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RATINGS: 996   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Moderate lingering head. Boozy sweet aroma with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is aggressive with loads of roasted notes, massive sweetness, and resiny hops. While I can appreciate the complexity, I thought it wAs all a bit much. I like my imperial stouts more balanced and subtle. It really felt like a better version of dark lord (which I'm not a huge fan of). This could use some age to mellow out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Coming after Dark Lord this was a relief in that it was comparatively un-sweet... Big fruity raisin cherry notes, lots of sweet milk chocolate, ashy roast, coffee, and decent hop bitterness, even at this age. Not boozy really, very drinkable, nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle, 2014. Dark brown opaque pour with a beige head. Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate, some raisin and cocoa. Flavour is somewhat boozy, huge chocolate flavour with dark fruits. Thick and oily texture, very full-flavoured. Wow. Incredible imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Draft; Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hagenwagon (11) - - NOV 1, 2014
One of the best finishing beers I've had. Just another fantastic beers from Surly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 2012 bottle shared by Big Lou. Dark black pour with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma. Taste follows with nice finish. This has aged very well. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with modest beige head, good fine lacing / Full body, light spritz, fat and inky, sweet with good balance and hopping / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, grass, chocolate, coffee / These big, inky things aren’t my taste, but this is a well-done example of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 750ml bottle poured in a snifter glass. Vampire bottle from 2010. Gray wax. Consumed in 2012. I’ve bought this one at the last time that I was in California. A: First of all, beautiful bottle art, label printed on the glass. Pours a deep black color forming a medium beige head. Good retention and many lacings left S: Sweet and roasty. Winy and fruity. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and wood T: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate upfront, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, wood and earthy hops in the end M: Creamy molasses body. Low carbonation and nice bitter end O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer [ BA Review @ 5/25/2012 ]

   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.

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