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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle from Chad. Thanks. I have wanted to try this one for several years, and thank God I finally got the chance two nights ago. This one pours out black with a fat brown head on it. The smell is just out of this world. It smells like a double IPA fresh off the line with a huge amount of chocolate and coffee infused into it. The taste is really good, very sweet, full of coffee and chocolate and of course a very healthy dose of these hops. This beer is very unique, almost sessionable. The best beer I have drank in several years, hands down. I always thought I would never give a second 5 rating, but I believe I have to make an exception. The smell on this beer is perfect, so is the taste, the beer does wonders to the palate because it is not too thick and not too thin, and the enjoyment factor is off the chart. This is a perfect beer in my eyes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 #500, WOO HOO, courtesy of my mom and brother who stood in line for 3 hours to get this for me, Thanks Mom and Todd. Dark pour of course, dark chocolate head. Hoppy aroma, not like the rest I had. Some sweetness with a nice hop presence, another winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (11902) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. A - Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. S- Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, hops and alcohol aroma. T - Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. M - Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. D - This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Poured a completely opaque black, though there was some chestnut brown around the periphery of the glass. Aroma was shockingly sweet, not must roast present. The flavor was an even bigger surprise, as it was far to syrupy and cloying for my liking. Glad to have tried this one, but I was more than just a bit let down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 WOW this sob was disgusting. Im just kidding it was fantastic. poured out a black with a thick dark brown head. aroma was very hoppy and had notes of dark chocolate, malt, and molasses. flavor was sweet with a big smack of hops that was subdued by the malt back bone on this bad boy. a great brew indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
750 ml bottle 2008 recieved in trade with ATLBeerDog poured a clear dark brown that becomes an opaque black in the glass with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of black malt, prunes, raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, light coffee and light roastiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of Prune, raisin, bitter chocolate, black malt, licorice, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2008 Bottle. Black, but not black enough according to Ethan. You learn something new every day. Nose is sweeter than expected, with all the typical players. Flavor is more syrupy than expected and the malts are pretty complex. Big, strong, and burley. Good stuff, but I am quickly tiring of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle shared by Turd. Given the hype, this was actually surprisingly good. Velvety black pour with light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mild coffee, some hint of fruit, nuts, and roasted malts. Silky, creamy mouthfeel pleases the palate. Sweet fruits come out more in the taste. Hot damn, this is good. Alcohol well hidden as well. Believe the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2009

<b>1/14/2009</b>: Surly Darkness has a nearly black color with red highlights and a dense, tan-colored head. This beer has a seriously rich and caramelized aroma accompanied by welcomed vineous and sweet orangy-citrus hoppiness. The flavor is quite sweet with a predominent orage citrus syrup hop flavor. That runs throughout the flavor and is integrated into the rich, creamy milky chocolate and sweet caramelized maltiness. This beer is full bodied and it is unbelieveably smooth (smoother and creamier than milk) and nothing like I expected. However, if it isn’t anything in your mouth though, it is sticky as crap everywhere else. It isn’t the typical chocolate/coffee/roasty impy stout. This is something more and very difficult to describe. The hop flavors are large, but well-balanced - no well-integrated - into the other underlying flavors. The flavor and texture just hangs there. Wow, very interesting and different and memorable and very different that any other Imperial Stout that I have had.

<i>750 ml black wax-sealed bottom shared by alexsdad06. Wow, thanks a ton Brad. Damn fine brew! Rating #268 for this beer.</i>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Rating #400. Bottle courtesy of Ed at Heritage. Quite possibly the most generous act of beer sharing I have yet to see. Cracked this at the 09er for friends. Pours like motor oil with a pillowy tan head. Smells of charcoal, wood, and hops which carry into the flavor. Very earthy. Tastes of added notes of dark fruit, caramel, bakers cocoa, and faint coffee. Noticeable alcohol on the finish. Dangerously drinkable. RERATED: On tap at Hop Leaf. Pours inky black with a reddish brown head. Aggressive with grapfruity hops, smoked bacon, and soy sauce. Puts a hurt on your palate. Drinking a pint of this felt like an accomplishment.

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