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


on tap

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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours Almost jet black with a slight tan head that is gone almost instantly. Aroma strongly features cherry, chocolate, boiled sweets. Tastes nowhere near as sweet as the nose suggests but has a beautifully rounded flavour. A very smooth, creamy palate reveals caramel, cocoa, cherry liqueur chocolate, vanilla, with the slightest hint of saltiness. Alcohol very well hidden. Fairly complex stout that goes excellently with desserts like creme brulee and sticky date pudding. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13285) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Black with a lasting off-white head. Fruity aroma with dates and figs. Sweet caramel flavour with fruity notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2009
500ml Bottle, Rehills, Newcastle. Deeply chocolatey and rich. Instantly warming with a fruity, vineous flavour.Theres cough mixture, treacle, cherry and fruit cake all prominent in this amazing beer and the strong, sharp aroma of malt whisky creeps in, late on. The alcohol doesnt smack you in the face but is superbly balanced. A perfect winter ale that tastes great in mid June and has that high quality Durham aroma and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle from St. Aidans Winery, Holy Island. Satin coal pour with a narrow ivory lid persisting for seconds. Cherry liqueur chocolates from a metre away aroma dusting with coal, cakey banana and booze. The alcohol smacks you in the face but the cushioning black cherry, roast, chocolate and sulphur make you realise you can handle it. Flimsy English body, but close your eyes and you could almost be being attacked by a Belgian. In a habit. Bite of English coal, bittersweet liquorice, raisiny cocoa and marzipan mashed up with roasted barley. Ends up belonging in a pint pot, not the gold-rimmed Westvleteren snifter. Bog standard smoky English stout, with the alcohol turned up to ten. Seriously enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2313) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2009
500ml bottle. BB Dec 2010 Opaque pitch black body, small bit of tan collar atop. Vinous aroma, bit of dried fruit and sherry, rich roasted malts, vegemite yeastiness, touch of alcohol. Oily texture, full bodied though not as lengthy as youd expect from the strength, reasonably low carbonation. Alcohol and grain astringency well masked. Smooth flavour of roasted malts and vinous aged complexities. Dark chocolate, liquorice, berry fruits, and other dark fruits. Notes of wood, sherry towards a slightly warming finish with mild drying bitterness. Big rich ale with a definitive aged character and smoothness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 6, 2009
50 cl bottle at Cockney Pub, rhus. Almost black color, moderate brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, fruit, a bit coffee, hops, cellar. Sweet and moderate bitterdry finish. A very fine beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2009
not that great. dry, tart and vinous, kinda tasted like it had been blended with champagne. Little to no aroma, what there was was roastiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that completely disappeared. The aroma is strong molasses, soy and alcohol and thats all Im getting with this one. Im thinking that perhaps the bottle didnt handle the long journey too well. The best description I can think of is soy and Vegemite in a glass. It was tough to the finish the bottle unfortunately, as I was looking forward to trying this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2009
Pours a thick, dark black, lets no light through. Large foamy brown head, but dissapears quickly leaving a patchy cream. Aroma is coffee and malt, nuts and spice. Taste is similar, lots of coffee flavours, chocolate, malt and nuts, some bitterness from the burnt malts and a little spice. Quite strong alcohol in the sweet finish, borders on cloying. A very complex beer.

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