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RATINGS: 949   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)


hayduke's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
The bottle came to me courtesy of Strykzone. Very appreciative of this one. This was a 2011 vintage, with a zombie label in a 750-ml red waxed bottle. From my cellar it was served at 57 degrees. Pour jet black with a very large tan head with some red tinges in the bubbles that simply sat there and refused to settle. Very thick lacing when it finally did. Beautiful pour. The nose is strong with ripe fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. Very full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very powerful with lots of chocolate and tons of dark ripe fruit including cherry. The finish is very rich and some bitterness comes on to an awesome conclusion. At no time is the alcohol an intrusive presence. This is right up there with very best Russian Imperial Stouts ever.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (1068) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle thanks to Homer321, thank again man! 2012 edition. Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavor is wonderful balances of roasted character and sweetness. Absolutely delicious and completely exceeded all of my expectations! Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1058) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor thanks to Drew for cracking it on your 40th. Sexy looking pour. Deep black oil pour with a khaki head that holds briefly. Fucking amazing lacing. Nose is chocolate mud cake sweetness, vanilla, roasted espresso and pepper. Intense nose. Taste is bitter dark chocolate backed by vanilla sweetness. Coffee tones coming through. Very intense sweetness. Sticky chocolate coating on the palate. Fucking impressive stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (449) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Tap at lucky 13. Small pour. Black with smooth tan head. Smells of dark fruit and alcohol. Very smooth. Alcohol and sweetness dominate and a good burn at the end. A bit waxy. Not sure it’s worth all the hype, but it’s pretty delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardaxe (263) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Moderate lingering head. Boozy sweet aroma with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is aggressive with loads of roasted notes, massive sweetness, and resiny hops. While I can appreciate the complexity, I thought it wAs all a bit much. I like my imperial stouts more balanced and subtle. It really felt like a better version of dark lord (which I'm not a huge fan of). This could use some age to mellow out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (162) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Coming after Dark Lord this was a relief in that it was comparatively un-sweet... Big fruity raisin cherry notes, lots of sweet milk chocolate, ashy roast, coffee, and decent hop bitterness, even at this age. Not boozy really, very drinkable, nice balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (511) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle, 2014. Dark brown opaque pour with a beige head. Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate, some raisin and cocoa. Flavour is somewhat boozy, huge chocolate flavour with dark fruits. Thick and oily texture, very full-flavoured. Wow. Incredible imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2060) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Draft; Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (3792) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hagenwagon (10) - - NOV 1, 2014
One of the best finishing beers I've had. Just another fantastic beers from Surly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (159) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
On tap cask pour at Darkness day. Pours black like motor oil with no head of course. Strong hop smell with some smoke. Taste the same with some hop flavor...bitter finish. Good beer.


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