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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottled.
It was only a matter of time before the original BrewDog got his paws in on the action. This egotistical young lab has decided to make a beer which best reflects himself.
This is the beer equivalent of the big, cute chocolate monster.
Soft, smooth, dark, chocolately and very strong. This gentle giant will never bite but would much rather give you a big lick on the face.

NOTE: This beer and Old World Russian Imperial Stout ARE definitely the same beer. Direct, verbatim quote from James Watt follows.
""This is Rip Tide in a 660ml that we made exclusively for Total Wine and More (a US chain). By offering them something unique we were able to ensure they listed Punk and Hardcore

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2793) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2009
Almost black beer with small mocca brown head. Aroma is strongly roasted, slightly sour, coffee. Flavour is strong, roasted, coffee, some liquirice and slightly ashy in the end. Nicely smooth to drink, low carbonated and slighlty sticky. Pleasant, roasted stout, which could be even better if it was more complexicity. Anyway, this reminds me great Koff Porter and so this have to be great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2009
(22.4oz bottle, best by 7/7/09) Small tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some bittersweet chocolate, anise, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, some smoke, faint anise. Some alcohol in the finish. Low carbonation, medium-full body, some stickiness. Very nice take, not as brash as the style has tended toward in recent years.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bermod (119) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2009
Roasted malty, coffeish aroma with quite nice milky-chocolately notes with some licorice also. Flavor is roasty, a bit burnt malty with coffee and licorice, finishing dry, ashy and just very slightly bitter. Relatively thin body.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (4012) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle at Cockney Pub, rhus. Pours black with an off-white diminishing head and some lacings. Sweet with aromas of roasted malts. and residual sugars. Also aromas of brown sugars. Thin body. Same harsh/sharp BrewDog finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1167) - SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2009
Its a stout so its dark.....VERY dark!! Bursts with clean crunchy roast barley, hint of bitterness and a nice malty sweetness. Its not as big as Id expected but still has a fair bit of body. Finish is superb, goes on for ages with the alcohol hitting after a few minutes. Very satisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Butters 4th cellar reduction. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Cherry, caramel and biscuit aromas. Taste is slight licorice, coffee and chocolate with alcohol coming through the nose. Nice bitter finish. score 3.5..........8/2/2010-Riptide Black mahogany edges thin tan head. Bottle says 004 best by 9-9-09, One pint, 6.4 fl oz. I guess its even a mellower mellow imp stout now. Aroma of caramel, molasses, hazelnut, ash,, dark fruit, dark chocolate, cream, a touch of butter. Taste is very nice, lots of chocolatey malt with some burnt and toasted malt on the finish along with coffee beans. I can see why this isnt one of the higher rated Imp Stouts but damn its still really good at this age. Very soft on the palate, still tons of flavor, creamy, smooth, silky, lightly carbonated. Alcohol is not noticeable. At 6.99 I got a deal considering the store I bought it from aged it for me for a while, it was not refrigerated but on the bottom shelf, behind other things out of the light and caked in dust.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at the Fourth Butters Cellar Clearance Event. Pours a brown with thin ring of tan head. Nose of roasty raisin and light chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit, and bourbon. Sweet oakey woody finish with some alcohol. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Butters 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a fading, not enough lace, beige head with a dark brown clear body. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and toast. Tastes like bubblegum, toast, brown sugar, and bitter chocolate. A bit thin in spots in the aroma and flavor/mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (7082) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) - Black in colour with no head. Roasted and slightly fruity aroma with hops, coffee, chocolate and raisins. Lightly hoppy and soapy taste with coffee, hints of toffee and chocolate, followed by a roasted and hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark cola brown with a smallish, but firm, beige head. Roasted malt and lots of milk chocolate in the nose, with hints of milky sourness, but also some strange, gluey-stingy-sweaty side-aroma. Sweetish-malty flavor with some licorice, and a burned-roasty charcoal finish. Medium, slightly thin body with low carbonation. In a way quite similar to Slottskllans IS, but much more rough on the edges, and not nearly as smooth and balanced.


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