FEB 26, 2015
Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamedra (630) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 16, 2015
Láhev 330 ml. Aroma je znát po kakaových bobech s nádechem ovocné šťávy a lehkým závanem alkoholu. Pěna je světle hnědá, jemná, nízká a držící. Barva samotného piva je temně rubínová. Chuť je znát po mléčné čokoládě s pomerančovou kůrou, finiš je středně hořký a držící, lehce alkoholový. V ústech pivo působí plně, má střední říz a je vcelku dobře pitelné. Jedná se o zajímavý imperial stout

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ston3s42 (26) - - FEB 5, 2015
Quite dark appearance. Thick and taste of coffee, broccoli and fox. (the candy) Long and tasteful aftertaste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2197) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2015
330ml bottle from cellar, BBF 2011. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Roasted, quite complex, developed aroma, chocolate, coffee, licorice, tar, caramel, hops, earth, ashes, faint smoke. Off-dry, full bodied, mid to high bitterness, creamy CO2. Roasted, complex, developed taste, chocolate, coffee beans, licorice, tar, iodine, ashes, hops. Quite nice, holds together pretty well after such a long time in the cellar. Finishes a tiny bit dry/astringent, but otherwise pretty well balanced. (2015-02-03)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy_Luke (542) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Po piwach od BrewDoga zawsze spodziewam się nietuzinkowych doznań. Imperial Stout miał spełnić te oczekiwania w 100%. I jak się okazało - niemal tak się stało. Kolor czarnej kawy i beżowa, wysoka piana ucieszyły moje oczy! Potem zanurzenie nosa - jest kawa, jest czekolada i... pewna niepokojąca nuta, której nie dopuszczałem do siebie. Pierwszy łyk był jednak pewną obawą. Czekolada i delikatnie kawa - jak najbardziej -dotarły do mnie w pierwszej kolejności. Alkohol nie uderza mimo swojej zawartości... Ale niestety... Poczułem żelazistość, na którą, jak się okazuje, jestem bardzo wyczulony... Nie była zbyt wysoka, ale nie spodziewałem się, że coś takiego może zdarzyć się mojemu ulubionemu browarowi. Zajście to, na szczęście, nie przyćmiło smaku Rip Tide’a i dopiłem go z wielką przyjemnością!


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