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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Photo of Davidpgibbons
1.91/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter, no head no carb. Smells light chocolate, mollasses, figs and dried fruit maybe raisons.
Taste is horrible, lacking abv maybe but turns out skunky and flavorless. One of the worst stouts i have had. No lacing gives this stout a dead head, overall dont buy this beer for a 12 dollar bottle it sucks, im starting to think less of brew dog being the second batch of this i have tried i think it sucks. Would never buy again, dosnt hold, dosnt taste and overall is not what a craft stout should end up as. Ive brewed better stouts in my novice days.... If you see this, dont waste your money!

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Photo of Khazadum
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of northaustin
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into pint glass. a thick black with almost no head.

alchohol is not very well hidden, but subtle roasted malts can still be found after some searching

aroma is minimal and most of wht comes through is harsh alchohol

mouthfeel was a bit sticky and flat with almost no taste lingering. im going to try another bottle to make sure i didnt get a bad one

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Photo of nlmartin
2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer was served in an imperial pint glass lightly chilled.

Appearance: This is kind of a personal prejudice on my part. I like my stout so that there is no or little ruby opaqueness to light. I like my stouts blacker than black. The beer pours the color of coke with ruby opaqueness to light. I can almost see through the beers glass to light. The head was a light tan color and quickly resolved to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is musty dark fruit and lightly roasted coffee. The beers aroma doesnt announce itself with the authority I have come to crave in my Double Stouts. In short I am not wowed.

Taste: Again I am underwhelmed. Very light roasted flavors. The suggestion of cocoa is there but not how I want it to be. Honestly if you are going to brew an Imperial Stout go big or stay home. This is a total let down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers mouthfeel is light. The carbonation is low. Honestly it doesnt matter this beer is out of whack as far as I am concerned. Alcohol is present in the mouth and is not really welcome. I wanted to like this beer. I love the style of Double Stout. I dont love this beer. The bottle states this is a twisted merciless stout. This is most definately not the Ming the merciless of stouts. Go big or go home. Brew Dog should have stayed home with this offering. Frankly this beer bored the piss out of me.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.22/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into a snifter - 2008 Vintage

A: Pours light brown but dark black in the glass with no head and a tiny ring around the glass.

S: The nose doesn't have much besides a little cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: The taste is dark fruit and a bit of chocolate with a hop flavor in the background. There's a bit of a metallic taste as well which detracts from the taste a bit.

M: Awful. No carbonation at all It's flat which I have a feeling is why the flavor is not so great. Not sure if the age has something to do with this but I doubt that's the case.

O: Not impressed with this one and I don't plan to try it again. Reading some other reviews this is about the norm for this beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 5th and last beer of my BrewDog reviewing evening. This brown 33ml bottle was poured into my huge 'Judas' glass and had 3 months life left according to the label.

Very dark, almost jet black to the naked eye, no head sat on top, just a thin collar that clung to the glass.

Rip Tide smells of the sea, unclean, dirty and in need of some filtering before use. A little liquorice was also present along with some toasted malts.

Liquorice, coffee and toffee in equal amounts appear in the taste. It however lacks body and the creamy richness I would expect from a really sound Stout.

Loses out because of its low viscosity. Not very impressed at all.

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Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with ruby edges. Frothy, bubbly head of light tan cream. Malt accented nose lacks depth and describable character, with some medicinal character and some dark malt (cocoa and smoke.) Flavor is very stale and dull. Very poor balance, oxidized and tough to drink. I really wish Brewdog would consider a much beefier beer for their Paradox.

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Photo of 1600eman
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dispensed into a pint glass from the 22.4oz bottle with a date of 09/09/09. I am not sure if that is a "bottled on" or "consume by" but I can imagine either would matter considering the beer style.

This one looks just like a Coke when poured into the glass. The same, cola like color with a small, wafty head. Not too impressive.

Aroma is sweet and like some kind of bread pudding. Quite a lot of licorice in the nose. Alcoholic and fruity and sweet. None of the stout characteristics, i.e. roasty, grainy, coffee.

Sickly sweet flavor and quite hard to drink. Sticky on the tongue. Blech! I was excited about this one but what a let down. I will struggle to finish my bottle. I would never purchase this again.

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Photo of bamadog
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to my buddy Ross for sharing this the other night. Review is from notes taken on 7/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin wisp and uneven ring around the surface; body is opaque, but you can still seel some relatively strong looking carbonation holding to and bubbling near the sides; faint webs and loose oily spots of lacing are left hanging around.

Smell: Not nearly as robust or strong as I like in a stout; smell is a little metallic/coppery; an earthy roastiness and a thin bittersweet chocolate and bit of a burnt sugar scent.

Taste: Misses the mark by quite a distance for what's supposed to be an imperial stout -- definite coppery metalic presence with an earthy roastiness; bit of that burnt sugar presence; overall the flavors are very thin and watery.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and watery; carbonation, whise present visually, comes across as flat; a dry film is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I'm really glad I didn't pay for this. With this being my first offering from Brewdog, I'm certainly not really looking forward to trying anything else... unless of course someone else is buying.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby in colour with a large, brown head with a few bubble holes dotted around the sides & at the top. The head is quite foamy & lasts well.

Smells of a mixture of dried summer fruits & raisins along with roasted malts & hints of coffee.

Hints of dried fruit to begin with although the dominate taste is the strong coffee flavour that definitely sticks around as an aftertaste. There is also roasted barely in there as well. The flavours are a little strong for my taste however.

Rather smooth with light carbonation, I would say this one was medium bodied although slightly watery. Not what I expected at all.

The 8% abv is well hidden in both the smell & taste although the overwhelming coffee taste was too much for me to enjoy this one.

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Photo of armock
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
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 DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Friday night... sports on the tube, a freshly cooked pizza, and a 22.6 ounce bottle of Rip Tide. On to the beer:

Doesn't form much of a head initially. It forms decently, but falls to a patchy thin one. Color is cola brown with reddish hues showing at the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly, there is a lot of stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma...a little booze, rubber, faint chocolate liqueur. The taste brings up my overall impression of this beer. Although it's a bit boozy and thinnish in the mouth, it has a solid flavor. Ethanol, roasted grain, charcoal, smoke, bitter chocolate...but it's quite smokey, charred, and boozy.

This beer was a mixed bag. There was some good, and there were some aspects which could be improved. If the ethanol-like alcohol is controlled better, then this might be a good stout.

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Photo of BlackSpark
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of sennin
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown, however pours with no head, looks dull.

S: Some burnt notes of malt and coffee, does not smell desirable.

T: Pretty much some burnt chocolate and malt. Dark fruit popping up, but just tastes pretty bad.

M: Man, perhaps the worst part. Practically flat, the carbonation is so low. This one is hard to put down.

D: Nearly undrinkable. Spend your money on a good impy stout.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One pint six point four ounce bottle. Like all the BrewDog artwork.

No head or foam and just some quickly bubbliness right after the pour only. Slightly oily looking dark dark brownie brown to black. Charcoal, dark roasted to burnt malts imbue a faint smoldering campfire with roasted marshmellows and pungent black coffee smell. Thin creamy coffee taste to start. his moves to a rosted, then burnt malt reminding me of burnt oatmeal. This paate is a light oil with thin flavors, minus the burnt grain appeal. I was pretty disapponted with the outcome of this beer.

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Photo of AnonymousNick
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light-colored for this style, and I knew I shouldn't treat it like a normal imperial stout as soon as I poured it.

The aromas and flavors are cocoa, coffee, dried fruit, etc. and it's actually quite complex.

It's just too bad it comes off as way too thin and watery. Like another reviewer said, it's like a double version of Guinness, which could work if it had quite a bit more carbonation. This could be an interesting dry-ish stout, but the flatness makes it taste sweeter than it should.

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Photo of AndrewNations
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice Dark Brown with shades of Orange. No insane darkness or anything like other styles of this beer. Few Bubbles, No head and no lacing.

S - Some faint notes of chocolate and smoke, maybe a bit of sweet caramel.

T - a lot of different things going on but nothing overpowers the other. Sweet Leathery taste along with some smoke. Not sure of the yeast but I might be ale Belgian as I get some of the nose and the taste. The dry finish also leads me to thing its a Belgian ale yeast.

M - thin

D - Given the mouth feel and taste this is fairly drinkable. Given its viscosity I can drink a couple of these whereas something thicker, I could not.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
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 PBoegel
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a Brooklyn Beer Snifter. Freshness was July 2010.

The beer pours black and was fairly apparently under carbonated. Poured with some more vigor and could muster a brown head, with little to no retention, but soapy bubbles.

The aromas were mainly chocolate and some roast, no hop aroma, not a lot of complexity. Nothing off putting though, just very melllow, and I would say the lack of apparent carbonation could lead to some of the flatness of character.

Some roasted barley and ashen character in the flavor upfront, followed by some milk chocolate and faint notes of vanilla. Fairly astringent in the finish, even for a stout. The bitterness was lower than expected for an 8% stout. Some flat cola-esque sweetness and iced coffee character.

Somewhat thin, under carbonated and lacking in complexity. Overall very disappointing. I think a lot of the flaw in this beer is the really dramatic lack of carbonation and how that impacts the aroma and flavor profiles.

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Photo of Zorro
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with next to no head.

Smell is bread and a little patent malt and faint black currant. Chocolate is present as is hay, not a very aromatic beer at all.

The taste starts out coffee and vanilla and oak. Chocolate flavor and astringent it really dries out the mouth. Strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry mouth.

Frankly, this beer sucks. Don't bother with this one get Rasputin or Stone RIS instead. This is a REALLY good example of a beer not being good just cause it came from far away.

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Photo of kirkpjr
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.
Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very thin pour. Dark but some light comes through. Minimal head. No lacing, nothing at all. Nothing I would picture as a "twisted merciless stout."

S: Sweet malt. Something unpleasant here - smells like a wet dog. A little boozy. Very unimpressive.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts. It really is hard to enjoy the taste with that smell hitting your nose.

M: Very low carbonation. For looking so thin, it coats the mouth more than expected.

D: What a disappointment. Picked this beer up in FL to enjoy here, but I don't know how I'm going to finish it.

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, was initially excited to try this beer - but it let me down hard. Poured a dark, ruby color - not much head nor carbonation. The nose was sweet, roasty and had some fig-like esters. The alcohol comes out a little in the nose. The taste is incredibly thin and watery - not much flavor. It kind of tastes like an undercarbonated cola, sweet and syrupy. The finish lingers, somewhat medicinal and roasted. Calling this a "stout" is an empty promise, and I hope this brewery makes some adjustments to their malt bill.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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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3.62 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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