BrewDog, Ltd. - Rip Tide
- Alcohol by Volume: 8.00%
- Serving Temperature: 50-60° F
- Suggested Glassware: Snifter, Oversized Wine Glass or Pint Glass
We found it drinks deliciously smooth and rich, delivering everything a full-bodied classic imperial stout ought to. And by classic, we’re talking old school. By ‘old,’ we mean ‘old world’ as this beer hearkens back to the imperial stouts of yesteryear. Rip Tide will not live up to expectations if what you expect is a rip-roaring, burn-your-eyebrows-off, Russian Imperial Über Stout. Instead it takes a very traditional approach, evoking the likes of Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout—which is a hallmark of the style in its own right. Immaculately made with all the right notes singing in unison, and very well balanced—an achievement in and of itself in this style. If you’re relatively new to better beer, and specifically imperial stout, this is a great one to introduce you to the balance that is possible (but rare) in the style. If you’re already a connoisseur, and have had your fair share of ‘imperial this’ and ‘double that,’ keep in mind where these styles came from—the old world standards that raised the bar for their day. This brew raises that bar by being a big beer whose brashness is balance. Sturdy enough to enjoy entirely by itself, it will also work with dark chocolate, fudge cake, or a deep, dark, oily Maduro cigar.
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