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


on tap

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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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Velkyal's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Velkyal (322) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
This stuff looks like crude oil, black, inky, more than opaque it sits in the glass like a liquid black hole. The huge body it a riot of sweet malt flavours, caramel, toffee, chocolate all playing against a noticeable coffee note and the spiciness of the hops. Perfection.

Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2017
(Draught at Monterey Bar, Berlin, 26 Aug 2017) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, soy sauce and some ashes. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate, coffee, espresso, liquorice, caramel and a slightly vinous finish with a balanced roasty bitterness. Full body, almost oily mouthfeel, with a certain sweetness. Tasty, warming and quite well balanced for its strength. Very nice.

sam_uk93 (49) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Pours black, light tan head. Aroma is boozy, plum. Taste starts with a slight bitter, raisin soaked in brandy, slightly fruity, leading to a hit of alcohol warmth and a nice slight bitter finish with a sweet aftertaste that lingers. Lovely full bodied mouthfeel. Overall rather nice!

castor010 (285) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Aromat z butelki - wiśnie, śliwki, ciemny chleb, czekolada. Aromat ze szkła - lekka pomarańcza, nuty alkoholowe, ale nie rozpuszczalnikowe; mało intensywny. Ze szkła ciężko stwierdzić, że to stout. Piana - bardzo obfita, drobna, beżowa; oblepia szkło. Dość pusto w smaku, szczątkowa czekolada, wiśnie, sporo alkoholu. Za wysokie nasycenie. Generalnie mocno przeciętnie.

CH-303 (2362) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2017
Appearance: Basically black, some dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste: Dark malt, coffee, roasted. Some chocolate. Slight alcohol. Smooth.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Online), 500 ml, CHF 8.50
Info: 8/4-2017, BB: 30/6-2020

Jashiu (1404) - Gdañsk, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Bottle shared @Pułapka, Gdańsk

Mostly coffee in the aroma, not that intense on the nose. Taste is a bit sour and full of coffee and roasted notes. Mid body. Too little4ris

adamz (18) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste, piana drobno pęcherzykowa, pozostaje koronka. W aromacie mocno przez kawę przebija się aromat owocowo likierowy. W smaku kawa mocno podbita goryczką, dalej likier. Dosyć wyczuwalny alkohol. Trochę zbyt duże wysycenie CO2. Troche tez brakuje ciała. Pewnie przydałoby mu się trochę poleżakować. Niezły RIS, choć trochę odbiega od tego, czego oczekuję po tym stylu.

john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty (roast malts, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, liquorice). Fruity (berries, dried fruits, raisins, prunes). Rich, Vinous (port-like), Oily and Smooth. Alcohol not evident in the taste, but very warming. Very sweet roast malty; slight fruity sourness; no bitterness. Very tasty. Very drinkable. Great beer! (2008)

Grima (2506) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle from Bierzwerg!
Pours deep black with a small white head. Lots of licorice and coffee in aroma. Taste has much more coffee, lots of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and licorice. Pure coffee in the finish! Damn good one!

Gramoit (494) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Decent Imperial stout, Led by coffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. Alcohol fairly well hidden

The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2016
October 2016 - Bottle shared in London for the JK Tasting as ’Durham Temptation’, 10%, 2013 vintage. Opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, booze, red berries, slight papery oxidation. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is chocolate, leather, papery with a dry finish. Quite dry, boozy and spicy. I’m not convinced the extra aging has helped it in the way that hoppier or BA impy stouts improve with time. But it’s OK. (3.2)

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