Brewed by Durham
Style: Imperial Stout
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Launched at the Free Trade Inn, Newcastle on 6th September. Diabolus is a soured Temptation. This 10% abv Russian Stout is crossed with a Belgian Gueuze. The result is being hailed as a new beer style which combines the tart acidity of gueuze with the full roast body of Imperial Stout. The evening was fascinating. Steve gave a talk to interested drinkers and Mick provided a line-up of sour beers from Cantillon to Mikeller.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9624) - Ottobrunn, - MAR 3, 2013
(bottle, 33cl) Black colour with a beige and short foamy layer. Lots of Gueuze/Lambic smell, instead of the expected dark and roasted malt-character, except for some little roasted malt and leather. Moderately sour flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Present Lambic-character with hints of roasted malt, chocolate and Barnyard/Brett notes; moderately sour and bitter-tart finish with a lingering apple-fruity aftertaste. A very interesting experiment. 03.III.13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2386) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from Bierzwerg!
Pours black with a tiny soapy head. Aroma has sourish Geuze and some coffee. Taste is delicious sourish, even slight fruity, paired with strong coffee and roasted malts. Coffee and sourish fruits in the aftertaste. Amazing one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
czlowiekmotyka (137) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 30, 2017
It a quite interesting beer but ... Ive tried Hades Gone Wild and that is much less sophisticated version of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLock (149) - POLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bardzo interesujące piwo. Ni to lambik, ni to ris. Mocno kwaśne, nuty czerwonego wina oraz wiśni. Przy tym nie braknie aromatw kawy i czekolady, lecz chyba za słabe jak na risa. Brak rwnież ciała.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (2771) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Sniadaniowa butla. Niby mialem sobie wypic z kwasem theta dla porownania, ale jakostam sie sama chwycila przy losowaniu... piwo bardzo ciemne, z piana a la szampan (posyczy chwilke i znika).
Aromat jest dosc pocieszny - jest sporo owocow ciemnych (swiezych i suszonych) i cytryny. jest tez ewidentny agrest. i winnosc. Dopiero pod tym schowane nieco insze cuda niewidy, jakies delikatniejsze juz kawa, czekolada... troche alko (malutko jak na %)... troche skorzanych klimatow... tych spocono-skorzanych ze wzrostem temperatury coraz wiecej. z czasem pewnie mozna by pomyslec nawet "o jaki dziwny lambik", bo wczesniej "o jaki dziwny flanders". Za to 100% ze nikt nie pomysli "o jaki dziwny RIS"
W ustach pierwsze cwierc sekundy jest slodkie, dopiero pozniej ten dodatek gueuze przejmuje ewidentne pierwsze skrzypce, wcale nie jest mala kwasnosc (choc nie to, zeby twarz wykrzywialo). Malo ciala. srednie wysycenie. dlugie, kwaskowato-czekoladowo-owocowe (!) posmaki
calosciowo, to moze jakiegos wow nie ma, ale bardzo ciekawe i bardzo fajnie sie pijace. gdybym nie pil wczesniej pintowego kwasu theta, to pewnie bardziej bym sie podniecal, ale tak, to troche te klimaty, i tamten chyba bardziej mi podchodzi. a, no i tu nie czuc lacto, to w sumie fajnie, wole inne kwasnosci niz kefirowa :>
chyba sobie kupie druga (albo i trzecia?) butle na "za kilka lat", choc skala wzwodu pod kontrola.

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanaalten (3) - North Berwick, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2016 does not count
Innovative and intriguing. Black, minimal head, chocolate, medium sourness. Unexpected combination of dark stout and sour gueuze. Had not expected that I would like this ... I loved it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (23293) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle, hotel tasting. Clear dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of sourdough brownies. Taste is softly sour coffee with light cocoa. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2016 Bottle conditioned. Mahogany with no head. Oak and alcohol. Turkish delight, milk chocolate, black malt. Sour with some roasted malt notes. Im open minded but a stout gueze cross was a bit outr for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belgianloner (40) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Bought this bottle in Q3 2015 and consumed at home in late February 2016. AROMA: Burnt caramel, leathery. Fruity. APPEARANCE: On first glance jet black. Slight red hue. Tiny head and loads of lacing. TASTE: Burnt caramel, dates, raisins, sour. Chocolate was for me really detectable. PALATE: Sour, little if any carbonation but it works. Long lasting finish. ABV is detectable.Slight lingering bitterness from the chocolate notes. OVERALL: Not bad, this was my second bottle. For a dark sour though Rullquin for example is preferable for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7571) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
330ml at home in Richmond. As Durham Diabolus, 10%, BB Jan 2017 (2012 vintage?), one of 1000 bottles. Pitch black with a big foamy brown head, light lacing. Aroma is chocolatey, lemon, dried out car air freshener, softmints. Body is rounded, soft carbonation, a touch foamy. Taste is chocolatey, some sharp tang, mouth puckering lemon, mint, fairly acidic and dry into the finish. An interesting experiment, but doesnt come together that well. Slow drinking. Would I prefer to have a gueuze and a stout separately? Absolutely. Not dissimilar to the bottled version of Harveys Imperial Stout. Sour stouts can be OK when its subtle. Like the Harveys, this is too much, but it grew on me a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ambro206 (361) - ITALY - JAN 20, 2016
Blend tra stout e geuze, non mi ha appassionato. Si presenta scura impenetrabile assenza schiuma. Al naso aromi tostati e di cioccolato. In bocca solo acidit con limone e salamoia in primo piano. Birra troppo sbilanciata, non sempre piacevole. Retrogusto di legno e tostato.

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