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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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very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-29-2011

Brewed with a complex grain bill and three types of hops that make for a bracing bitterness which quickly blends with deep malt notes and slight spiciness.

100+ IBU
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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml waxed cap from the brewery store. Waxing is nice and thick, classy. Labeling is amateur though, doesn't match. Any ways, who cares what's on the outside - the the beer! Poured at cellar temp.

Pours a nice rich black with thin lines of cherrywood around the edges. Two fingers of compact, mocha head which pleasantly leaves rings of lacing.

Out of the bottle there is a dash of smoke detected, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate syrup,

Roasty flavor, molasses and leather, smoke, slightly ashy, baking chocolate, caramel. I don't remember all this smoke in the bottle I had right after release, not sure if it's intentional. Certainly in the English vein of things, not an American Imperial. Slight over carbonation, bone dry finish with some bitterness there which is slightly unusual for style, not much residual sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel if not just a hair thin for what I would aim for, a little sweeter more robust body.

Will have to revisit to see if other bottles have the smoke profile. Either way, it's a fairly solid attempt at a style rarely done in these part. While not amazing, it's solid and a nice step forward.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of uno99
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.