Amsterdam Barrel Aged Double Tempest | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Barrel Aged Double TempestAmsterdam Barrel Aged Double Tempest

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by jrenihan on 11-30-2013

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Photo of Sabtos
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Muted black with red edges and an almost non-existent tan ring.

I'm smelling cola, bourbon, sweet red fruit and pine, and also tasting cola and bourbon, with hot chocolate, biscuit and toffee.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yasky
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanPollock
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 edition, aged two years - 14% ABV. Near perfection !

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber from mathieuc via CANBIF shared with Derek a few weeks back, Cheers boys!! From notes

A not quite jet black, short lived finger leaves no lace as expected from this monster, she’s got legs though, small particles and colour left behind on the glass

S vanilla, fudge, burnt caramel, chocolate syrup. Some hard to place spice, licorice, heaps of sweet bourbon barrel, piles of molasses, maybe some honey and a hint of booze

T much like the nose but the intensity gets pumped right up, more booze but it’s still in check, the barrels a little charred, very rich and intense

M thick and syrupy, silky, creams up from the bubbles, some heat but its pounding my chest and brain a little harder than my throat, I’ll be tasting this stuff tomorrow as I think some got stuck in my teeth

O I loved this one from start to finish; massive beer but you can drink it with ease

I’m glad I had a second glass to pour this stuff into but to be honest I think I could’ve taken it down solo if I had to. Very enjoyable beer and even in this scorching heat it was easy to drink, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head, very thin ring of retention shows some leg.

Big boozy aroma, black strap molasses, dark rum with spice, liquorice.

Taste is alcohol forward, but lovely. Rum and treacle, vanilla, light liquorice, light roasted acidity, balanced bitterness.

Moderate to full body with a very drying finish.

Thanks Wordemupg!

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Photo of LanceH
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage which clocks in at 14%.

Pours a thin head and black as night. Aroma & flavor of chocolate cake, sweet bourbon, cherries. Feel is a bit too viscous for my taste. It's heavy and i usually like heavy ones but this one i'm on the fence. I like it but not world class (for me).

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Photo of deonreds
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevinlater
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

5oz pour at the brux house, jan 14 2016. 14% abv. dark but not entirely black, some ruby hues. alcohol-hot nose, but it is well-integrated and complementary to the fresh roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and ripe prune aromas. the flavour is incredibly balanced -- starts with a bit of ripe dark fruit acidity (mostly prunes), then goes into a roasty, chocolaty mid-palate that weaves in and out of sweet caramel and oaky vanilla barrel characteristics. the finish is most impressive, lingering with black coffee and bittersweet cocoa. mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. low carbonation. a boozy but absolutely stellar barrel-aged imperial stout

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Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from either peensteen or hopsolutely. Unfortunately I'm not as good at keeping notes as I once was. I blame (my) children... Anyways, big cheers to whomever it was!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed 14 February 2013
Bottled 4 November 2013
OG: 30*P
FG: 7.8*P
IBU: 115
ABV: 14%
Spent 9 months in the barrels
Warrior hops with 15% rye malts
Drunk right after the 2013 base beer for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, foamy, light tan, foamy head with half-decent retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a half wisp and ring, but only a ring remains until the end leaving no real lacing down the glass. A smaller head and a touch more carbonation that the base beer, but still a little too foamy.

SMELL: Lots of oak, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, sweet cream and a slight note of roasted malts, Hints of maple syrup too, though that wasn't part of the equation. Bold and really nice.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut up front. Lots of barrel flavors for sure. A big finish of sweet milk chocolate, coconut, maple syrup, toffee, and some bitter chocolate as well. Quite flavorful with some booze, bourbon barrel character and bitter chocolate lingering on the palate. Good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. A little airy and fizzy on the palate, goes down a bit fizzy and finishes mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers. Unfortunately this isn't quite up to speed.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff. Really good, and I understand why people enjoy it so much. The barrel is very present and it kind of kills the hop profile of the base beer, but that's fine in this context. In the end, this is not really a barrel aged Tempest stout anyways, as much as it's a barrel aged Tempest stout on steroids. I'm not sure it needs to be quite 14% ABV either, but I get the point. In any case, the feel could use some thickening up perhaps, but the aroma and flavor are spot on here. I really enjoyed this and would love to drink it again. If you have the chance to try this one out, don't hesitate. I can only hope that future batches are just as good. Thanks again guys! Recommended.

UPDATE: Was able to drink the 2014 and 2015 batches as well. I would say the 2015 batch was the best of the bunch so far. Same excellent aroma and flavor as the 2013 but with a better head and a heavier, creamier feel. The 2014 was good too but the extra 2% really made its mark, believe it or not. Still some good character but it's a little harsher and boozier than I'd like.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMBSH
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice thick jet black color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, bourbon, licorice, woody oak and some vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of roasted malts upfront, sweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, woody oak, toffee, licorice and faint vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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