Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
12-16-2013 13:20:37 | More by byronic
3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
Recieved this one last summer during a big trade day. Thanks guys!
From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a nice ring and wisp. Transparent black body with lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Too thin and light for the style.
SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, licorice and roasted coffee beans. A touch of dark chocolate as well. Nice aroma, but just not as bold as it needs to be.
TASTE: Roasted malts, caramel malts, licorice and then some bitter coffee flavors at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of roasted black licorice, bitter coffee and a touch of sweet caramel. Pretty nice, and slightly more memorable than the nose.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A touch light on the palate perhaps, but creamy and smooth on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes a tick dry. Pretty creamy and nice, though a touch more weight would really help.
OVERALL: This is alright and was enjoyable to drink, but there are a lot of things that just aren't quite there, holding it back from being the world class stout it wants to be. The look is far too transparent for the style, the nose too mild, and palate a little too light as well. More weight in the feel would also help bring the flavors out a little more. Good beer, but nothing worth writing home about. Thanks again guys.
08-24-2012 19:43:08 | More by Jeffo
3.54/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-05-2014 18:28:46 | More by polloenfuego
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.
12-08-2012 07:49:57 | More by mintjellie
3.66/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottle to glass
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
05-05-2014 21:57:24 | More by Dna_Infinity
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
500 mL wax-dipped bottle from the LCBO; this is the 2012 edition. Poured into a tumbler, and served only slightly chilled.
Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, generating one finger of frothy, light tan-coloured head that quickly recedes into a soapy, bubbly film at the surface, with a modest collar. Minimal lacing. The aroma is muted and not particularly unique for the style - roasted malts, coffee, cocoa nibs, and a pronounced earthy, herbal dryness make up the bulk. Some dark cherry (or other dark fruit notes) become easier to make out as it warms, but on the whole the aroma is closer to average than outstanding.
Not all that impressed so far, but perhaps I've been too hasty - flavour is why most of us drink beer, and this stuff actually tastes pretty good. Roasted malts, semisweet chocolate and burnt coffee grinds all come to mind early during the sip, with molasses and raisin notes coming through as well. It finishes with a pleasant, charry, roasted malt character, with a hint of espresso and some accompanying herbal hop dryness. Dry, somewhat roasty aftertaste that lingers on the palate. For a 9% brew, the ethanol is actually surprisingly well-hidden, never really interacting much with the flavour profile. Medium-bodied, with relatively high levels of carbonation that give it a spritzier mouthfeel than most imperial stouts. This is not an especially complex beer for the style, but it is ridiculously drinkable for its heft.
Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Amsterdam's Tempest Imperial Stout is a solid brew, though I'd be lying if I said it was a favourite as far as big dark beers go. This is one of those beers that genuinely tastes and feels lighter than it actually is - which can be either a blessing, if you're not big on high-abv brews in general, or a curse, if heat and complexity from the ethanol is one of the reasons you seek out the style. Lightness aside, the flavours are deftly balanced, with the profile leaning toward the dry side overall, making this a highly quaffable double stout that won't exhaust your palate with sticky sweetness or booze. In a market that seems to lack wide access to locally-made beers of this style, this is an affordable offering that is definitely worth at least one try, though you shouldn't expect to be blown away.
12-23-2012 19:13:59 | More by thehyperduck
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.
01-04-2013 01:23:23 | More by CanuckRover
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-25-2013 12:36:26 | More by papat444
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-29-2013 01:48:33 | More by spinrsx
Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.