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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial StoutAmsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Sammy, May 29, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some black chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is mix between some roasted coffee notes with light bitter notes of black chocolate with some subtle notes of liquorice and light lactose finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable and well balanced though doesn’t necessarily stand out from the pack with limited complexity.

Phyl21ca, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

For a beer named "Tempest" this doesn't generate much of a storm insofar as head is concerned. What does last, however, is, like the beer itself, so wickedly dark as to be frightful - I may have to sleep with lights on tonight. This inky dark concentration shows any brown colour only along the trim and if held at off angles directly into the light.

The aroma smells Kahlua-like, albeit with a little more muscle behind it. Swirling helps to bring out the roastier, meatier malty notes; otherwise it succumbs to a faded, oily coffee monotony. The bouquets falls under a more traditional style, offering up a lightly roasted, only loosely chocolatey flavour and esters evoking plum.

Roasted grain factors heavily into the taste, perhaps too much as the anticipated, more decadent dark chocolate flavours fail to arise. Still, it supplies a welcome tarry, black coffee note and a creamy hazelnut middle. It's far from "rich" but also features a tea leaf earthiness and traces of black currants and blackberries that provide a little extra enjoyment on the finish.

So far as 9% stouts go, this is considerably lean-muscled. Not terribly dense, it's got no baby fat to drop and doesn't have the meatiness to withstand extended time in the cellar. Drink it sooner rather than later - and why not? It's in great shape. Despite warming to a more liqueur-like texture it keeps a fairly taut, solid composure and rarely exposes any alcohol.

Amsterdam Tempest is no match for the majestic Yeti or Abyss; were it literally an American double stout it'd rank second tier. However, it may well be one of the better Canadian offerings and does well to evince the style's pedigree (without stylishly showing it off). This was one of the more hyped and sought-after beers around these parts lately, and not without reason.

biegaman, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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 ;)

liamt07, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Derek, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +1%

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.

wordemupg, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

andrenaline, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -23.9%

oldp0rt, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Rutager, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Molson2000, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
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.
Vintage: 2011
Black wax

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.

Jeffo, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

jrenihan, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.9%

cfalovo97, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

peensteen, Oct 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

joemcgrath27, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Kmat10, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

***2012 Vintage***

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.

papat444, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

SebD, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours completely black, no amber glints even to speak of. The espresso colored compact head leaves several meandering trails of lace on the glass. In the nose, chocolate and black coffee mix with some citrus and alcohol. The taste is enormously malty and roasty with molasses, tobacco, coffee and cocoa flavors. A creeping alcohol heat is always evident. Citrus and pine hops are in the background, providing a good balance to the maltiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle, moderate carbonation. A moderate hop bitterness blends with chocolate, roasty and booze flavors in the long finish.

This is a good Imperial Stout. It could be a little fuller bodied and modest in alcohol flavor, but still definitely worth a try.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +1.5%

hopsolutely, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 10, 2014
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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.