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RATINGS: 923   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
On tap at Busters on 28th in Minneapolis. Pitch black in appearance with a decent-sized tan head. Aroma was mainly dark fruit. The taste is very sweet, almost too sweet at first, and dominated by dark fruits like raisin and plum. There is a strong malt and chocolate presence as well. As it warms there some hop bitterness becomes apparent, but the sweetness is persistent. Silky, thick mouthfeel. Overall a very satisfying experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheMurphys (18) - Willowbrook, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This is about as close to perfect as you can get for a beer The flavor is a little intense for me but the wife really likes it Dark deep and rich chocolate notes with deep toasted malts. The beer pours a jet black but creamy darkn. if that makes sense It clings to the glass with a wine like leg. this is jsut a very good beer simple as that

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On draft. Pours a very thick black color with a tan head that has decent lacing and falls to a small ring that produces very nice lacing. Aroma has notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Very nice. It is a little subtle but not lacking at all. Flavor is very roasty with hints of chocolate and a slight note of soy sauce. It is very creamy and very smooth. Its like chocolate silk. Very delicious. Only problem is that I cant have 7 or 8 in a sitting. ;)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Tasted head heads up blind against Dark Lord. Black out pour that is like syrup on the side of the glass and has a small light brown head. Nose is hoppy, raisins, booze, chocolate. Taste is the same with honey and syrup. Amazing mouthfeel. that is like booze syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2008 bottle thanks to bman113vr. deep black pour with a thin espresso head. hops, soy, roasted malts and chocolate. smooth on the palate with a very well balanced flavor of roasted malts and hops. finish is mostly hops and chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Strong smell of alcohol and fruit, but the taste belies the aroma. The appearance is dark brown with a beige head. the taste is fruity at first, dark fruitiness, plum and hops. Very smooth with a finish of hops and bitterness. Appreciated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Sampled repeatedly at the Bavarian Lodge Surly release party, but most recently, at a secret stash release by Lunar Brewing. Snifter served with a thick, dark, black/brown hue, and a foamy, tan head and mild lacing. Aroma is of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The mouth feel is creamy and the texture is syrupy, with flavors of dark fruit, sweet maltiness,decent hop bitterness, and port wine. Chocolate and coffee notes are subdued by the alcohol, which is omnipresent and warming. Most recently enjoyed on tap at Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton, IL. for a Surly gathering, highlighting the Darkness. Full bodied, very warming, with strong cocoa notes, and big bitterness that was smoothed somewhat by the thick texture & fullness. Lacing had good cling, and there was more dryness to the finish this time. +.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bomber at Redlight....Brent’s the MAN! This is bad ass! Pours black...oh yeah. Very thick...has a velvety, milky consistency. Has notes of fig and raisins. The roasty malts, coffee, and chocolate is sooo great. I might venture to say "chocolate awesome coffeeness" which was my first reaction to tasting the beautiful beer. You should definitely try to get some of this...DO IT!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
2008 vintage, courtesy Redlight. Big thanks Brent! Pours an inky, deep, dark mahogany to virtually black color. A dense, compact head of coffee colored foam crowns the surface, thick cobweb lacing marking the glass well. Expecting a roasty hop bomb of a RIS, I was surprised by the sweet, chocolaty, heavily fruited aroma. Notes of stewed figs and prunes show strong, as do creamy oats and heaps of bittersweet chocolate. Earthy, spicy hops do show, but not as intensely as has been described in so many previous ratings. Flavors, too, are quite sweet. Semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolates blend well with the stewed mash of figs, prunes, raisins and cherries. Earthy hops offer an attempt at balance, but ultimately fall short, while rolled oats serve to unite contrasting elements. Medium-full on the palate and moderately carbonated, I would like just a touch more body, less sugar, and more roast. Is this a great beer? By all means. Is it as good as Dark Lord, Expedition, or even Stone RIS? Not in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle at the Hair of the Dog dock sale. This beer had a ton of hype to live up to, and it was every bit as good as I was hoping for. Pitch black with a smooth brown head. Creamy mouthfeel emphasizing the sweet chocolate character. Hints of port and cherry show. The hops were still pretty strong, but they will settle as this ages.

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