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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial StoutAmsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

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
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57
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 138
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MeadEater
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a nice RIS, nothing exceptional on either side of the spectrum about it. Poured out to mild chocolate aroma, glass seems to transmit no smell beyond that.
Has that good oily texture in the mouth I expect from this style.

Tongue is left hanging a bit, instant coffee and roasty flavours, ending with bitter hops and an astringent feel. Mild sweetness if you let it hang around.
Solid, though typical RIS. For the price, I'll still be picking up Wellingston's RIS.

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Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, served in a snifter at Amsterdam BrewHouse.
Poured a pitch-black color, with a tall dark brown, foamy head. Good retention and leaving chunky lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate.
Taste is of same roasted coffee, dark rich chocolate, slightly bitter to finish.
Body is quite full, with good carbonation keeps it smooth not bloating.
High alcohol is hidden, well balanced, very drinkable.
2 thumbs up.

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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 DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small brown head. Very brown

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee. Bit hot

T- Pretty good. A bit hot though. Blended well

M- Pretty creamy. Not hot at all. Smooth

O- Not bad. Enjoyable and sweet. Looking forward to the 2013 vertical to the 2014.

Food Paring

This pretty good stout went well with.... Chocolate cake. I know it seems simple but it is good.


Enjoy

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Served in a Cantillon tulip. 2014 vintage.

A - Two-plus fingers of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and plenty of splotchy lacing. Jet black body that reveals a glint of brown when held to the light.

S - Tons of roast. burnt malts, char, anise, and coffee. A bit of dark bread and fudge as the beer approaches room temperature. Very European and classic in flavor profile. Perhaps a bit of herbaceous hop in the mix.

T - Taste has more dark chocolate, bread, and fudge sweetness, with some nebulous fruitiness as well. Definitely some espresso bitterness and char in the finish, but not excessively so. Almost seems bigger than the listed 9%.

M - Carbonation is a bit zesty and body is a tad grainy. Otherwise it's the expected medium-full body with lingering stickiness. Minimal alcohol warming.

D - It's a very classic Imperial Stout. Nice flavor, but mildly rough nose and body. Still, considering the price and availability it's quite enjoyable stuff. I prefer Hellwoods, but this will do in a pinch. Easily downed 500ml during Monday Night Football.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2012; Poured Feb 2015

Pours a deep, dark blown color that turns black in the glass; 2-3 fingers of dark mocha head with a vigous pour, decent retention leaving no lacing as it settles to a thin collar. The nose is dominated by dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso and smells a bit burnt. The taste follows similarly with dark, roasted flavors dominating, burnt coffee and dark chocolate notes. The finish is dry and bitter. Good carbonation but a little light in the body for the style. A really nice RIS, but a little one dimensional when compared to the greats of the style.

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Photo of Luisc94
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Full Black, no light is coming through that beer, 2 finger off tan head medium retention.
S: Strong roasted malts smells with tone of dark coffee and some chocolate. The toasted malts are mostly overpowering. There is some booziness in the beer. Not very complicated smell.
T: Roasted malts they got a huge focus in the roasted malts, some coffee, the chocolate is not very noticeable.
M: There is a lingering bitterness, is slightly creamy with a medium/full body is like mid ways both. Is slightly voluptuous and very smooth.
O: An enjoyable beer (if you like roasted malts) I enjoyed the bitterness, some stouts lack this characteristic, which is fine but sometimes I crave that bitterness. Not very complex but bold and nice.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fueo1 for the bada$$ extra! Enjoyed from my oversized batch 2 TB snifter.
2013

a- scored the wax and pried the top off (easy peasy, like any other waxed bottle)...liquid poured a deep lush sludgy black. Settled in the glass like an 8 ball with a mocha colored foamy cap that coated the glass with lace as I sipped and it dissolved. My mouth is officially watering.

s - nose sings a song of deeply roasted chocolate flavored coffee. Rich and lush and inviting. The roast carries an almost woody scent with it. Burnt.

t/m/o - HUGE roast. Roasted roasty roasters of roasted roastiness. Coffee and charred burnt chocolate. Silky smooth while being full bodied and chewy. Did I mention that this beer is roasty? It is also fairly burnt malt but really nice. Definitely something different and tasty. Very glad to have tried.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First observation is it was extremely hard to get open. Took me about 12 minutes to open it. This is due to them waxing over the cap and it being very reluctant to come off in anything but extremely small flakes. Was it worth the effort? It sure was. Got toasted malts, subtle dark chocolate undertones, and even a tad of coffee. Very flavourful, and right up there amongst some of the best stouts I have had.

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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 Dna_Infinity
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to glass

2013 vintage

Appearance - Pours a really dark colour, mocha head that leaves good lacing

Smell - Lots of roasted malts, you smell the alcohol and it even smells a little like rubbing alcohol. Slight raisin smell

Taste - Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, the weird alcohol taste lingers at the very end however. Smooth finish

Overall - A good offering from Amsterdam but the weird rubbing alcohol is a little disappointing because it does linger. Dangerously easy to drink though, you don't realize how much you've drunk until you stand up! I have two more that I am going to lay down

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review/Rate #900. Wax cap 500ml into a snifter. ANBL's first-ever Imperial Stout stock. Only took until 2014! Heard lots of complaints about the difficulty of getting the cap off, but it really just takes a little precision and some muscle and it should come off fine.

A - pours rich dark brown with a tan head, about half a finger.

S - I was actually most surprised by the aroma - lots of hops upfront. If I didn't know better I would think this was a CDA or a black IPA. Roastiness and chocolate sneak in after.

T - bitter coffee upfront, lots of choclate, espresso roasty goodness on the finish. Not much sweetness despite the abv.

M - thick and rich, low carbonation.

O - not a bad brew. Certainly the best RIS going here in NB (read: the only one). In a category with other behemoths though, this would certainly be lost at sea. But on its own, it's pretty good. I'm sitting on another.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

Tempest pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a very thin head of just about a thumb thickness. This head breaks somewhat quickly and one is left with little lacing and just a tiny island of bubbles in the middle of glass.

The smell is chocolate, coffee, a touch of leather, and unfortunately rubbing alcohol. This is somewhat off putting.

Taste is bitter coffee, burnt malts, and bitter chocolate...again the alcohol also sneaks through in an unfortunate way...it is almost invasive on the finish.

Mouth feel is good carbonation, thickish, warming from the aforementioned alcohol gives a good finish.

Overall, I would have to say this is an okay beer. I have to wonder if age would help it, but that cat is out of the bag at this point. Perhaps I will pick up another and put it away. The alcohol smell and taste is the weak point for this beer, otherwise it makes the mark pretty well.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some coffee, a bit of booze, and a roasted/burnt bitterness.

Overall - Better than I though it would be based on the ratings. Curious to see how this ages since it seems a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from LCBO received as Christmas gift. Have been curious about this one for awhile, but never bothered to pick it up. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dense dark brown nearly black beer spills into the glass. Ended up with about 2.5 fingers of dark brown head that appeared to lighten as it receded. Nice spidery lacing on the glass and the head retention is great, lasted for along time, leaving a foamy cap on top.

Aroma - Earthy, slightly floral, hoppy aroma. Some smoke and faint licorice scents as well. While there is also the coffee and chocolate aromas that accompanies many stouts it is not terribly pronounced.

Taste - A little bit of a hop and coffee mixture transitioning into a smoky bitter chocolate finish that further evolves into a dry hop bitter aftertaste. The initial flavors up front are rather subdued making the flavorful last half of any sip that much more dramatic.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and frothy, not slick but nice medium body as well. The finish is neither dry nor wet, striking a nice balance of moderation. While knowing this is an American Imperial Stout, it is actually rather light and doesn't overwhelm with its density.

Overall- Pretty tasty brew, especially on a cold December night, and would recommend to have again. I'm interested in trying again to see what it tastes like at colder temperatures and whether there is a significant difference, compared to the moderately chilled bottle I had.

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Photo of byronic
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breaking into this bottle acquired from the LCBO was quite the chore. Far too much wax is used in sealing the bottle and no means to rip it off is provided.

A - Complete darkness with a dark thick head which dissipates very slowly.

S - Very dark chocolate with espresso, roasted barley

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee, alcohol, smoke

M - Medium carbonation and very warming, some alcohol burn

O - Not impressed with this brew. The alcohol is not very well disguised and is very present in the after taste. Pretty poor offering for an imperial stout.

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

A - Pours black as night, thick and opaque with a lingering deep brown head of foam.

S - Deep and dark with espresso and roasted barley aromas

T - Coffee, burnt malt, tobacco and bitter chocolate, alcohol and some hoppiness but it's overshadowed here by the intense roasty malts.

M - Thick and warming, flows over the tongue with some viscosity to it

O - A super roasty take on an Imp Stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours completely black, no amber glints even to speak of. The espresso colored compact head leaves several meandering trails of lace on the glass. In the nose, chocolate and black coffee mix with some citrus and alcohol. The taste is enormously malty and roasty with molasses, tobacco, coffee and cocoa flavors. A creeping alcohol heat is always evident. Citrus and pine hops are in the background, providing a good balance to the maltiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle, moderate carbonation. A moderate hop bitterness blends with chocolate, roasty and booze flavors in the long finish.

This is a good Imperial Stout. It could be a little fuller bodied and modest in alcohol flavor, but still definitely worth a try.

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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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