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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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139 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,239
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
139
pDev:
8.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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10
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27
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of MatChar
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tom10101
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wajohnst
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sack
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleMcD
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hunterjames
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marty21
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Coronaeus
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeadEater
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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 SurpriseTruck
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 SuperMartino
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RyanPollock
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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 Ultrarunner100
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.8%

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 Gkelley75
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Amsterdam Tempest Imperial Stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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