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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,104
Ranked #38,531
3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 339 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rex_4539
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black color, quarter finger brown head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: Coffee, chocolate, slight roastiness. Bitter on the back end.

F: Medium bodied, more carbonated than I would prefer.

O: Nothing special.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Interesting appearance, dark brown, dark red colors to the edge. Not a lot of carbonation to form a head with, whispy and thin tan colored. Has a nutty and chocolate malt aroma.

Taste goes equal parts roasted black malts, but also brown malt and a nuttiness you see from other styles than an imperial stout. It is very smooth, not aggressively hopped kind of stout.

Its not a bad beer, those who want more ooomph in their Guinness kind of stouts might be into this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours brown, blatantly not black. Looks like a Belgian Dark Ale. Head is darker tan spittle.

S-Not very Stout-like. Dried, dark fruits. It has some chocolate and roast but not as much as I want.

T-Again, more of the dried, dark fruits. Lots of caramel and molasses. Slight roast and a nearly nonexistent chocolate flavor.

M-Not thick. Slight bubbles. A bit boozy.

O/D-Not really a Stout in my opinion. More of a big Beligan Dark Ale. I was not a big fan of this.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a black colour, with a lively off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smells dark and rich, roasted malts and dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted and burnt malts, with rich and dark, almost sour fruit, and bitter coffee, with a large hit of booze bringing up the rear. Very warming. Nice thick mouthfeel.

Overall yet another pleasant surprise from Brewdog. Getting to like them now.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, oak, and hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, strong alcohol, hops, and slight oak. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. The blend is dominated by the alcohol, almost overwhelmed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black/deep brown in the glass, with a couple fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a thin creamy foaminess, which leaves back foamy swathes of lacing that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of thick chocolate fudge in the nose, which segues into ripe citrus character while underlying roast notes darken things up a bit. The chocolate and citrus really stand out here the most though.

The taste is actually still fairly hoppy, with green citrus flavor that melds into sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel. This has bitterness to it throughout though, which lingers rather prominently in the finish along with some burnt char notes that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling firm creaminess to the carbonation. Alcohol is present in the form of an underlying warm spiciness that seems a little too fusel feeling for only 8% alcohol.

Well this was certainly bold feeling on the palate, with hops, roast, and alcohol all leaving an impression. The problem is this just lacked overall focus, with this being overly sweet in the nose but then much more aggressive with the bitterness and char in the taste. I wish it could have found a nice middle ground. This was certainly drinkable but I expect more craftsmanship for the price point here.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, nearly black. Dark fruit notes along with a decent roastiness. A bit on the sweet side with some brown sugar and toffee. Not too much in the way of chocolate. Hints of licorice along with dark fruit, roast, and dark chocolate. Pretty straightforward imperial stout profile to this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark red amber. Minimal carbonation but the thin head lefts some lacing. Aroma of roasted and dark malts and dark fruits. Taste is similar. A mellow, unassertive flavor, but fairly complex; dark and roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, maybe a touch of wood. Somewhat dry finish. I like the multiple flavors in this stout even if it is a bit low key. Year old refrigerated bottle.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the BrewDog pub in Camden Town. Served in a Lost Abbey style tulip.

A: Black-appearing body that glows translucent brown when held up to light; one-finger head of fine off-white foam. Good retention, great lace. Lovely, albeit a bit light for an Imperial Stout.

S: Intense roastiness, with smoke, char, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and some almost cranberry-like dark fruit. Very robust, but not all that appealing: the aftertaste is pure ethanol.

T: Follows the nose - hugely roasty, very bitter, and ultimately boozy. It's enjoyable, but not too impressive.

M: Soft, moderately carbonated, and a little lighter-bodied than I'd expect. Ok.

O: Too roasty, too boozy, but since I expect nothing but just this kind of extremeness from BrewDog, I can't complain too much.


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Photo of ZorPrime
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in January 2012.

The beer is dark black with a timid foam head on top of it. The foam head is beige and disappear quite fast. The aroma is milk chocolate with some licorice and some metallic notes in the nose. Not bad, but not great also. Very aggressive in the mouth. Some coffee grains in there with chocolate. Not a bad beer, but was expected so much more.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam the dissipates very quickly and leaves no traces on the glass. The body is very dark brown with just a bit of light showing through and good clarity.

S - Dark, sugary aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and some smoky licorice.

T - Dark and bready malt with lots of burnt sugar character up front. Molasses and licorice in the middle with a building smoky character. Finishes with an oily, peat like smokiness, dark, burnt caramel, licorice, and lingering molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very dark, sugary and odd. There is a smoky quality that almost reminds me of the Paradox series and it works nicely with the burnt sugar character. As one might expect from Brewdog, this is an atypical stout with a lack of roast character and lots of very dark sugar. The smoke and molasses provide a nice level of complexity but do become kind of cloying in the end. Not the most drinkable imperial stout and not the best of Brewdog.

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Photo of Ruds
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at BrewDog Camden into a tulip style glass

Not too much of a head, maybe a finger, dark brown to black in colour

roasted malt and toffee smells came across, but for a beer of 8% ABV I thought the general aroma was somewhat lacking?

taste wise roasted malts, toffee/coffee, a little chocolate and a slightly burnt roast flavour

served a little too cold to be able to appreciate this beer fully and the flavour/taste improved as the beer warmed up in my glass - again something to be said for Keg vs Cask!

mouthfeel - a little thin for a beer of this strength

overall - a decent offering and would love to try on cask, although not sure the chances of such an occurence are particularly high!

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Photo of bark
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black (>100 EBC). The low brown head slowly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The smell is roasted, somewhat tart and malty. A bit sharp, I think. Hints of raspberry jam. Milder than expected.

The taste starts of with a dry roasted flavour. Cask matured hints. Red berries, vanilla and Italian liquorice. In fact, the flavours are quite mild. The body is quiet light. The aftertaste brings a slowly growing bitterness that keeps in the background. Black wine gums, smooth sweetness and a long lasting dry fruity flavour in the finish.

The carbonation is quite strong, the bubbles are small. The liquid is quite light and a bit dry.

Clean, smooth and quite light for the strength.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, aggressive. Pours very dark, almost black, with a tiny half inch of light tan head, tiny amount of lace.. Smell is some chocolate, biscuit, fig, and coffee. Taste much more pungent, actually much better than the smell would lead on. Lots of dark chocolate, the other things I smelled also. Body is pretty thin for the style, lacking life, not dry, and overall easy drinking for the style. Nothing great here, will never notice the bottle again.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle a friend brought me from Edinburgh.

A - Pours black with good carbonation coming up. Two fingers of creamy and rocky light brown head. Good chunks of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Quite roasty, and a generous amount of chocolate. That bitter smelling Imperial Stout element is very present with tons of dark and roasty, charred malt. If you ever eaten the raw materials that constitute Imperial Stouts you know what I mean.

T - Chocolate comes out alot more in the taste. Roasty again with some licorice and very dark fruits perhaps. A typical Imperial Stout flavour.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body and some good bitterness.

O/D - A flavourful strong stout. Easy to drink and nice. Good for the style while not being something earth shattering.

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Photo of armock
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Specs Smith St in Houston, TX

A - Poured a black color with no head or lace

S - Is of roasted malt with a good bit of coffee

T - Like the nose the flavor is dominated by coffee

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - This was a very disappointing beer from pour to finish the flavor was even average at best to me its not worth the money or time spent with this one don't bother

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Photo of fostachild
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an extremely dark brown, tons of creamy tan head with good lacing.

smell has chocolate malts - coffee, roasted aromas.

taste is chocolatey, very slight smoke flavour, bit of coffee, malt. average carbonation and drinkability. overall something was off about this beer, was decent but didn't love it.

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Photo of grapetonix
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark as crude oil, not an ounce of light passing through. Moderately high viscosity.

S: Pure tones of coffee, smoked sausage and walnut.

T: Heavily smoked Salami sausage and walnut, surprisingly little warmth and booziness considering 8% abv. Quite bitter compared to for instance a Guinness.

MF: Half-rough but still not offensive. Light to moderate carbonation clearly tickles the tongue.

O: Not the best stout I ever had but at 8%... Well, not bad, in fact very enjoyable.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Label says best before 7/7/10. Uh-oh. Hopefully this beer ages well.

A- There wasn't much of a psst when I opened the bottle and the pour reflected that since there was only an 1/8 inch head at best that instantly dissipated to some big bubbles and now just a ring of foam around the top with a decent foam pattern on the surface. It's an almost completely opaque black color. Hopefully it's not oxidized...

S- Smells pretty good. Roasty, charred smell reminiscent of barbequed meat. Some coffee notes, maybe some cocoa.

T- Sweet and smooth with coffee and semisweet chocolate notes coming through a bit stronger. Can hardly notice the 8% ABV. Wow. I'm not usually a stout drinker but this is making me want multiple sips at a time. Roasty malts with a slight metallic aftertaste but isn't as apparent as in most high alcohol stouts which is a big plus.

M- Creamy, bordering on buttery mouthfeel with low carbonation that isn't a big deal because it's a stout. Good stouts are ones that can be enjoyed at warmer temperatures and this one definitely accomplishes that.

O- Very well done stout. Add Brew Dog to the list of breweries that just straight up does not make bad beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew Dog : Rip Tide

Pours black as night with little to no head or signs of carbonation. Aroma is full on alcohol, alittle malt, almost spirit-like. In the taste, roasted malts, sherry like alcohol and a touch of dark fruit. The alcohol is much more played down in the taste. There is a subtle hint of cocoa. This bottle is showing some age, at least 2007 vintage if not older. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, must have been a beast fresh, even after all this time alcohol is still pretty dominant.

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Photo of speter
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black with brown highlights (i.e., no ruby highlight as you'd expect from a stout). Two-finger fluffy tan head that is surprisingly persistent. Nice lace.

S: Faint tootsie roll, but overall, the smell is rather lacking.

T: What was lacking in the smell is made up in the taste. Rich, creamy sweet chocolate up front transitions to a darker, more bittersweet chocolate towards midpalate. The finish is caramel and toffee, underscored by a nice ethanol burn.

M: Creamy and smooth, though not heavy. Good alcohol burn.

O: This is very nice, but I agree with the Bros that it's a Double/Imperial Brown Ale. Whatever we call it, though, it's tasty!

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An almost black beer, a brown head, little lacing but good curtains.

The smell has coffee, chocolate, dates and soap in it!

A brown sugar sweetness, fresh figs, bramble acidity, bitter coffee beans.

Little carbonation, very small bubbles, a coarse dry finish.

A chocolaty bramble-infused coffee-sour beer, in a good way!

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Photo of JonasJonas
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, consumed 9-17-2011. Marks the second BrewDog beer I've tasted - quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. The label seems to strike fear in you, describing a beast of a stout. It turns out to be sheep in wolves skin. It is by no means a monster, but an eloquent and extremely pleasant beer. Loads of chocolate and coffee with mixtures of banana and baked chocolate cake sweetness. Wonderful mouth feel with less than average carbonation (which I like). This is a great beer for me. It would make a stand out candidate for a "first time" beer to let neophytes taste. The aging has done a wonderful job to this beer.

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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on mar´11
Pours dark brown becoming darker in the glass.Creamy & dense foam.Fairly well retention.Mildy hoppy & intense toasted malt aromas,banana & coffee notes.Slightly bitter at the beggining,hints of chocolate,coffee & licorice in the middle that remain ´til the finish.Sweet aftertaste.Full body & medium carbonation.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

" Serving Suggestion: Pour into a glass and enjoy with an air of aristocratic nonchalance". Just poured it, and directly felt my upper lip stiffened...

A: Pours dark brown with an amber creamy small head that left only little lace.

S: Dark roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits. Smoke and dark bitter chocolate. Faint vanilla.

T: Hard roasted sweet malt, almost a bit burnt and smoked. Molasses and lots of dark dried fruits. Strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Complex and balanced.

M: Medium body, very smooth and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with smoked dry bitterness.

O: A very nice smooth Stout. The only thing I can hold against this great beer is that the body is kind of watery for this style.

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Riptide from BrewDog
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