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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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)
’15 = Bat
’16 = Cerberus

MbpBugeye's rating

   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. It’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (2400) - CROATIA - AUG 30, 2016
On tap at BRUS, Copenhagen. Pours black with lasting beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some licorice, dark fruit. Quite sweet with bitterness coming afterwards. Full bodied. Complex yet balanced. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9505) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle, shared at RBAG by dresden. Pours a viscous near-black with a finely bubbled reddish-brown head. Bitter chocolate and caramel (kind of a Tootsie Roll thing), undertones of aniseed and ash. Creamy mouthfeel, balanced and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1435) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
Third time having it and still forgot to rate. Thick near black, fudgy, umami, slight fruit flavors. Creamy and rich and amazing. One of my absolute favorite non-barrel aged imperial stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (960) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2016
2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass..opaque with a fluffy light brown head..aroma of chocolate,vanilla,coffee,roasted nuts..tastes of chocolate pudding,vanilla & cherries..creamy but not thick..real good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidezdonz (295) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - AUG 2, 2016
A 200ml pour on draft of the 2015 version at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed Mikkeller tasting glass. It was pretty much pitch black with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving sparse lacing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roast and hints of dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, plum, prune, chocolate, roast, vanilla and caramel. Rich, creamy, full bodied with light carbonation. Overall this was really good. Really nice aromas and great flavours. It’s a sipper, but the dark fruit, chocolate and caramel works well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (5591) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Courtesy of deyholla via local swap,; this was unexpected and very generous!:2015:Strong molasses and tobacco nose, raisin accents., some chocolate. Black, thin beige head. Molasses and raisin dominant, charred oak, prune. Full body, warm. easy carbonation. Rich with some nice fruity accents. Good balance. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2016
(Surly Darkness) Bottle 750 ml at home, vintage 2013, red waxed. Served into a snifter. Black coloured body, tall and thicj dark beige head on top, creamy and with very good retention. Aroma of liquorice, light roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate. Great taste with lots of chocolate, mocha, chocolate cake, oats, light alcohol, light roasted malts, plums, some red fruits. Medium thick body, mostly soft carbonation.Quite sticky on the palate, dry at the same time. Not as extreme as I expected but a very good IRS, dangerously easy to drink too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4209) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Large shared 2008 bottle in July 2016. (Thanks Dan). Similar aroma to the FFF Dark Lord I had a few minutes earlier. Seems just a touch sweeter and a bit less complex. Thick, oily body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (799) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black coloured with a light brown head. N: Coffee, hint of vanilla and bourbon, blackberry, cherry, yeast(?) T: Coffee, cinnamon, soy sauce, bourbon, boozy... O: A bit off on the nose, but very nice taste to it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JBomb (25) - Little Canada, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Aged for 8 months.pours pitch black with a awesome thick tan head.aromas of chocolate coffee,toffee and cherry.finishes sweet.This is the standard for a perfect stout!🍻

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