Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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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
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
06-30-2012 23:45:01 | More by korguy123
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
05-18-2012 02:55:59 | More by Groulxsome
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.
10-23-2011 20:28:56 | More by peensteen
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 ;)
10-20-2011 23:22:38 | More by liamt07
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.
10-16-2011 02:25:57 | More by wordemupg
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.
09-30-2011 22:21:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-08-2011 01:27:12 | More by MeisterBurger
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-10-2011 01:13:49 | More by ritzkiss
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
08-07-2011 00:30:45 | More by jrenihan
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-18-2011 00:01:23 | More by uno99
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.
05-29-2011 13:57:51 | More by Sammy
Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.