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RATINGS: 1021   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (942) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2015
2015 Darkness on tap at Blue Door Pub. Black with no head. Chocolate milk, Hershey bars, light leather, light coffee and prune. Has a strong milk chocolate sweetness with a faint dry flavor. Heavier body with a smooth, creamy feel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
saltyseadog (32) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2015
AROMA Expensive old fashioned sweets. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, chocolate fudge. Smells very sweet. APPEARANCE Slightly spotty head with a nice caramel color and a thin head that burns away fast and just clings to the glass in a nice silky ribbon. TASTE Malty, chocolatey, a little roasty with a touch of bitterness. The alcohol burn arrives fashionably late just as the last roasty notes are fading. Great balance among all the different flavor elements. Not actually as sweet as it smells. PALATE Full bodied, thick and creamy, just enough carbonation to keep it from being heavy or syrupy. Nice long finish with a slow evolution of flavors that invites contemplation. OVERALL One of the most expensive beers I’ve ever bought. Fantastic even at $20/bottle. Lots of flavor complexity that changes and evolves as you work your way through the bottle. A nice long finish. Not as roasty or bitter as the name implies, or as sweet as the smell test suggests. Easy and pleasurable to drink. Pairs as well with beef jerky as it does with champignon brie. Hats off to Surly’s brewmasters. You’ve got a real winner here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (845) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Waited to years to try this one...well worth it...nose was less than expected...not much to it...mouth the usual dark fruits,toffee,coffee and chocolate mix....really nicely done...awesome beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1853) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2015
2013 vintage. Dark black. Starts off hoppy. Somewhat tart in the middle. Very dynamic. Not boozy at all. Tasted at tims bottle share.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Savage_Night (362) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Pours black with a medium brown head. Head retention is good. Lacing is minimal. AROMA: dark rich roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, rasins, roasty, earthy, alcohol, toffee, herbal hops, soy sauce, spices, smoke/charcoal, woody, cherries/raspberries, vanilla, herbs, molasses, brown sugar, floral and dark stone fruit. TASTE: dark rich roasted malt, chocolate, coffee oil bitterness, rasins, spices, roasty, earthy, alcohol, toffee, soy sauce, smoke/charcoal, herbal hop spice, woody, slight tart cherries, vanilla, herbs, molasses, brown sugar, floral and dark stone fruit. AFTER TASTE: dark rich roasted malt, chocolate, rasins, spices and coffee bitterness with a rich boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1735) - 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 (1230) - Marshall, Minnesota, 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 (3191) - 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 (1196) - 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 (2062) - 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!

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