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RATINGS: 967   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle #530, it was slightly smudged but pretty damn sure it was #530. Pours a deep dark viscous black with a small tan head. Aroma of a fantastic DIPA, yeah thats right tons of hops and pineapple notes. As it warmed some roastiness and chocolate make an appearance. Thick full creamy body that makes you want to keep on sipping this one. Flavor starts with a big burst of hoppiness, floral, pineapple and citrus that then fades into lots of roatiness, licorice, anise, coffee and dark chocolate. Great beer now where can I get another one??

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pineypower (2662) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Much thanks to Dmac for sharing this one. Pours out black with a small to moderate off white head. Aroma is more like that of a double IPA, grapefruit hops with slight earth lingering in the background. Taste is nothing short of remarkable. Chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee, some dark fruits, earth and solid hops. Very hoppy for an imperial but wonderfully balanced. Smooth and extremely drinkable. Top notch, and once again much thanks to Dmac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2008
Black pour, rich malt nose full of sugary smoke. Rich malt flavor, alcohol and candi sugar with some chocolate and coffee. medium bodied, tangy and sweet. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2008
On tap at the Maproom. Pours inky black with a fluffly dark tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, peat, earth. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, peat. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished ultra-bitter. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Aroma: smoke, peat moss, minerals, mustiness
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: smokiness, peatiness, minerals, some cream, some bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, some light cream, grassiness
Palate: dry, dankness, peat moss and mineral aftertaste, with some coco powder and some coffee grounds

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Big thanks to Mike for this one. Bottle #257. Dark black color with a frothy tan head that leaves bubble lacing on the glass. Chalky roasted chocolate aroma with light smoke, floral hops, and licorice in the background. Flavor is wonderfully roasted, smoky, piny bitter, and ashy finish. Very nice and tasty but not overly impressive or unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
750mL bottle, #257, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike and Ann! Pours a pitch-black color; fluffy light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing and excellent retention; a gorgeous, viscous pour. Pleasant amounts of roasted malts, oatmeal, and chewy dark chocolate in the aroma; toasty and well-integrated nose. Full mouthfeel: loads of chocolate (dark, bitter bakerís), roasted malts, and toasted grain upfront; intense levels of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and husks; wow, this is a solid, dense, tasty imperial stout; some roasted peanuts and smokiness / roast comes through as well. Lengthy finish, showing roasted malts, bitter & milk chocolate, and even a touch of pineyness coming through.

   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 (8465) - 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 (439) - 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}

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