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

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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Very occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
Temptation is a Russian stout; a style that was exported to imperial Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Massive body supports oily coffee and liquorice flavours. Malt sugars are balanced by traditional goldings, contains malted barley and wheat, hops, water and yeast.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 6, 2009
50 cl bottle at Cockney Pub, Århus. Almost black color, moderate brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, fruit, a bit coffee, hops, «cellar». Sweet and moderate bitterdry finish. A very fine beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2009
not that great. dry, tart and vinous, kinda tasted like it had been blended with champagne. Little to no aroma, what there was was roastiness.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that completely disappeared. The aroma is strong molasses, soy and alcohol and that’s all I’m getting with this one. I’m thinking that perhaps the bottle didn’t handle the long journey too well. The best description I can think of is soy and Vegemite in a glass. It was tough to the finish the bottle unfortunately, as I was looking forward to trying this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2009
Pours a thick, dark black, lets no light through. Large foamy brown head, but dissapears quickly leaving a patchy cream. Aroma is coffee and malt, nuts and spice. Taste is similar, lots of coffee flavours, chocolate, malt and nuts, some bitterness from the burnt malts and a little spice. Quite strong alcohol in the sweet finish, borders on cloying. A very complex beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2009
Pours almost dead flat with no head. Lighter mouthfeel than i expected, flavours of dark fruits and sherry abound, tends on the sweet side, could do with a few more roasted malts to balance it out

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2008
Dark brown color, liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, salty with a touch of candy sugar. Liquorice, dark chocolate, salty, with some hints of bubblegum. Malt accented. A slight whisky like burn at the start of the mouth. Lingering chocolately, liquorice finish with some bitterness. Nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evanrail (61) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 2, 2008
500-ml bottle courtesy of and shared with RobSog. Pours black — I would say ’’deepest amber,’’ but it’s really like going 20,000 miles without an oil change, topped with just a touch of head resembling espresso crema. Lovely tobacco notes in the nose, chocolate and cocoa in the mouth with an oily, meaty texture. Really very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Pours dark brown with a lingering ring of bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, some chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes lactic and roasty with some bitterness on the finish. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2008
500mL bottle from Regional. Pours almost pitch black, with brown edges. No head observed really. Aroma is quite sweet, fruity coffee, chocolate; nice. Feels thick in the mouth, malty sweetness, balanced with some burnt malt bitterness. Beautifully smooth, warming finish. Amazing beer, by the end of the glass you know you’ve had a 10%ABV beer but you wouldn’t know it while drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Pours with a jet black body and feint tawny highlights around the rim. Head is chocorange colour but dissipates in the blink of an eye. Aromas are dominated by sweet malt, prunes and dark berry fruits, with milky coffee supporting. Palate is rich, with more sweet malt combining with high abv to deliver significant brandied characters, however milky coffee and bitterweet roast offer great balance, with a long warming finish, that lingers faintly sweet. Very much a sweet malt/liquered fruit story but has enough complexity and balance to carry without ever cloying.


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