Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
amsterdambeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a complex grain bill and three types of hops that make for a bracing bitterness which quickly blends with deep malt notes and slight spiciness.

100+ IBU

Added by Sammy on 05-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
27
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of RyanPollock
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Dark and bold! The beer pours a thick dark black with tan foam. It has a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Taste is bitter with a warm spicy quality, mild coffee undertones and a sour fruity finish. Surprisingly smooth and creamy mouthfeel even though it is listed as 9% ABV. Another superb beer from Amsterdam, I always look forward to trying out their unique offerings.

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Photo of Ryborg11
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark, rich chocolate brown. Almost looked deep purple in the right light when pouring. Beautiful looking mocha head, great retention and halo ring of frothy foam left.

Smell: Strong pleasant roasted hazelnut and coffee aroma. As the beer warmed a distinct scent of the alcohol came through but mixed well much like Bailey's and Kaluah.

Taste: Rich, creamy, tastes like perfectly roasted coffee beans which flows into sweet chocolately mocha. A hint of cherry finishes the experience. You would have no idea of the alcohol content based on the taste of this fantastic stout.

Mouthfeel: Smoothest stout I have tasted in a while, creamy and rich in the mouth. Combined with the taste gives me the sensation of a perfectly blended milkshake.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of kjyost
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of challenja
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz wax covered bottle potted into a Samuel Adams pint glass

A: dark Sacloth with a one finger wide frothy milk Chocolate head.

S: boozy bourbon Malts. Fermented red berries. Bakers yeast. Candied prunes.

T: boozy bourbon chocolate malts. Light astringent raw cocoa beans. Medium tannic coffee Americano notes. Luscious red berries and candy prunes.

M: beautiful rich and full mouthful. Creamy and delicious. A very smooth mouthfeel. This is just as mouth pleasing as surly the darkness on tap or evil twins imperial biscotti break.

O: that's is the first beer worth reviewing in Canada after many many a beer and it's a fantastic stout worthy of praise and admiration.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Cellared for 18 months.

A- black with a very very thin tan head that fades in ten seconds. Pretty standard considering its age.

S- enticing aromas of oxidized, fortified wine, port, specifically. Chocolate, but all in all, pretty low on the roast factor. A bit hot, but not too much. I'm catching the faintest, faintest whisper of umami. I'm not sure how much longer the yeast can hold out.

T- starts with sweet milk chocolate, that fades to bitter chocolate. Lots of dark fruit. Again, the roast is in lovely balance with the rest of it.

F- just the slightest prickle of carbonation. It's understandable given how it started off, and how old it is, but it's pretty close to being syrupy in a bad way.

O- really good at a year and a half. Can't hardly beat it for the price (by my American standards)

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle, poured into a tulip glass. It just went on sale at the brewery today, so this is kinda fresh for the style. I just couldn't wait. The ABV is up to 10% this year. For the wax cap (which is a wonderful piece of showmanship for a beer like this), just treat it like a wine bottle and use the cutting edge of a opener to cut around the sides of the cap.

Appearance: Black, really no other colours showing through, even when I hold it up to the light. The head is a very frothy light-brown, toffee or cappuccino-cream colour. Fairly strong lacing.

Smell: Immediately I'm hit with something like molasses, cinnamon, and caramelizing sugar. Very sweet and malty. Some toffee and expresso beans too. Liquorice/Anise really stands out once you notice it.

Taste: It opens big and sweet, that molasses and brown sugar kind of taste. A little smoke and caramelization, almost like a marshmallow on a campfire kind of taste. Maybe that's overstating the smokiness, but it has got that hint of smoke followed by the rich sweetness. That Liquorice/Anise is present right in the middle of the taste. Soon as you swallow the bitterness kicks in and, following it, there is a rich coffee taste which is like iced Americano: really clinging but addictive. Afterwords I still get a rich taste of pine, maybe some citrus like grapefruit, and even a little burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, and with a medium carbonation. An amazing warming feeling, especially right as you swallow; it wears its 10% well. Somewhat sticky and resinous afterward.

Overall: It's rich, complex, and full of wonderful aromas and tastes. All of that sweetness is matched with a really deep and pungent bitter which, itself, has some complex hop notes like pine and citrus. I'm interested to see how this ages over time, as right now the sweetness of the sugars is a little abrupt. This will be a vintage ale that will be, and should be, coveted for some time to come around the Toronto area.

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Photo of marty21
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this beauty.

A- Super thick, oily pour of totally opaque black. Booming three finger thick, dark chocolate milk head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. I don't think the cinnamon was intentional or actually added but the smell of it not only works but adds a whole other level to it.

T- Super dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate. It's super rich and layered it's excellent. There is a slight hop bitterness to it which keeps it from getting too decadent. A touch of cinnamon in the background.

M- Full bodied with a little bit more carbonation than I was expecting. Slightly syrupy but not too much.

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Photo of JuiceBombWino
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new Smokeless Joes.
Served in Delirium tulip glass.

A - Dark ink black with a small amount of white head.

S - Dark roasted malts, licorice, chocolate. Not an overly robust nose but an inviting one.

T - Dark chocolate, intense licorice, roasted malts, espresso and a hint of sweet molasses. A good bitterness present throughout. Very robust. Each and every sip seemed to uncover another layer of flavour.

M - Medium body with a really good chew, light carbonation.

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Photo of Wajohnst
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

Very dark brown with amber brown highlights. 3/4 inch dark beige head. Few fine bubbles at the surface. Left lots of lacing in the glass.

Strong aroma of dark roasted grain. Sharp bitter chocoate with that Russian smell. Some creaminess to the aroma.

Full flavoured stout. Semi-sweet chocolate. Thick creamy taste. Nice herby hops at the end with the bitter roasted barley. Strong but smooth.

Full feel. Thick oily/creamy but no carbonation.

I cellared this a year and enjoyed it as a special stout on New Years Eve. And I have a 2014 bottle that will wait for next year.

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Photo of mscudder
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Marcus for sending this brew out me as an extra. Bottled 2012.

A - A deep mocha hue with a well formed inch head. Good retention with some lacing.

S - Smoked wood, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee, warmth from the booze and caramel. Nice!

T - Dark chocolate is at the forefront with this one. Nice sweetness with added bitterness. Bit of coffee surfacing on the back end. Light vanilla flavor throughout.

M - Chewy medium plus body with moderate carbonation.

O - Really impressed with this one and it saddens me it will be some time until I am graced with one again. If you have the chance, pick this one up.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pschul4
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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