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RATINGS: 983   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)


MbpBugeye's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
2010 (vampire) This long time want graciously provided to me by bauermj. Poured into my new Darkness glass that was sent by Beeruser in perfect timing. Appearance The beer flows forth languidly, boasting its full body and robust color. The collection in the glass is dense and blackened. An undertone of burnt red, much like the color of the wax that crowns this bottle, gives the beer warmth and character. The head is a yellowed khaki with a frothy and soft pretense. Creeping rings of lace adorn the glass in short order, fueled by the ever-present ring of foam. Smell Darkness carries with it aromas of soy sauce and tobacco that are uniquely its own. Rich molasses and brown sugar lay a sweetened backdrop to licorice, steak sauce and freshly laid mulch. The bouquet is indeed full of darkness but encompasses the realm of caramelized and aged sugars and sweets. A consideration of the final glass of the bottle yields strong aromas of prunes and hints of chocolate covered raisins. Taste The soy sauce and molasses flavors are the dominant ones. They grip the sides of the tongue with a sharp, rum soaked fruitcake flavor that is bracketed by sweet pipe tobacco. There is a milky creaminess that tries to push through but the denser molasses and anise flavors suppress it for the most part. As the glass warms, caramel and a faint citrusy hopping come out. A fleeting hint of smoke pops out just at the end, and only after this beer warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel The best part of this beer is the way it slides over the palate, offering little resistance. It feels frictionless. Its very low and fluffy soft carbonation furthers the effects of the full body. There is a little bit of stickiness left on the lips, but this is a sweet beer, that should be expected. Some alcohol warmth and an oily, licorice flavored coating is left behind for a long finish and aftertaste. Overall This is a great stout. Itís large in stature and silky smooth and thick. It is, however, quite sweet and wrought with tobacco and soy sauce notes that get in the way of its roastiness. So, all things considered, this did not live up to what I expected from it.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2416) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
2010 bottle shared thanks to Scott! Pours pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates. The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of caramel. The taste is huge chocolate, milk, dark, sweet and maybe a bit of a caramel etc. there is very little bitterness but there is no cloying feeling at all. This is amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
750 mL bottle. 2011 vintage. Shared with ebone1988 for his 350th rating. You're welcome. The pour is a viscous oily dark black with a thin. Darker khaki colored head that falls to a ring with no lace. Just some glass discoloration. The aroma is excellent. There is lots of dark fruits and licorice. There is a bitter roastiness that accompanies it. The complexity of bitter roast, fruitiness, and licorice is just excellent. The flavor is real good. There is a light bitterness up front. The fruits and licorice offer up a wonderful transition to a sweeter side. There is a light coffee presence, but it's really complex and delicious. The mouth feel is thick and oily with a nice soft carbonation and a lingering beautiful sweet dark fruit dominated aftertaste. This is damn good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (363) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
#350. 2011 vintage. Bottle shared with koleminer20, and Iíve been looking forward to it for some time. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee. Appearance is black, khaki head, poured very thick. Taste is sweet licorice, roasty malt, cocoa, coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, great aftertaste. Overall, hot damn thatís good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jspencer78 (10) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Very fruity nose. Pitch black with thin head that quickly dissipated. Slightly sweet fades to slightly boozy. Thick/oily on the palate. Had their charcuterie board with this and the beer was wonderful with this. I will be coming back to this one again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (673) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
On tap at the source with commonshawn in a tulip glass. 10 oz pour. Pitch black with tan head. Aroma is dark fruits and hints of chocolate. Little bit of a medicinal vibe too. Taste is definitely on the sweet side initially with a chocolate and a raisin tendency. Gives way to a small ripple of bitterness that feeds into the coffee essence aftertaste. Alcohol presence felt. Tastes like dessert in a glass. A high quality beer I think I undervalue slightly because itís from the hometown. Would be better in a non-summer season. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (539) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle - Pours dark black. Nose is lots of chocolate, roasty, and dark fruits. The taste is dark, rich chocolate with roastiness and figs. Itís big, black, and delicious. Yum!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1131) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
'13 bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet plums. The taste is fantastic. Lots of toffee and just overall great stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (216) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Black with nice lacing. Small khaki head. Roasted chocolate. Sweet caramel in there too. Fruity with some licorice. Sweet, for sure. More than I expected. It blends well with the roasted malts, though. Licorice and dark fruits. Ashy bitter malt finish. Heavy and sweet. Medium carbonation. Lots of sugar in this guy. Not to Dark Lord levels, but sweet. Iíd struggle to drink much of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1436) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours an opaque cola brown with a ring of beige head. Aroma of booze and wood with burnt malts. Very boozy taste,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 U turkies eve dealt w/ my live ratings just yet?°?°ŅŅ°?
Pours real dark... basically black with a Decent head & lace!

The aroma has a real toasted marshmallow thing happening... Itís sweet smelling, but enjoyably hoppy smelling. Pine, dark chocolate, citrus rind, u know wat I mean!
The flavor is like lightly burn marsh-mallows & melon forward hops. She has some dark chocolate, some hebalness, some dark roasted coffee.

Itís impossibly thick & luscious!!!!


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