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RATINGS: 895   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinkle50 (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Black pour with a single finger espresso head. Lots of lace. Very creamy mouth. Aroma is full of toffee, nuts & coffee. Taste is sweet with chocolate, roast, fruit, toffee & molasses. This was a 2013 bottle. Glad they sent some of this to Chicago, because it is good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1342) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
2012 bottle(Werewolf) shared by Hypo Luxa. Drunk from a Mikkeller tulip glass. A thick viscous inky black pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is Savoury, mesquite kind of smokiness, molasses, toffee & soy. A meaty aroma. Smooth creamy mouthfeel on a medium body. The taste is sweet, soy, sweet caramelized candied cherry syrup with some earthy smoke in the finish. Almost an earthy beef jerky. And light warming in the aftertaste. Honestly it is a really nice beer but too syrupy sweet for me.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 2012 Thick, rich, creamy head. Deep bready yeasty Aroma. Surprisingly light bodied! A little chalky. Plum crossing into soy, smoke, a bit of heat. Mesquite. Caramelized cherries are hiding deep in the heat. Is that beef jerky? A very fun bottle!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
750 ml bottles 2007 next to the 2011. Both pour dark brown with a nice steady head. 2011: dark Sugar, brown and burnt malt. Medium body, slight bitterness, lots of good sweetness. Taste of freshly burnt coffee beans and vanilla. The 2007 (bottle 275/400-ish) was way less: aroma close to nothing. Still a decent and powerful body punch... but aromas and taste faded away over the years. Score 2011: 3.8/5, 2007: 2.8/5. Blended: 3.3/5

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (528) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours oil black with a nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, sweet chocolate cocoa, and fruits. The taste is sweet and strong. Cherries, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and raisins. Really good. So drinkable it’s scary. A little too sweet or it would have been perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Vampire bottle thanks to mora2000...Nose is nice chocolate, some oxidation, spice, dryness...Taste is nice chocolate, bitterness , Some oxidation, spice , nice balance..

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gendv138 (353) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 From notes, consumed on 3/25/13 at ChurchKey during CBC Week. Draft (2012) poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, booze. Tasting notes of caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, booze, roast, toffee. Full body with a semi-dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (735) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
13 ounce snifter at Bad Apple in Chicago. Smells like whoppers candy malt balls. Deep, dark, syrupy black with brown residue sticking to the glass. Tastes just sweet enough, just boozy enough. It's one of the most balanced and approachable big stouts I've had in a while. It's a gentle giant, huge and still pretty easy to drink. Big bodied, thick, viscous, pungent in a good way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2008 bottle (thanks, daknole, for opening this). Sweet and pungent oxidized aroma of brandy, balsamic vinegar, rhubarb, and old chocolate. Pours deep brown with a swirl of a head. Oxidization has taken its toll, but the taste is still solid with sweet dates, dark cherries, musty old oak tannins, chocolate, and a touch of plastic. Slick mouthfeel. Nice, but definitely past its prime.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Just a small taste at a beer share. Dark as could be, full bodied, fantastic smell. Great beer


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