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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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 SkeeterHawk
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up for a steal at the Spec's on 249, so let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: There was very little off-gas when the cap was popped and the beer poured a very dark black color with a small 1/8" head at the max that faded quickly after a pretty aggressive pour. There are a few bubbles jetting to the top, which looks a little weird that they are rising so quickly. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet dark caramel malt and hops are the predominant aspects of the aroma. There are some dark fruits like plums in particular. There is a little bit of spice noticeable already from the alcohol, but this isn't clashing with the ensemble.

Taste: The overall body of this beer is surprisingly thin. There are some mild chocolate notes to go with the strong fruity esters, and the hops are contributing a pretty significant amount of floral aspects to the flavor as well. The body is medium to light with low carbonation. The finish is rather balanced between the malt and hops, but the carbonation being low detracts from the overall presentation.

Opinion: This is an OK beer, but the carbonation being low really detracts. If that was changed, this would be a different beer. As it is, it is OK, but a bit thin. It was definitely worth the price I paid for it, but I won't be going back to this much as the beer is good but doesn't have much to set it apart except that fact that it is dry and would be really drinkable if the carbonation was higher.

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Photo of marty21
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights near light. It had a small head that didn’t last long at all. Settles a ring of big bubbles around the glass and left a few specs of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt and dark chocolate with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

T: Roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Almost a musty aftertaste. The taste is really thin for an Imperial stout.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

O: I can’t believe how thin the taste is for this beer. It looked and smelt like an Imperial stout but the taste didn’t compare to them.

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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 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 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 PaulStoneAnchor
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After opening a bottle from a recent trade, and trying this for a second time, it still is very complex. The appearance is very cask-like with little to no carbonation. It is like having it straight from the fermenter, I tend to really enjoy the light carbonation because you get to try the beer for what it is. The smell has a lot of roasted coffee, fig, raisin, and light dark chocolate. I really enjoyed the taste it had a lot to offer and was very complex. I got a lot of fig, raisin, coffee, and small amounts of dark chocolate. I think the addition of the turbinado sugar gives it a lot of complexity, with the amplification of the molasses character it already has. Overall, after have tried this again almost after a year, this has definitely held its own. This is one amazing beer, I really enjoy the nuances this beer displays from the different adjuncts it uses. I think the Turbinado adds a lot of molasses and figgy character. Brewdog definitely does some great beers and they are amazing.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black with no head and little signs of carbonation. it doesn't pour very thick though so it doesn't seem to be overly viscous from that.
S: Molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and some roasty smells. What you'd expect a good stout to smell like.
T: starts off very funky with no discernable flavor and then delivers an uppercut to the taste buds with a sharp slightly bitter taste that gives way to some delicious roasty and chocolate flavors. There is a kiss of sweetness toward the back with a bit more roasty flavor to go around and another dose of bitterness finish things off.
M: drying on the palate, a little thin and lacking carbonation.
D: it's a bit funky but I like that it's different. Not sure if it's in a good or bad way. It could be the bottle and I think I won't have an issue finishing the 750.

Overall: an interesting offering from the BrewDog and I wish I would have gotten to this one a bit sooner.

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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 IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from an 11.2oz bottle with a best by 3/3/2011 date. Poured deep brown to black with an amber hue on the edges of the glass. No head at the pour but left a wispy beige cap. Mellow roasted malt and bitter-sweet chocolate aromas. Rich, syrupy smooth feel with very light carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Dark chocolate and deep roasted malty flavors in the beginning and through the middle that let a pleasant pine hoppy flavor pull through at the finish. Finishes dry and resinous.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle at a local pub

A- Extremely dark brown but not totally black, light is able to shine through. A small but nice and enough persistent brownish foamy head

S- Not impressive. It's mainly burnt malts, along with some chocolate and coffee

T- The malts are right there at first, along with chocolate and some dark fruits hints: at first this beer is almost sweet, even if it leaves a strong roasted aftertaste on the palate. After a while the sweetness fades and leaves room for the classical stoutish coffee flavour, but the roasted malts are getting stronger and stronger and starting to cover up flavours

M- The beer is not well balanced in my opinion. As i said, the strong roasted/smoked taste gets too dominant and also gets boring after a while, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste on yuor palate. The beer is still very smooth on the mouth and enough bodied though

D- That's where the main issues are. The unpleasant smoked aftertaste is too strong and, even if the beer feels good on the mouth and has nice flavours, gets your palate asking for water (or for another brew)

Thats a good beer but not a excellent one, and since it is not a highly drinkable one i don't think i'd like to have another

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up from Bert's bierhuis.

Poured into as snifter.

Poured pitch black but when held up to the light you can see it's not too thick. One finger and half of lively, light brown foam.

Fairly bold nose. Notes of hop but mainly sweet malts and ripe fruits. Also a bit of chocolateand coffee.

Nothing to prominent upfront. Coffee, chocolate with a little bit of bitterness. Nothing in your face.

It's creamy and smooth with a lot of carbonation but light in the mouth. Could drink a couple of these and would be happy to do so.

Not bad, not bad at all. While it's listed as a American Double/ Imperial Stout it also brings back memories of Irish/ English Stouts. It's not of those really big "I'm your breakfast, lunch and diner stouts".
When you are in the mood for something lighter and an easy to drink stout pick you might like this.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a sniffer given this is my first try o this beer and I wanted to get the most from the nose etc.

Huge bold and deep dark body color that doesn't quite block the sun as light can shine through and shows off a cola-like reddish hue.It pours with very little action or fan-fare and a thinnish coating of head is the result.

At this stage everything is still very much stout, with the aroma consisting of syrupy malt notes with ripe dark fruits like figs, raisons, dates and prunes. The taste follows suit and carries the same taste with that charred meat rind that comes along with roasted dark fruits and smoked nuts.

Many times the notes of this beer seem to fall a little short of the mark. The syrup fruitiness of the fruits seem to fade away rather quickly into a featureless finish. At other times it is not as "grainy and earthy" as some stouts can be and those who enjoy that will feel a little empty.

Whilst the body is quite full and heavy it is actually a fraction on the light side if it was to be compared to some of its peers. Carbonation is also lighter than one might expect.

A good effort from Brew Dog although there are definitely better Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.44/5  rDev -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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Photo of WhiteOak
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark cola brown with a chestnut edge. The dark tan head is negligible, fading to nothing in an instant.

S- Aroma of figs and dates, carob coated raisins, and roasted malt.

T- There is an initial impression of charred malt/ashtray and some sweetness, with just a hint of dark dried fruits. But then, surprisingly, things just fall right off. The flavor doesn't fade, it just quits abruptly. So the finish falls flat and is rather empty for the style. The flavors aren't bad, just lacking in the final stretch. Not bad, but not big.

M, D- A bit thin on substance. Some more body would be preferred.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 123. Labeled as best before 7/7/10. When poured, almost no head to speak of. Aroma of molasses, malt, a touch of alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is sticky with bitter dark chocolate and molasses. Nice body and mouthfeel with a bit of a tart finish.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with a bit of ruby outlining the beer. No head and just a slight bit of lace around the rim.

Smell: Has a sweetness to it, along with a dough smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Not heavy feeling like some stouts can be. This one is on the light side and has a real sweetness that is unusual for this style. Tends to have a fruity-perfume taste that is not too overwhelming, but rather, lurking underneath the surface. Also, I'm getting a bit of spruce or pine taste creeping up. Did I mention that this one has a sweet bite to it? Because it does....the end sip is where it really comes out. Nice.

Drinkability: While this stout is not your dad's stout, it is however a good take on the style. Brewdog is all about pushing the envelope and Rip Tide is a perfect example and another honorable mention in their collection. Nice work. Will find this one again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: solid black, little head, not much carbonation
S: very powerful whiff of molasses
T: a bit of smoked stout--very, very nice; complex and thoughtful; comes close to a single-malt scotch; leathery; that's my kind of stout, but it might not be yours

Overall, I find this a very very appeling, seductive stout, very mature and complex

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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 sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

split this beer with my mother in law over a nice dinner.
Poured into a pint glass at cellar temp the beer exhibits a dark black to cola brown hue. Minimal tan head foams up and fades to a thin edge layer relatively quickly, leaving a clear surface.
The aroma is malty and roasty with molasses and coffee ground mixing together.
No hop presence to speak of that I can detect. Alcohol is fairly well hidden as well.
First sip reveals a pretty thick but not chewy body with a sticky texture that coats my palate on each sip.
Again flavor is all malt with roast grains, molasses, and a hint of raisins. Some warm booze on the finish but not enough to put this into the sipper-only category for me.
Hops dont show up on the flavor profile.
The beer is well constructed and doesnt have flaws, but the complexity is a little lacking. A solid Imperial Stout but not in the top tier IMO. Enjoy the beer, the complexity could make it more of a social beer, but the ABV will sneak up on you a bit.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog Rip Tide coming out of a bottle bought at Rochester's own Beers of the World and poured into a cheap hotel glass in Buffalo.

Appearance: Dark raisin-brown color, very opaque. No head, no lacing, almost no carbonation. Only the slightest of bubbles. Pours like an old wine. Not as expected.

Smell: Smoky all around. Comes through like a fireplace after Grandma left it on all night and the firefighters had to hose it down with some very cold and slightly stinky municipal water. It also smells like raw chicken and dirty cutting board after fabricating some low-quality poultry in the god-forsaken kitchen of some faraway regional brewpub. Aromas of cheap Sysco bacon and/or hotel-cooked Canadian bacon offered (for an outrageous extra fee) as part of their overpriced and boring breakfast. The smell is definitely unique, but not in a good way.

Taste: Incredibly thin, then some smoke and more meaty bacon. Maybe a hint of bitter coffee. Boring. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery overall, almost no carbonation. No booze fire either. Am I reviewing wine?? A slight tad of bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Alright. I mean, it drinks OK, but I'm getting tired of Brewdog's cool-looking brews that are actually blah. This stout might be "twisted", but it is far from "merciless", except for the outrageous bacon taste.

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Photo of samtallica
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with ruby highlights, no real head to speak of. Even with a hard pour.

S: Dark malts with dried fruit dominating the nose.

T: Similar to smell, there are roasted malts in there but to me the dried fruit character of this beer dominated flavor profile.

M: Very little carbonation and very light bodied for the style.

D: It's definitely easy to drink because of the lack of body.

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Photo of beerphan
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.4oz bottle -> american pint
Batch 004 best before 09/09/09 printed on label

Pours dark brown with deep scarlet highlights in the light, which comes through much more than expected for an impy. The small brownish head deposits chalky blotches of lace initially but quickly fades and leaves the glass and clean as can be had.

Nose: Roasted malt, licorice, some booze, light dark fruits

Feels a tad under-carbonated, but smooth and clean. Roasted malts with no real chocolate or coffee flavors standing out, seems to be a well blended malt flavor profile. The initial charred malts are followed by a welcome dark fruit finish. Bitterness balances a tad, but doesn't last or blast.

This beer is no longer listed on Brew Dogs website, so I'm not sure what the hop presence is supposed to be. My recollection of Brew Dog, is big hopped beers, so this may be lacking considering its 1 year 3 months old, but besides the lack of hops i think it holds up well, though more a double or extra stout than an impy.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into imperial pint.

Bottle says best before 9-9-09. Should be interesting to see if this is any good still.

A- Pours a dark cherry crimson with a small quarter finger worth of head that recedes quickly. Looks like coke on the initial pour.

S- Roasted malts, some dark chocolate and maybe even a little dark fruit. This has probably mellowed a good amount as there is no alcohol present.

T- Smooth malts, some soft chocolate and cocoa notes. Seems as this beer has started to oxidize just a little bit but seems to add another layer to it. Again, just a slight note of some dark fruits. No presence of alcohol.

M- Thin bodied, about as thin as you could get for the style. Not very much carbonation to speak of. Feels pretty smooth on the tongue.

D- This reminds me more of a mix between a stout and a suped up brown ale. This bottle has some age on it but it seems to have done it some good. I was able to pick this bottle up for $5 and for that price it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of bruachan
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

head is a little weak. sudsy

chocolate aroma. at first blush it seems a little solventy

really low bitterness...low enough to fail to keep the malt bill balanced (at least up front). or at least that's what it seems. it could also be that this brew is super smooth and doesn't give my tongue a chance to enjoy the scenery. regardless, the body doesn't stack up for a double/imperial stout. astringency from roasting; and there is some bitterness afterall, but it's late in the game (after the beer is gone, really)

malt profile needs complexity. some sweetness and some roastiness won't cut it, to be honest

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Between the bottle and the glass, it has a kind of chestnut red colour. In the glass, it's deep and dark with bits of chestnut-coloured light on only a few edges. It has tons of head... I couldn't even pour the whole bottle out at once. The head slowly retreated, leaving big, creamy dimples and bubbles on top... like a half-done pancake in the pan. There was solid lacing the whole way down.

It has malty smells of date squares. It also had a bit of a hoppy / fruity smell... really, it's like someone took a bit of a strong IPA and mixed some of it in with this stout.

The flavour is nice. The 8% is almost completely buried in taste and feel. Most notes are standard stout ones... chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a bit of dough / bread. The slight alcohol and hoppy notes give it a tinge that's kind of like an IPA, kind of like a red wine.

The feel is not too thick, and not too watery. Just about right. The finish is sticky.

Overall, this is a very drinkable stout that has a unique trait or two. I wouldn't say it's exactly "merciless" or "twisted" (in a crazy sense) like the bottle says, but that's kind of what I expect from BrewDog; good, interesting beer that's well packaged and covered in all kinds of bravado and character.

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Riptide from BrewDog
3.62 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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