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

bottled
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RATINGS: 212   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6130) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Cask. Aroma is seriously alcoholic the first day this is on. Moves onto a nice chocolate, mocho coffee, fruity roasted, balanced alround. Taste is very similar and after its been on for about 5 days theres very little alcohol at all. Made a mess of myself Martin T with the beer, maybe not the best way to meet someone. RERATE: Bottled. Roasty alc over powering, yeasty, fruity, but rich and notes of plastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2006
[Cask from The Three Judges] Coffee, liquorice, some milk chocolate and port in the nose, background notes of estery fruit and cookie dough. Full, chewy body, some roasty notes lead to a lingering liquorice and port vinous finish with some alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1803) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Dark brown colour with a slim beige head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma with some coffee. Taste has sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, tar, raisins and alcohol. Nicely balanced,, sweet, sour and bitter, very smooth and full bodied. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2006
500ml bottle. Black with disappearing dark beige head. Impy stout aroma. Oily dark malts. Very thick, quite a bit of sourness. Coffee and choc. Really interesting, lots of flavour. Tarry aroma. Sour. Some prune, liquorice. Nice, but needs more on its velvety depth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
A dark malty beer with medium to full bodies feel. Low carbonation. tasted from the bottle, several times and once from draught, it was drier on draught.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1152) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2006
3 Apr 2006 - Sweet roasted choc malt aroma. Dark brown colour, low head and good suds lacing. Big sweet roasted, really spicy hoppiness. Roasted choc malt finish and roasted aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2006
Looks pretty good, dark black with a tight coffee coloured head - but it gets full marks because of the cool label and bottle which are both basic but stylish. Fairly evident alcohol in the aroma (it is hard to hide 10% I guess), with some treacle/licorice and raisins but it is really quite restrained. Bitter and sweet, it brought back some interest lost in the aroma. They don’t quite meld together, but they still combine to make it quite flavoursome. As expected for a beer of this abv, the palate is full with a lasting finish. A bit slick and oily as well, but it certainly satisfies. I think I’ll get another bottle and attempt to age it for a few more years.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2006
Sweet chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing? Burnt malt chocolate flavour. Smooth palate.


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