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

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RATINGS: 232   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Poured black with a good sized dense, tanned, frothy head which lasted very well. A complex aroma with notes of treacle, roasted malts, toast, smoke, coffee beans, Belgian truffles, raisins and fleshly ground black pepper. Flavor was of toasted malts with a good level of bitterness, lactic/sour milk notes, bitter black coffee, large notes of black pepper, homemade liquorice, molasses, dark rum & raisin chocolate, currents, pleasant earthy notes and a superb dry finish. Noticeable alcohol content. Very full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture, thick/ chewy mouthfeel and a long finish. A truly remarkable Imperial Stout.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
karpik (120) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 15, 2015
BB; 06.2019. Aroma of ash, coffee and booze. Pours pitch black with coke-like foam. Taste is much too boozy, which is really disturbing and covers the rest of flavors. Maybe too young but I don’t think that aging this will help a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarauckelman (247) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. Opaque dark black, with a few varied-sized dark tan bubbles. Musty, malty, roasted aroma with a hint of cigar smoke. Very strong flavor of roasted coffee, malt, and cigar ash, a bit astringent on the end. Lively, but with a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uckelman (363) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Pours black, only a little tan head, which quickly dissipates. Aroma is mainly earthy, with hints of malt and alcohol. Not much sweetness in the aroma. Medium body, warm long finish, which changes to burnt notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (744) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Black color with nice beige head. Nice aroma of chocolate, ashes, liquorice, dark fruits, and booze. Taste is rich, lots of roasted burnt malt, chocolate, and a little booze kick. A fine classic Imperial Stout. The carbonation is a little bit too much for this type of beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (822) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Aromat bardzo likierowy, słodki, dominuje czekolada i karmel, alkohol wychodzi juz w aromacie. W smaku słodki, dominuje czekolada i likier, czerwone i leśne owoce, lekkie rodzynki, przypalony karmel i czarny chleb. Ris po słodkiej stronie mocy, chyba nieco zbyt świeży.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (328) - - DEC 25, 2014
Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruits and booze. The taste is rich and complex with relatively mild burnt flavours along with dark fruits, liquorice, fruit liqueurs and cigar ash. Hints of wood and bonfire. Very pleasant, but quite strong. Plenty of bitterness in the finish. A very satisfying beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bootlegger007 (92) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma of caramel and spice, was black with a creamy head but carbonation was to high across the palate came across boozy and fizzy, not my favorite stout

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cassa (9) - Torino, ITALY - OCT 29, 2014 does not count
Buona. Una schiuma abbastanza persistente di color cappuccino esalta una stout di ottimo valore che al palato rivela una buona beva ed un buon corpo. l’aroma é poco intenso e rivela forti note di cioccolato, mentre al palato al cioccolato, soprattutto nelle prime sorsate, si somma un’ottimo aroma di tostato e di liquerizia con una piacevole astringenza finale con una not quasi piccante sulle labbra e sulla pu ta della lingua. In conclusione una ottima stout da bere in buone quantitŕ.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
w_adwersarz (311) - Cracow, POLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Czarne jak cholera z rubinowymi prześwitami. Piana średnio obfita krążkująca na szkle. W aromacie palone słody, kwaskowata kawa i odrobina czekolady i na końcówce trochę alkoholu. W smaku jest słodkie, lukrecjowe, z ciemnymi owocami, czekolada i posmak kawy. Do tego aksamitne, z niskim wysyceniem i niewielką goryczką, na końcu wspomaganą alkoholem

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1531) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
500ml bottle from Cheese & Wine shop, Darlington. Black-brown in colour, foam tan head and aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, coffee & chocolate. Taste is sweet malty, molasses, liquorice, chocolate powder, dark fruity notes, coffee and earthy boozy bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, lingering dry sweet malty grassy roast bitter finish. Very drinkable.


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