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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
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The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle @ home ... from trade with pandableh.. Thank my friend for this opportunity! :) It pours pitch black with a small tan head.... The aroma is roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice..... The flavor is roasted malt, sweet dark fruit, licorice, caramel, chocolate and coffee..... Very nice!! love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
December 29, 2012 - 2011 bottle at Brett’s tasting. Black pour with limited head. Aroma of cocoa powder, vanilla and coffee. Taste was consistent plus had a sweet alcohol finish. Thanks Jason for sharing! Did this side by side with ’12 Surly Darkness and 4 out of 6 liked Darkness better. One dude tries Kate first and is like okay pretty good. Then he tries Darkness and really likes it. He gets a second pour of Kate, takes a sip and says yuck I can’t drink this now and drain pours it without hesitation. The rest of us start laughing and are like dude you realize some people would kill for that beer you just dumped.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2011 vintage. Smell is boozy and fruity, some port, soem woodiness. The flavor is sweet, portlike, sweet fruits, chocolatey, pertty sugary. As it warms caramel comes in and it is nice. Tropical fruits creep in. Good one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle (2011 vintage drank in 2012): Poured a pitch-black stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with huge note of black chocolate with lingering sweet notes is very interesting and quite huge. Taste is a complex mix between some huge black chocolate notes with some lactose notes with medium dry roasted notes with light espresso notes. Light liquorice notes could also be detected. Body is full with great creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Huge beer with huge amount of taste while still retaining some good complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1517) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2012
2012 bottle, with quite a ridiculous label if I’m honest. 12% ABV. Big thanks to fredrik_! Black with a light brown head. Aroma: chocolate liqueur, coffee, roasted. Taste: milk chocolate, coffee, roasted, creamy. Medium to full bodied. This was really nice! At this point in the evening, these were all the notes I made.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a pitch black beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, chocolate and coffee. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall a really good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 13, 2012
Parecchia delusione, birra troppo dolce e sbilanciata, la gola viene aggredita dall’alcol in eccesso, sembra che faccia 20 gradi

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Pours a very dark brown-black color with a medium beige head that diminishes to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon and dark fruits. Full-bodied and smooth with a moderately boozy character and flavors of dark chocolate, hops and earthy malt. The finish is oaky with a licorice and malt aftertaste. Very good overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Has a nice boozy/raisin sweet scent. Taste is a nice blend of chocolate and coffee roast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2012 vintage split three ways. Served in a FW tulip. A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown edges. A light tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. No real lace, just some small splotches. S: Dark fruity port with some oak. Light roasted coffee bean and some toasted malts. Minimal chocolate. T: The oak has a much bigger presence than in the nose and the port quickly follows suit. Dark chocolate and roasted wiht some caramelize sugar and raisins. M: Silky and oily, but a touch thin for a 12% RIS. Medium carbonation as well. O: This was a nice beer, but definitely not worth everything it commands. I’m glad I got to share this guy and find out what all the fuss is about, but I certainly wont be looking to acquire it again in the future. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-21-2012


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