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Durham Diabolus

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanaalten (3) - North Berwick, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2016 does not count
Innovative and intriguing. Black, minimal head, chocolate, medium sourness. Unexpected combination of dark stout and sour gueuze. Had not expected that I would like this ... I loved it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle, hotel tasting. Clear dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of sourdough brownies. Taste is softly sour coffee with light cocoa. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2016 Bottle conditioned. Mahogany with no head. Oak and alcohol. Turkish delight, milk chocolate, black malt. Sour with some roasted malt notes. I’m open minded but a stout gueze cross was a bit outré for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belgianloner (40) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Bought this bottle in Q3 2015 and consumed at home in late February 2016. AROMA: Burnt caramel, leathery. Fruity. APPEARANCE: On first glance jet black. Slight red hue. Tiny head and loads of lacing. TASTE: Burnt caramel, dates, raisins, sour. Chocolate was for me really detectable. PALATE: Sour, little if any carbonation but it works. Long lasting finish. ABV is detectable.Slight lingering bitterness from the chocolate notes. OVERALL: Not bad, this was my second bottle. For a dark sour though Rullquin for example is preferable for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6574) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
330ml at home in Richmond. As ’Durham Diabolus’, 10%, BB Jan 2017 (2012 vintage?), one of 1000 bottles. Pitch black with a big foamy brown head, light lacing. Aroma is chocolatey, lemon, dried out car air freshener, softmints. Body is rounded, soft carbonation, a touch foamy. Taste is chocolatey, some sharp tang, mouth puckering lemon, mint, fairly acidic and dry into the finish. An interesting experiment, but doesn’t come together that well. Slow drinking. Would I prefer to have a gueuze and a stout separately? Absolutely. Not dissimilar to the bottled version of Harveys Imperial Stout. Sour stouts can be OK when it’s subtle. Like the Harveys, this is too much, but it grew on me a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ambro206 (360) - ITALY - JAN 20, 2016
Blend tra stout e geuze, non mi ha appassionato. Si presenta scura impenetrabile assenza schiuma. Al naso aromi tostati e di cioccolato. In bocca solo aciditŕ con limone e salamoia in primo piano. Birra troppo sbilanciata, non sempre piacevole. Retrogusto di legno e tostato.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Dark brown beer with a short tan head, some laces. Sour aroma, torrefied and fruity, wood, bretta. The taste is sourish, roasted, with chocolate, apple, vinous notes, sour cream but without alcoholic heavyness. Bitter finish which contrasts suddenly without fruit. A beer that ass between two chairs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heman (651) - Tychy, POLAND - OCT 26, 2015
Barwa czarna, z ciemnobrunatnymi prześwitami. Piany brak. W aromacie intensywna, lekko kwaskowa dzikość miesza się z kakao i kawą. W tle lekkie winne aromaty. W smaku początkowo lekko kwaśne i wyraźnie dzikie, następnie pojawia się lekko wodnista czekolada w płynie i kakao. Gdzieś tam na chwilę czuć posmaki owocowe (jeżyny?). Finisz lekko słodki. Ciekawe piwo, złożone w smaku.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10179) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle: Almost black with a well hidden ruby sheen, small off-white head; moderate to solid sourish-vinous to caramelly nose, a bit leathery, as well; moderate to solid sourish-sweet flavour, medium bodied and relatively soft; fruity to caramelly finish with distinctive traces of blasamico and - maybe also - light traces of chocolate.Complex and nice…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mateuszk (2156) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Pitch black, very small head. In aroma roasted malts mixed with low sour notes. In taste it’s clear it’s soured version of imperial stout, roastiness and weak chocolate notes mix with vinegar and sour fruit notes.The beer is dry, sour in the finish. Interesting, but not a fan.

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