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Durham Diabolus

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Brewed by Durham
Style: Imperial Stout
Durham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Launched at the Free Trade Inn, Newcastle on 6th September. Diabolus is a soured Temptation. This 10% abv Russian Stout is crossed with a Belgian Gueuze. The result is being hailed as a new beer style which combines the tart acidity of gueuze with the full roast body of Imperial Stout. The evening was fascinating. Steve gave a talk to interested drinkers and Mick provided a line-up of sour beers from Cantillon to Mikeller.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a small, frothy, beige head. Aroma has chocolate, roasted, citrus, lambic notes, soft funk. Plums and raisins too. Low but prickly carbonation, fine light and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is very elegant, chocolate, roasted, citrus, zesty, tart, funky. Light warming. Lots of dryness and tartness in the finish. Lovely and complex.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2102) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Malzig-fruchtiger Geruch. Startet säuerlich-malzig. Mitte malzig, säuerlich, Beeren, Waldboden. Schokoladiger Abgang, malzig, säuerlich. Echt gut.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, dunkle Beeren, leicht alkoholisch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (353) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle nearly black dark brown Body with tan head. Aroma is malt with sourness taste is sour malts and some dried fruits aftertaste is sour and some alcohol nice one

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle from Terre de Boissons. Black beer with thick beige head. Sour aroma with an imperial stout on top. It’s a sour imperial stout. Does it work? Um not quite. Nice enough. Chocolate roast. Gueuze and stout? No. Not my favourite. Nothing wrong with it, good condition. Just not sure I like the blend of the two.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle courtesy of the marvellous Peter Fowler, landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon, cheers Peter. Consumed at Bromyard Folk Festival Bar, Herefordshire Saturday 14th September 2013 Pours brown, but very, very dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma is just like a lambic, very strange when you look at it, but it is a great typically funky nose. Initially this is very sour but then some vanilla, coffee, and wonderful roasty flavours come through. So this is both sour & fruity yet also roasty & chocolatey (with coffee) very good most unusual beer. A8 A4 T7 P4 Ov16 4.0

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (9819) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle. Almost black. Bretty aroma, overpowering the usual roasty aromas. Full bodied. Strong lemony flavor with hints of licorice. Yoghurt. Hints of smoke. Complex. Sour. Absolutely sensational beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (1522) - FINLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle. Black. Spicy black nose. A bit of wood, dry roasted charcoal, rubber tires. Body thinner than expected, but fullbodied nontheless. Dry, sharp. Earthy herbal tones, some greenish berries even. Very salty palate. A bit of a lighter IS, palate- wise. Salty. Nice label, better than the beer. Edit: hate to do this, but after reading the description, I suddenly got a renewed appreciation for this beer. The woody stuff is actually developing into funky bretta tones, the saltyness into tart. With these revelations, I do consider the beer slightly better than the given 3.4. Strange still.

-- bb/wp8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart weak roasted caramel aroma. Fruity sour tart caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a fruity sour tart caramel finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at home, from Cotteridge Wines, 20/07/13. Mid black with a thin tan head that dissipates to a central pond and edgeing. Nose is dark fruits, light chocolate, tarte and sour berry fruits, dark fruit sour mash. Taste comprises roast malt, soured dark berry fruits, bretts, funky, earthy, dank wood, cocoa. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, surprisingly drinkable for 10%. Overall - great stuff, something different from a UK brewer, wish more would play around with stouts like this (intenionally I must add!!!).


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