Riptide | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / 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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong, oily and smoky with an undertone of fine roast coffee and a hint of molasses. It pours a dark-chocolate brown, opaque and nearly black, with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, molasses, unsweetened chocolate, caramel and even a bit of hops. Texture is jagged, fizzy and lively. This beer is NOT for the timid!

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Photo of JonasJonas
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
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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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle
Batch 393
Best before 02/05/11

A: Pours a midnight black. Relatively thin head, but nice lacing.

S: Chocolates and dark fruits. Fairly subdued, however.

T: Excellent! Taste consistent with smell...chocolates and dark fruit undercurrent. Burnt/roasted malt flavors are worked in nicely. For an 8% beer, alcohol is hardly noticeable. The various flavors blend nicely and prevent any one from dominating. Chocolate/roasted malt flavors really come through more as the beer warms.

M: Again, excellent. Smooth, easy drinking RIS...again, surprising somewhat due to high abv. Great balance of carbonation and smoothness envelope the palate. One potential fault might be that at times the body might be described as a bit thin, but that's almost nitpicking with this beer.

D: One of if not the most drinkable RIS I've had. I imagine after 2-3 of these you're going to be feeling it. Other than that, I'll have another please.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was an ultra-dark cola color with plenty of light coming though the sides and bottom. The head was a sandy film of off white that left some nice lace behind.

Smells quite enticing, and quite original. There's a caramelized peach syrup and a nice sticky dark fruit backed by a dry wisp of chocolate. There also seems to be a smokey element to this one that reminds me of chicken on the grill. I also keep getting hints of homemade rootbeer. As odd as it sounds, I think it works quite well.

Tastes quite different too. There are some neat smokey malts that I don't think I've ever encountered before that remind me of some of BD's experiments with aging in scotch barrels. Maybe it's just the memories interfering with this one. Either way, I'm diggin' this one. These grainy notes are just slightly sour, but the sourness is fleeting. They also remind me of breakfast cereals, but in a robust and smokey sort of way. It also has a slight dry woodiness and a sweet touch of brown sugar. In the finish, things get a little sour again, but it just helps things end up clean. I'm rating this one high because it's delicious, and also original while at the same time staying within the style.

Feels big with a fine raspy carbonation that just sneaks out to grate your tongue, amplifying some of the woody smokey notes.

Mucho points for originality here.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewdog maintains a reputation of being independent and uncompromising, as one can gather from their labels.
I think it did well with this stout: it's strong, bitter, and really demanding.

Very dark brown ale, with a thin lightbrown head, but good lacing on the glass.

Smell of strong malts, coffee, chocolate.
Taste is similar. Sweet milkchocolate with bitterness of coffee and malts. It's a really powerfull brew, a well crafted stout.

Living in a country where stouts are not really a part of the culture, I'm quickly amazed by it's robust character. I find this drink another very good experience I've had with this particular style.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavor and nicely balanced for a less boozy 8% Imperial Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewDog's Rip Tide pours an inky black with almost no head, even after a less than gentle pour. The aroma is rich toffee, dark fruit and caramel, and some nice round burnt malt. The flavor is incredibly smooth and balanced. It's sweet, but not overly so, with plenty of roasted malt flavor. The dark malt comes through without any astringency. There is some fruitiness and caramel in the finish, and some herbal, slightly spicy hops. The beer is so well balanced and complex it's hard to pick out all the individual flavors.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fortheunheard
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, $6.25 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Some kind of code is stamped on the left side of the label, hard to make out. Best guess is Batch: 123, Best Before: 07/07/10.

Hard pour gives a meager 1/4" of tan head that settles to a thin layer. Dark dark brown brew gives only a trace of red highlight against a bright light. Moderate lacing. Smells of smoke, green oak, an appealing floral sweetness, chocolate, licorice. Taste is loads of semi-sweet chocolate, then smoke, berries, florals. Mild hops and smoke in the finish balance out the early sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, very slick and smooth, just a tiny bit of alcohol. Drinkability is HUGE, I practically chugged it. Really impressed by this. Only downside is how quickly it made me drink it.

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Photo of wedge421
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with very very slight hues of brown in there. Not the darkest Imp stout I have witnessed but its up there.

S - CHOCOLATE!!!! Roasted espresso beans and a slight bready malt character. But the chocolate dominates on this one

T - Chocolate, espresso bean and alcohol. Bitterness from the malts dominates the first sip followed by a mellow chocolate flavor that evens everything out. Great stuff!

M - Coats the mouth in a dance of that a word?

D - At 8% this is a very drinkable Imp stout, huge notes of chocolate and espresso beans are carried evenly throughout this very drinkable beer. This is a beer geeks session beer easily.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a coal black color and a creamy mocha head that drapes some nice lace

Smell: A real meaty aroma, with lots of char as well as some caramel and peat

Taste: Opens with a charred mocha flavor, with some dark fruit arriving by mid-palate; piney flavors arrive as well; after the swallow; the caramel and chocolate flavors clean up in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a medium to full body and gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Almost a combination of a Wee Heavy and a Stout; quite interesting and enjoyable

(Note: I have had this in the bottle and the beer wasn't nearly as impressive; while the flavor profile was comparable, the body was too thin and the carbonation was lacking; I am not going to re-rate the beer but it would have been in the B range)

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark inpenatrable black body. Slight mocha head. Thin lacing.

Gobs of sweet ground cocoa in thie nose.

Roastier flavor. Assertive. Finishes with the same dark cocoa nib aroma. Hop bitterness is in the background for sure, but it cant quite overtake the bold malt bill.

Viscous. Light on the bubbles. Creamy.

Flavorful. Drinkable. A well done beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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 omnigrits
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very surprised to find this one in Texas.

Pours as black as Newgate's knocker. Completely opaque. Almost no head at all, even with a fairly vigorous pour. What small amount of head there is, is mostly large bubbles rather than any kind of foam, but it still manages to leave a small amount of lacing. The smell is correspondingly muted but shows a hint of the delights to come - incredibly smoky with hints of dark fruits and coffee.

The flavour of this beer is not for the faint of heart. We often talk of hop bombs around here, but you don't often hear of a burnt malt bomb. Well, now you have. The brewers have managed to maintain a malty sweetness while at the same time bringing the bitterness of high-roasted malt to the fore. It's really well done. There's a strong medicinal element, which might not be to some people's tastes.

The carbonation is very light. A body that's a bit too thin for such a powerful Imperial Stout. It really needs more oomph in that respect.

I really can't give this beer more than 3.5 for drinkability because I really don't think I could drink more than one bomber of it, although I give my right arm to try it on cask. It's a good beer that maybe still has a bit of work to be done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Riptide from BrewDog
3.62 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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