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RATINGS: 949   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
My 1,300th!!! Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, green apple, caramel, and grassy hops. Flavor is molasses, caramel, roast, herbal, and a dry herbal alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle #176 courtesy Ibrew2or3, You Rock! Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, licorice, and a good dose of floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma with a nice caramel sweetness and a hint of dark fruit. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3 ( you the F*&^% Man) A- Hops,Dark Fruit, Chocolate Ap- Black, light mocha head, not much light gets through this beer. F- Very astringent, very hoppy given the style, some coffee, chocolate P- Was thin and unsetteling. Overall- A solid brew, but very overated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled from WisconsinBeer, bottle 223, shared with some others. Beautiful pour on this, with a thick, fairly pale head. Odd aroma, beaty and vegetal, very stale coffee, Flavor is nutty, more veggies, with a strong coffee finish. At times this drinks great and at others its pretty boring and flawed. Doesnít have the massiveness of Dark Lord nor the nuances of, say, Southampton IS or a British IS. This really fails to be the great beer I thought it would be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
A Mes rate: 2007 bottle No. 009 thanks to Chad.
Opaque black, viscous and oily with a thin-ish but very well behaved tan head and lace. Loads of fun to pour, you can get it to do whatever you want it to. Incredible aroma of chicory, awesome coffee, big hoppage (however much Chad says itís not enough) and some INCREDIBLE tarry malt. Rubbery as hell, the full car tyre, bready, woody, roasty and toasty with some slight ethanol but god I love it. Delicate hints of pepper and sourness right at the top really make it. A stunning smell. Flavour... oh, my, GOD. Itís rare these days for me to not know where to start but I really donít. Awesome balance and finesse but itís still HUGE. In fact the balance is pretty much spot on. Chad prefers it with the big hops but as far as I can tell, with age this has mellowed into something that is utterly sublime. Mellow is not quite the right word as this is far from restrained. Massive thick black coffee, awesomely rich, superb chocolate with some utterly outstanding hops that leave a hardcore resinous sting on the finish making this something really really special indeed. Utterly unreal balance of sweet coffee chocolate and bitter resinous hops round it all off. The rubbery notes are the best I have experienced. The stinging, tangy, bitter aftertaste is beyond my powers of description and the gorgeous hint of sourness coupled with the prickly sting from the alcohol is just a stunning experience. Iíve had probably half of the bottle now and I could still waffle on further. F**k me, what a beer. Chad you seriously kick ass mate. I owe ya one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Wonderful idea of an ultimate beer. Giant hops, strong but clear chocolate flavors, a fine textured body, aromatic, not too strong/alcoholic. Very well put together -- flawlessly bright, clean and clear without anything fuselly, dusty, phenolic, soy saucey or other common big beer flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Bottle obtained in a trade i shared with BrianK. Pours jet black with no color hues and a dark tan head. Aroma is very misleading for an imperial stout, wait 80 ibuís what is this beer? A double ipa with chocolate malt, you tell me. Flavor is rich with chocolate at first then quickly turns into a pine floral hop finish. It works, its quite good when you give up your exceptions of a big malty imperial stout. Very complex but nevertheless no quite what i was expecting but not a disappointment either. 4.0 Bottle 2008 offering. Bottle. Pours a viscous black body with a dark oily tan cascading head. Sweet with rich molasses and a noticeable hop bitterness. Earthy floral hoppiness. Over ripe fruit. Big etoh but well masked by the hop character. 4.1 Bottle 2009 offering. Bottle thanks to Eugene, thanks man. Pours a black body with a thick cascading head and a rich coffee toned head. Hoppy aroma bitter roasted hop tones coffee esk with some mild viney and earth y herbal hop resins. Sticky citrus and chocolate malts with a modest warming. A nice hoppy stout. 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Bomber with a huge thanks to Dmac for sharing this treat. Black with a small creamy tan head. Really nice piney/grapefruit hop aroma mixed with dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I really wish there were more hoppy imperial stouts like this one. The flavor of the citrus hops combine seamlessly with the roasted malts. Add in some chocolate, a bit of coffee and also some tropical fruits and you have one delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
shared by I forget at the cuvee de tomme release....good stuff. lives up to the name colorwise....tastewise it is a bit smoky and a good but not great imp stout....not worth the hype in my opinion.....want to try another bottle though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Tasted at the February Northern California Beer Tasting. OK This beer is worthy of the hype. And thanks to Garret for sharing this gem. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from the bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, raisins, coffee, vanilla, molasses and dark fruit. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and roasty malt. The hops are earthy. There is a lot going on in this beer, very complex, yet each of the flavor components seems to blend together well. Very rich and smooth. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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