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Brewed by Durham
Style: Imperial Stout
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8676) - - MAR 3, 2013
(bottle, 33cl) Black colour with a beige and short foamy layer. Lots of Gueuze/Lambic smell, instead of the expected dark and roasted malt-character, except for some little roasted malt and leather. Moderately sour flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Present Lambic-character with hints of roasted malt, chocolate and Barnyard/Brett notes; moderately sour and bitter-tart finish with a lingering apple-fruity aftertaste. A very interesting experiment. 03.III.13


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
worldbeertaste (1728) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Wbrett and beryllium the smell and taste. Unlike any other imperial stout I’ve tasted. More like a juice cocktail with coffee and alcohol. Didn’t much like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (4981) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at home picked up from Cotteridge wines a while back. Thanks to Rich The villan for the reccomanedation. Opaque black pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is big funky brett with a pinch of lacto, dark roasted grains, tart fruits, apricot. Some berry, vanilla sweetness. Flavour is smooth dark roast, dark choc, tart green apple, creamy, woody. Really tangy and bitter sweet. Palate is full and smooth, highish carbonation, pinch of sweetness, finish is tart and sour. The beer has a little age on it and it is really nicely rounded, no tell-tail signs of age. Nice layers of complexity. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (105) - POLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle, brewed 18th Dec 2012. Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, some sourness. Medium sour, chocolate. Medium bodied with warming a bit alcoholic finish. Very interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (744) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Aroma is roasted malts, chocolaty, not much funk yet. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts with a nice sourness. Doesn’t feel Imperial. I like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1870) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from the Darlington Cheese and Wine Shop. Been looking forward to trying this one. A combination of beer styles that seem like they shouldn’t work together. Lets hope they do. Pours black with a tan head that fades to a light layer of froth. The aroma has both chocolate and some sour lemony notes. The taste is very sour and sharp to begin with. The stout notes come through in the finish with ash, treacle and a little coffee. Very light and refreshing for the strength. A very interesting beer and I like it a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (3675) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - opaque black with a token effort head. Nose - roast and dark chocolate, maybe filter coffee. There’s a tangy dark fruit in there too, maybe contributing, a sour note amongst the intensely sweet. Taste - more of the above, some sort of chocolate, roast and blackcurrant hybrid. Palate - full bodied with a big texture that is creamy yet tangy. Rich but balanced finish. Overall - yes, most delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5749) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2807) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5811) - 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.


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