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RATINGS: 1019   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Thanks to theisti for this great beer. Thick black pour with a tan bubbly head. Wonderful aroams of raisins, chocolates, cherries, toffee and hops. Flavor is just fantastic...basically the same as the nose, but with some mocha as well. Full bodied. Just a great body that I enjoy more than Dark Lord.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 My Bottom Line:
This gargantuan Imperial Stout achieves stupendous flavor nuances with its coating molasses and dark chocolate malt character blending into piney and citrusy hop elevations, all in the most luxurious body where alcohol barely tickles the palate. This is gum-licking goodness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the pitch blackness.
-Its decadent body is never obese.
-Peppery spiciness seems to stem from the gorgeous malt-hop union.
-It had been a while since I hadnít gotten so excited by an Imperial Stout!
-This is more drinkable and better put together than Dark Lord, and almost as complex as Expedition Stout. Very impressive indeed.

Bottles.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Really different - Dark fruit reminscent of brandied, candied fruit, a surprisingly potent hop profile, smooth with chocolate, toffee, roasty, smooth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2009
bottle. thanks bri. I was very excited to try this beer and was really disappointed. mild aroma. harsh soy, tart and sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2009
2008 750ml. Pours a strange brownish/red color ala Dark Lord. Crimson hues around the edges, looks thick. Aroma shows chocolate, fudge, vanilla, brownie/cake and pretty intense hops. Reminds me of the Yetiís, or my memory of them at least. Fairly complex and unique aroma that lets you know this isnít your run of the mill Imperial Stout. Flavor is sweet, thick, chocolate, just on the edge of cloying. Very rich with a sticky, very full bodied and thick mouthfeel. This might be a tad too sweet. I like the viscosity but the apparent sweetness is a tad too high. Good but not world class.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1481) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 Pour is, of course, black with minimal tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with prominent hop aroma. Also coffee, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor is not overpowering: Roasted malt, coffee, and a much larger than expected hop finish. Lingering sweetness. Different than I was expecting but tasty nonetheless. 11/1/09 Sipping on an 09 courtesy of MaSciGuy. Black, chocolaty, and really hoppy. This is really easy to drink. Itís huge, viscous, and tenacious; but strangely I wish it were thicker and even more full-bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a dark thick black with a nice brown head. Aroma is coffee, licorice, hops, burnt cocoa, molasses. Flavor is huge thick black chocoloate and coffee, significant hoppiness balanced out with a rich yet delicate and not cloying sweetness. I was very surprised that this lived up to the hype, great stout!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2009
I really wanted to like this beer. It has a beautiful aroma, is blacker than midnight, and was hard to come by. But my GOD was it sweet! Way too sweet for me. Sure thereís chocolate, and raisin, and coffee flavors but the sweetness was so overpowering I had a hard time drinking the beer. Is that true to style? I donít know. Maybe Iíll try another version of it in years to come.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle with great thanks to the mashmaster! Cheers man! Aroma has notes of resin hops, roasted malts, dark chocolates, cherries, butterscotch, and a little coffee. Darkness is the hue with a large creamy, frothy tan head that lasted and left amazing lace. Flavor is sweet sweet malts, dark chocolate, resin hops, with some nice roated and hop bitterness at the end. Palate is very full bodied and silky smooth/soft. A work of art. Extreme even for an Impy stout. Heavy on the palate with a lovely sweetness and chocolate tone accompanied by a hoppy aroma. Different and great. It is the most decadent and sinfull Impy Stout Iíve ever had. The darkness... An amazing quest beer!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
droyer (12) - Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
Very nice imperial stout. Nice hoppy finish. Beautifully dark color. Had of on tap at itís releace in 2007 & 2008.


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