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


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark brown black colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, horse blanket, barnyard, leather, funky, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate acidic and bitter with a long duration, dark berry, sharp. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. IMO. Aroma was so great, but flavor was a bit more like a Imp. Stout that had gone wrong .. [20130126]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33244) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22009) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18184) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16552) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
11th December 2012
The 0-65 tasting. Four guys, fourteen beers, average abv 12.9%, 65 mins! Opaque dark brown beer, tiny tan head. Light and interesting lambic nose. Light palate, fairly soft. Mellow sour citrus, lambic like but quite soft. The dark malt is hardly there but what there is smooth. Light, smooth finish, a tiny bit sour. You would struggle to id this as Impy Stout in a blind tasting - there is a definite lambic vibe here. Very unusual and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14352) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12625) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at the 0-65% Tasting, London - thanks to Jack for bringing. A light gusher. Pours rich brown with a tan cream head. Smells like a geueze, not a dark beer - quite an impressive feat. Big sour flavor, some poo, mellow grassy bitterness, almost no dark beer character. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish with light manure, good sourness, light grass. Exceptional. Biggest surprise of the tasting. Well done, Durham.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11800) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11303) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10736) - 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.

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