Temptation | Durham Brewery Ltd

32 Ratings

Brewed by:
Durham Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CRJMellor on 04-13-2005

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of MAB
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired?!!!! Say it ain't so!
This was on sale at Co-op Liquor Store, and what a bargain it turned out to be. Perhaps the best Russian Imperial I've ever had. At least in the top 2.
Deep brown and opaque, there isn't much head.
Smell is of roasted barley (naturally)/ hints of chocolate.
The mouthfeel was fabulous. Generally I find this style to be quite thick and sticky or syrupy, but this was just lovely.
As a result, the taste was an even bigger hit of coffee, licorice, and roasted malts.
I'm going back to the store for more, today.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BBP
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black with a slight brown head.

S- Licorice is the most prominent aroma. Boozed is second. Slight coffee.

T- Somewhat the reverse of the aroma. Coffee is definite and the licorice is more of a background flavor. Very rich but a tad light. Everything is much better as this warms up. It gains a lot of intensity and character.

M- Medium to heavy body. Somewhat dry and slightly sticky.

O- Quite good but a hint light. More or less lacking in follow through. It provides a solid flavor but if only it could last a bit longer.

Drinkability is solid. I didn't get a trace of alcohol. It's a shame that this one is retired. I would pick up more for sure, if it were still within my grasp.

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Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Is it really a one-off brew? Weird, as I keep seeing it available in different shops and places. Anyway... Bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown glass bottle, "Brewed Sept. 2005", "Best b/w Jan. 2006 and Jan. 2011". served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass in two pours.

A: pours a jet black hue; a spongey-textured khaki frothy head sustains very well, and leaves tight sheets of lacing behind; seemingly lively carbonated body, as far as the streams of light-coloured tiny fizz just below the foamy head are concerned. Great-looking beer.
S: very intense roasty and sweet-malty aroma: melted (75%-) dark chocolates, sweet coffee and roasted (wal-)nuts' roasty edge with a tarry kick, combining with a heavier, sweet malt-grist and treacles-like malty platform (with a faint trace of chicory-honey...?!); a rather perfumy-fruity hoppyness (the label says it's Goldings~~), a subtly sour dark fruitiness, and semi-sharp hop resins at the back help result in an overall 3D-structured aroma... The warming alc. sustains firmly in the background, not unexpectedly due to its abv. Very intense, but not harsh or intrusive, well-blended, with plenty of hops to boot... albeit a touch too sweet for me.
T: oily and lubricating coffee-syrup and coffee-liquor prevails upfront with a subtle entry of sour-sweet ripe dark fruits or dried black dates... followed by creamy black malts, treacles, a deeply aromatic roasty edge of roasted-nuts (walnuts+almonds) plus chocolate-coated coffee-beans, before a licorice-like herbal bitter taste and aroma assume the dominance in the long aftertaste and expands to the deep end of the tongue... the chewy and lengthy dryish-bitterness boasts a good input of hops, while a soothing flow of warming alc. quietly slip down the throat, like the smooth "kick-back" of a mellow Port. Surprisingly clean finish, without undesirable syrupy or thick mouthfeel.
M&D: 110%-bodied and blown with layers of flavours, but deeply in line with modern English interpretation of Russian Imperial Stout or a super-robust version of sweet Stout, not as bold and hoppy as American counterparts, nor as woody and stale as traditional English RIS. The result is utterly enjoyable though, showing a skilful-blending of black malts and good body of hops, as shown by the lingering bitterness, although a fuller performance of complexity is yet to be brought up--maybe because this bottle is still too young? Gotta grab several more bottles to age and see its true potential. A really enjoyable beer all in all!!

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of brendan13
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles says best between March 20007 & March 2012. Hopefully I'll be able to hold onto the other bottle longer than this one...
A - Poured into a a snifter blacker than a midnight sky with a few centimetres of light brown head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Smell is chocolate, alcoholic fruitiness.
T - Taste is pretty complex and full on. I get chocolate, dark fruits, quite a strong smokiness, fairly full on alcohol presence.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low carbonation.
D - A very intriging RIS that will be interesting to see how it ages. 6 months into it's 5 year suggested drinking period it's pretty good.
A damn fine beer to treat with respect.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soulgrowl
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consummately black with a thin, coffee-brown head. Deliriously complex aroma, Black Sambuca and dark Belgian chocolate, dark rum and dark treacle, coffee, port, and vanilla. Thick and very ripe on the palate, supersaturated with figs, licorice, molasses, and sherry. Profoundly malty with nary a hint of hops, save for a slight citric bitterness that gets lost a bit in the bitterness of dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt grain. Oily and thick, rich and robust, a lovely sipping beer for after dinner.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before Feb 2016. Not gonna wait that long.

This beer pours an eight-ball black, with very slight cola edges when cast in the light of the longest day of the year, and gives up but a thin cap of creamy mocha head, which races away, leaving a perfect ring of gasket lace around the glass. It smells of earthy black licorice, bitter coffee, hard toffee, and some fruity vinous character. The taste is bitter, almost salty licorice root (like those weird Scandinavian candy/cough drops) , caramel toffee malt, mild lactic coffee, and black fruit that's been yuk-a-fluxed (my uni's term for bins of fruit immersed in booze, and the party that usually resulted from it). The carbonation is soft, if just bubbling (not really) under the surface, the body not quite full and solid, but doing the full-on press in pursuit, rendering a smooth and alcohol-tinged silkiness to the whole deal. It finishes more off-dry than actually sweet, stringently liquored up, and tempered further by the aforementioned earthy hot licorice.

A differently enjoyable animal than to which I am accustomed, for the RIS beast. Malt and coffee take a backseat, with a tolerable heat, and earthy root sweetness (ok, I'll say 'licorice' again) stepping up.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours the darkest cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a chocolate laced two finger head and average lacing,the aromas are dark mocha,roasted dark coffee malts and some coffee infused alcohol,it has a rather lucious full mouthfeel which is lightly sticky and coats the mouth with flavours of dried dark fruits,dark exspresso,shaved milky chocolate and finishes with a fruity,alcoholic,choc pudding bittersweetness and overall its a very decent brew that will revisit cheers.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Bottle conditioned, and hoofed back from the UK by him. A hearty thanks for the opportunity... Note that the label also notes that it is "suitable for vegetarians", thank goodness...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a dense 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades but hangs on with a combination of small and airy bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Looked like a cask brew presentation, which is I assume the point. Aroma is dark grains with, some vinous fruits appearing as well. Flavor is hearty dark grains, with the dark fruits and alcohol also raising their hands and shouting "HERE!" Mouthfeel is smooth, albeit a tad bit thin for the style, and drinkability is good as well. Very enjoyable offering, search it out.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Modest brownish head.

Aroma: Licorice, dried fruit, alcohol.

Taste: Heavy! Robust chocolate cake flavours, with dried fruit and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Oily, heavy bodied.

Overall: Would be a good beer for the Christmas season, but almost too heavy for normal occasions.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour jet black with a thick dark tan head. This bubbles away and slowly drops to a thin cap.

S - Molasses, toffee, rum-soaked prunes, figs, coffee, chocolate, honey.

T - honey sweetness and ripe dark fruit at first. Caramel/toffee fill the mouth in the middle, with coffee creeping through towards the end. Liquorice comes through right at the end, before chocolate takes over in the aftertaste along with a hint of alcohol warmth

M - Medium-full smooth body. Soft carbonation.

D - Lighter than other RIS's I've tried, aiding drinkability. Another very tasty offering from Durham.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/6/11

A looks black but with some light behind it I see dark cola edges, fast falling three finger head fell fast enough that I didn't take not of the color and no lace at all

S smokey licorice with some milk chocolate and molasses

T very dark licorice in the mouth with no hint of 10% whatsoever, some plum, date and raisin are all covered in chocolate with some espresso in the background

M quite thin for the style and it could use some more bubbles to be honest

O flavors dead on and other areas lack so it's all how you weight things I suppose, good overall but not by much

complex flavors but looks like nothing special and feels a little lousy compared to other brews within the style

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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned stout that Jeremy and Karen brought back from the GBBF and shared with us the other night - cheers guys! Slightly opaque dark brown body with a finger of tan head that quickly dropped to a film and left some lace spots. Fruity, sweet, slightly roasty and boozy nose seems more hybrid than RIS. Sweet fruit-forward flavour with a spicy, alcoholic character. Were it not for the RIS designation in the label description I'd probably peg this as some take on a Belgian style like a BSDA or dubbel. Medium, slick body with restrained carbonation.

An odd duck that I enjoyed, but one that seems to defy any style categories. I'm interested to try more from Durham, though I won't go into it expecting a pitch perfect rendition of the style!

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep maroon with black current down the middle. Thin froth of tan head rises and disappears.
Aroma of chocolate, raisins, nuts and resined hops and some caramel.
Flavor is chocolate covered caramel with a wheat backbone and some dark citrusfruit notes as it warms.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin for style. Very dry finish leaves a slightly chlaky aftertaste.
Drinkability is solid excpet for the little bit of thinness mentioned before.

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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Durham Brewery Temptation Russian Imperial Stout-

I picked up this beauty on the Island of Lindisfarne back in May of 2011. The gorgeous, medieval-themed label notes that this is from Gyle #2174, and that it’s best before February of 2016. We’re drinking it tonight as we thought it fitting. Split with my wife into two small 8oz brandy snifters, this pours out a dark brown that shows black in the glass. There’s an immense (surprisingly so) amount of tiny carbonation, which keeps a creamy light-tan head upon the beer and leaves nice lacing. Immediately I get wonderful vinous and dark fruit aromas that, coupled with the high levels of carbonation, suggest that this may have a bit of a wild yeast infection. Instead of being a turnoff, this actually lead to more anticipation, as Boulevard’s accidentally Brett’d imperial stout had been fantastic. Coffee, dark roasted grains, alcohol, and a typically ‘English’ earthy/yeasty note join the vinous aromas to make for a complex and inviting nose. Mellow, dark roasted grains with just a hint of medium-roast coffee flavors meld with moderate levels of dark cherry, moderate levels of alcohol (though it’s not quite hot) and a moderately bitter finish with a ghostly hint of chocolate. Very much in the English style, this shows a nice balance between malt, roast, bitterness, alcohol, and dark fruit. This is just a touch hot for what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t aged in the most ideal conditions (and that’s a bit of an understatement). At 4.59 pounds (around $7.12 a 500ml bottle) this isn’t cheap, but it is a really good (and likely, somewhat authentic) English RIS. Smooth body, but it doesn’t feel like 10%; this feels fairly well attenuated. Overall, a really nice treat, and I’m really glad I picked this up, though I’d like just a bit more intensity of flavor. Nice way to celebrate tonight!

87/100 = B Would be a bit higher, but for the price-point

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Photo of Martine
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black, paper thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Molasses and toffee, with some peaty smoked malts on the finish.

T - The molasses, black licorice and toffee notes dominate, making for a very tasty Imperial Stout. Some bold espresso flavours come through on the finish alongside some sweet alcohol heat.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a bit thin for my liking. Could certainly use a carbonation lift.

O - If it weren't for the mouthfeel, this would certainly be a strong contender for top rated Imperial Stout. If you can grab a bottle, it's certainly worthy with some nice bold flavours. The black licorice and molasses notes are fantastic!

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