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


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RATINGS: 962   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickenflea (347) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
androman (511) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
33cl bottle at home from Csak a jo sor, Budapest. Body is pitch black, head is medium, brown, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is dark fruits, mild coffee, Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dried fruits, raisins, light ash. Taste is light to medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter, hint of sourness. Finish is long lasting hoppy roasty bitter, tons of coffee, light sweetness, light of liqueurish alcohol warmth, more hops at the end. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Excellent dessert beer, heavy still easily drinkable, strong flavor, great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (23) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
Flaska från SB. Doft av kaffe och torkade fikon. Generös smak av kaffe, mörk choklad, mörk sirap och torkad frukt. Ganska rund och lättdrucken. Liten torr efterbeska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JimmyBoy74 (294) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
33 cl systembolaget. Upptäckte att jag missat denna brewdog. Fantastisk god med smak av choklad. Väldigt len i smaken trots alkoholen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Draught at BrewDog, Camden on 10 Mar 2012. Poured near enough black, with a dense beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, mocha, prunes and leather. Dates and figs in the flavour, with burnt malt, molasses and liquorice. Finish was espresso, honeycomb, treacle and tar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3427) - Sųnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Dark aroma of malt, caramel, liquorice and coffee. Bitter, roasty onset, giving way to sweetish notes of caramel malt and coffee, ending with notes of roast and liquorice. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, dark chocolate and yeast. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobhund (425) - - DEC 1, 2014
Köpt på Systembolaget Boländerna, Uppsala. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (178) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Black with a thin beige head. Nice aroma of roasted malts. strong coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, liquorice taste. Richly bittersweet. The epitome of pure punk. Super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (366) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Transferring some earlier reviews from my blog to RB. Aprill 2014, Utobeer, London (£ 3,40), 33 cl. Valades pruunikas must, klaasis pitch-black; vaht ülipüsiv ja tihke, värvilt veidi tumedam kui nt Coca oma. Lõhn paneb oigama ja mõnuvärinates väänlema. Nii tugev, nii erutav: kirbelt šokolaadine, soojenedes muutub pisut magusamaks, meenutades šokolaadi- või kakaopuruga kaetud cappuccionot (nagu Londonis kombeks, enamasti küsimata), lisaks on siin mingi mitte otseselt karamelline, kuid kõrbesuhkrune tunne (või kõrbenud must ploom?), samuti on tunda alkoholisust, mis siiski kõige selle külluse vahelt õrnalt läbi kumab. Heas mõttes tolmune-mullane. Hästi õrnalt ka suitsusingine noot. Maitselt väga röstine, šokolaadine, magus ja seda tasakaalustavalt ülimalt mõrkjas. Muuseas, siin on selgelt tunda, et magusus ei ole šokolaadine - šokolaad ja magus on kaks iseasja. Öelduna veider... Nagu oleks magusus otseselt suhkrukristalline ja pigem esiplaanil, šokolaadine raskus looritaks aga taustal. Kehalt kergemapoole, kuid üliraske, suulage justkui mingi paksu kihiga katva järeltundega, aktiivsema mulliga kui eelnevalt maitstud Beavertownid - siin toob see kihisemine mõrkja humala kenasti esile, jättes terve suu mõnusalt õhkama. Selles on tunda alkoholisooja ja veidi vürtsikust (nagu hästi vähene punane pipar). Soojenedes tuleb (nagu kombeks) rohkem magusust esile, taandades algselt tunda olnud mõrksuse ja vürtsikuse. Soovitatud "aristocratic nonchalance" on sellele vast tõesti parim kaaslane. Ei muret maailmas - toekas praad on hävitatud ning salongis prõksub kamin, vestlusteemaks mitte mingil juhul miskit poliitiliselt rasket, see peab olema kindlasti kunstidega seotud. Note to self: Inksile meeldiks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeebon (222) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
From bottle, pours lovely black in colour with small tan head. Smell is toasted malt, coffee, mark and milk chocolate and oak. Taste is good, low to medium sweet and medium bitter, wonderfully smooth and slightly creamy. A mighty fine stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lillmuffin (98) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle bougth at kvarteret in Bergen. Dark black color and small cute beige head. Smell like chocolate and coffee. Taste like chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Not a fan of imperial stouts but i like this.

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