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RATINGS: 996   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

barn0216's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (532) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Stub & Herbs, Minneapolis. Opaque black with fine brown foam, excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee; might be my nose but the smell is faint. Big chocolate flavor with notes of dried cherries, coffee starts to come in after a bit, morphing into a nice roasted bitterness. Most chocolatey stout i have recently had but not sweet. Nicely balanced with the bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1542) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle. Thanks to MadVike for this RateBeer freebie! A: Pours a thick black oil with a firm mocha head. Lacing.N: Milk chocolate, vanilla, malt balls, some oxidation, molasses, burnt brown sugar, black licorice, anise. Light peppercorn and earth.T: Quite sweet, some bitterness.M: Oily thick body with light carbonation.O: Potent RIS but well balanced. Hits all the marks and remains drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hfmejias (1141) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 28, 2015
On tap at the brewery (2015). Dark, ink like black, brown head (small), moderate lacing. Aroma of malts and caramel combined with fruit. Taste is similar but quite complex; caramel, chocolate, booze, and dark fruit. Delicious beer, extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Big bottle. I wasn’t expecting this to be so hoppy. This black beer has very distinct citrusy hop notes. Well rounded chocolate and coffee are here. This is not super astringent, considering the color. Good ,sweet, chocolatey notes are balanced by bitterness. The palate is very full. I thought this was just a hyped-up beer before I drank it. Turns out it’s one of the best stouts I’ve had in a long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose is mostly bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar. Thick mouth feel. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Draught @ Brewery: 2015 edition. This one pours a deep, dark inky brown color. There was just a bit of a beige head that didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma was good. Complex and a lot going on. Molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, bready, a touch of alcohol. Some faint hops in there too. The taste was very good. Similar characteristics to the nose, with some raisins, licorice. Limited sweetness with some bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel. Very Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1815) - Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2015
2015 vintage, tap - average size tan foamy head, black color, sweet malty aroma and favor, moderate alcohol notes, moderate chocolate and vanilla, mild licorice, pretty smooth finish, very good overall, definitely lives up to the hype ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
On tap at darkness day. Plastic cup. Dark dark brown in color. Small tan head. Aroma is dark fruit. Coffee, chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet. Bitter finish. Rich flavor in general. Full body. Good mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1488) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2015 rating for the 2009 (mummy) version. dense beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is molasses, port, some oxidation, cherries, raisins but not that much. taste is sweet, molasses, dates, raisins, hint of oldspice, roasted malts with a sweet aftertaste. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. reminded me of an old black albert although sweeter. nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1404) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
On tap, Beavertown Brewery, 19th September 2015. Pretty intense RIS. Loads of chocolate. Boozy. You knew what you were drinking. It felt more than 9.6% which could explain why they call it Darkness. The chocolate was really nice. Just a bit too heavy going on the drinkability. I liked that it wasn’t overrun with caramel. Toffee was nice. Really hoppy too. I had it bottle-conditioned once and it was not good. On keg at Beavertown it was a different beast. I think it would work brilliantly in Scotch whiskey casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2585) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
On tap at Beavertown Rainbow Project 2015, Tottenham, London. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, chocolate, caramel, rich, boozy, slightly sweet. Quite heavy going but still an excellent imperial stout.

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