Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +20.6%
Appearance: A dark, rich chocolate brown. Almost looked deep purple in the right light when pouring. Beautiful looking mocha head, great retention and halo ring of frothy foam left.
Smell: Strong pleasant roasted hazelnut and coffee aroma. As the beer warmed a distinct scent of the alcohol came through but mixed well much like Bailey's and Kaluah.
Taste: Rich, creamy, tastes like perfectly roasted coffee beans which flows into sweet chocolately mocha. A hint of cherry finishes the experience. You would have no idea of the alcohol content based on the taste of this fantastic stout.
Mouthfeel: Smoothest stout I have tasted in a while, creamy and rich in the mouth. Combined with the taste gives me the sensation of a perfectly blended milkshake.
11-27-2012 02:51:29 | More by Ryborg11
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
16oz wax covered bottle potted into a Samuel Adams pint glass
A: dark Sacloth with a one finger wide frothy milk Chocolate head.
S: boozy bourbon Malts. Fermented red berries. Bakers yeast. Candied prunes.
T: boozy bourbon chocolate malts. Light astringent raw cocoa beans. Medium tannic coffee Americano notes. Luscious red berries and candy prunes.
M: beautiful rich and full mouthful. Creamy and delicious. A very smooth mouthfeel. This is just as mouth pleasing as surly the darkness on tap or evil twins imperial biscotti break.
O: that's is the first beer worth reviewing in Canada after many many a beer and it's a fantastic stout worthy of praise and admiration.
07-13-2014 00:42:17 | More by challenja
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
2012 Bottle, poured into a tulip glass. It just went on sale at the brewery today, so this is kinda fresh for the style. I just couldn't wait. The ABV is up to 10% this year. For the wax cap (which is a wonderful piece of showmanship for a beer like this), just treat it like a wine bottle and use the cutting edge of a opener to cut around the sides of the cap.
Appearance: Black, really no other colours showing through, even when I hold it up to the light. The head is a very frothy light-brown, toffee or cappuccino-cream colour. Fairly strong lacing.
Smell: Immediately I'm hit with something like molasses, cinnamon, and caramelizing sugar. Very sweet and malty. Some toffee and expresso beans too. Liquorice/Anise really stands out once you notice it.
Taste: It opens big and sweet, that molasses and brown sugar kind of taste. A little smoke and caramelization, almost like a marshmallow on a campfire kind of taste. Maybe that's overstating the smokiness, but it has got that hint of smoke followed by the rich sweetness. That Liquorice/Anise is present right in the middle of the taste. Soon as you swallow the bitterness kicks in and, following it, there is a rich coffee taste which is like iced Americano: really clinging but addictive. Afterwords I still get a rich taste of pine, maybe some citrus like grapefruit, and even a little burnt sugar.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, and with a medium carbonation. An amazing warming feeling, especially right as you swallow; it wears its 10% well. Somewhat sticky and resinous afterward.
Overall: It's rich, complex, and full of wonderful aromas and tastes. All of that sweetness is matched with a really deep and pungent bitter which, itself, has some complex hop notes like pine and citrus. I'm interested to see how this ages over time, as right now the sweetness of the sugars is a little abrupt. This will be a vintage ale that will be, and should be, coveted for some time to come around the Toronto area.
05-18-2012 02:55:59 | More by Groulxsome
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this beauty.
A- Super thick, oily pour of totally opaque black. Booming three finger thick, dark chocolate milk head. Lacing is excellent.
S- Dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. I don't think the cinnamon was intentional or actually added but the smell of it not only works but adds a whole other level to it.
T- Super dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate. It's super rich and layered it's excellent. There is a slight hop bitterness to it which keeps it from getting too decadent. A touch of cinnamon in the background.
M- Full bodied with a little bit more carbonation than I was expecting. Slightly syrupy but not too much.
06-30-2012 23:45:01 | More by korguy123
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.
09-30-2011 22:21:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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.
06-19-2013 02:56:24 | More by mscudder
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a tulip. Wax was tough to get off this bad boy.
Pours near black, with a finger or two of light brown head even with a real aggressive pour. Some lacing and modest retention. Nose has some roasty coffee, bakers chocolate and some light dark fruits, maybe a touch of anise or licorice. Taste has quite a bit of roast, dark chocolate and bakers chocolate, some light brown sugar. Touch of anise again; hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly full, medium low carbonation with a long roasty finish. Some alcohol in the end too. Quite a nice imperial stout, certainly one of the best to come out of this province in recent memory. Enjoyed this more than the barrel aged version with cocoa nibs. Recommended, glad I've got a couple more of these kicking around. Make more Amsterdam (or should I say Ian ;)
10-20-2011 23:22:38 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
My brother bought me this bottle from the LCBO a few months ago. Way too much wax on the bottle that I had to scrape off just to be able to fit the bottle opener on it. 2012 vintage.
A - One finger creamy brown head gone fast. Black colour. Mild carbonation coming up. No lace, no retention.
S - Nice sweet chocolate and roast. Dark fruit and coffee. Big dark fruit notes with that roast. Similar to much stronger and more complex impy stouts I've had with much higher ABVs.
T - Roast, chocolate, light booze, vanilla. Milky coffee, roasted notes coming out more when it opens up.
M - Nice carbonation, full body, sweet dark fruit finish that gets a little bitter in the end. Pretty smooth stuff.
O/D - A fairly nice Imperial Stout and one I've wanted to try for a while. The few months of smoothing out have probably done this well. A complex and enjoyable one from Amsterdam, and one that Ontario should be proud of.
04-22-2013 01:52:52 | More by tbeckett
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle, very cool, waxed over crown. Mouth feel light, grain bill great, low hoped, high abv masked by malts... other then the little hint of a sour note at the end, pretty damn good. Would by again, alternatively, they have a small beer made from this 35%ish of the abv, I will be checking it out!
12-08-2012 00:14:30 | More by Electros
Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.