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RATINGS: 930   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Bottle #257, Courtesy of acrdz. Black body with a medium sized tan head, lasting. Slightly green nose with chocolate, molasses and plums. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of milk chocolate, dark fruits, lots of toffee, light molasses, a strange graininess and vanilla. Full body is soft, sticky and chewy with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7978) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.

750ml bottle thanks to OSLO. First impressions of the nose is a bit confusing: some greenish hops and celery notes, some hard roast, some chocolate syrup, and some yogurt-like yeast, but when warmer thereís some wheat germ and moldy grains going on (even some musty cannibus). First taste is very thick, very frothy, very chewy, some charred cocoa, some ashy bakers chocolate, some more greens and leaves and basil and such. Super chalky chocolate, and thankfully the hops arenít so huge in the flavor as much as they are in the nose. Thick, viscous pancakes and oatmeal, very donut-like (the whole glazed sugar and dough and chocolate thing). The long-lasting finish has some more of the green qualities, along with some pasty chalk and wood. Canít say Iím blown away, I think the biggest drawback is the liquid smoke-steak deal in the nose when itís warmed, but for sure itís a delicious imperial stout and unlike most out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (422) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 [29Mar08] Managed to snag a sample of the 2006 batch at the grand re-opening for Acadia Cafe. Pours a brown-black body with brown head. Aroma of cocoa and malts. Flavor is more of the same along with some coffee and maybe caramel. Mouthfeel and body seem a little light for this style. Cocoa finish with a hint of hops. Not very complex as I would expect for a beer of this caliber. {6/5/6/3/14}

[30Mar09] Bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours a pitch black body with a soapy, light brown head. Nice aroma of grapefruit hops and dark malts. Flavor of burnt malt, chocolate, grapefruit hops, and maybe a hint of coffee. Medium to heavy body with an oily mouthfeel. Bitter hop and cocoa finish. For me, the grapefruit hops seem a little distracting for a imperial stout, imparting an odd sweetness and basically distract from what isnít a very complex flavor profile. {6/5/7/4/14}

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
750ml bottle (Bottle 036) from hellomynameis, Nose is not as prominent as some other impys, all the flavors there, but not as strong; Aroma of chocolate, toffee, licorice, light smokiness and roastiness; Black with lighter clear brown edges and a big cinnamon tan head which laces the glass very heavily and stays around as you imbibe; flavor of chocolate, oaty grains, coffee, caramel, and some hop bitterness; finish is light hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
(bottle number 36.big thanks to irishboy and hellomynameis for the hookup.)well it certainly is "the darkness: when it comes to appearance.black as can be with a nice thick brown head.as the head rests it leaves thick webbing.the aroma is outstanding.i pick up chocolate,molasses,smoke,black liquorice,coffee,and roasted malts.the flavor claims much of what i got in the aroma,but has a pretty big hop bite to it.overall a pretty solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Had this at the extreme beer fest in Boston, 2008. Pretty good stout, though Iím not really sure what separates this from all the other outstanding brews in the category. Plenty of chocolate and molasses malts, but I missed the roasty smokiness of other imperial stouts. Just not as good as similar offerings from the likes of Alesmith, Kalamazoo, and Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Huge thanks to Lisalucy for the Chirstmas gift, for which she waited in line for five hours. Ah, Iíve raised her well. A delicious and decadent imperial stout, and yet surprisingly un-complex for the style. Malty, with molasses and chocolate notes. It was utterly lacking in that soy sauce-like quality that can detract from even the best imperial stouts, which made it smooth and drinkable and yet would have to be regarded as a by-product of that lack of complexity. Not the cascade of intensity I associate with the style, but a great beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 rerate 2009 bottle, what a mess. This beer has gone from my original 4.6 to something far worse. What a mess the 2009 version is a black double ipa, tastes nothing like an impy. Thanks for the chance to try this one. Rerate, 2007 bottle, #003. Pours black bubbly with a light brown head. Nose is hoppy and intriguing. Taste is sweet and big and hoppy and nice, very very nice. Beer 5 of Officially the Best Thursday in Beer ever in the existence of my life. Deftim13, Tim you rock Iím so damn happy to finally try this beer, Iíve coveted it for a long time and I am so happy to have the opportunity to drink it. You rock. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is really damn weird and pretty much everyone I drank with tonight confirmed it, its funky and hoppy and strange, but not bad. Taste is grade a sick. Sweet rich choco coffee. Really rich and huge damn big taste and really pretty nice feeling in the mouth. The hops are there too which is nice and different and damn, good work Surly and Thanks Tim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Draft. Multiple samples at EBF Session 2 on 2/16/08. Poured pitch black with a huge frothy brown head. Big roasted malt aroma with chocolate, some coffee, and some hop bitterness. Flavor was big in all respects, with intense roasted chocolate and big citric hops the major players, along with coffee and dark fruit. Flavors were intense but struck a good balance. Silky smooth and delicious. World class stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
EBF in Boston I waited a long time to try this beer and it didnít drop the ball. Pour dark as night with a very thin brown head. Aroma was not typical for a stout of this size. Hops were more dominant that the usual roasted malts. Nicely balance with wonderful flavors of Chocolate, molasses, and some hints of caramel. Amazing stout.

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