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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Velkyal (321) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2897) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grima (2386) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gramoit (481) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2016
Decent Imperial stout, Led by coffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. Alcohol fairly well hidden

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7571) - 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. Im not convinced the extra aging has helped it in the way that hoppier or BA impy stouts improve with time. But its OK. (3.2)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (10838) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle shared at the CBC Islington for the jk tasting. Many thanks to Daniel . A dark black, dark brown coloured pour with a halo of dark tan head. Aroma is mineral, tangy green apple, sour, nutty. Palate is tangy, frothy, carbonation, semi sweet, . Flavour is composed of nutty, brown sugars, liquorice, blackened malts. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7611) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 6, 2016
59cl bottle shared at JK tasting, London. Many thanks to Danny for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is tangy sweet malty boozy with notes of cognac red berries and ashes. Taste is also sweet and malty with some herbal spicy and boozy notes of melon, vanilla, chocolate, melon and cocoa nibs. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (1231) - POLAND - JUL 5, 2016
Piana niska, szybko znikająca do postrzępionej firanki. Barwa ciemno brązowa z mahoniowymi refleksami. Aromat karmelowy, czekoladowy i kawowy, uzupełniony lekką palonością, śliwką węgierką i pumperniklem. W smaku idealne odwzorowanie tego, co w zapachu, słodki, z ładnie schowanym alkoholem, ktry kojarzy się z likierem karmelowym. Goryczka średnia do niskiej, palona. Niskie wysycenie. Nie jest gęste, ale jest dość intensywne w odczuciu, gładkie i bardzo pijalne.
Nieco płaski, nieskomplikowany angielski RIS, ktry prawdopodobnie dzięki rocznemu leżakowaniu ładnie się ułożył pod kontem alkoholu. Dużą zaletą jest "easydrinking", co przy tak wysokim woltażu nie jest przecież łatwe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMgep (274) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
Old rating transferred to Ratebeer. Very dark colour, with chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Bitter taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (230) - - JUN 5, 2016
Served in a tulip at Carinthian (Krnten) Beer Festival. Pours black colour with a beige head. Aroma is a complex combination of chocolate, coffee, molasses, liquorice, vanilla and cocoa. Taste is bitter-sweet with coffee notes. Full body with soft carbonation. Alcohol is virtually not detectable which makes this beer extremely enjoyable and very smooth. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (5527) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Samo Pivo, Belgrade. Brown-tinged, smaller ring foam. Very sweet roast. Soy, molasses. Good roast and rich imp stout. Sweet alc body, a bit flabby. Ok.

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