Amsterdam Barrel Aged Double Tempest - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Barrel Aged Double Tempest
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89
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jrenihan on 11-30-2013)
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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a ring of tan head, no lace to speak of here. Smell is an initial mix of bourbon, oak and roast, vanilla and coconut, lots of dark chocolate and to a lesser extent coffee, while not extremely noticeable I'm sure this was generously hopped as it strikes similarities to a hoppy imperial stout at its core. Taste is big and roasty followed by a big but not overpowering bourbon flavour, vanilla and woody/oaky flavours roll in after bringing some chocolate and fudge flavours, a light alcohol is present but feels well below the 14% mark, a touch of bitterness, chocolate cake aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full body, oily and rich, big chewy body. Solid stuff, surely one of the better BA stouts to come out of Ontario in a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ronnief
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with light whiskey notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes and a whiskey and vanilla finish. Body is full with nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with no alcohol. Very nice beer with smooth drinking features.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark inky black colour with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Intense bourbon and chocolate fudge aromas with charred oak, roast, vanilla and molasses notes also present.

T - Rich chocolate fudge, molasses, bitter roast, vanilla and anise with a massive charred oak presence. The bourbon is there as well in a pleasant way. Warming alcohol throughout. The massive bitterness becomes more and more prevalent as the beer warms to room temperature.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

O - This was a massive beer and I think it will benefit considerably from a year or two of aging. Well done Amsterdam!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A giant among men at 14%, it drinks with relative ease. Bold hop dryness balances with cocoa, molasses, vanilla and gentle roast notes, moderate and balanced sweetness without the sometimes cloying sweetness big beers bring (though, I think as the hops fade it might lean towards a sweeter version). A touch of oak and bourbon but far from dominating, each sip is in balance. A touch hot but for how big & how fresh it is, I would expect more - this beer is already punching at weight.

It compares favourably to something like GI's Nightstalker, without the citrus hops that beer brings to the table. It's big, balanced, drinkable, and has layers that reveal themselves as the glass goes down. There are few in Ontario, or even Canada, that match it in its category. Dear Amsterdam, please feel free to make this one again...

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber tasted thanks to igeunard

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some coffee, anise, and some bourbon. There is also quite a bit of a burnt/roasted flavour.

Overall - The 14% ABV seemed really well hidden all things considered. The taste is along the lines of a regular RIS.. nothing over the top like a Dark Lord etc. This is a beer that I would love to see at the lcbo some day.

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Feb 14, 2013 and bottled November 4, 2013. This is a stronger version of Tempest aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for 9 months.

Beer is jet black with a small tan head. Head disappears quickly.

The bourbon is quite strong in the nose, but not excessively so. Oak and vanilla. Under the bourbon is some roasted malt, and I think I can smell the rye to some extent, a bit of a spicy scent. Hard to tell underneath the bourbon.

The taste is good, although there is a lot of alcohol heat. Bourbon and its accompanying flavours are right up front. The base beer is certainly big enough to handle it, though. Roasted malt, some spicy rye flavours, molasses and chocolate.

Full bodied (surprise), moderate carbonation level. Quite hot.

Overall, very good, but the booze is a bit intense. If it calms down a bit with age it would be an improvement.

Photo of KeKeKumba
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Luisc94
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely black, no light going through. Small 1 finger mocha head fades quickly.

S: You feel all the complexity of the beer. There is the strong bourbon smell with some vanilla and stones of chocolate. The alcohol smell is very thin and you can feel the strong toasted malts. In the very back is the smell of plums and raisins, not very strong smells tho.

T: The bourbon is the main event, works well but a little too overpowering. The strong Bourbon characteristic strengthens the alcohol flavor. The Taste and smell are similar but some flavors are more noticeable. The bourbon, dark fruits and alcohol are stronger in the flavor than the smell. The Chocolate still there and there is some woodlike characteristics.

M: This beer is huge in the mouth, heavy, thick. The low carbonation and full body combines perfectly. It is still very smooth ad drinkable.

O: Great beer, everything works and mix greatly, the barrel characteristic are slightly overpowering but still enjoyable, worth buying and worth the 15$. I’m exited to see how the other bottles age.

Amsterdam Barrel Aged Double Tempest from Amsterdam Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.