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Style: Imperial Stout
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (597) - - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a tint of red and a creamy, beige head. Tart aroma atop some roastiness. Medium body, roast and tobacco but the sourness really dominates, a lactic sourness with quite some dark, dried fruits. Very sour actually - but somehow it works. 120713

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11069) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle from The Trembling Madness Drinks Shop in York. Pours dark brown with a light tan smear. Aroma is sort of sourish coffee. There is a gueuze type smell. Med body. Flavor is coffee/chocolate/sour - definitely some gueuze aspect. It goes malty, then gueuze. Different, but it works.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6498) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a coffee, sour fruit and treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a pleasant geueze interruption and a dry sour finish. A very unique version of imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - Malm, 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 (8695) - 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!!!).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at Paps. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Fruity and light acidic aroma of red wine and cress, Fruity and light acidic flavour of berries and dark chocolate. Fruity and tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity, wineous and roasted dark malty. Fruity, tart, metallic, overripe fruits and wineous. Light chemical. Bitter and sourish finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan minimal head. Aroma is roasted malt, vinegar, wood, coffee, spice, funk, light buttery and leather. Taste is moderate sweet, bitter and tart. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry and sour. A little rough, but actually nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer with a thin tan head. It has rich red fruit and very sour fruity flavours, slight chocolate, a creamy mouthfeel and more tartness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1609) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with an off white head. Wood, leather, barnyard, dark berries. Medium sweet and light sour. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Soft, smooth, warming. Far from a traditional imperial stout, but I like it.


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