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RATINGS: 1028   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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)
’15 = Bat
’16 = Cerberus

hayduke's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4629) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4630) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2016
(Surly Darkness) Bottle 750 ml at home, vintage 2013, red waxed. Served into a snifter. Black coloured body, tall and thicj dark beige head on top, creamy and with very good retention. Aroma of liquorice, light roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate. Great taste with lots of chocolate, mocha, chocolate cake, oats, light alcohol, light roasted malts, plums, some red fruits. Medium thick body, mostly soft carbonation.Quite sticky on the palate, dry at the same time. Not as extreme as I expected but a very good IRS, dangerously easy to drink too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Large shared 2008 bottle in July 2016. (Thanks Dan). Similar aroma to the FFF Dark Lord I had a few minutes earlier. Seems just a touch sweeter and a bit less complex. Thick, oily body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (716) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black coloured with a light brown head. N: Coffee, hint of vanilla and bourbon, blackberry, cherry, yeast(?) T: Coffee, cinnamon, soy sauce, bourbon, boozy... O: A bit off on the nose, but very nice taste to it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JBomb (25) - Little Canada, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Aged for 8 months.pours pitch black with a awesome thick tan head.aromas of chocolate coffee,toffee and cherry.finishes sweet.This is the standard for a perfect stout!🍻

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 12, 2016
2012 Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, some roasted malts and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (325) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2016
2015 bottle. Pours black with a half inch mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruit. Taste of chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, sugar. Medium+ sweetness; light to moderately bitter underneath. Smooth, soft, lightly dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Dark black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is well balanced with a strong chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and coffee. Overall good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2369) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2016
Draft @ Mikkeller CBC 2014. Pitch black, brown head. Sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Heavy roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, ashes, vanilla, honey. Impressive. (2014-05 backlog)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (3782) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 26th 2015. Black body with a creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark malt, roast, raisin, earthy and herbal hops. Taste of bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, medium sweetness, good bitterness, boozy towards finish. Nice balanced yet dark as hell. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (699) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
Draft at Local Option... Pours black in the snifter...thin beige head and lacing. Notes of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, warm boozy finish... Outstanding RID, lives up to the hype!!! Delicious...

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