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


on tap


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RATINGS: 1044   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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Oakes (19569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 As old world imperial stout...Dark brown...thin head...rich and roasty, a little bit meaty. Nutty and with some choc nut with a lot of roast and hop bitterness. Sweet w a little minty hop note. Original rating 2010...Chestnut brown, with little head. Slightly whiskeyish notes, vinous aroma with only a little bit of stouty roast. Kind of thin, bit of whiskey note at the end. Dryish.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
(RBESG 2007, Glasgow. Bottle) Black color, brown head. Malty chocolate aroma with some hops bringing balance. Maltyu chocolate flavor, nice long bitter finish.

chrisv10 (18838) - DENMARK - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown with big light brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and hops.

TBone (18679) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2007
Pale ruby color, light coffeish aroma. Malty, roasty and nicely chocolaty stout. Good roasted aftertaste.

jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Hearty stout. The kind that puts hair on your chest. Jet black with little to no head. Chocolate and caramel notes. Some coffee too. Rated 8/2/09

FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 Scores based on only the most recent rating, as the others are no longer relevant to the product they now make.
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2008)
Rating: 7-5-8-4-16=3.8
Bacon aroma - gentle sweet burnt coffee or mocha aroma. Fantastic smooth palate - literally silky. Taste follows the aroma. Lovely strong but well balanced burnt taste - though the burntness is in places a bit astringent - but with enough of a malty body and hoppy bitter edge to keep it interesting.
rerate: 7-4-8-4-16=3.9
330ml bottle, Kaisla, Helsinki.
Massively walnutty aroma. Soft palate. Big nutty taste. Very smooth. Full bodied. A touch of toffee nut, some tingles of spice.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (6:4:6+:4:14=3.4+)
Soft choco aroma. Dark. Nice and soft through and through. Nice to know that they’ve still got the ability to occasionally make a decent beer. But this is nowhere near the great beer that it was 4 years ago.

yngwie (17368) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Bottle, thx to KnutAlbert. Pours an almost black body, with a small, tan head. Molasses, coffee, mocha and some salty licorice in the aroma. Really pleasant. The flavor has a slightly salty touch, with molasses, coffee, mocha, some chocolate and lots of delicious, hoppy bitterness. Full-bodied, silky and smooth in the mouth, finishing both hop-bitter and coffee-bitter. Delicious. Rating: 8-4-8-4-16-4. (080216)

Bottle. A really dark brown beer with a minimal beige head. Chocolate, some coffee and some hops in the background of the aroma. The flavor is coffee-bitter, with chocolate, roasted malt and some hoppy bitterness. Medium body and a finish with both coffee and hop bitterness and some chocolate. The beer is quite nice, but doesn’t stand out. Actually, it felt a bit boring. (080620)

Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2011
Been awhile since I tasted this. From the notes I made I can only see I liked the dark color and the taste was better than I expected. Palate was good, full body finish.

brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Dark brown in color, nearly black. Dark fruit notes along with a decent roastiness. A bit on the sweet side with some brown sugar and toffee. Not too much in the way of chocolate. Hints of licorice along with dark fruit, roast, and dark chocolate. Pretty straightforward imperial stout profile to this one.

Dedollewaitor (16608) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Aarhus beerfestival. Pours black with a off white head. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate & coffee. Only lightly smoked, which for me is quite pleasant. Dark fruits - plums & raisin. Quite dusty & warm. Quite good product!

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