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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1795) - 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 (3359) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
session 1 at beerfest, I tasted it multiple times. decent smell GREAT taste very dark but light to drink. Chocolate and slight coffee taste. Great beer, blew away other surly tastings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
At the Valley/Beer Geeks Tastings. Up with Kaggen, Abyss, and a few other sort after little numbers. Yeah, better than the Abyss, and yes a great RIS... from memory, coffee, nuts, and some dark fruit. Iíd like to try this again, on a fresh palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On tap at Chef Paulís Bavarian Lodge (special tapping). Wonderful roasted coffee aroma with chocolate and slight alcohol. Very smooth finish and very drinkable. Dare I say, better than the Dark Lord?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Bottle #350 sampled on 2/9/08 as brew #4 in sesh at Jís pad. Big shout out goes to Ketchepillar for giving me the chance to try this via trade!!! WOW. wow. wow. wow. This became the theme of this glass. wow. Put a blindfold on me and I wouldnít have been able to get the color right... nose was quite interesting. Green, floral, resiny pine hops at the forefront - Pliny? Iím confused. Flavor screamed non-comformity. What a concept... really a crap load of resiny pine like hops with a fat and chewy malt backbone. This transitions into some darker, semi-sweet chocolate and bitter coffee.. this barely has a chance to shine as a different blast of grapefruity citrus hops bitter their way into the finish and decide not to leave until the next sip. This is like an orange flavored pine cone dancing with a white chocolate covered caramel candy. The palate really just keeps delivering - soft and soothing, proud but elegant, full bodied but highly drinkable. This seems almost unprecidented - close your eyes and this could fly by as the greatest IIPA Iíve ever had... stands on a pedestal for flavor. Deserves the hype without a doubt. Why canít I have this on tap at all times? Iíll take a keg for my living room, thanks. Darkness IS BEER!!!

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