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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial StoutAmsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-29-2011)
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Reviews by MeisterBurger:
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

First things first. The waxed cap was a frigging nightmare to get off. Looks great. But I was about two seconds away from smashing it with a hammer, grumble grumble I'mtoooldoforthisshit.

Pours inky black with a nice, creamy, tan head. Retains okay and leaves spots of lacing.

Aroma is roasty, slightly ashen, dry dark roast coffee beans, with dark fruits underneath and just a hint of sour cherry pie.

Taste is roast and sweet black licorice, a little ash and prunes as well. Baker's chocolate, pumpernickel, dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

A tad light of body, but nothing too overly detrimental.

Great stuff overall.

MeisterBurger, Sep 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

beerhunter13, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

500mL bottle, sealed with black wax (which was a pain to remove, but there you go). Nice to see some limited release Amsterdam bottles in the LCBO, especially this one.

Poured into a stein. Dark as pitch, with a thick cap of mocha foam that has great retention and creates a great coat of lacing. Very nice looking stout.

Nose is quite nice: chocolate, sugar, coffee, caramel. Not overly potent, but still very enjoyable.

Rich chocolate, coffee, cream, molasses, a touch of wood/peat to the finish, with a lingering mild alcohol warmth.

Creamy, chewy, nice mild carbonation, very thick and rich. One of the better feeling stouts I've had in a while. Alcohol is minimal.

Rich and flavorful, thick and hearty - a fine stout all around. Great stuff from Amsterdam - so glad this got a release, because I know this brewery is capable of great stuff. It just needs a chance to show it off.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

chickenm, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: black like motor oil, with a fine milk chocolate coloured head which fades fairly fast leaving a crema-like film

Aroma: dark chocolate; tangy bitterness of roasted malt; anise

Taste & Mouthfeel: big dark chocolate flavour, rich and full; finish presents the roasted bitterness expected, but it's not the thin, acidic tang sometimes found in this kind of beer, but that of a perfect espresso shot; good carbonation; alcohol is present but not overbearing

Overall: flavour is focused and strong, not trying to be complex and is probably the better for it; sure it would be great after a couple years ageing

BGDrock, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Almost black, it's actually a very dark shade of brown. Small head quickly recedes without lacing. The slightly underpowered aroma features burnt sugar, black coffee, and delicate anise notes, as well as a blast of alcohol. Presents the palate with dark roast coffee, dark brown sugar, and raisin, followed by a strong char note and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth but a little bit light for the style. I'm surprised how subdued the booze is, given how prominent it is in the aroma. Decent and drinkable.

mintjellie, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Complex and satisfying imperial stout. This is to be brewed on a rotating basis. Spicy rye,wheat,oats some sugar and coconut,chocolate malts, and warrior, centennial and cascade hops delivering their measured IBU of 100. This is a big beer, no head, carbonation right there. Coca-cola like caramel, some Maris Otter.At Castro Amsterdam event.
Had a few weeks later again at C'est What. Dry, coco more pronounced,no barrel ageing observed.

Sammy, May 29, 2011
Photo of CanuckRover
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours pretty darned close to black and almost completely opaque, just swallows light. Mocha head is about a finger off the pour, settles to a thin film within a couple minutes.

Disappointingly shy aroma. Very, very, very light coffee aroma, but mostly just booze where there's anything.

Carbonation picks things up right off the bat. Bit hard to pick apart at first taste, possibly a bit too carbonated. Finds its own mid-palate with a good roasty malt hit settling down to boozey chocolates. Some pretty standout cherry flavours throughout as well.

A nice imperial. Satisfying, if not as complex as the bad boys out there. That said, as someone with no love for imperial stouts, it's a fine beer.

CanuckRover, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Pours black as night, thick and opaque with a lingering deep brown head of foam.

S - Deep and dark with espresso and roasted barley aromas

T - Coffee, burnt malt, tobacco and bitter chocolate, alcohol and some hoppiness but it's overshadowed here by the intense roasty malts.

M - Thick and warming, flows over the tongue with some viscosity to it

O - A super roasty take on an Imp Stout.

beerluvr, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%

Bottle to glass

2013 vintage

Appearance - Pours a really dark colour, mocha head that leaves good lacing

Smell - Lots of roasted malts, you smell the alcohol and it even smells a little like rubbing alcohol. Slight raisin smell

Taste - Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, the weird alcohol taste lingers at the very end however. Smooth finish

Overall - A good offering from Amsterdam but the weird rubbing alcohol is a little disappointing because it does linger. Dangerously easy to drink though, you don't realize how much you've drunk until you stand up! I have two more that I am going to lay down

Dna_Infinity, May 05, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

joemcgrath27, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of randallpink
4/5  rDev +1.5%

randallpink, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jsnoek, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%

Cheers to Marcus for sending this brew out me as an extra. Bottled 2012.

A - A deep mocha hue with a well formed inch head. Good retention with some lacing.

S - Smoked wood, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee, warmth from the booze and caramel. Nice!

T - Dark chocolate is at the forefront with this one. Nice sweetness with added bitterness. Bit of coffee surfacing on the back end. Light vanilla flavor throughout.

M - Chewy medium plus body with moderate carbonation.

O - Really impressed with this one and it saddens me it will be some time until I am graced with one again. If you have the chance, pick this one up.

mscudder, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Rutager, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some black chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is mix between some roasted coffee notes with light bitter notes of black chocolate with some subtle notes of liquorice and light lactose finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable and well balanced though doesn’t necessarily stand out from the pack with limited complexity.

Phyl21ca, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

On tap at the new Smokeless Joes.
Served in Delirium tulip glass.

A - Dark ink black with a small amount of white head.

S - Dark roasted malts, licorice, chocolate. Not an overly robust nose but an inviting one.

T - Dark chocolate, intense licorice, roasted malts, espresso and a hint of sweet molasses. A good bitterness present throughout. Very robust. Each and every sip seemed to uncover another layer of flavour.

M - Medium body with a really good chew, light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ThinkAgain, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

irishkyle21, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

500ml waxed cap from the brewery store. Waxing is nice and thick, classy. Labeling is amateur though, doesn't match. Any ways, who cares what's on the outside - the the beer! Poured at cellar temp.

Pours a nice rich black with thin lines of cherrywood around the edges. Two fingers of compact, mocha head which pleasantly leaves rings of lacing.

Out of the bottle there is a dash of smoke detected, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate syrup,

Roasty flavor, molasses and leather, smoke, slightly ashy, baking chocolate, caramel. I don't remember all this smoke in the bottle I had right after release, not sure if it's intentional. Certainly in the English vein of things, not an American Imperial. Slight over carbonation, bone dry finish with some bitterness there which is slightly unusual for style, not much residual sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel if not just a hair thin for what I would aim for, a little sweeter more robust body.

Will have to revisit to see if other bottles have the smoke profile. Either way, it's a fairly solid attempt at a style rarely done in these part. While not amazing, it's solid and a nice step forward.

ritzkiss, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Top_Jimmy
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%

Overall a nice looking packaging, complete with black wax coated neck and cap. This beer was cellared for 3 months as per the manufacturers label.

Pours a dark almost black, with a nice tanned head. Nice looking product with nice tan lacing.

Creamy full mouthfeel that unfortunatley does not last very long with a bitter finish.

Taste of molasses, slight alcohol, bitter

Smells like slight smoke and malt with chocolate coming through as the beer warms.

Top_Jimmy, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: A very dense, black body but the head barely manages more than a finger before disappearing. Not much lacing left.

Smell: Miles better than the looks. Alcohol soaked raisins, brownies, fudge, coffee. Quite powerful.

Taste: Mix of milky & robust coffee, chunks of chocolate, good constant roastedness.

Moputhfeel: Slightly gassy at first but smooths out after a while yet still retains some bitterness.

Overall: All over the map on this one but overall, it's good but not great. Worth a shot.

papat444, Feb 25, 2013
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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.