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


on tap

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RATINGS: 224   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1000) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 21/10/2013. Pours close to black with a medium tan head which dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is sweet chocolate and caramel, with a touch of booze. The flavour features a lot of milk chocolate and caramel, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit and licorice.Has a very rich and creamy palate, and slightly above average carbonation for an impy. A not overly complex but enjoyable dessert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (582) - SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Roast nose. Thin. Some fizz. Medium to light body. Some earth and chocolate. Interesting but lacks dimension & stuffing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4634) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines Birmingham, England and consumed at the South Park road tasting, Colorado. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy light tan head and a slightly oily consistency. The aroma is creamy roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich big liqourice red berry fruit slightly watery refreshing palate. This beer has everything!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5443) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle shared at the South Park m’okay tasting thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours dark dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of coffee, roast, caramel, over ripe fruit, yeast and malt. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2541) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle, @ Epic view tasting, Colorado. Pitch black pour, medium sized beige head on top. Aroma is mostly licorice, roast, slightly boozy. Flavour is quite sweet, alcoholic, sugary, molasses. Very nice, long lasting sticky finish. Nice brew for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3354) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
From a 50 cl bottle shared in South Park Colorado - courtesy of jmgreenuk. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of caramel, some dark fruits and and raisin. Soft mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1042) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large tan head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Bitter espresso, milk chocolate truffle and, oddly, ripe pears make up the aroma. Very mild floral and sweet citrus hops up front give way to a full-bodied mix of milk chocolate, vanilla truffle and praline in the mid-palate. Mocha and mild liquorice combine at the finish, and there is a lingering alcoholic warmth. This is quite smooth and sweet for an imperial stout, and very enjoyable, with the Goldings a particularly nice touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1407) - Brentford London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 (Bottled) Ive drank half of this bottle and really can’t think of much to say that’s constructive. This stuff is a beer with flavour and tang but not really exciting . Its in a snifter ..obviously. ... on the palate..im gonna do a list ,ratebeer style.moderate earth.moderatley licorice . textured bitter chocolate. perspective on rich roast. finesse on the bitter hops. aspects on chewy palate.. emphasis on the oily ..suggestion on the caramel roast coffee finish on the down low .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle at home, from Cotteridge Wines, 03/09/13. Pitch black with a good size tan covering that begins to thin after a few minutes. Nose is dark fruits, toffee fudge, dates, light Belgian yeast aroma, brown sugars, fruit loaf. Taste comprises dark fruits, dates, stewed raisens, liqourice, molasses, chocolate, tar, leather, figs. Full bodied, fine carbonation, slightly warming alcohol in the finish. Decent enough impy although I prefer the less full on dark fruit variety, however this one grew on me as I sipped it and more flavours came out as it warmed. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
500 ml bottle
The Durham beer that I tried previously was a good one so I had high expectations for this one. It turns out to be a solid imperial stout although not quite on the same level as the best of the best it was still a pleasure to drink.

Aroma / Appearance - A billowing beige head builds to a deep thick level before beginning to collapse. After a few minutes all that remains is a murky black body. Slick clear legs are like sheets of ice melting on a car windshield. Plums, anise, truffles, and the smell of a big red wine form the texture of a rich dessert plate.

Flavor / Palate - Raisins, figs, and dark chocolate balance the boost of the 10% ABV that is not too subtle. Black coffee, raspberries, and other dark fruits transition to a tangy warm finish. While it has all the hallmarks of a great beer it does not stand out with so many other imperial stouts to choose from. Even so you can do much worse at Cotteridge Wines.

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