Riptide - BrewDog
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Reviews by omnigrits:
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I was very surprised to find this one in Texas.
Pours as black as Newgate's knocker. Completely opaque. Almost no head at all, even with a fairly vigorous pour. What small amount of head there is, is mostly large bubbles rather than any kind of foam, but it still manages to leave a small amount of lacing. The smell is correspondingly muted but shows a hint of the delights to come - incredibly smoky with hints of dark fruits and coffee.
The flavour of this beer is not for the faint of heart. We often talk of hop bombs around here, but you don't often hear of a burnt malt bomb. Well, now you have. The brewers have managed to maintain a malty sweetness while at the same time bringing the bitterness of high-roasted malt to the fore. It's really well done. There's a strong medicinal element, which might not be to some people's tastes.
The carbonation is very light. A body that's a bit too thin for such a powerful Imperial Stout. It really needs more oomph in that respect.
I really can't give this beer more than 3.5 for drinkability because I really don't think I could drink more than one bomber of it, although I give my right arm to try it on cask. It's a good beer that maybe still has a bit of work to be done.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2009 23:31:46 | More by omnigrits
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