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RATINGS: 988   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)
’15 = Bat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 Ok, I finally got my crack at darkness. On tap of all places at 11:00 in the morning. Poured thick and black with a cream head. Aroma was caramel and chocolate, promising some major sweetness. Taste was burnt marshmallow, sweet caramel and roast. Really reminded me of a marshmallow. For all the promises of a great hoppy stout, I thought this was incredibly sweet. Not getting the balanced I had hoped for. Really one of the sweeter imperials I have tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
2007 750 ml bottle #172 via trade with tytoanderso and shared at a recent tasting - Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark esters, licorice, and vinous. Flavor is the same thing. Medium to full body. This beer reminds of Bells Expedition. A very nice beer. Thanks Tyler.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Yeah what a beer! Black pour, brown head. Aroma is rich as hell. Brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, syrup, hops, and even some booze. Flavor is really amazing. Sweet but balanced with some hops. Chocolate jumps out followed by some molasses, coffee and damn just pure heaven. For me this one lived up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2008
08 Bottle acquired via trade with ketchepillar. Thanks again Sam. This one lived up to the hype, fortunately. Dirty motor oil in color and consistency with a huge caramel head that leaves sticky lacing on the inside of the glass every inch or so. Aroma is bitter Godiva, Starbucks, and Mrs. Butterworth...yes, the maple syrup. Flavor is rich and sweet, with molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. Not a ton of complexity in the flavor, but it does a pretty good job masking the alcohol. It is present, but ever so slightly. Nice milk shake consistency...thick and sticky. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Before I say anything about this beer, I need to give a huge thanks to beastiefan2k - it is only fitting that I am consuming this beer on Christmas, a time of year associated with giving, generosity, etc., because Eugene hooked me up with a bottle of this beer, and asked for absolutely nothing in return - in all of my years on ratebeer, I have continually been astonished at the level of generosity I have witnessed, and I can think of no one else that embodies this more than Eugene - thanks, man! - so, to all you folks that sold this beer to your fellow beer lovers on ebay for a tremendous profit, screw you! - anyway, I must say that I am glad that I didnt trade away my cellar for this stuff - she looks pretty good - really dark ruby, with a large, dark tan head - the aroma is of damp cedar, red wine-like tannins, espresso bitterness, burnt qualities - smooth in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style - flavors of charred malts, wet wood, light smoke - some wine-ish tartness - a lot of coffee bitterness through the middle - gets sweeter and sweeter as the flavor progresses, ending with some sweet raisin character and brown sugar - it is a nice beer, and certainly a lot more balanced than a lot of over the top american impys, but a top 10 beer? a top 50 beer? - I really dont think so - thanks again, Eugene, for saving me from the trade frenzy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2008
On tap at Bohemian Lodge and later at Flossmoor Station. Pretty heady for an impy stout. Aroma was coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dates and everything else in life that truly matters. I didn*t get the legendary hoppiness that everyone talks about with this beer, but there was still tons to enjoy. Beautiful roastiness and just the right amount of sweetness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Amazing stuff, and I*m thrilled to have had the opportunity to drink a round or three with some great people.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Courtesy Redlight. 2008 bottle. Black with a broken dark tan head. A ton of molasses and raisin on the aroma along with a light roast, very little alcohol apparent. Very sweet and surprisingly little roast on the taste, but some does appear on the finish along with some chocolate hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Licorice and fine chocolate liqueur explode out of the glass in the aroma. Flavor still retains mountains of malty sweetness as well as super chocolatey and vanilla-y elements. Syrupy, sticky and thick. This stuff is wild! And delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
650 ml bottle courtesy of Guerde. This is the 2008 release. Shared at the Alesmith BA Numbskull line tasting. This was the first of a number of great beers passed around. The color was opaque black with a big three finger tan head that had great retention. The aroma was pungent with dark fruits, mostly raisins, dates and figs. Also present was roasted grains and a bit of peanut brittle. The flavor was sweet with more dark fruits, sweet nuts and brown sugar. I did not detect any real underlying hop character, the deScription says 80 IBUs but half that is more likely. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The finish was long with lingering molasses. Overall: A very fine RIS, worth at least some of the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Big Ups to Hophead22 and Dalzale for this bottle. Poured black in color with thick tan head. Very nice strong aroma of hops, raisins, and fruity. Taste was similar with some coffee, chocolate and malt. Very smooth and easy to drink. Enjoyed

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