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


on tap

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (35029) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
Århus2008 50 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fizzy tan head leaving a nice little lacing on top of the beer. Coffee and hardroasted malt aroma. Flavour is sweet at first before a more roasted acidic malt note joins in and slowly take completely over with a set of nice acidic flavour hardroasted malt notes. Roasted and chocolate smoth finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Bottled. Aroma of banana and yeasty fruits. Balanced sweetness to the complex chocolate and toffeefudge flavor. Bitterness great. Though quite alcoholic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Picked this bottle up when I was in England back in ’06. Pours pure black with a nice ivory head. Very nice aroma... musky malts with a nice dark fruit accent... somewhat like a dark cherry liqour with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is outstanding, some oatmeal, caramel, woody malts are evident. Ending is slightly bitter but with a nice milk chocolate bend. I’d say that about 1.5-2 years is the perfect time for this beer. Highly recommended.

   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 (8319) - 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 (11490) - 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 (10822) - 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.

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