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RATINGS: 931   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (372) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Horizontal with some other whales: Dark Lord ’12, Darkness ’13, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ’n Bake ’13, Hunahpu ’14 -- Poured into a snifter sampler. Second time having this beer and it is an incredible stout. Very "classic" compared to the other 3 listed above. One of my top beers.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (3135) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Had two pours of this it was that good. Dark black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is big earthy, coffee, roast and some dirt. Palate is full bodied, creamy and melts on the tongue. Flavour is a revelation, full creamy, vanilla, booze, balanced smooth. Rich roast and some sweet vanilla. Excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Too much sugar! Sugar overpowered the other ingredients! Had a 2011 and guessing it mellowed out, couldn't imagine what it tasted like fresh! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours dark black, very oily in appearance and has a thin tan head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is fairly bitter upfront with the chocolate/soy sauce/molasses following quickly behind. Not as much depth to this as I hoped....and overly sweet by my standards. The mouthfeel was very thick and almost became too sticky for my liking. While this is a good beer, I don’t think it is one that I will come back to often. (Although, some barrel aging may do this some needed justice)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_MedievAle (167) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Aroma: floral coffee, roasted barley, some fragrant hops against a muted background of soy sauce. Appearance: motor oil w/ minimal head. Taste: sweet vanilla, sweet chocolate, bitter licorice, bitter coffee, w/ a final and kind of off-putting astringent note. Palate: full-bodied and creamy. Good carb. Overall: really harsh and overhopped in my opinion. another over-hyped beer that benefits from rating inflation. people need to get real.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Draft->snifter at Churchkey. Near black with dense tan head. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Very good, but not as smooth or dense as hoped or expected.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1889) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Retrospective from beer log at FWIBF 2014... Light dark malt aroma.... Dark brown-black in color... Very malt forward, berry, raisin notes... Not a ton of balance... Still very very good...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1889) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kyle. 2013 bottle. Had at the Beechneer Blind Beer Bash. Lots of roast in the nose and flavor. Significant alcohol warming. Moderate bitterness with a medium mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable, but the alcohol is really prominent. I think this might be another one that needs some age on it to mellow

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sitzds (293) - - JUL 19, 2014
Shared at Hunahpu’s day 2014 in the massive bottle share, poured into souvenir taster. Opaque black body with a resilient tan cap that leaves webbing all over the little glass. Aroma features roasted malt, coffee, raisin, unsweet chocolate, dried cherries, and a surprising bit of soy and citrus. Taste is roasty malt and dried fruit sweetness, coffee and cocoa bitterness. On the lower end of the full body spectrum, thick and creamy texture, soft but appropriate carbonation, warming boozy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (1389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, nuts. Taste is very sweet sticky caramel and molasses, medium bitter chocolate finish, light alcohol note in the finish. Full bodied, smooth carbonation.


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