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RATINGS: 970   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavors; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee. We add a touch of hops to make this delicious brew even tastier. 85 IBUs. Labels:

’07 = Grim Reaper
’08 = Devil
’09 = Mummy
’10 = Vampire
’11 = Zombie
’12 = Werewolf
’13 = Hell Demon
’14 = Harpy (bottled reviews have separate entry in database)


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
On draft at Cooper’s Tavern. Only $6 a glass. I’ve had Darkness 2014 a few times, from the bottle only though. This was on draft and lacked the nice bourbon oak taste that I remember. Still, was pretty darn good. More of the chocolate and raisin flavor came through. And hell, at $6 a glass, that was one awesome deal.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2015
Tap at APEX. Boozy, smooth, coffee liqueur, chocolate. Thick, toasty, smooth, fudge.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxodom (44) - - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle share. deep black, decently thick. overall deep malt flavor but i didnt get too much else from it. overall good, but wouldnt seek out again.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (482) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2015
This is an excellent imperial stout and Surly has executed it very well. This is definitely a new favorite for me and I need more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malin_aiisa (102) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Aroma: salty chocolate, caramel fudge, Looks: dark, Brown head. Taste: sweet, alcohol, not bitter. Long finish. Toasted dark bread. Lovley Bottle. Nice as dessert

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (381) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Aroma:alcohol. Coffe, rosty chocolate. Cherries. Apperance: hazy, black, tanned medium head Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, a bit sour. The balance is wonderful Palate: full body, long finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
the mix of alcohol, roast & bark chocolate aroma generates an chemically 4th note. probably this should not be so cold. on tap at apex. thick like syrup-what do I pour this on--but not cloying.a bit sweet, chocolate and cherries. sticky finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter (324) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
pours black oi with tan head as expected. aroma of roast malt, raisins, hint of spice alcohol toffee. taste is roast malt, bit of dark fruit, toffee lending sweetness. Straight up solid Imp Stout. a bit dry at end balancing out the sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary at CBC Clerkenwell, massive thanks to Ed for this gem! It pours pitch black with minimal mocha head. Aroma is big bold sweet tones of caramel, molasses, jam, chocolate. Taste is again big bold and sweet with minimal alcohol, caramel, sweet brown sugar, molasses and roast chocolate. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very sweet and bold RIS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (703) - Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2015
Dark roasted malt, dark fruit. Smells good. Great color, tan head. Chewy mouthfeel with some dark fruit in the taste.. caramel, some chocolate.


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