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


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1962) - DENMARK - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1080) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2909) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7235) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12048) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1706) - FINLAND - JUN 7, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black with tan head. Aroma is sour, apple and roasted malt. Flavour is sour, apply and slightly woody.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeverszeuge (625) - GERMANY - MAY 8, 2013
# 3299 ersma: ein imperial stout mit gueuze gekreuzt. das klingt schon mal spannend. tiefschwarz mit beigem schaum, der eher flüchtig ist. der geruch ist primär säuerlich, dahinter kaffe und gebrannte nüsse. der antrunk ist säuerlich, brett-hefe ist deutlich zu schmecken. fruchtige anflüge von zitrus. dahinter kaffee, lakritz, etwas vanille. die mitte bleibt primär säuerlich, etwas hopfen ergänzt die röstigen aromen. der abgang wird herber, lakritz und kaffee sind klarer als im mittelteil, abnehmende säuerlichkeit. die fasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: die brauerei spricht von einer neuen biersorte. auf jeden fall eine kuriose mischung. allerdings ist die brett-hefe so dominant, dass sie die anderen aromen sehr in den hintergrund drängt. was bei einem imperial stout gar nicht so einfach ist. aufgrund der kuriosität probierenswert. 10,9,7,9,12,9 - 8,95 - 8/5/13

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3320) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, dry aroma, light roastiness with sour berry fruitiness, faint coffee. Body is medium, dry flavor, light roastiness with sour berry fruitiness. Finish is average to long, dry, some roastiness with sour fruitiness, faint coffee. IS + gueuze = weird, not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Idiosynkrasie (4581) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2013
330ml bottle. Black colour with small, reawakening, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Sourish aroma has herbal vinegar notes, hints of "Sauerfleisch", sauerkraut, laurel. Taste is initially sourish with a sweet balsamic vinegar touch, some relic malt sugar sweetness, later just dry and sour, hints of roasty dark malt flashing up in the finish. No, I’m still not into this sourish stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2013
33 cl bottle. BBE 01/2017.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a medium sized beige head, dissipates quite rapidly. Aroma is quite weird, some sour berries and fruits and at the same time roasted malts, caramel and yeast. Some very faint coffee notes and goose berry bush too.
Flavor is equally unorthodox, sour dark berries and citrus fruits, salty licorice, burnt malts and mild chocolate. The berries linger on the aftertaste quite long, maybe a bit too long. Somewhat acidic palate with a tart finish.
The odd blend works somehow on the nose, but definitely not on the taste. On of the weirdest brews in a long time.

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