REVIEW: Tempest Imperial Stout 2013 by Amsterdam Brewery



  • STYLE: American Imperial/Double Stout
  • ABV: 9%
  • IBU: 100+
  • COUNTRY: Canada
  • REGION: Toronto, ON
  • BREWERY: Amsterdam Brewery

From Amsterdam Brewery,

Unique to Ontario, Tempest Imperial Stout is brewed with rye, wheat, oats, roasted barley, dark crystal, marris otter and chocolate malts. Warrior, centennial, and cascade hops provide bittering and aroma in this big malt body beer. Cellared for three months prior to packaging, Tempest has a bracing bitterness that quickly blends with deep malt notes and a slight spiciness from the rye malt. At 100+ IBU, Tempest blends the drinkability and smoothness of a British stout with the aggressive hops and bold flavors of an American example of this style. The warming finish is perfect for our Canadian fall.

Each bottle has been hand dipped in black wax and will cellar well for up to 3 years.

Appearance | Pitch black with a colossal, pillowy, beige head.

Smell | Hops, dark and roasted malts, spice, and roasted coffee.

Taste | Smooth, bitter spice, hops, dark malts, charcoal, slight tar, slight cocoa, and roasted coffee.

Aftertaste | Bitterness, alcohol, charcoal, coffee, and cocoa.

Overall |  What a blast!  This is an incredibly smooth and heavy brew from Amsterdam Brewery.  Its ABV of 9% is masked by roasted coffee, hops, cocoa, and malts,  making it hardly noticeable.   With 100+ IBU, the bitterness is moderate.  It’s a very balanced and smooth winter warmer.   This brew is a must have for anybody who loves Imperial Stouts.   According to Amsterdam Brewery, it can be cellared up to three years.  The Brew Head will be purchasing more of this year’s version to cellar. What a flavour storm!  Tempest is one of the best imperial stouts in Ontario today.

Warning:  The wax seal can be difficult to open.  Check out this video from the Brewmaster himself!

LCBO Inventory  | $6.25 | 500ml Bottle


4.5 Pints/5 Pints

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