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


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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5116) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2007
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Bottle conditioned. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Unusual perfumed aroma, dark fruits, liqueur, some oak, chocolate and liquorice. Very intense perfumed and sweet flavour, surprisingly moderate roastiness, notes of liquorice, hints of tar. Moderate hops in the finish. Not an easy drinking beer, but definitely something out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Courtesy of Papsoe. Thank you, Henrik. Very boozy aroma smells a bit like bourbon and concentrated dark fruit essence. Hints of chocolate, raisins and licorice. Very sharp smelling from the boozy edge. The body is dark brown to black and this pours with almost no head, then briefly forms up into a finger thick mocha head before rapidly retreating. Fore is too thin for my preference. Again quite boozy and whiskey/bourbon like. Is this barrel aged in whiskey barrels? Has some port notes as well. Incredibly boozy. Licorice and dark chocolate are big int he middle where it almost tastes like a chocolate liquer. Also has some vinous red wine notes. Leaves the tongue hot and flustered. A pretty damn nice sipper that really grows on you as you warm to it and it warms up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10149) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Pitch black with almost no head. The aroma makes my taste buds flutter in anticipation, itís powerful with notes of port wine, raisin, plum and licorice. The flavour does not disappoint my almost dribbling taste buds - oral orgasm is an expression, that comes to mind. The moutfeel is oily and it has notes of roasted malt, raisins that have soaked in port wine, plum and in the finish there is chocolate and a hint of licorice. The aftertaste is loooong and itís a really, really nice beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2007
Bottle: Nice British Impy Stout. Very Impressive. Held up well against everything else Iím drinking tonight. Lacks aroma. But I love the sweet body, mid rather than big. Good strength, nice to see a britiish brewer go to the effort to make such a beer! (L)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
Roasted flavours, chocolate, coffee, plum, raisin, treacle. full-bodied and well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2007
Dark brown/red in colour with small fizzy toffe coloured head., disappeared quickly. Bubble gum, fruity aroma, hint of alcohol. Warm alcohol mouth feel, rasin and carmel, hint of malt flavour. Sits in mouth for long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle from the Evil Eye, York. Pours black with a very quickly fading brown head. Aroma is fruity with grape and berry notes, as well as licorice, alcohol, and a strong chocolate and espresso presence. Perhaps some pine in there as well, as long as burnt sugars. Taste is much the same, with strong sweet malt played off against a bitter roast character - the players of which are caramel, burnt sugars, coffee. Also a licorice herbal quality, as well as a tingly alcohol hit. Slight fruitiness in the taste; almost wine-like. Palate is slightly too carbonated, but sits fairly thick on the tongue - there is just something about hearing the carbonation after pouring an imperial stout that doesnít seem quite right. Very solid stout, with exceptionally strong flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2007
Bottled. A black coloured stout with no head. The aroma has alcohol, plums and other dark fruit but is thinner than would be expected for a beer of this strength. The taste has alcohol, licquorice and coffee. More fruit together with molasses and soy. Thick with along finish. More than decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6695) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 9, 2007
rbsxg05, bottled. pretty close to black with a lingering head. aroma of powder chocolate, condensed milk, rumballs. quite smooth, some alcohol showing, some saltiness and charred zucchini. not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam crowns the opaque black.
-A meditative aroma offers deep chocolate and wooden alcohol fumes.
-Reverend vanilla, comforting dark chocolate, and decadent molasses are but a few tasty tricks the complex malts have up their husks.
-The nearly still carbonation and wealthy maltiness conjure up a port-like mouthfeel.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some roastiness is engulfed by the sweet maltiness, but can still be felt.
-Black grape fruitiness enhances the port wine hallucination.
-This liquor of stout is a highly enjoyable and serious sipper to end your wintry evenings. Thanks to Tom and Gareth for making sure there was some for me!

On cask at The Three Judges, Glasgow.

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