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RATINGS: 967   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 (bottled reviews have separate entry in database)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
A veritable mix of roasted malts and hops. Cherry (the only thing I don’t care for but a persoal taste issue) hint of sweet candy and bourbon chocolate and coffee. Smooth as all get out. A wonderful beer. Re-rate: 2007 Release at cafe twenty eight. perfection. Re-rate: 2008 bottle and it was even better. The hops are so bright. MMM Re-rate: 2009. Forget what I said about last years, this is the best by far. It’s a freaking pinetree molasses party in my mouth. The hops are soo much more prevalent then last year. Booyah!!! Re-rate: 2010 Not nearly as good as other years. It feels thinner and less of everything that makes it great. Its still good, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (299) - - OCT 12, 2014
Enjoyed at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational. Surprisingly thin and clear in appearance -- not as "dark" as the name would suggest. Nose is dark fruit-forward, with raisin, plum and a backdrop of sharper roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet -- tons of fruit. Raisins, plums, figs. A bit of earth as well, along with vanilla. Smooth chocolate balances the fruity tang. Body is silky, creamy and thick with sugar. Mild CO2, with gentle fizz and a noticeable but not distracting alcohol heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BreWedge (358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
2010 Vampire. Pours an opaque black with a large mocha head. Aromas are molasses and black liquorice, and cured deli meat (umami). Tastes are black liquorice and molasses. Full body, huge flavour that hides the alcohol well despite a bit of warmth on the finish. I certainly enjoyed this rare vintage but rate a little lower than most simply because Imperial Russian Stouts aren’t particularly well suited to my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1056) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 12, 2014
750ml bottle 2012 vintage thanks to adnielsen! Pours oily black with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is sweet earthy tar, dirt, cocoa, licorice, vanilla. Taste is surprisingly sweet, earthy baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty malty cream, coffee bean. Nice silkly palate. Finish is sweet chocoalte, coffee, dark fruit, sticky hershey syurp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"i’m going to rate this one by comparison, mainly because it so closely resembles a few other elite (but far cheaper) hoppy russian imperial stouts. storm king is thinner, but has a similar flavor profile and aroma. yeti is hoppier, but otherwise very similar...maybe a touch roastier too. but this one was almost identical to goose island night stalker. if i had this in a night stalker bottle, i wouldn’t have guessed anything was amiss. the only difference? night stalker, yeti (12) and storm king (12) combined cost $15 or so. Darkness was way more. Elite impy with a huge roasted malt body and a slap of hops in the aroma and flavor, with a hint of coffee and molasses. Very good, but definitely a one timer for me...i can get too many awesome beers for that price! ok - i lied. had it again thanks to Travis. 2011 edition as oppsed to the 2010. not as hoppy...sweeter with some fig and dark fruitiness going on. Still very good. Maybe a tenth lower, but my original score will stand for now."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle with massive thanks to Mike. Sorry Stu, they made me do it. Black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and roast, some chocolate. Taste is roasty, vanilla and chocolate. Decent body. Balanced. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
symmetric (65) - - SEP 25, 2014
Chocolate and vanilla with a slightly boozy finish on the nose. Sweet and moderately bitter taste, very smooth mouth feel. Chestnutty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (682) - USA - SEP 5, 2014
Horizontal with some other whales: Dark Lord ’12, Darkness ’13, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ’n Bake ’13, Hunahpu ’14 -- Poured into a snifter sampler. Second time having this beer and it is an incredible stout. Very "classic" compared to the other 3 listed above. One of my top beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (4734) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Had two pours of this it was that good. Dark black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is big earthy, coffee, roast and some dirt. Palate is full bodied, creamy and melts on the tongue. Flavour is a revelation, full creamy, vanilla, booze, balanced smooth. Rich roast and some sweet vanilla. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Too much sugar! Sugar overpowered the other ingredients! Had a 2011 and guessing it mellowed out, couldn't imagine what it tasted like fresh! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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