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RATINGS: 929   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (423) - - MAY 15, 2014
Draft at Cafe 28, Minneapolis, MN. Pours a jet black with rocky tan sponge head that left sugary lacing on the Darkness snifter. Aroma is massive: roasty bitterness and no small amount of hop presence. Flavor is huge with perfect balance of malt and hops. Chocolate complexity and hop bitterness are equally proportioned. Tobacco and char in the finish, with alcohol nearly completely masked. From notes taken December 22, 2010.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3842) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2014
2012. Another day another top 50 beer. This is on the sweet side, with more of a milk chocolate feel than dark chocolate. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Thick palate and creamy and oily texture. Lots of roast as well. Bittersweet finish. Tap takeover at Churchkey.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skullgeorge (41) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAY 8, 2014
Bottle 2012 at the Hoppy Pub Thessaloniki. Thanks to Mixos and Hopfather for sharing. Pours deep black with a thin brown Head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and roasted malts. Licorice aith chocolate in the front for taste and coffee, dark fine malts and some molasses to follow. Soft carbonation and full body. Pleasand bittersweet chocolate aftertaste and some alcohol. World class brew !!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (267) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. nice brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2052) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bomber, 2012 vintage. Massive dark chocolate nose, with dark sugar, light coffee, and fumes. Solid chocolate initial, so rich on the tongue, soy sauce, light herbs. Medium-heavy. Very good. Rather sweet, has a smidgen of umami. Thought it would be more of a monster, but still quite impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACD (625) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2014
Tap at CBC. Black pour, thin tan head. Huge chocolate & fig nose, light vanilla & booze. Big choc & roasted malt in the taste, light smoke and a touch of sweeter vanilla - loads of dark and red fruit. Full bodied, velvety. Lovely

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2134) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Solid imperial stout, but nothing more than that. Hard to say anything about it, it’s just good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Vintage 2013 Pours a nice dark black ale with a surface of tan sheet. Smells moderately resiny and hoppy with plenty of sweet malts to back it up, then there’s some graham. Flavor is smooth, dark malts with some molasses and some graham crust then a bit of prune. Full, silky body with a limited carbonation and a semi dry finish. Good beer, nothing to bust a nut for.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (283) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Good beer. A typical dark stout. Not so sweet/bourbon-like. Chocolate is dominant. Also hints of coffee/toffee. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1416) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good brown head. Smells rye, coffee. Tastes coffee, chocolate, rye. Low carbo, medium body and a oily texture.


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