Temptation | Durham Brewery Ltd

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
32 Ratings

Brewed by:
Durham Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CRJMellor on 04-13-2005

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JackieKu
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. BB 6/2019. Poured into tulip.

A: Opaque black. No foam.
S: Alcoholic. Roasted aroma. Little smoky. Some nuts.
T: Roasted characters come first. Slightly sweet. Finish is dry, with some nuts flavor.
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Decent imperial stout. Not great.

 282 characters

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Ed37
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of psm90
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Brewer1980
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of the4_5
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
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

 1,956 characters

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

 287 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for accommodating me Presario. Though I have enjoyed other beers from this brewery, this RIS was poorly executed and very weak for the style. Looked good, extremely dark brown and lacey with a bubbly head. It had a thinnish body and mostly licorice, without the bitterness I have come to expect on both sides of the pond. So-so drinkability, it grows on me. Dextrose. More of a porter.

 392 characters

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Jeffo
2.03/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierpalies in Belgium.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, thinner looking, fizzy tan head with lousy retention. Heady quickly fades to a thin wisp. Black body and medium carbonation evident. A light wisp and ring remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Pretty lack luster look really. Black body, but weak head.

SMELL: Bigger nose of caramel malts, toffee and lots of hops. Loads of floral hops and some piney notes as well. Interesting enough, but not to style at all.

TASTE: Follows the nose to a tee. Caramel and grainy malts, with lots of bitter floral hops at the swallow. Some piney notes as well, and some booze is definitely there. Mild but lingering aftertaste is boozy with some caramel malts and floral notes. Not very stout like at all, though it’s far from off-putting.

PALATE: Thinner body and lots of carbonation on the palate. Very light as well. Slightly prickly going down, kind of airy as well, finishes crisp on the palate. Too light, airy and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: This is just not very stout-like. Except for the feel, this is a decent beer in itself, but it’s a rough example of the imperial stout style. Doesn’t match the description on the label at all. Drink it if you’re in the mood for “a beer,” but not if you’re craving an imperial stout.

 1,371 characters

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.

 540 characters

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.

 701 characters

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, very thin sand-coloured head that sticks around, but leaves no lacing.

Roasted malt, wine, black coffee and brown sugar. Light notes of vanilla and rum.

Rich, malty flavour. Big wine and rum notes. Definite alcohol burn. Vanilla, brown sugar, coffee and caramel. A little heavy on the boozy notes, but not wholly out of line with an RIS. This could age nicely.

Low, natural carbonation and a smooth body. A bit high on the alcohol, and this affects the taste and mouthfeel somewhat, but otherwise a fairly decent RIS.

 533 characters

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!

 681 characters

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

 731 characters

Photo of biboergosum
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.

 1,244 characters

Photo of mulder1010
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Pour got a pretty big 2 finger head that quickly receded to film and bubbles. On swirling the glass got a half a finger that did the same. Kind of expected a few gurgles with it. No lacing except alcohol legs that left a few circles.

S-- Soft,light licorice and coffee smell. Not real imposing at all. Also get some dark fruits as well. Plum mostly. Mind keeps thinking Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T-- Licorice, coffee and roasted plumbs. A little medicinal but not a bad taste at all. More syrupy than anything else but not overly sweet.

M-- Lots of black licorice with hints of coffee and plumbs. Medium high carbonation and actually a light feel for the style. Hops are very prickly and active. On the syrupy side but more than workable. Soft licorice finish to this and on the dry side.

D-- ABV is well hidden for 10%. Think of this more of a cross of a Belgian style with a RIS. This is not big or massive at all. Pretty easy to drink and for it's age pretty decent. Would buy another and cellar it for a while.

 1,101 characters

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.

 497 characters

Photo of bobsy
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!

 755 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Temptation from Durham Brewery Ltd
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 32 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.