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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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 (bottled reviews have separate entry in database)
’15 = Bat
’16 = Cerberus


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (463) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1542) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1699) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2825) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuchessOfIowa (155) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Poured from a 2014 bottle. Rich chocolate, vanilla nose. Very dense with deep tan head that disappears quickly. Im not going to rate this based on all beer styles but compared to its category. Its a nice barrel aged beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (226) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Old rating from 2011. Big, dark colour, thick aroma and chocolatey taste. Really nice imperial stout

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (2246) - GREECE - AUG 1, 2015
From tap, v2013. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some vanilla, dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full siky creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
2010 bottle shared thanks to Scott! Pours pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates. The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of caramel. The taste is huge chocolate, milk, dark, sweet and maybe a bit of a caramel etc. there is very little bitterness but there is no cloying feeling at all. This is amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (1852) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
750 mL bottle. 2011 vintage. Shared with ebone1988 for his 350th rating. You're welcome. The pour is a viscous oily dark black with a thin. Darker khaki colored head that falls to a ring with no lace. Just some glass discoloration. The aroma is excellent. There is lots of dark fruits and licorice. There is a bitter roastiness that accompanies it. The complexity of bitter roast, fruitiness, and licorice is just excellent. The flavor is real good. There is a light bitterness up front. The fruits and licorice offer up a wonderful transition to a sweeter side. There is a light coffee presence, but it's really complex and delicious. The mouth feel is thick and oily with a nice soft carbonation and a lingering beautiful sweet dark fruit dominated aftertaste. This is damn good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1015) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
#350. 2011 vintage. Bottle shared with koleminer20, and I’ve been looking forward to it for some time. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee. Appearance is black, khaki head, poured very thick. Taste is sweet licorice, roasty malt, cocoa, coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, great aftertaste. Overall, hot damn that’s good.


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