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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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:

’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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Crushed this with TheDude. Nice, dark, black pour with a brown head. Aroma has a lot of hops, giving way to some fruit coffee, tobacco. Flavor has a lot of hops up front, and then settles to a surprisingly complex amount of fruit, a bit of cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. Finish has a bit of alcohol. Though I prefer Dark Lord, this is still an amazing brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
That1Guy (2061) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Crushed with Honkeybra. Very hoppy nose. Leads into an incredibly, and surprisingly fruity flavor. A lovely brew. Dark, oily, velvety, and awesome. One of the most dynamic beers I’ve ever had from the nose to the finish. Top fuckin notch. Thanks, Honkey.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
surly darkness. 750ml, ’’growler’’, Zin-looking capped wine bottle. black wax. Opaque black, creamy dark brown head. Aroma has light smoke, some roast, lots of sweetness. Hints of piney hops deep in the nose. Earthy, wonderful roast. a bit of alcohol as well. Flavor is very sweet, light roast flavor, a bit of bitterness on the palate. Sticky sweet, raisins, and alcohol. Creamy texture, heavenly, slight chalk. Lots of alcohol, not over powering. Extremely heavy bodied. Whama Lama Ding Dong! Rating #1700, big thanks to ATLBeerDog.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Inky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is licqorice, cocoa and coffee. The flavor is a bit to alcohol for now. I am hoping some age will improve it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogp04 (20) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2008
’08 Darkness (served on tap): Pours a pitch-black, viscous liquid. Not quite as thick as ’motor oil,’ as some would suggest. The darkness gives way to a brilliant, dark-tan head. Initial, one-finger head gives way to a small ring of bubbles as the beer warms and is consumed. Aroma is of dark fruits, cocoa, baker’s chocolate, a little bit of burnt coffee, dark roasted malts, and actually has relatively hoppy overtones (although not citrusy, west-coast hoppy). Mouthfeel starts off pretty thick and creamy, but finishes with a slight sensation of carbonated goodness. Taste is of dark fruits, sweet malts, roasted coffee and malt, maraschino cherries, bitter chocolate, and even a slight bittering, tannin-like flavor. Bitterness is primarily due to the strong hop presence which shines through in the tangy flavor, as well as the lingering bitterness on the back of the palate after swallowing. Drinkability is relatively good, despite the thick mouthfeel and heavy malt/roasted flavor that dominates this beer. The hops add a kick that help round off and balance this huge RIS. Still a borderline sipper, though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 (Bottle, 2007, a gift from OSLO and Guerde) Pours black with creamy brown head. The aroma is perfect medium roasted/tiny burned with a nice, complex maltiness of creamy chocolate, caramel, dark bread and a whisper of tar and burned coffee beans. This bottle is a year old but there are still some aroma hops with tones of grapefruit, mild pine and resin. The thick maltiness disguises the alcohol very well. Also a bit vinous with hints of blue grapes, black cherries and black currant. Hints of yogurt, anise, black pepper, basil and vanilla. The flavour is fat malty with good blend of dark chocolate/cocoa, espresso coffee, tar, liquorice and dark caramel. Perfect balance between salty, sweet and bitter elements. Long, lingering, clean citric afterbitterness. The flavour hops brings grapefruit, resin and mild pine. The mouthfeel is round, soft and light oily without being sticky. Bit vinous in the flavor as well black currant and black cherries. Burned, roasted, black currant and hoppy finish. Near full-bodied. Wow. I love this.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2008
The best Imp Stout I’ve had to date. Lives up to the hype, the hops make this beer. Perfect pour, dark black with very thick brown head, lacing all way down glass. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts balanced beautifully with hops. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits and some sugar. Palate is thick, creamy and smooth. Hmmm this deserves my 2nd 5 out of 5.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EddieB23 (1) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008 does not count
Beautifully balanced and drinkable. Just the right amount of hops come through to ease the huge malt taste. Glad I waited in line for this one

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
I have always liked dark, complex beers. A 30 year love affair. Ten months ago, I discovered, quite by accident, Ratebeer. Since that time I have reacquainted myself with quite a few brews from my past, and have had the pleasure tasting quite a few new that I learned of through Ratebeer. Now, after standing in line with my son and his friend for 2.5 hours Saturday, I have had the opportunity to taste what undoubtedly is the best beer I have ever had the pleasure to experience. It somehow manages to have a monster flavor, rich in malt and dark fruit, chocolate and rich, smooth coffee, and a wonderful, mystical undercurrent of hops, without any one character up staging the other. I am thrilled that I have five more bottles to share with others.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBunker (943) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured black with a large brown head. Huge aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, raisins, and vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts, burnt fruit, chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. The huge malt taste is balanced out by a sharp hop bite. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is not apparent in the taste. This is a huge beer, but highly drinkable. Definitely worth the hype.


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