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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-29-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, served in a snifter at Amsterdam BrewHouse.
Poured a pitch-black color, with a tall dark brown, foamy head. Good retention and leaving chunky lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate.
Taste is of same roasted coffee, dark rich chocolate, slightly bitter to finish.
Body is quite full, with good carbonation keeps it smooth not bloating.
High alcohol is hidden, well balanced, very drinkable.
2 thumbs up.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours black with a thin ring of tan head

S - roasted malts, cocoa, coffee with a wee bit of caramel

T - big time roasted malts and dark chocolate, cocoa and its bitterness, roasted black coffee, some sweet caramel near the end into a mild dryness afterwards

M - low carbonation, creamy and a bit thick but smooth with a dry finish

O - Tons of roast here. This was enjoyable

Photo of RyanPollock
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Dark and bold! The beer pours a thick dark black with tan foam. It has a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Taste is bitter with a warm spicy quality, mild coffee undertones and a sour fruity finish. Surprisingly smooth and creamy mouthfeel even though it is listed as 9% ABV. Another superb beer from Amsterdam, I always look forward to trying out their unique offerings.

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small brown head. Very brown

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee. Bit hot

T- Pretty good. A bit hot though. Blended well

M- Pretty creamy. Not hot at all. Smooth

O- Not bad. Enjoyable and sweet. Looking forward to the 2013 vertical to the 2014.

Food Paring

This pretty good stout went well with.... Chocolate cake. I know it seems simple but it is good.


Enjoy

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Served in a Cantillon tulip. 2014 vintage.

A - Two-plus fingers of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and plenty of splotchy lacing. Jet black body that reveals a glint of brown when held to the light.

S - Tons of roast. burnt malts, char, anise, and coffee. A bit of dark bread and fudge as the beer approaches room temperature. Very European and classic in flavor profile. Perhaps a bit of herbaceous hop in the mix.

T - Taste has more dark chocolate, bread, and fudge sweetness, with some nebulous fruitiness as well. Definitely some espresso bitterness and char in the finish, but not excessively so. Almost seems bigger than the listed 9%.

M - Carbonation is a bit zesty and body is a tad grainy. Otherwise it's the expected medium-full body with lingering stickiness. Minimal alcohol warming.

D - It's a very classic Imperial Stout. Nice flavor, but mildly rough nose and body. Still, considering the price and availability it's quite enjoyable stuff. I prefer Hellwoods, but this will do in a pinch. Easily downed 500ml during Monday Night Football.

Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Luisc94
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Full Black, no light is coming through that beer, 2 finger off tan head medium retention.
S: Strong roasted malts smells with tone of dark coffee and some chocolate. The toasted malts are mostly overpowering. There is some booziness in the beer. Not very complicated smell.
T: Roasted malts they got a huge focus in the roasted malts, some coffee, the chocolate is not very noticeable.
M: There is a lingering bitterness, is slightly creamy with a medium/full body is like mid ways both. Is slightly voluptuous and very smooth.
O: An enjoyable beer (if you like roasted malts) I enjoyed the bitterness, some stouts lack this characteristic, which is fine but sometimes I crave that bitterness. Not very complex but bold and nice.

Photo of Gkelley75
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fueo1 for the bada$$ extra! Enjoyed from my oversized batch 2 TB snifter.
2013

a- scored the wax and pried the top off (easy peasy, like any other waxed bottle)...liquid poured a deep lush sludgy black. Settled in the glass like an 8 ball with a mocha colored foamy cap that coated the glass with lace as I sipped and it dissolved. My mouth is officially watering.

s - nose sings a song of deeply roasted chocolate flavored coffee. Rich and lush and inviting. The roast carries an almost woody scent with it. Burnt.

t/m/o - HUGE roast. Roasted roasty roasters of roasted roastiness. Coffee and charred burnt chocolate. Silky smooth while being full bodied and chewy. Did I mention that this beer is roasty? It is also fairly burnt malt but really nice. Definitely something different and tasty. Very glad to have tried.

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First observation is it was extremely hard to get open. Took me about 12 minutes to open it. This is due to them waxing over the cap and it being very reluctant to come off in anything but extremely small flakes. Was it worth the effort? It sure was. Got toasted malts, subtle dark chocolate undertones, and even a tad of coffee. Very flavourful, and right up there amongst some of the best stouts I have had.

Photo of challenja
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.