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


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RATINGS: 228   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
Bottled. Black with a light brown rind. Sweet and fruity aroma of over-riped cherries, dark chocolate, dades and alcohol. Sweet and full flavour of cherries, black coffee, plums, figs and alcohol. Hot and sweet finish of coffee, pepper and figs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle @ GBBF 2007, London. Dark black color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, cola, soy sauce, plum, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet with a long duration. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
Nose of toasted serials with anniseed and licorice in the background. Pours very deep indeed with almost no head. Flavour is rich and satisfying with a long, moreish finish of bitter chocolate and cocoa. Very very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21122) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Bottled@GBBF2007- Dark ruby red colour, small head. Aroma is alcohol, oxidation, acideic hops along with some dark fruits, vanilla and slight roast. Flavour is pretty much the same. Really nice palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle@GBBF07. Sweet aroma, dark dried fruits, vanilla. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet, loads of vanilla, winelike, plum, raisin. Full and warming. I’d say it’s an old ale and not a imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle at home. Black as night and virtually opaque. Nose of sweet, sweet vanilla and cherry with some HARDCORE alcohol. Thick dark alcoholic flavour. This is some heavy stuff. Tastes like 15% let alone 10. Chocolate malt and sme more vanilla. Some coffee notes in the finish. Prickly palate from all the alcohol. Pretty decent stuff but terribly unrefined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5344) - 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.

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