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 CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large tan head leaving plenty of lacing.
Nose shows loads of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, with oatmeal showing up soon after. There's quite a fair bit of hops present also providing spicy, piney and earthy characters.
Flavours are dominated by the hops with loads of piney resinous notes hiding some roasted syrupy sweet malt. Almost cloying actually. Finishes with a bold bitterness, although it cant compete with the sweetness.
Nice creamy carbonation, although if it was a little higher it might help cut through the copious amount of malt.
Way too sweet but otherwise reasonably good.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: pource à dark Brown colour with à 2 finger mocha head that leaves some Nice lacing

S: chocolate , and hops , hmm , Nice combination

T: starts with dark ( cold ) chocolate , slightly bitter cacao powder , light coffee taste and à small hop taste , very special , i like it

M: soft carbonation ( for me à little bit to soft ) , slightly smooth

D: very well balanced , Nice ( hoppy ) aftertaste mixed with coffee , alcohol is very well hidden , maybe à little bit to watery

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

A - Pours dark brown in color, no head whatsoever, looks like coffee.

S - Roasted malts, sweet molasses, mild bittersweet cocoa and coffee notes.

T - Cold boozy hot chocolate is what this one is like. Lots of cocoa notes, followed by a little bitterness, some coffee like notes, sweet molasses, and dark fruit.

M - Not my favorite, lacks carbonation and seems a bit thin for a stout.

D - I am on the fence with this one. I need to try this brew fresher before I make any real comments here.

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Photo of AdamBear
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A-black, zero matter how you pour it. looks like a black coffee

S-fairly strong, i could smell the aroma as i poured it. smells like cocoa powder.

T-well the experience is...short. its basically a good quick hit of cocoa and then its over. however, with that considered...i do like it a lot. the taste is powerful...just short

M-low carbonation, almost watery. not its most desirable aspect

D-dangerously drinkable. wow this went down quickly! in fact, i couldn't put it down. i don't know why but i just drank it so quickly and the abv doesn't hit quickly either. this bottle is not meant to be shared in my opinion...(i got the 1 pint)

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Photo of msmezher
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I've been meaning to review this beer, but wanted to do it closer to having a glass, as the last time I had a bottle was in the Spring. Rip Tide pours a slightly translucent black/brown. Light head and average retention, full malt with light hops. The Bros describe this beer as having hints of unsweetened chocolate and dry cocoa powder to the finish, I would call it more of a bittersweet chocolaty taste, on the dry side with rounded out malts. I'm not so certain a beer with this well masked alcohol should be called "merciless," as it states on the bottle. I would say for a little over a pint of stout BrewDog was quite merciful in not letting me taste how much this beer would do to me.
A solid choice, very accessible and easily appreciated, even though there are better, more complex beers in this category.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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 obrendano
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle labeled "twisted merciless stout". no real reason to argue at all

A - dark dark dark, some light manages to come through revealing an orangish/chocolatey undertone. tan head. there's something indescribably beautiful about a stout in a pint glass

S - a wallop of chocolate and dark roasted coffee, some malt and alcohol notes, but the smell of fermented hot chocolate rules the day

T - same as the smell. an initial twinge of stout bitterness gives way to a heavy cocoa powder taste, followed by some slight alcohol notes, finally settling back into a nice chocolate finish. taste stays in your entire mouth forever. I can see the possibility of being turned off by the intensity of the cocoa flavor, but I'm all for it myself

M - while nothing unusual about the body, the mouth is left bathed in sticky flavor that lasts

D - wasn't too hard to finish this at all. delicious and enjoyable

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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 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 Zimbo
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, scrolling through the other reviews of Rip Tide makes me think that there's been quite a wide degree of bottle or batch variation. That's also been my experience.

It had about an hour in the fridge and the pour was promising. The rocky full tan head formed without any real persuasion and stuck around till the end. Jet black apart from a fine line of orangy light at the bottom of the glass. Some trace of seaweed and wet Scottish beach on the nose.

It is in the taste where it delivers. There's a deep earthy depth and bitterness in the mouth followed by some long savoury punchy liquorice reminiscent of Bassetti sticks. Length is also long, warming and friendly. The alcohol does give a certain glow but it is well integrated supporting that lingering bitterness.

Certainly the best bottle I've ever had of this and at £1.42 it is a total steal. Brewdog is certainly on a roll.

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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 wagenvolks
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint.

Trying not to expect the worst from another Brewdog beer, but after my terrible experience with Storm, Rip Tide really hasn't got me too excited. Again, carbonation issues. Rip Tide pours with a glugging cola-brown body. Fat, soapy-looking bubbles slowly form up top but pop quickly, and all that's left behind is a thin wisp of khaki foam atop a thin, dark mahogany body. Aroma is a step in the right direction, with good notes of roasted coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate malts. Porter-like lactose in the background with some earthy hops and brown sugar sweetness.

Oh my, there's actually some carbonation in this thing! Flavor is better than anticipated, with roasty dark malts and mocha. Spice and dark, fruity rum notes mid-sip; the finish is slightly sour with some vanilla and molasses. Well-hidden booze. The body isn't as big and full as most Imperial Stouts, but the thinness actually keeps Rip Tide drinkable. Under-carbonated, yes, but it kind of adds a U.K. flair to the whole experience. All in all, a decent beer, but I'm glad I only paid $1.99 for it.

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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 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 Long813
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dated: batch - 097, best before 16-04-12
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Deep dark down body with two fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Mix of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and other roasted malts. Mellow aromas.

T: Roasted malts, coffee and a touch of bitter chocolate. Very weak flavours.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth texture and leaves a roasted aftertase. The alcohol is quite prevalent here.

D: Another let down by BrewDog. The texture was thinner than I would have expected and the flavours were weak.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, at Olympen, Oslo. ABV was 8.0%. Dark ruby colour, nearly black. Minimal tan head, low carbonation. Nice aroma of roasted malts, sweetened coffee, chocolate and dark dried fruits. The flavour is fairly sweet with a distinct roastiness, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Good stuff.

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

Very dark brown but not quite pitch black with a small but creamy tan head.

Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, nuts and rich, dried fruit permeate the aroma.

Actually quite a disappointing flavour. I get a sort of empty bitterness, a light sweetness, some moderate roast, moderate alcohol and none of the chocolate and coffee expected.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A disappointing Imperial Stout that lacks what I expect in the style. Not quite there.

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Photo of DMBoSox11
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #5 - 22.4 ounce bottle, with a best before date, in a snifter.

A: Black with almost no head formation at all even with an aggressive pour. No lacing.

S: Strong roasted malt with coffee and a sugary dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as it warmed, but less than I was expecting (not in a bad way).

T: As in the aroma, the roasted character is in your face. There is a burnt character that blends into the coffee flavor. It ends with chocolate covered nuts. There is very little alcohol apparent at all. I think that this beer classifies more as a subtle coffee (or more appropriately expresso) stout than an Imperial.

M: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is coating, but not entirely creamy.

D: Flat out super smooth for (or and) 8% ABV.

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

This beer pours a nice rich black with a faint reddish tint near the bottom of the glass. The yellowish-tan head is very active and foamy. At least in terms of appearance this beer doesn't disappoint. After swirling the glass around, you can catch some cereal and wheat smells in addition to the coffee and toffee smells usually associated with stouts.

The most prominent taste is a sweet chocolate one that gives way to a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being oily, which is impressive for such a strong brew. Unfortunately, the carbonation and sweetness are both a bit too active for a stout and are at odds with the rich mouthfeel. It seems like this beer can't decide whether it should be a sweet chocolate stout or an imperial stout, which is a shame because it could be a great example of either with a little balance.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. I'm probably being a bit harsh on it because stouts are my favorite style of beer, but it strikes me as more good than great. That said, I'd probably pick it up again if I got a chance.

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Photo of biglite351
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - dark, but a good deal of red around the edges. Near white tight head that leaves no lacing

S - strong malts. Some chocolate, deep and complex.

T - possibly off bottle as there is a somewhat bad flavor in the mix that I do not expect is usual. Strong flavor. Roasted malts, chocolate, possibly coffee or some such acidic flavor.

M - creamy with decent coating. Mild tingle on the sides of the tongue and back of the throat.

D - the strength (and maybe the off-ness) of the brew make this a one glass only brew.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the kind of in your face imperial stout that I often encounter
It is more like an aggressive version of the traditional british stout.

Appearance - Color is dark brown with very little head with a soapy, lasting lace.

Smell - Lactose, chocolate, coffee, intense roast, and alcohol. The alcohol bothered me at first. I swished it around quite a bit to let it breathe.

Mouthfee - Very smooth

Taste - Extremely roasty, with a lot of coffee character - some sweet chocolate malts ride through the middle, with a bit of plum and dark berry fruitiness as well - but a strong bitterness comes from behind that, making the other characteristics aside from the roastiness disappear from the palate pretty fast - the bitterness lasts quite some time through the finish, but the alcohol never presented itself as I had expected it would.

Drinkability - the dryness and bitterness work well in this one, and I kind of find it refreshing to have an impy that isn't so over the top. It is one of my very favorites now.

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Photo of mullenite
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short tan head with poor retention.

Smell is similar to darkness with the sweeter fruit aromas coming through. There is a lot more roast which is a nice change of pace. There is also a bit of smokiness that comes from British roasted malts.

More bitterness as a result of the roasted malts, again a very slightly smoked flavor comes through which adds a nice layer to the taste.

Medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I went in to this one expecting not to like it but it ended up being one of my favorites. Much dryer than most of the highly rated imperial stouts on this site, which I like, and that added smoke really brings this to another level.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up @ Whole Foods, surprised to see that it is from Batch 1, best by 9/9/09.

A: pours a dark brown with a cola like appearance, very little head, appears to be under carbonated

S: lots of deep coffee notes along with licorice and molasses, some caramel and dark fruits in there as well

T: the flavor on the palate starts with some malty sweetness but then takes a very smokey direction which is unexpected an nice. The front is a little subdued, but there are a lot of bold notes of coffee, roast, and smoke as the beer finishes. A unique imperial stout.

MF: a little on the thin side with a bit of a carbonation issue

D: not bad- very unique from what I would expect in an imperial stout.

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Photo of tbeck
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, thick black with a thin tan bubbly head. Scent was a mellow hops. Has a strong but not overpowering hoppy flavor and a smooth nut finish. Texture was where it needed to be for a stout. Thick and enjoyable beer for a cold winter evening.

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Riptide from BrewDog
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