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RATINGS: 1034   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
í16 = Cerberus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1551) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2009
2008 vintage Courtesy Secret Santa. Pours a very dark brown almost black in color with a small and dense mocha colored head that leaves nice swirls of lacing in the glass. The aroma shows huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, figs, cherries, and some roasted coffee. Some earthy hops come through as well, but not heavily hopped like I thought it would be. The flavor follows with more of the bittersweet and milk chocolate varieties blending with the figs, raisins, and cherries. A slight bitterness is provided on the backend from the earthy hops. I was hoping for more of the roasty elements, but the chocolate and fruity sweetness dominate this beer. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and slick on the palate. This one drinks easily and goes down smooth with the chocolate covered cherries lingering in the finish. This is a really nice imperial stout, but just not quite up there with Dark Lord to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AKfaust (19) - , Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2009
hannont be the man...72,000 mile crankcase oil out a 72 Harley Davidson is the best way for me to describe this beast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
Thanks again to "hannont"; such a nice connection for outstanding brews! Colour.... letís see... wait... I canít see! This beer is so freakiní dark I canít see a thing! Itís like the singularity in a black hole! Nose... waves of dark molasses, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark raisins. Palate... my God this stuff is thick! Wonderfully mouthcoating and decadently rich with flavours of high cocoa mass bittersweet chocolate, dark, dried, fruits, currants, arabica coffee, Christmas cake and roasted malt with a finish that goes on and on and on!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a light tan head and a dark brown body. Smells light roast, molasses, fish. Tastes like molasses, apricot, dark caramel, and sushi. Tastes like the offspring of an imperial stout and an imperial ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
75cl bottle shared by illidurit. Pitch black with a thick, dense tan head. The aroma is a burst of tropical pineapple hoppiness. There is some underlying chocolate malt as well, but the pineapple runs the show. The flavor has some bittersweet chocolate countered by tons of fruity mango and pineapple, finishing dry and hopy, but with a very smooth and restrained bitterness. Full and decadently smooth texture, but not overly thick or sticky. This is just an amazing stout. Awesome chocolate covered tropical fruit synergy.

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