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RATINGS: 994   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:

í07 = Grim Reaper
í08 = Devil
í09 = Mummy
í10 = Vampire
í11 = Zombie
í12 = Werewolf
í13 = Hell Demon
í14 = Harpy (bottled reviews have separate entry in database)
í15 = Bat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 In short: A fantastically smooth and velvety chocolaty impy stout with a kick-ass grassy and fruity hopping. One of the best Impy Stout.
How: Bottle 22oz, 2008 vintage. Huge thanks to both Levi (MatSciGuy) and Scott (Oakbluff) for sending bottles my way.
The look: Black body topped by a large tan head with very good retention.
In long: Nose of bakery chocolate and green hops. The one truly striking feature about this beer is a soft and velvety the body is. This is like drinking creamy silk. Relaxed carbonation of cushiony mouthfeel. Medium-low roastiness. Taste of artisan bakery chocolate, some over-backed fruit pie (dates, prunes, and such), rich dark caramel, distant coffee. This is not your usual bitter black chocolate flavour, this really tastes like bakery chocolate (the fancy little pieces). And letís not forget the hops, this beer packs quite a bit of American hops and they work very well the bakery chocolate. Freshly cut green grass, citrus fruits and tobacco leaves add a lot of depth and also lighten the beer up. A truly fantastic and highly drinkable beer. Finally a hyped impy stout that lives up to the hype. If like me you weíre loosing hopes after too many over-hyped impy stouts disappointments (Kate The Great, Sexual Chocolate, Bourbon Barrel Aged xyz) then Iím telling you, donít loose hope there is a Darkness at the end of the tunnel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
FRO Throwdown: Black with a layer of tight foam. Sweet roast and coffee nose. Plummy and figgy to boot, you donít always get that in impies, but I love it. Almost syrupy sweet but balanced by the coffee flavors toward the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Courtesy Juiceisloose. Thanks for sharing! Finally got to try this. Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Smells of rich roasty malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and hops. Nice, balanced aroma. The flavor was very rich and thick. Big chocolate and roast characters come out. a little woodsy with traces of the hops in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel, and smooth going down. alcohol was masked proficiently. really good impy, but maybe a touch overrated. Still damn tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2009
someone opened this at bill and wendyís though iím pretty sure everyone in the room had one with them!...

2008 with a bitchiní label... pours just lighter than black with a light tan head which lingers and leaves an abundance of spotty lacing. pine-like hops hit the nose first but soon turn to sinus numbing citrus peel... secondary scents of chocolate, malt powder, nutty/coffee, grass and leafy green hops. the palate is quite sweet... almost to cloying but the power of the hops make it a bit easier to enjoy. the flavor shares the characters of the aroma but also has some woodiness and a distinct savory note. there is a long lingering aftertaste of malted chocolate malted milk with pine needles in it. medium to medium/full bodied with a creamy almost oily mouth feel. pine-like and leafy hops keep it really easy to drink and bring it back from the brink of sticky...8/4/7/4/17/4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2009
The batch with the cool tattoo art on the bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, nutty, chocolate, peppery, spicy. Tastes roasty and chocolatey with a nice subtle bitterness and lots of sweet malt on the finish. Iíve had this four times now and while I didnít enjoy batch 2, I liked this batch quite a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sampled first at the bottle release of Veritas 04, then again at the Bockyhorsey tasting. The highest of thanks to those who shared. Pours jet black with a very thin, light tan head. Aroma is of sweet piney hops, a nice roast, lots of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a lot of malt sweetness featuring chocolate, light roast, coffee, and a precise carbonation. Very smooth and delicious. It is sweet enough that it becomes cloying, but this is one of my favorite RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3588) - Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 14 December 2011 ++++
750 ml bottle generously given to me by Dansting, who also was responsible (as a volunteer) for the huge amount of wax that was on this bottle. 2011 Vintage. The pour is black with a thick 1/2 inch khaki head. The head falls with thick lacing. The aroma is faint tropical fruit hops, good amount of roast, and a sweet molasses which becomes more prominent as the beer hits room temperature. The taste is sweet cane sugar molasses, then turns to the roast, which is more mild than it was in the nose, and then turns back to more sweetness in the finish, this time with some vanilla notes. Really mostly about the sweet, which covers the booze nicely, but overwhelms all of the hops, and most of the pleasant roast character. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, with a softer natural carbonation, and the lingering sweetness. My palate has changed since I first had this beer, I am certainly less interested in the sweetness many Imperial Stouts have. For history sake, Iíll keep my score from the original rating. Thanks for this one Dan. (7,4,8,4,14 - 3.7).

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 6 March 2009 ++++
750 ml bottle, red waxed and capped. 2008 Vintage, graciously picked up at Darkness day for me by my parents. Pour is jet black with beautiful cascading leading up to a thick, four inch deep tan head. Head is foamy at the top, but very lasting. Patchy lacing. Initial aroma is semi-sweet dark chocolate and straight cocoa powder. After the initial wave, nice melding of roast coffee, malt and some hops. I thought the hop was pine straight away, but turned more towards a citrus peel bitterness. Sweetness is a little syrupy, though that helps cover up the alcohol almost entirely. Nice nose. Taste is the sweet cocoa roast coffee citrus hops all kind of rolled into one. Nice solid integration of all of the flavors, and with the nose, alcohol was well hidden. A decent blast of pineapple-cherry sugary sweetness pops out in the aftertaste. There is a decent burning in the chest, however. Palate is actually a bit thinner than I would have expected, medium, a little oily and a long somewhat bitter finish - that turns sweet, almost cloyingly so towards the end. I would say the palate was my least favorite part of the beer. Overall, nice Imperial Stout. Thanks Mom and Dad! (8,5,8,3,16 - 4.0)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4057) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle Pours out a ink black topped with a brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate sweetness along with a nice rich roast malt. Tast was of more sweet chocolate and a nice blend of coffee. A nice little bitter hop on the end. This brew almost lived up to the hipe. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2182) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottled sample via DalzAle (huge thanks for this one!). Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Herbal and slightly grapefruity hops upfront on the nose, followed by notes of rich chocolate and smooth caramel malts. Flavors are of chocolate covered fruit, more citrus + spice, mild coffee, and a creamy vanilla sweetness. Heavy in the mouth and sweet, but without being cloying. Fans of heavily roasted imperial stouts might not like this, but I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Generously shared by Cletus at his Chinese New Yearís celebration... thanks John! Poured a thick velvet onyx with a tall dark brown fluffy head. Rich aroma of sweet and bitter chocolate, some vinous fruits, some candy sugar, and a touch of citrus hops. Flavor is fairly sweet with predominantly dark fruit notes, with lots of dark cherry and molasses with perhaps some honey wheat bread lingering in the background. The finish leads to notes of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, somewhat balancing the sweetness and adding some dryness to the beer. Body is quite soft... neither cloying nor thick. The dark fruit in this almost gives it a barley wine feel, which surprised me. Well crafted for sure, though maybe not the type of imperial stout I am inclined to enjoy most.

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