Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial StoutAmsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout
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:
138
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
27
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whatup14
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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 Powers30
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterPro125
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle (2013 Vintage)

A- Pours an opaque black (slightly red around edges). 1 1/2 finger tan head than works down to thin patches fairly quickly. Sparse patches of tan lacing.

S- Chocolate, anise, roasty malt, and alcohol.

T- Anise upfront, followed by sweet milk chocolate. Ending off with a roasty, smokey bitterness that lingers.

M- Velvety Heavy body and low-moderate carbonation: Definitely what I was expecting for an Imperial Stout.

O- An excellent Imperial Stout from start to finish. The anise (black liquorice like) flavour is something that I have not tasted in a stout before but it worked really well with the roasted malt.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fine. You can get better stuff locally, or that's even widely distributed.

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Photo of jfreeze
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

YR: 2013

A-Pours a deep syrupy black with just the slightest trace of a mocha head.

S- A big liquorice note is the first thing I get out of this one. Follows with some sweet milk chocolate, roasted grain and booze.

T- Bitterness is assertive but really well balanced with that deep milk chocolate sweetness. Liquorice is there in the taste as well, with a burnt smokey finish that makes me think of french roast coffee.

M- A silky smooth, velvety mouthfeel that helps it go down easily. The perfect amount of carbonation- not fizzy but enough to keep it from being cloying.

O- Very enjoyable, and affordable as far as big stouts like this go. Not sure what newer vintages would be like, but I would pick up another from this batch if I saw it.

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Photo of Asianadian
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked Year 2014 at 42 degrees into a snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Received in a trade from @SebD
Aroma of roasted malt, weakens and is gone before the end of the glass
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and rocky layer
Lacing excellent – covers completely with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. As it warms, some date shows up.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of blaje
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tmappin
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > tulip
A - Pitch black with a big two finger bubbly khaki head, thick lacing
S - Lots of licorice and burnt wood aroma, smoke, dark roasted malts, earthy hop tones
T - Very burnt kind of flavor, lots of black licorice, roasted malt, big herbal and earthy hop flavor, burnt grains, woodiness, smoke, some slight dark fruit notes in the background
M - pretty viscious and deep, very bitter and dry though
O - Decent imperial stout, very bitter, and lots of licorice, not my favorite.

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Photo of yasky
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Simon212
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerQuebec
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kevinlater
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into goblet. "YR:2014". consumed on may 19, 2015. previously had a rating of 2.5 due to an infected bottle, so this is kind of a re-review

a: pitch black with a finger of creamed-coffee head that disappeared as i typed this sentence

s: dark chocolate, pine & grapefruit, alcohol, caramel, slight woody notes

t: roasted/burnt malts (bitter cocoa, charred wood, and slight black coffee) up front, backed by an earthy, citrusy, and piney hop presence mid-palate. finishes with cocoa-like bitterness. slight alcohol presence throughout

m: medium-ish mouthfeel -- thinner than expected but still not bad. little to no carbonation

o: a full-flavoured, super roasty imperial stout that could use a bit more work in the mouthfeel department

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Photo of Corson
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlang2012
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatChar
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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