Tuatara XV 15th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company (DB Breweries)
Style: Imperial Stout
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
We like to think that 15 years is a good enough reason to make a wee bit of a song and dance - or at the very least a really monumental beer for the cellar-bratory ages!

So in 2015, our quindecennial year as a brewery, we created a limited edition Russian Imperial Stout, XV. It has been cellared (upright, of course - we do things a wee bit differently from our vinetarian cousins) over the past year and, just like this brewery, XV has improved with age!

As if we needed further proof of its royal pedigree, XV won a silver medal in the Porter & Stout category at The Brewers Guild of NZ Awards in September 2015. Since then, XV has been sitting in the cellar honing those award-inducing rich, chocolatey, malty flavours. The result? Spectacular.

Za zda-ró-vye!

Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Taste: Strong chocolate with hints of dried fruit and brioche. Smooth on the palate with chocolate aroma.
Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate and Roast Barley malts.

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Derbeth (1169) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. Black colour, fantastic thick beige head. Aroma is lots of coffee, also cocoa. Full body, feel too heavy. Good.

RexTalionis (3837) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. Really dark in color with a beige head. Strong roasted notes, some licorice and coffee as well in aroma. Slightly vinous and dark ripe fruity notes later on. Smooth mouthfeel. Dark chocolatey bitter taste, some burnt notes are evident too. But still the drinkability is really good here, tasty brew.

mice (1134) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2017
Bottled 14.8.2015. Black beer with huge, mid brown cloudy and stable head. Aroma is strong. It has licorice, milk coffee, chocolate, dried fruits and hints of alcohol. Taste has licorice, malts, dry and bitter coffee. Full body.

tiong (7835) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2017
500ml bottle from Alko. 2015 vintage. Pours pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, earthiness, licorice, coffee, chocolate and syrup. Taste is roasty and chocolatey with some hints of hops, coffee, loads of licorice. Finish is roasty and hoppy with some lingering bitterness, chocolate, coffee, licorice and cocoa. Nice, hoppy and roasty imperial stout.

TBone (18756) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Bottled 500ml (Alko web)
Opaque colour, good steady brownish head and lace. Aroma has coffee, rye bread and toasted, almost burned notes. Full-bodied. Roasted, a bit burned malty with dark coffee and chocolate. Alcohol picks up in the aftertaste. Quite heavy, roasted impy for cold winter evenings. A bit too burned to be world class for my liking.

TET (3334) - Kaarina, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2017
A black beer, a head is quite big and beautiful, dense, creamy and brown. Aroma has smooth salt liquorice, dark and dried fruits, some chocolate and strenght of alcohol. Powerful. Taste has salt liquorice, sweetness of malts, dry roastiness and coffee, also bitterness, hint of dried fruitness. Full bodied, not stickyness, creamy and smooth. Great salt liquorice, smooth and enjoyable, strenght and so easily to enjoy.

minihame2 (822) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2017
Oily, black body, foamy, tan head. Aroma has some dark malts and alcohol. Tingmy carbonation, heavy body, slick and oily mouthfeel. Decent.

Turboninja (956) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2017
[email protected], from Alko Stockmann, Tampere, Finland. Quite nice balance of roasted and licorice flavors, while going bit to the licorice side. Roasted malts, licorice, some dark fruits. Averagely balanced. Medium taste spectrum and long aftertaste with roasted malts. Strong/medium body with medium/low carbonation. Overall, bold but too simple for the style and percentage.

mjs (7815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2017
(Bottle, 0.5 l - bottled on 14 August 2015, at One Pint Pub, 20170715) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, dark chocolate, burnt malts and sweetness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, liquorice, dark chocolate, sweetness, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. A tasty balanced imperial stout that hid its rather high ABV very well.

GuideDogSaint (1820) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 11, 2017
Sample from a 500ml bottle at True Bearing Alehouse, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin reddish brown head. Aroma of roast malt and chocolate. Some black treacle taste with tobacco. Dryish bitter finish.

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