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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 17/20
shigadeyo (3710) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2009

3/11/2009: Rip Tide "twisted merciless stout" is both the second Brew Dog beer I have had tonight or at any time and I must say that I am quite impressed with their offerings. They are full of flavor and life, but not overly high on the alcohol. The packaging is simple and modest, yet stylish and intriguing enough to draw one in. I really like the plays on characteristics going on in this particular beer. The black raspberry aroma is paired so nicely with the flavor of dark chocolate-covered liquor-filled cherries. Other complexities layered on top of that include heavily caramelized and roasted maltiness along with a smoky finish that is slightly dry. The smokiness is really doing it for me. So is the near black liquid and attractive frothy beige moustache-forming beige head! This is a rich and creamy, full-bodied beer that is super good!

1 Pint, 6.4 Fluid Ounce bottle (Batch 001; Best before 03/03/09; Alc. 8% by Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #232 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle. Almost black colour with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet, roasted and chocolaty. Roasted malt flavour with notes of chocolate and liquorice. Some bitterness in the finish and quite smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2009
Bottled. Small beige head with big bubbles. Beer itself is pitch back. The nose had sewer-like and unpleasant off flavor that luckily vanished soon. Aroma has sweetish milk chocolate, salty and smoky rostedness of dark malts, some tar and coal. Burnt coffee, dark chocolate and good hoppy punch in the finish. The flavor is salty and dark malty. Well roasted and bitter finish. Milk chocolate gives balancing sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. The palate is full bodied, heavily roasted, thick, oily and low carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2937) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14036) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (4062) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1186) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2399) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4059) - 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.

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