I was right.
Appearance: dark walnut with a taupe head that quickly settles to a dense lace or thin cap.Tempest Imperial Stout, 2013 (9% ABV)
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Nose: licorice and prunes.
Palate: burnt malt and charred wood; coffee and alcohol come through in the finish.
Overall impression: this stormy brew still packs a punch and still needs more time to settle down. The flavours come together and make its name appropriate—this is a tempest, for sure.
But I enjoyed it more than I remember from my first bottle, and I only wish I had another 2013 to store in my beer/wine cellar. I think 2018 would be a good year to try it again.
If you have any, hang onto it, unless you like intense, unbridled flavours and strong alcohol.
Beer O'Clock rating: 3.5