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


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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle, at Fin’s excellent UK Imperial Stouts tastings, sampled with Fin, Loz and Traci. Thanks mate! Black, brown highlights, good cap of light tan head that settles in a sticky ring. Nail polish in the nose, sassafras, tree stump woodiness. A fair dose of raw green alcohol in the flavor, more sassafras root, mint, a bit of coffee. Lots of flavor, but still kind of green and noisy. A couple more years would probably help this one a lot, as it does feel like the base character has some good potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8263) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2008
Tasted during an Imperial Stout Tasting evening with Casey, Traci and Loz 14-03-08, Poured very dark brown with light brown bubbles on the rim. This starts of with a liquorice assault with brandy snaps thrown in for good measure. Some cream soda on the nose, the alcohol was maybe just a bit harsh but it does soften with a creamy vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle from Pigs Ear 07. Forest fire, with the warming glow from the alcohol underlining it. A little sourness, a little yeast. Fine dryness lingering. Nice, but not quite there.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Retasted 26/07/2008. 500ml bottle from Regional wines and Spirits that has been in my cellar since the first few days of 2008. Glue, glue, glue!!! Awful. This beer has gone from highly rated to awful in my three efforts at it. Retasted 08/05/2008. 550ml bottle from my cellar, originally from Regional Wines. Dropped aroma by 2 points as this bottle had a weird green banana and glue-like ester. Still tasted fantastic though. Tasted 30/12/2007. 500ml bottle courtesy of TheGrandmaster - shared after breaking his brewing virginity (a 1.045 OG strong dark mild). Temptation pours an inky black, with an extremely tight crema-like tan head. Subtle aroma - with alcohol well-disguised - reminds me of chololaty, sweet creamy percolated coffee. Full and creamy in the mouth, with very low level of carbonation. Sweet caramel malts and understated dark fruit dominate the front and mid-palate but the lingering bittersweet chocolate character and medium bitterness make for a well balanced easy-drinking strong ale. A top drop - perhaps fitting somewhere between Imperial Stout and Baltic Porter. A shade more bitterness and/or carbonation would lift this to near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle (shared in the fine company of yalnikim), poured a thick black with a creamy beige head. A strong sweet caffeine aroma with plenty of alcohol. A very smooth and surprisingly not-so-sweet palate, the caffeine flavour is pretty light and there is a gentle hoppy bitterness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11437) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Cockney Pub, Aarhus.
[My 200th English rating]
Pours a deep dark brown with lightly red-brown edges. On top sits a giant creamy cappucino-beige head. Aroma is quite mild with chocolate, light roast and caramel. Super creamy malty and extremely chewy mouthfeel. Flavour is soft and round, lightly vinious, soft and delicate chocolate, harsher and drier tones of cocoa, light coffee. Quite sweet all in all, but extremely soft and rounded as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10677) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2007
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2006) Great imperial stout mocca/coffee/chocolate combo. Rich sweet malty body. Warming fruity portwine direction. The alcohol is noticable, but fits in with the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 5  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 5   Biscuity : 2   Burnt Toast : 3   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 5   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : 3   Blackberries : 2   Cherries : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Floral : 4   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : 2   Herbal : 2   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 3   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : 3   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : 3
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : 4   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 2   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A phenomenal stout. Intensely fruity and profound, layered and complex flavours. Craft brewing of high caliber here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle (From Bottles, York). Sweet dark and alcoholic. There is a little more to it that that with some rich fruits and roasty chocolate and even some bitterness in the finish. But overpoweringly sweet and alcoholic is the main impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a deep black with a wispy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma features big spicy slightly hot character that is hard to put a finger on, as it warms in the glasses it reveals its self as a soft fruity banana ester, woody whiskey notes are also evident. On the palate sweet malt is joined by an almost lollyish warm banana character and again scotch is hinted at. Like a strange cocktail of banana liquor and whiskey. Very interesting beer but lacking the dark malt character that Imperial Stout suggests.

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