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RATINGS: 983   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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
2008 Bottle. Chocolaty sweet, kind of like a beer float. Great density and consistency, very smooth. Taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and bread. Not unusual tastes, but a great arrangement of them. But really the feel of the stout is best part.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, there were several bottles of this and I am not sure who provided the one that got opened, but thanks! Thick black pour with a nice creamy brown head. Lots of roasted malt, grain and coffee in the aroma, along with a touch of fruit, chocolate and hops. Flavor is complex and fantastic. Big and roasty but not overpowering the fruit or the nice hoppy finish. Truly a wonderful impy stout!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2008 bottle, tasting at The Bruery. An excellent R.I.S. reminiscent of Dark Lord more than anything else. Black, thick, and oily with a roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Flavor is excellent: roasted malts, coffee, cherries, raisins, other dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate. Complex, as you can tell based on the last sentence. Sweet and syrupy with low carbonation. I strongly approve.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Wow popped a bottle last night for GBS#169 and wow all I can say is try this beer. The flavors just keep coming. Creamy smooth desert stout with fudge chocolate goodness.Dark Lord bow down to the Darkness. This is hands down one of the best stouts I have ever tasted! Alcohol well hidden and dangerously drinkable. This is a must try for any beer connoisseur!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle shared by Daknole thank you Dak. Pitch black, tan head. Robust deep black chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Perfectly velvet palate slides right down. Gorgeous sweetness rounds out the finish, and lingering coffee is pure, unadulterated and sophisticated. Definitely a superlative beer worthy of accolades.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Pretty close to black. Aroma of milk chocolate, light hazelnut and really smooth espresso (think Epic pulled from a Synesso). Sweet, sugary with a rich Turkish coffee accent. The body is heavy but silky. Nice brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle(s) from Surly Darkness Day. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head; very thick head, I could eat it by the spoonful. Nose is chocolate, citrus, inviting. The mouthfeel is absurd; pure motor oil, so thick I could swear I could chew it. Now the taste is just as unbelievable; rich chocolate, sweet citrus, some coffee, finishes with a minute hint of alcohol. Highly highly recommended beer, one of my all time favorites.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Wow. If the Westvleteren monks made an imp stout this would be it. Palate like silk (seriously, the only palate i can compare this to is Westy 12.) Can’t believe the rating has dropped some lately- as much as i love the Expedition this edges it out. Usually an IS has a bit too much coffee or a bit too much molasses or a bit too much of everything but this is beautifully balanced. Everything you want without going overboard. Mmmmm... black sugar. I’ll stop typing because i can’t do it justice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle shared by illinismitty @ the Barrios tasting. Poured very dark with a creamy tan head that had a thin layer last and spotty lacing. Awesome mix of citrus hops and chocolate malts in the aroma. The flavor had milk chocolate, light roast and citrus hops. Full body, creamy, sweet yet bitter in the aftertaste, complex. Awesome!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 2008 bottle thanks to KAggie for sharing. Pours black as coal with a nice tan head. Kinda weird with the big bubbles in the head. Did have good lacing though. Nose was of sour (in a bad way) milk, cereal, some cocoa powder and veggies. Taste was of chocolate milk and licorice. Mouthfeel was chewy with some chalkiness and slight bitter finish. I was very disappointed in this beer. It had been hyped by so many, but it was not even good. I’ve had many, many Imperial Stouts better than this one. Way overrated.


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