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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with almost no head; a thin layer of single bubbles even after a good swirl.

Nose is relatively non assertive very light coffee/carmel with hints of sweet fruit-nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is medium. Actually feels thin, for some reason, but it is not; there is some body to the beer.

The flavors and general character of the beer is very simple dark roasted coffee...period. This is very much like carbonated strong coffee with few other characters or qualities.

The finish itself is a mouthful of bitter roasted espresso beans. This is coffee all the way with little else. Not a lot of character; great if you are a real coffee fan. Finish of bitter coffee does go to a bit of bitter grapefruit and pine. Finish may be the strength of the beer.

While there is a very strong coffee character to this beer it is not all that pleasant and while some beers invite greater consumption, this one is one I would not finish or seek to drink again.
I may actually have to try this again simply to confirm that I did not get a bad bottle.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out looking like a pretty good stout, The color was black and had a decent lookin tan head on it. The lacing wasn't too bad either. The smell of the beer was roasted and and had a little bit of a wooden smell to it. The taste actually had a little bit of an aged wooden flavor to it. The other flavors seemed to be a creamy like a milk stout. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. I really thought this would have been a better beer overall. I wasn't too impressed by it.

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

A nice Stout that seems to fall somewhere between and Extra Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer holds light carbonation, leading to a simple head formation, and later laced fairly well.

Faint aromas of roasted grains (actually more toasted than roasted) and sweetness that seems to come from caramel malts, fruity esters, and milk sugars. No hops or any other complexities.

Sweet with caramel, maltose, and lactose; the beer might pass as a Sweet Stout if these sweet attributes were pushed a bit further. Nutty and estery throughout. Grapes and licorice leading the way with the esters. Not as aggressive with the chocolates or coffee as many bolder Stouts, but these characteristics are evident nonetheless.

Quite a bit of lingering sweetness on the tongue and palate, but still malty and nicely attenuated as well. Bittered by hops but struggles to compete with the sweetness. Quite light in body for most Stout styles. Not as dry as I'd hope for an Imperial, but not as sweet as I'd like in a Milk or Sweet Stout.

Although the beer is tasty and easy to drink, it's somewhat forgetable as it doesn't define itself realy well. This is a well brewed beer but the recipe doesn't hit a home run for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix between some roasted coffee and lightly bitter malt. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is also low but alcohol was not discernable. I would have appreciated this beer even more with some black chocolate notes and some additional complexity.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

A: No head, just a few large bubbles on the sides. Dark brown color that almost makes it to black.

N: Some sweet malts, molasses, brown sugar, and a little smoked malt.

T: Semi rich, with some creamy stout flavors, a little roasty porter flavor, little dark chocolate, some fruit and smoked malts, more maple syrup and brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and almost no carbonation.

F: Slightly dry with a lingering smoke, fruit, and sweet malts, as well as maple. A little oak seems to come out here as well.

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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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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rolls out a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate, licorice candies, coffee, and an all-around earthiness. Rich, vinous fruitiness present. Minor blip of higher alcohols. With some slight warming, the coffee notes deepen to give a touch of Kahlua.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with flavors of baker's chocolate and espresso with a more restrained fruitiness. An earthy roastiness pairs with the lightly herbaceous hops to provide a moderate amount of bitterness. As with the nose, a bit of added warmth helps to bring out more of the chocolate and coffee tones. A bit chalky and a touch of alcohol warmth on the roasty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Leans towards being relatively mild and easy-going as opposed to other stouts that are bold and brash.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More devil's food cake black than German chocolate cake brown. However, sunlight is easily seen on the opposite side of the glass, which is inexcusable in an 8.0% stout. The bubbly crown is the color of wet sand and looks decent enough. Wonderful looking lace almost makes up for the lack of opacity in the beer.

The nose is musty and dusty. Other than that, this BrewDog offering smells like a classic double stout... that is somewhat lacking in power and personality. Warming results in an olfactory tanginess reminiscent of an Imperial milk stout, if there is such a beast.

Rip Tide is too light to be a member in good standing of the stated style. There's nothing whatsoever going on that could be considered double or Imperial. It's still a flavorful little stout that is crying for more depth and breadth. Perhaps a wider variety of dark malts is the answer. More total malt should come first, however.

Along the bottom of the label are the words 'twisted merciless stout'. The twist might refer to the fruitiness of what tastes like American C-hops. Ain't no way this sucker is merciless. The flavor profile consists of grapefruit zest-flecked chocolate fudge cake covered with caramel icing. Maybe a hint of light molasses as well.

The mouthfeel score is probably too generous. If one chooses to ignore the stated style and the ABV, however, it earns the 3.5 fairly easily. Laid back carbonation is a help rather than a hindrance.

BrewDog Rip Tide is a better beer than the final score would indicate. Problem is, it's a middleweight attempting to slug it out in a ring full of heavyweights. Even though I'm enjoying it for what is, I hope this isn't the base beer for the Scotch whisky-aged offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head that leaves substantial lace on the glass. Dark brown color, but light passes through.

Mild chocolatey aroma. Some chalkiness, slightly milky.

Very much like a chocolate milk--creamy and slightly sweet. Nice hop finish along with some bittering black patent. Relatively thin brew.

Could this be an Imperial Porter? It is missing the cutting edge of burnt malt flavors. It is not as full bodied as most regular stouts, much less an Imperial one. Still, this is a very good tasting beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black with no head and very little carbonation.

s - Smells of a little bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Little bit of booze too.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, and booze.

m - Smooth, medium body and little carbonation.

d - Thought this beer was ok. Probably wouldn't pick up again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours an opaque obsidian with not a head but rather a halo of tan bubbles that dies away very quickly and leaves very little in the way of lacing. The nose is surpringly faint, with notes of coffee, licorice, and roasted malts trying in vain to invade the nostrils in full force. The taste's invasion is also stymied, as somewhat bland notes of dark coffee, anise, and wheat meekly hitting the beaches and being met with heavy suppressing fire. Underwhelmingly bland, to put it another way. The body is a light-heavy, with just a bit too much carbonation and a texture far too akin to water. Overall, a very ho-hum and disappointing brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #001
Best before date of 3/3/09

Pours a dark brown color with a fingers worth of fluffy mocha head which retains very well. Spotty amounts of lacing on the glass. Aroma of this is slightly fruity with notes suggesting chocolate and alcohol. Citrus hops present blended with coffee in the backend. Taste is slightly fruity with citrus from the hops along with dark bitter chocolate, licorice and some solvent alcohol. Finishes bitter with coffee notes blended with hops and alcohol. As it warms the alcohol comes through along with some smokiness in the flavor profile. Feel is moderately light with a fair amount of carbonation. There is a lingering taste of alcohol, hops and burnt grain left in the mouth. Many flavors are pulling through this beer but at times it seems a bit watered down or hollow for a double. Overall it is good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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 liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter, bottle courtesy of Long813; Batch 097 with a BBD of April 16, 2012. Cheers dude!

Pours a few shades off of a midnight black, with about two and a half fingers of a somewhat soapy, mocha head. Decent, fat lacing lines the glass with some mild retention. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and touch of smoke. Rich, roasted malts in the taste, loaded with a ton of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and maybe some dark fruits which lie almost undetectable (at least by palate) in the background. Full bodied mouthfeel, with a fairly low carbonation level and a bitter and dry finish, likely attributed to the coffee. Quite drinkable at the ABV. Fairly good stuff here, good but a little lacking in the flavour department.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid chocolate and roasted malt scent that's sweet with a creamy feel. The taste is decent also. It has a very smooth, chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes on the sweet side. There is a light warmth, but really the alcohol is well hidden. The malt bill doesn't appear too complex, however the drinkability is quite good. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking double stout, although it's one I'll probably steer clear of in the future.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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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