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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: 21 | 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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Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Electros
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of jdhende
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Ryborg11
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of PhunkyHops
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pschul4
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of korguy123
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Groulxsome
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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 ;)

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

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