Riptide - BrewDog
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3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, oak, and hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, strong alcohol, hops, and slight oak. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. The blend is dominated by the alcohol, almost overwhelmed.
10-01-2012 16:27:42 | More by Tone
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours black/deep brown in the glass, with a couple fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a thin creamy foaminess, which leaves back foamy swathes of lacing that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of thick chocolate fudge in the nose, which segues into ripe citrus character while underlying roast notes darken things up a bit. The chocolate and citrus really stand out here the most though.
The taste is actually still fairly hoppy, with green citrus flavor that melds into sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel. This has bitterness to it throughout though, which lingers rather prominently in the finish along with some burnt char notes that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling firm creaminess to the carbonation. Alcohol is present in the form of an underlying warm spiciness that seems a little too fusel feeling for only 8% alcohol.
Well this was certainly bold feeling on the palate, with hops, roast, and alcohol all leaving an impression. The problem is this just lacked overall focus, with this being overly sweet in the nose but then much more aggressive with the bitterness and char in the taste. I wish it could have found a nice middle ground. This was certainly drinkable but I expect more craftsmanship for the price point here.
08-14-2012 14:30:57 | More by Kegatron
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Dark brown in color, nearly black. Dark fruit notes along with a decent roastiness. A bit on the sweet side with some brown sugar and toffee. Not too much in the way of chocolate. Hints of licorice along with dark fruit, roast, and dark chocolate. Pretty straightforward imperial stout profile to this one.
07-16-2012 20:56:10 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark red amber. Minimal carbonation but the thin head lefts some lacing. Aroma of roasted and dark malts and dark fruits. Taste is similar. A mellow, unassertive flavor, but fairly complex; dark and roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, maybe a touch of wood. Somewhat dry finish. I like the multiple flavors in this stout even if it is a bit low key. Year old refrigerated bottle.
04-03-2012 03:13:48 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
On-tap at the BrewDog pub in Camden Town. Served in a Lost Abbey style tulip.
A: Black-appearing body that glows translucent brown when held up to light; one-finger head of fine off-white foam. Good retention, great lace. Lovely, albeit a bit light for an Imperial Stout.
S: Intense roastiness, with smoke, char, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and some almost cranberry-like dark fruit. Very robust, but not all that appealing: the aftertaste is pure ethanol.
T: Follows the nose - hugely roasty, very bitter, and ultimately boozy. It's enjoyable, but not too impressive.
M: Soft, moderately carbonated, and a little lighter-bodied than I'd expect. Ok.
O: Too roasty, too boozy, but since I expect nothing but just this kind of extremeness from BrewDog, I can't complain too much.
04-01-2012 14:07:53 | More by woosterbill
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
Bought this one in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in January 2012.
The beer is dark black with a timid foam head on top of it. The foam head is beige and disappear quite fast. The aroma is milk chocolate with some licorice and some metallic notes in the nose. Not bad, but not great also. Very aggressive in the mouth. Some coffee grains in there with chocolate. Not a bad beer, but was expected so much more.
03-11-2012 22:16:41 | More by ZorPrime
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam the dissipates very quickly and leaves no traces on the glass. The body is very dark brown with just a bit of light showing through and good clarity.
S - Dark, sugary aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and some smoky licorice.
T - Dark and bready malt with lots of burnt sugar character up front. Molasses and licorice in the middle with a building smoky character. Finishes with an oily, peat like smokiness, dark, burnt caramel, licorice, and lingering molasses.
M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Very dark, sugary and odd. There is a smoky quality that almost reminds me of the Paradox series and it works nicely with the burnt sugar character. As one might expect from Brewdog, this is an atypical stout with a lack of roast character and lots of very dark sugar. The smoke and molasses provide a nice level of complexity but do become kind of cloying in the end. Not the most drinkable imperial stout and not the best of Brewdog.
01-30-2012 05:01:03 | More by nickfl
Riptide from BrewDog
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