This seasonal American imperial stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is opaque black with a creamy beige head that sticks around as a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing behind. Tempest Imperial Stout has aromas of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, wood and dark fruit, as well as a peppery bite.
The taste of Tempest Imperial Stout follows suit, with roasted grains in the forefront and accents of dark chocolate coffee. A pronounced fruit flavour has a tart black cherry tone that transitions to a sharply bitter finish. The stout is grainy, earthy and weighs heavily on the tongue. A mild creaminess and oiliness eases the beer down and its hefty ABV is thoroughly masked by the rich flavours, which blend and linger in the aftertaste.
Tempest Imperial Stout is housed in a wax-dipped bottle. The label shows a satellite image of a large storm, while a thorough description of the beer is found on the back along with the image of a weathervane. There is no freshness dating and the label suggests to age the stout for up to three years.
Rich, satisfying, very well balanced and warming, Tempest Imperial Stout will likely be remembered as my favourite new seasonal Ontario beer release available at retail in 2012. It pairs well with chocolate, roast beef, sharp cheeses, cigars and stormy evenings.
You can find Tempest Imperial Stout listed at roughly 100 LCBO stores and on tap at select establishments in late fall and early winter. The Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited retail store is also open seven days a week and you can go for a free tour and tasting on Saturday afternoons.
Type: American Imperial Stout
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 9.0%