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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company

Amsterdam Tempest Imperial StoutAmsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%


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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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MeisterBurger:
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:27:12 | More by MeisterBurger
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-16-2014 01:12:33 | More by Rutager
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-27-2014 00:22:29 | More by joemcgrath27
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ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-22-2014 20:01:14 | More by ArrogantPrick
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StomachUlcers

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-08-2014 22:30:37 | More by StomachUlcers
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review/Rate #900. Wax cap 500ml into a snifter. ANBL's first-ever Imperial Stout stock. Only took until 2014! Heard lots of complaints about the difficulty of getting the cap off, but it really just takes a little precision and some muscle and it should come off fine.

A - pours rich dark brown with a tan head, about half a finger.

S - I was actually most surprised by the aroma - lots of hops upfront. If I didn't know better I would think this was a CDA or a black IPA. Roastiness and chocolate sneak in after.

T - bitter coffee upfront, lots of choclate, espresso roasty goodness on the finish. Not much sweetness despite the abv.

M - thick and rich, low carbonation.

O - not a bad brew. Certainly the best RIS going here in NB (read: the only one). In a category with other behemoths though, this would certainly be lost at sea. But on its own, it's pretty good. I'm sitting on another.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 13:34:45 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-03-2014 04:38:17 | More by 4ster
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

Tempest pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a very thin head of just about a thumb thickness. This head breaks somewhat quickly and one is left with little lacing and just a tiny island of bubbles in the middle of glass.

The smell is chocolate, coffee, a touch of leather, and unfortunately rubbing alcohol. This is somewhat off putting.

Taste is bitter coffee, burnt malts, and bitter chocolate...again the alcohol also sneaks through in an unfortunate way...it is almost invasive on the finish.

Mouth feel is good carbonation, thickish, warming from the aforementioned alcohol gives a good finish.

Overall, I would have to say this is an okay beer. I have to wonder if age would help it, but that cat is out of the bag at this point. Perhaps I will pick up another and put it away. The alcohol smell and taste is the weak point for this beer, otherwise it makes the mark pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:28:46 | More by polloenfuego
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-03-2014 22:59:15 | More by Bf_89
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-30-2013 03:46:23 | More by randallpink
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-29-2013 02:01:16 | More by bigox420
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

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

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

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

Overall - Better than I though it would be based on the ratings. Curious to see how this ages since it seems a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:48:33 | More by spinrsx
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from LCBO received as Christmas gift. Have been curious about this one for awhile, but never bothered to pick it up. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dense dark brown nearly black beer spills into the glass. Ended up with about 2.5 fingers of dark brown head that appeared to lighten as it receded. Nice spidery lacing on the glass and the head retention is great, lasted for along time, leaving a foamy cap on top.

Aroma - Earthy, slightly floral, hoppy aroma. Some smoke and faint licorice scents as well. While there is also the coffee and chocolate aromas that accompanies many stouts it is not terribly pronounced.

Taste - A little bit of a hop and coffee mixture transitioning into a smoky bitter chocolate finish that further evolves into a dry hop bitter aftertaste. The initial flavors up front are rather subdued making the flavorful last half of any sip that much more dramatic.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and frothy, not slick but nice medium body as well. The finish is neither dry nor wet, striking a nice balance of moderation. While knowing this is an American Imperial Stout, it is actually rather light and doesn't overwhelm with its density.

Overall- Pretty tasty brew, especially on a cold December night, and would recommend to have again. I'm interested in trying again to see what it tastes like at colder temperatures and whether there is a significant difference, compared to the moderately chilled bottle I had.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:44:30 | More by DenisKolkin
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breaking into this bottle acquired from the LCBO was quite the chore. Far too much wax is used in sealing the bottle and no means to rip it off is provided.

A - Complete darkness with a dark thick head which dissipates very slowly.

S - Very dark chocolate with espresso, roasted barley

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee, alcohol, smoke

M - Medium carbonation and very warming, some alcohol burn

O - Not impressed with this brew. The alcohol is not very well disguised and is very present in the after taste. Pretty poor offering for an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 13:20:37 | More by byronic
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-14-2013 06:06:40 | More by DamageCase76
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-01-2013 04:38:06 | More by yancot
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-30-2013 23:50:18 | More by andrenaline
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-24-2013 22:15:42 | More by mattsander
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-24-2013 20:35:18 | More by Kmat10
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-24-2013 15:43:13 | More by IanSpindler
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-17-2013 21:37:55 | More by chickenm
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 19:31:41 | More by beerluvr
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-13-2013 23:48:04 | More by Cramshawbar
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-09-2013 05:15:01 | More by RedAleMan
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-09-2013 01:09:29 | More by AugustusRex
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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.