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RATINGS: 968   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:

’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)


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FullObs (134) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 ’11 vintage from my pal Ryan. Poured into a Darkness tulip pitch black with huge foamy tan head. Medium’ish thinner body than i was expecting. This was all double rich chocolate. I love sweet but this was way too rich for me. Good, but the sweetness is abit overwhelming at least this time. Update- ’12 vintage. Less syrupy and sweetness, more hoppy much better.. Maybe I got a bad bottle.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (477) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2015
This is an excellent imperial stout and Surly has executed it very well. This is definitely a new favorite for me and I need more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malin_aiisa (23) - - APR 18, 2015
Aroma: salty chocolate, caramel fudge, Looks: dark, Brown head. Taste: sweet, alcohol, not bitter. Long finish. Toasted dark bread. Lovley Bottle. Nice as dessert

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (178) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Aroma:alcohol. Coffe, rosty chocolate. Cherries. Apperance: hazy, black, tanned medium head Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, a bit sour. The balance is wonderful Palate: full body, long finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2015
On tap at Apex for Gigantic and Friends. A: Pitch black, cappuccino head, legs. N: Licorice, cocoa, anise, soy (which surprisingly adds rather than subtracts), vanilla, char and roast, raisins and prunes, more chocolate. T: Sweet, a little salty which breaks it up a little. M: Heavy, oily body, alcohol is well hidden, soft carbonation. O: A huge Imperial Stout, one of the biggest outside Dark Lord and Hunahpu’s, with more depth than DL and less adjuncts than CC. It’s nice work if you can get it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
the mix of alcohol, roast & bark chocolate aroma generates an chemically 4th note. probably this should not be so cold. on tap at apex. thick like syrup-what do I pour this on--but not cloying.a bit sweet, chocolate and cherries. sticky finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter (320) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
pours black oi with tan head as expected. aroma of roast malt, raisins, hint of spice alcohol toffee. taste is roast malt, bit of dark fruit, toffee lending sweetness. Straight up solid Imp Stout. a bit dry at end balancing out the sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3546) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary at CBC Clerkenwell, massive thanks to Ed for this gem! It pours pitch black with minimal mocha head. Aroma is big bold sweet tones of caramel, molasses, jam, chocolate. Taste is again big bold and sweet with minimal alcohol, caramel, sweet brown sugar, molasses and roast chocolate. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very sweet and bold RIS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (684) - Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2015
Dark roasted malt, dark fruit. Smells good. Great color, tan head. Chewy mouthfeel with some dark fruit in the taste.. caramel, some chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2757) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, courtesy of EdKing. Massive thanks! Red wax ’werewolf’ edition (2012). Thick pour. Black, small foamy brown head doesn’t endure. Aroma is treacle, molasses, malts. Body is medium, low carbonation. Initially a little foamy in the mouth, but it calms down. Taste is sweet molasses and treacle, dark cherry, twigs, syrupy coffee. Very sweet. Quite nice, but I’m not a huge fan of these overly sweet impys. A big want though - thanks again.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (2070) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle of the 2012 traded with Steasy66 and shared at The Cad’s 10 Year Anniversary.Pours opaque very dark brown, almost black, with a beige to tan head, which dissipates to thin.Nose has traces of that salty yeasty Marmite, molasses, lots of sweet black treacle, black sugar, roasted malt, coffee. Taste is sweet, black treacle, black sugar, molasses, something like cherry, some dead yeasty Marmite, light coffee, possibly some red wine vinous. This is too sweet and cloying for me.


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