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Durham Temptation (Imperial Stouts Part 3)


Originally published in BEER December 2003.

NOTE This review forms part of what was originally published as a single longer article. See  previous posts for an introduction to Imperial stouts and some other reviews. See the next post to continue reading about further Imperial stouts.
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Origin: Bowburn, , England
ABV: 10%

Durham Temptation

Durham Temptation

Durham Temptation (10%) once carried the more transparent name Imperial Russian Stout, but has been renamed in line with the mock-ecclesiastical house style of this brewery from the land of the Prince Bishops. The very dark ruby beer has a tarry, oily and liquoricey aroma and a full sweetish malt loaf and chocolate palate immediately enlivened by roastiness, hops and a splash of alcohol. The smoky, hoppy and espresso coffee finish is particularly pleasant and well-rounded. The brewery should consider smaller bottles, though: half a litre in one go is more a challenge than a temptation!


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