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


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RATINGS: 58   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.

crosamich's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2012
starts off very well, with a roast, chocolate impy stout and just a touch of the sour side. As I got into it though it did not quite sit right. not really sure I can put into words. definitely worth a try if you come across this one. I think most people will find it polarizing-love or hate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3977) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2014
330ml bottle from the Brewery online shop, shared with AshtonMcCobb. Pours opaque dark brown, no head initially, but the gentle carbonation produces a slight one eventually. Aromas are intriguing, dark roast, blackcurrant, liquorice, cider tang, fruity. Taste is more of the same. Palate has a tight structure, zingy at first, light roast, then a sweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnyfc (18) - GERMANY - SEP 24, 2014
Steht dunkelbraun mit minimaler Schaumkrone im Glas. Spannende Mischung aus Imperial Stout und Lambik.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2253) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Massive thanks to richthevillan for this big want. Cheers Rich. Black beer with small head and a touch of lacing. Aroma is very lambic like with a hint of chocolate. Taste is lambic again, a bit of roast malt and chocolate and dark fruit. Light carbonation and a little oily. Very different and well balanced, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5487) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2014
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of a classic gueuze with some musty hints and notes of damp wood and sour berries, plus some roasted notes from the malt. The taste manages to superbly balance the qualities of both a gueuze and a stout with cocoa, redcurrants, wood, oak and coffee detected. A superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11209) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2293) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Malzig-fruchtiger Geruch. Startet säuerlich-malzig. Mitte malzig, säuerlich, Beeren, Waldboden. Schokoladiger Abgang, malzig, säuerlich. Echt gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8082) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (569) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14020) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7616) - 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

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