Riptide | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MAB on 03-18-2008

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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 229
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, batch 94, best by Dec 12, 2009. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a very bubbly small weak head, maintains a lot of big bubbles and leaves some small spots of lacing.

Aroma is burnt malts, dark fruit, anise, smoke, a bit of chocolate. Moderate strength at best.

Flavor is some chocolate, cola, molasses, figs, fair sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, oily, low carbonation.

Not sure if this was at its best...OK as it is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, but nowhere near black, with a very big tanned head that settles into a nice lid of lacings.

S: The smell is quite weak considering the style, with mild aromas of roasted malts, caramel, wood and coffee. Notes of brown sugar and chocolate.

T: The taste is on the sweet side, to say the least. Lots of sweet caramel/brown sugar flavors, some gentle notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits. The finish has some bitterness to it, notes of alcohol and a pleasant taste of licorice. Overall, not impressive. It lacks complexity and balance.

M: Medium to full body, rather smooth. A bit sticky texture due to the sweetness.

D: Being an imperial stout, this one is underwhelming. It's very sweet and the caramel flavors almost overpowers the roasted character. It doesn't taste bad, it's just boring and it doesn't deliver what I expect from a good imperial stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Pretty light in color for a big Stout, yet brown is showing. The light carbonation only brings a thin, bubbly lace to the table. A bit of body, but certainly lighter than many others of this style. Dry, unsweetened chocolate comes to mind; hints of buttery yeastiness and dried black currants middle to end. Hops are timid, but present with a quick flash of balancing bitterness. More of a cocoa powder flavor in the semidry finish.

This beer could be completely confused with a Double/Imperial Brown Ale. Yes, it has come to that--Double/Imperial exists just above nearly every traditional or modern beer style. Lines are blurred still, and this beer could be a good example of that. Regardless of all of this, a tasty bottle is in front of us. Pretty hard to tell that it's 8-percent ABV until half the bottle is gone; easy to drink and easy to pair against, and you might even get a non-beer-drinker convert off of this one--just don't tell them it's a Stout.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown color with red highlights. It had a small to nonexistant tan head. The aroma was chocolate and coffee, with what I thought was a little licorice. The taste resembled the aroma. Hops are just barely noticeable. The beer was on the thin side, with none of the richness I would associate with an imperial stout. Not sure I'll try this again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours somewhat thinner than expected. Still, sits nicely opaque in the snifter. Not a lot of lacing noted, just a few wisps.

Aroma opens with distinct red apple skins. Hints of dark fruits underneath, along with expected dark roasty notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy on the medium body.

Taste is fruity, with red apple notes and a substantial dark fruit presence of prunes and figs. Dark roast is subtle, but there are enough hints of coffee and dark chocolate to let you know it's a stout. Grassy hops serve up most of the bitterness. Malt presence is a bit grainy, but adds a nice touch.

I almost rated this a 4.5 for drinkability, but the fruity sweetness becomes tiring as the bottle finishes. Still, not a bad effort.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown with minimal head but has nice lacing lines down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, roasted malts. The smell becomes a little subdued after a couple minutes.

Taste: Dark chocolate and licorice backbone, with some fruitiness (BrewDog says cherry, I'll go with that). More bitter and smoky than sweet. Especially bitter at end, likely due to both burnt malts and hops.

Feel: Very low carbonation, full body, very smooth, and very dry for an Imperial Stout. Not syrupy or oily as some big malty beers are, but way too flat.

Drinkability: Very nice, late evening sipper. Overall, much more bitter than typical for the style, but that is part of the appeal.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with a tan ring of bubbles for a head. Rich coffee and chocolate, roasted oats, and toffee. More sweet than bitter in the taste. Chocolate and coffe a prevalent, as is the roasty grain and malt, some smoke, caramel, and dark fruit. I liked how the beer avoided the soy sauce taste that can pop up with other Imperials. Excellent.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a DFH signature glass, says best by 09/09/09.

Pours a dark slightly watery black with a pretty crappy head. Lots of of soapy like bubbles that starts to fade quickly with no much lacing at all. Nose is roasty and yeasty with some chocolate and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is real disappointing for an imperial stout. It's light and watery with a very light finish. It's pretty roasty and a bit smokey. Very light carbonation. it isn't bad but it's hardly anything to write home about.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Most concise review: This tastes like Guinness Imperial Stout (if such a thing were to exist, and if it does, my apologies for being sheltered).

Doesn't look like Guinness, to light for that, a dark brown with some red, no lacing, no carbonation, no head.

Tastes like Guinness, but stronger. Chocolate, hint of some nut kind of quality, extremely smooth is most prominent thing mouthfeel wise, which may not make your taste buds scream, but it is strangely enticing to keep pulling on.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black absolutely absorbs all light, beige tan head forms nice and thick after a vigorous pour. Lacing is like a silk screen over the sides of one of my standard go to Dollar General tulip chalices.

Aromatics offer up dark roasts mild tartness from some fruity notes like cherries, and a touch of lactic creaminess going on. Dark roasted malts give up a touch of black licorice and mild coffee/cocoa notes.

Flavor dark bitter roasts mild herbal notes a touch of tobacco as well. Espresso strong coffee flavor with dark chocolate blended in. Soothing alcohol burn with each sip, it doesn't overpower the flavors but rather it adds to the experience.

Mouthfeel is velvet smooth mild carbonation it doesn't get much better than this medium to fuller bodied, it really coats the palate. Definitely a pleasant experience. I've been sitting on this one for awhile, I've actually enjoyed all of the Brewdog beers I've tasted thus far..

Drinkability was solid all around alot of fruity phenols going on but overall it's a nice Scottish stout, alcohol was well hidden I will revisit this brew again in the future.

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Photo of nicole-mac
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of glid02
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown highlights and a creamy one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and not much else - it reminds me of a Dry Irish Stout.

Tastes better than it smells. While relatively cold there are loads of roasted and black malt flavors up front with a bit of tobacco that comes in near the end of the sip before a big bitterness. As it warms a good deal of pine and citrus hop flavors come out midway through the sip but manage to stay in the background.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and one that doesn't fit neatly into any categories. Worth a shot.

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name and the similarly-themed poem on the label make for interesting and entertaining packaging...

This beer pours a very dark, inky black, with slight brown edges when held to the light. The light brown head is fairly sparse, and takes some time to settle, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is roasted malt, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and is quite enticing. The taste is of bitter chocolate malt, but nice and smooth, the carbonation barely noticeable. I served this about 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge, and the warmer texture made this very easy to drink, the elevated alcohol only evidenced by the warm sensation in my belly, not on the way down. Nice that the attitude on the packaging is backed up by a very decent, and actually 'merciful' stout inside.

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Photo of azkkr
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 9/9/09 batch # 004

Stealth bomber black! relaxed and sparse, bubbly head...scatters and dissipates fast. Not much left over, a very flat and relaxed look.

Chunky chocolate brownies, very rich! Vanilla, almonds, blueberry pie, very subtle herbal hops. Deep, dank chocolate malt...nice big aroma.

A luscious chocolate cup cake malt complexity, dried herbal hops gives decent balance to this bold malt. Deep, dark berries like, blueberries and black raspberries. The heat rides in with the bitter hop bite and this is a heavy liquid, not really smooth, the body is really medium to full in feel, complex but approachable. flavors are deep and well rounded. A slight whiskey-cask effect in the flavor and feel with peat, vanilla and soft wood pops out as the liquid warms. The hops really provide a good balance with dry and earthy tones, without turning it into a hop-bomb.

This is a very good stout, a bit mild for a Double-stout, but it's complex, but drinkable. Embrace the beauty of simplicity.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head.Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, coffee and alcohol. Wow, this is tasty, Comes on smooth with chocolate, dark fruits and coffee, sliding very nicely into a lasting bitter coffee finish. Med-thick mouthfeel. Very nicely done! Moves fluidly from sweet start to bitter finish. Welcome to the US Brewdog!!! I'm going to a Brewdog tasting tomorrow night, and this definitely has whet my appetite.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6.4oz. bottle stamped best before 12/12/09. Batch 094.

Served cool into a pint glass, it takes a vigorous pour to create any sort of head and, even then, it's about half an inch. Cola brown with good clarity.

Aroma is malty, toasty, and slightly fruity. It almost seems to have a vanilla/cherry quality that stands up to the roast surprisingly well.

Flavor is intense but balanced. It doesn't overwhelm but it doesn't leave you cold either. It's bitter and almost acrid in a way that makes it seem medicinal. That said, the roast is nicely judged, not too strong, and easy to drink for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with smooth creaminess due to the lower carbonation.

Overall, I'm just not impressed. It's a good strong stout but it's nowhere near the top of the list for me. Too many other offerings out there that put this to shame. Maybe because it's past it's prime by almost 10 months but I don't think I'll seek out a fresh bottle to find out. Sorry.

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Photo of alamode
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004. Pours out tar-black in color. An impenetrable, obsidian abyss. Unfortunately the head is not much of a head at all, more a gathering of way-too-big bubbles that look like dish-soap. It dies quickly and the resulting crown is similarly wispy and wimpy. The head is something I'd associate with an expired/long-aged beer. Label says best before 09/09/09. Oops? A huge disparity between color (awesome!) and head (not so awesome).

Very likable aroma, rich in a dark chocolate way, or like a sugar-filled chocolate cake, with just the right amount of alcohol to give a liqueur-like edge. Black licorice and fresh cream too.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, just with the characteristics in scrambled order. Chocolatey rich, and spicy from the alcohol with a ghost of black licorice/anise hovering in the background. Other impressions roll in, like super-juicy dark fruits (plum, fig) covered in blackstrap molasses. The finish is great, bringing in a more roasted quality and a hoppiness that isn't quite bitter but certainly has that piney twang to it. A bit of caramel and toffee pop in and out as well.

Could have been so much better if the body weren't so thin. Almost watery, although maybe the lack of "oomph" in this department is because it's past the best-by date?

The more I sat with this, the more the flavor impressed me, and the more the mouthfeel bummed me out. Not exactly twisted or merciless (as quoted on the label) but surely recommendable to anyone but the most uber-picky stout fanatic. The finish is great, the color is great, the flavor is very impressive, but it's also got its issues. Liked it enough that I'd gladly pick up another, fresher bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just OK stout from this brewery which makes some great barrel aged stuff. The stout is quaffable, its not offensive, but there is no complexity,nor bold flavours.With so many good double stouts out there, why waste your bucks on this premium priced import. A bit above average mouthfeel and black colour with a moderate head.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - 1 Pint, 6.4 Fluid Ounces. The cap opened without any hiss. It was put on fairly well though, so I'm not sure if the very moderate carbonation of the beer is correct or not. It's at about 1.7 volumes. Very smooth. But is it right? I had trouble building a head over the opaque black body, but it still left some very thin but nice lacing about the glass, and then sheets of very tiny spots of lace after that.

The aroma offers a combination of dark fruits and coffee with a bit of woody and leafy character that may or may not be at least partly due to hops. - ? -

In the mouth it's velvety smooth and slickly medium-full bodied.

The flavor delivers a bit of anise upfront, backed by some mild dark fruitiness (plum/prune, grape skin), then followed by some tarry fig and spent espresso grounds. A blurry but very solid bitterness runs through it. Notes of scorched brown sugar and caramel appear, and there's an underlying smoky edge to it. More leafy, grassy and herbal hops appear, and it's dry and clinging in the finish with just a drip of sugary almost-burnt caramel left to round it out. The 8% alcohol by volume is very well cloaked.

Overall, I personally find it to be kind of an assault on the tastebuds. It's a heavyweight fighter. Slam Slam Slam. And I like that! But it doesn't quite have the finesse of a feather-weight, or the endurance of a middle-weight. On the other hand, it's not really overdone. An Imperial pint won't leave your palate unconscious, but it may leave you dizzy. Or perhaps punch drunk. It's kind of like a limited show. There's a certain amount of depth to it, but it lacks complexity in the long-haul.

Still, it's surprisingly English and Scottish at the same time, and that alone warrants a taste. Or two. Give it a shot and see.

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