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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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Ryborg11

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:51:29 | More by Ryborg11
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:55:59 | More by Groulxsome
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 23:45:01 | More by korguy123
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 22:21:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mscudder

Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:56:24 | More by mscudder
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:22:38 | More by liamt07
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cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:14:30 | More by cattersley
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:52:52 | More by tbeckett
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, something has to be said about the bottle. The fake wax on the cap and on top of the bottle is a neat effect, and looks pretty cool. Certainly makes an impression. However, it does make it rather difficult to get the cap off!

Surprise- it is black. Thick tan head, moderate lacing.

Smell consists of dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of booze, and some light hops. Nice smell- pretty typical of an imperial stout.

Beer is fairly bitter, and the tastes are similar to the nose. Chocolate is present, and a roasted malt taste. Quite good- very full flavoured.

Beer is a little thin for the style, but otherwise good. Minimal carbonation. A little bit oily. Coats the mouth well.

Overall, a very enjoyable stout. I hope it becomes a regular (or at least seasonal) appearance. Between this and Boneshaker, I have found Amsterdam pretty impressive recently

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:30:45 | More by jrenihan
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly deep chestnut brown, bordering black. Just over a finger's worth of mocha coloured head, leaving fine legs of lace and an alcohol film as it recedes. Although it doesn't look like the biggest imperial stout, it sure looks promising.

Smooth and rounded is the nose for 9%. Deep gooey dark chocolate dominates. A hint of brine and a slight roast rounds out the chocolate nicely. There's a bite of cherry in the background with suggestions of fudge and icing backing it. The alcohol gradually comes out as the beer warms but is rounded and well rendered.

Ahh, so smooth. Hazelnut, dark chocolate, slight coffee, and chocolate cake come all at once in a neatly wrapped package. Brownie and fudge come big in the finish. The alcohol is made noticeable from start to finish but blends nicely. Fudge comes in upon exhale.

Full bodied with a pleasant viscosity and dessert like smoothness. Deliciously drinkable.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had coming from Ontario. I was most impressed with how well the alcohol was disguised. Full of flavour and well worth the buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:57:22 | More by ludachris
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malts, dark fruit (raisins maybe) and some smokiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, raisins, some smoke and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Definitely the best beer I've had from Amsterdam.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:19:44 | More by SebD
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:24:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to liamt07 for the bottle....the wax is really on there!

Nearly jet black, just over one finger of deep tan head, some lace spots. Smell is of coffee and bakers chocolate, roasted malt, light alcoholic notes, bitter herbal quality, fairly hoppy as well. Taste is full of bakers and milk chocolate, some coffee, big roasted malt middle, vanilla, more chocolate and roast coffee in the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, full body, nice weight. This is really good, one of the better imperial stouts I have had in a while and it came form Ontario! Really hope to see this more often.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:28:56 | More by peensteen
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I hate the wax on this thing, such a pain to open. But this was a decent stout. Pours dark black with good caramal head. Tastes quite roasty with strong chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. Not as thin as I was expecting, and its a decent suprise from Amsterdam. I would have no problem drinking another bottle of this. The alcohol is well hidden. Good stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:52:36 | More by WeedKing4
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Pitch black with an attractive tall, creamy, and bubbly mocha coloured head. Very good retention with some spotty lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, nutmeg, anise, bitter herbal qualities, and hints of espresso bean. Solid overall aroma that gives an impression of being very creamy and smooth.

(4.0) T: Very similar to aroma with a dominant and delicious dark chocolate milk taste, herbal elements including anise, and a creamy caramel backbone. Faint espresso bean is more noticeable on the back end towards the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium-lighter bodied for the style (which I like) with a moderate carbonation. Syrupy and smooth with an initial bitterness that transitions nicely to a mellower sweetness.

(4.0) D: Very happy to see some of Amsterdam’s limited release stuff in the local stores. Overall a very nice imperial stout that I’ll likely pick up a couple more times over the winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:00:10 | More by Digimaika2
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 9%.

A - Poured nearly black with a milk chocolate foamy head. Head reduced to a thin cap. Good lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, toasted grains, hint of brandy.

T - Toasted bread, some coffee, hint of dark chocolate, bitter hops and a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, slick, smooth, minimal alcohol burn.

O - Pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:30:48 | More by decimator
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Top_Jimmy

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 23:32:14 | More by Top_Jimmy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml black waxed bottle poured into tulip 15/10/11

A a little cola at the edges but pretty dark with a 3 finger tan head that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a single ring of lace

S charred wood with a little licorice and bakers chocolate

T some molasses and the chocolates not quite as dark and some dark roasted coffee but other then that it mimics the smell

M fairly full bodied but could a little more carbonation but far from flat, just a little heat and my lips are stuck together

O good but not great, solid beer for sure but just lacking the complexity of some of the better stouts I've tried

worth a try for sure, not nearly enough big stouts in Canada and fewer still available in Alberta, this one is no exception. I need to thank liamt07 for getting it to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:25:57 | More by wordemupg
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend who visits the brewery regularly.

A: Nice presentation; although looks like the brewery took some inspiration from Nogne O Dark Horizon's bottle. Wax dipped, 500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pour is very thick and rich. 1/2 finger head settles into a thin halo of mocha foam around the meniscus.

S: Quite boozy after a quick swirl. Chocolate Syrup, dark cherries, dark cocoa, slight licorish, and apple. Not too bad.

T: Taste is less boozy. This is quite drinkable actually. Quite sweet, but a hint of sourness and dryness on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on. Thick, not too sticky and carbonation is nice and smooth.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good Imp Stout. Not sure if I'd go all the way to the brewery for it, but I'd definitely recommend it if you are in the area.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:01:23 | More by uno99
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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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mmapes

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle traded from Andrew (thanks!) Opened Jan 2013 (bottle is 2012). Pours very black, but not as opaque as some. Nice. Thin head dissipates quickly.

Smell: smoke, sweet dried fruit, grainy

First sip: Molasses, smoke. It's bitter. Sweet up front, but long bitter finish. Heavy-ish mouthfeel (full body).

Second sips: less bitter, more sweet.

Paired well with grape leaves stuffed with rice.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:38:13 | More by mmapes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 13:57:51 | More by Sammy
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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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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:35:16 | More by BGDrock
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, creamy coffee coloured head with really good lacing.

Aroma is of rich bitter coffee, roast malt, quite earthy, maybe a touch of stonefruit notes. Light on the chocolate but otherwise typical imperial stout notes.

Taste has a big upfront bitterness, and tons of roast dark malt. Big body, but quite a decent sipper. A bit unbalanced maybe. Plenty of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate notes though. Carbonation is light and body quite a bit malty presence. Alcohol is very well hidden and comes across a lot lighter than the ABV would suggest. Finish is very clean and structured, a nice dryness.

Not a mind-blowing imperial stout, but it has a really nice flavour and it works quite well. For xmas time, this is a nice local treat and quite enjoyable, nice and rich, with a surprising lightness. Certainly a good offering from Amsterdam. Won't rock your world but makes a really good no-frills holiday stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:03:17 | More by mick303
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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.