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Riptide - BrewDog

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323 Ratings

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MAB on 03-18-2008

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, minimal orangey-brown around the edge when held up to the light. Thin beige head, bubbles are large and pocky. Very little lace, very little retention. Nice colours, mediocre everything else.

Nose is pleasant; sweet, with rich cocoa kind of aroma and a nicely roasted fragrance as well, hints of a meaty character in there and some woody notes, maybe a hint of some fortified wine as well. Smells enticing, and interesting.

Taste is predominantly sour, with the gritty, ashy bitterness not quite reaching the highs I would expect, and instead the roasted character feels a bit under-saturated to the point that it's insipidly sour. Has hints of plum and red grape skins, and a fair cocoa hit as well, but overall the flavour is a bit dull and weak.

Mouthfeel is thin, of all things, I mean it feels like it's got body, but given the darkness of the flavour it doesn't have nearly enough.

This is fairly drinkable, and I might be being a bit of a snob to expect this to burst with overwhelming flavour power, but I think I have the right to expect it from an 8% stout. Just tastes a bit weak and a bit bland.

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour, but not the thickest of appearances. Some cream colored head, disappated pretty quickly. Sweet malt, caramel, some vanilla aromas, not a lot of roast. Taste has a little more roast, but really has that English brown or dark tinge to it. Some chocolate, caramel and malt, but not a lot of roast again. Some light hops present. Maybe medium bodied. Not bad on a warm summer night, but this seems like a pretty light double. Still not terrible, worth trying, price is all right by current standards.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head that leaves substantial lace on the glass. Dark brown color, but light passes through.

Mild chocolatey aroma. Some chalkiness, slightly milky.

Very much like a chocolate milk--creamy and slightly sweet. Nice hop finish along with some bittering black patent. Relatively thin brew.

Could this be an Imperial Porter? It is missing the cutting edge of burnt malt flavors. It is not as full bodied as most regular stouts, much less an Imperial one. Still, this is a very good tasting beer.

Photo of david131
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very deep brown that lets a decent amount of light through at the edges. The off white head is thin and splotchy, but leaves some decent lacing.

S- Deep roasted chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, and a hint of bananas. Pretty unique and enjoyable.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and some fruitiness- most notably banana. Tastes pretty clean overall, but there is a lingering roastiness that sticks with me, but I am not complaining.

M- A little thin for the style, but overall it is smooth.

D- A decent take on the style that does drink better than other beers with this alcohol content. It is unique, but not super memorable if that makes any sense.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium black with a fluffy, short-lived white head.
Cocoa and roasted malt are most apparent in the aroma. Also coffee, smoke, and a little vanilla/oak in there.
Dark chocolate, espresso, lots of smokiness. Not much sweetness and a rather underwhelming finish. Slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel is fine. Could stand to be a little thicker, but hardly watery.
Good drinkability - smooth, covers the alcohol well, and not overcarbonated.

I enjoyed the unique smokiness of this beer. Not the biggest or baddest RIS, but plenty to like.

Photo of BeanBone
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark and murky brown body with no distinct highlights. The head is slow to form, taking shape only after pouring is finished. What does manifest is half a finger tall, tan, and quickly fades to a thin skin that leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit over moderately dark, chocolaty malt. There's a nicely bitter streak around the edges, giving it additional complexity.

Taste: The focus is a rich malt profile featuring great coffee and bitter chocolate notes. It's not all about the malt though, as there's a good dose of balancing bitterness coming from the hops. Some mild alcohol towards the end, but nowhere near what you'd expect from a bigger beer like a Russian Imperial Stout (the same can be said for the malt profile, too). The aftertaste is roasty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and velvety with light carbonation. There's the barest burn alcohol at times, but it's deceptively smooth. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: About middle-of-the-road, just watch out for the alcohol content.

Verdict: Rip Tide is somewhere between a regular and "Imperial" Stout, making it a bit of a unique proposition on the shelves. This is enjoyable, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what these guys can do with an all-out, ten percent Stout.

Photo of omnigrits
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep black color with a thin caramel colored head that quickly dissipated. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Lots of roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee, and vanilla were the easiest scents to pick out.

T- Nice roasted flavor with smoky malts and roasted coffee flavor. A bit of bitterness from the cocoa with a ton of malt sweetness and vanilla to balance it out. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit thin for a traditional imperial stout.

D- A nice bold flavor that needs just a few tweaks. A solid offering on cask.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 9/9/09 batch # 004

Stealth bomber black! relaxed and sparse, bubbly head...scatters and dissipates fast. Not much left over, a very flat and relaxed look.

Chunky chocolate brownies, very rich! Vanilla, almonds, blueberry pie, very subtle herbal hops. Deep, dank chocolate malt...nice big aroma.

A luscious chocolate cup cake malt complexity, dried herbal hops gives decent balance to this bold malt. Deep, dark berries like, blueberries and black raspberries. The heat rides in with the bitter hop bite and this is a heavy liquid, not really smooth, the body is really medium to full in feel, complex but approachable. flavors are deep and well rounded. A slight whiskey-cask effect in the flavor and feel with peat, vanilla and soft wood pops out as the liquid warms. The hops really provide a good balance with dry and earthy tones, without turning it into a hop-bomb.

This is a very good stout, a bit mild for a Double-stout, but it's complex, but drinkable. Embrace the beauty of simplicity.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Brewdog's Double IPA before, and was not impressed. This is their take on an Imperial Stout.

A: Pours a dark brown, black color. Actually doesn't look that thick. Head is minimal with little to no lacing present.

S: Smell is pretty typical for an Imperial Stout, if not a little underwhelming. Roasted malts, caramel, and some sweetness. Alcohol is present as well.

T: Pretty decent Imperial Stout, but nothing that impressive. Get the roasted malts upfront. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Some caramel. But, the big deterrent for me in the medicinal sweetness in the finish. That mixed with the alcohol burn makes this beer somewhat nauseating. Other than that, a decent effort.

M: Another deterrent for me. This beer seems a little too flat and somewhat watery, especially for an Imperial Stout. Not creamy like most. Finish is pretty clean.

D: The medicinal character and somewhat watery body detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Could drink a bomber, but thats it.

Overall, a much better effort compared to the Hardcore IPA. There is still plenty of room for improvement though. Not something I would go out of my way for considering that there are much better options out there. Probably one of the least steller Imperial Stouts I have had in recent memory.

Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent Double Imperial Stout. Dark-brown/ruby to black with a thin, off-white cola like head. Coffee, chocolate, toffee and even brandy in the nose.

Vinous and coffee tastes dominate, with bits of chocolate and hops lurking in the depths.

Carbonation could be toned down, but other wise and enjoyable brew.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-23-09
Best before 9-9-09

Pours a very deep red color that becomes almost black in the glass. A thin head settles quickly, wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is big malt and big alcohol, in a good way. Lots of oak and vanilla is there if you look for it.

Taste is surprisingly light, malty and very peaty. The booze adds a decent complexity, but that's about all there is. Slightly oak of the finish, where the peat hits again.

Mouthfeel is thin, but rather pleasant. It goes well with the lighter flavors and almost scotch-like character.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors go well with the alcohol and could be dangerous.

Overall, better than I expected, and a little different.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque black with amber highlights; not much head at all, some lacing

S - dark roasted grain aroma with some raisin-like quality perhaps from mild oxidation (but not unpleasant)

T - rich roasted malt with a touch of smokiness; modestly aggressive bitterness on finish from the hops and grain

M - full body, moderate-to-low carbonation

D - This is a decent Imperial Stout with some interesting character. I like the fact it doesn't have the extreme sweet and bitter characters of others from the style I've tried. If anything, it's a bit more hop centered. This will age nicely I believe.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rolls out a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate, licorice candies, coffee, and an all-around earthiness. Rich, vinous fruitiness present. Minor blip of higher alcohols. With some slight warming, the coffee notes deepen to give a touch of Kahlua.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with flavors of baker's chocolate and espresso with a more restrained fruitiness. An earthy roastiness pairs with the lightly herbaceous hops to provide a moderate amount of bitterness. As with the nose, a bit of added warmth helps to bring out more of the chocolate and coffee tones. A bit chalky and a touch of alcohol warmth on the roasty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Leans towards being relatively mild and easy-going as opposed to other stouts that are bold and brash.

Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a case of the tinny notes which didn't blow off until half through the bottle which is unfortunate. Once the beer started to come into its own I realized that in Scotland this beer would be a departure and an acheivement but here in the PNW it has to be compared with the great number of really good RIS's that line the shelves. It is a pretty good stout but the roughness on the finish and the mixed flavours don't put it in the same league as Brooklyn or Rasputin (which sell for a dollar less here). Ok beer but not worth the money.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown color with red highlights. It had a small to nonexistant tan head. The aroma was chocolate and coffee, with what I thought was a little licorice. The taste resembled the aroma. Hops are just barely noticeable. The beer was on the thin side, with none of the richness I would associate with an imperial stout. Not sure I'll try this again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a very small light tan head. Aroma of raisin, roasted malt, burnt malt, chocolate, roasted nuts. Flavor of sweet and roasted malt up front with a sweet finish. Aroma is nice and complex but the flavor/palate doesn't match up. Just kind of dull to me.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose is dark and stoutish, dry roast, dark chocolate, mild coffee. Smells good.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost opaque, almost no head. Looks okay.

Lots of coffee and chocolate laying on a bed of malt. Incredibly thin body... wonder if it is highly attenuated or was low in o.gravity; it was a turnoff at first, but now it's just highly drinkable. Mild-to-moderately sweet with a black molasses vibe. Mildest of hop. Mild bitterness. Hints of raisins and bread crust. Mild nuttiness. Finishes dark and dry. Tastes good. Feels okay. Good drinkability.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my imperial pint, pours solid black. An increasingly aggressive pour lent a aggravatingly small head, pretty bubbly, that vanished awful quick. Yet, it left lacing in bubbles and streaks all down the glass. The aroma isn't very assertive, but has many nice subtleties. Dark fruits and chocolate are evident first, some coffee and brown sugar.

The taste is quite more outgoing, yet not. It both lands a punch and invites you over for tea. I can't say I'm blown away by any part, through any part, and yet it has plenty of strength. In other words, perplexing. Its kind of a smorgasbord rolling across the tongue, no particular order. At any time, I might taste coffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malt, leafy hops, and so on. The mouth is medium to heavy, well carbonated, and fairly smooth, hiding the alcohol pretty well. Again, its an interesting beer, don't know that I'd buy it again, certainly would drink it if offered... Enjoyed it more and more as I went on. Still a bit perplexed.

Photo of northaustin
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into pint glass. a thick black with almost no head.

alchohol is not very well hidden, but subtle roasted malts can still be found after some searching

aroma is minimal and most of wht comes through is harsh alchohol

mouthfeel was a bit sticky and flat with almost no taste lingering. im going to try another bottle to make sure i didnt get a bad one

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Stout that seems to fall somewhere between and Extra Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer holds light carbonation, leading to a simple head formation, and later laced fairly well.

Faint aromas of roasted grains (actually more toasted than roasted) and sweetness that seems to come from caramel malts, fruity esters, and milk sugars. No hops or any other complexities.

Sweet with caramel, maltose, and lactose; the beer might pass as a Sweet Stout if these sweet attributes were pushed a bit further. Nutty and estery throughout. Grapes and licorice leading the way with the esters. Not as aggressive with the chocolates or coffee as many bolder Stouts, but these characteristics are evident nonetheless.

Quite a bit of lingering sweetness on the tongue and palate, but still malty and nicely attenuated as well. Bittered by hops but struggles to compete with the sweetness. Quite light in body for most Stout styles. Not as dry as I'd hope for an Imperial, but not as sweet as I'd like in a Milk or Sweet Stout.

Although the beer is tasty and easy to drink, it's somewhat forgetable as it doesn't define itself realy well. This is a well brewed beer but the recipe doesn't hit a home run for me.

Photo of klewis
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004, best before 9/9/09

A: Pours black with a thin, bubbly head that quickly bubbles away. Specks of lacing.

S: A light, fruity smell with mild aromas of blackberries and a hint of cocoa. Unusual for a stout.

T: Balanced with a mild earthiness. Quite thin inn the flavor department. Somewhat fruity with a taste of stale coffee.

M: Super thin in body for the style and ABV - almost like drinking water. Very light and fine carbonation.

D: No aspect of this beer was expected, and it is quite unlike any other "stout" that I've had. Decent, but far from transcendent.

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown with minimal head but has nice lacing lines down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, roasted malts. The smell becomes a little subdued after a couple minutes.

Taste: Dark chocolate and licorice backbone, with some fruitiness (BrewDog says cherry, I'll go with that). More bitter and smoky than sweet. Especially bitter at end, likely due to both burnt malts and hops.

Feel: Very low carbonation, full body, very smooth, and very dry for an Imperial Stout. Not syrupy or oily as some big malty beers are, but way too flat.

Drinkability: Very nice, late evening sipper. Overall, much more bitter than typical for the style, but that is part of the appeal.

Photo of specksnreds
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was a bit odd for me. A rough pour yielded near zero head into my pint glass. The beer looked flat, and visually left me low expectations for the brew.

I smelled brown sugar and molasses, and that's about all. Not bad, but a bit one dimensional.

Taste was similar to the nose, but with a nice lingering bitter finish. Unexpected,since the beer was nearly flat. Almost no carbonation. Weird, but oddly the beer was still pretty good.

Mouthfeel was a little oily, but enough body to warrant an IS style.

With out the bubbles, I won't buy it again.

Photo of endovelico
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: two thinger creamy tan head that fades into one thinger cap, holding thoroughout. Deep dark brown opaque brew with ruby highlights. Leaves little patches of lacing. No noticeable effervescence.

Aroma: Condition OK. Upfront graininess, black chocolate and coffee. Caramel aroma on the back. Slight hoppy freshness. Can't seem to get the dark fruits complexity.

Taste: Grainy, Black malt like smokiness, coffee, bitter chocolate. Fusely. No hop presence.

Palate: Full Bodied. Medium low carbonation. Medium to medium high bitterness. High black malt astringency. Lasting smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: High alcohol and full bodied yet somewhat easy to drink since its still a bit dried up. The smokiness kills a bit of the complexity. The price is reasonable although its definitely not the best example of a AIRS/IRS.

Riptide from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.