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RATINGS: 893   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


budznsudz's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
budznsudz (464) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours the color of a black hole with a creamy tan head. Has the most insane lacing I’ve ever seen, it’s like a shell around the glass. Aroma is ultra rich chocolate and espresso, dark roast coffee, licorice, and smokey roast. Taste is dark chocolate fudge, sharp hops, freshly roasted coffee beans, smoke, char, and wood. Very heavy and complex. Thick chewy mouth feel, leading to a smooth rich finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (99) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Dark, thick black, with a tan. Umami nose, some honey sweetness. Some alcohol on the nose. Quite sweet on the front. Followed by some bitterness. Heavier body, thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is not terribly present. Beautifully balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2200) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
[Tap] Tried this at a Surly tap takeover. Opaque black pour with brown foam lacing. Heavy roasted aroma. Sweet molasses and cherry hints in the nose. Complex taste is of roasted/burnt malts, some chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cherry and alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Really tasty stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeq215 (40) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Huge thanks to hopscotch for the bottle! Pours black with a light brown head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, and a little coffee; a real nice combo of chocolate and fruit the whole way. Awesome beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (384) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
On tap at Jerrys then 2013 vintage bottle a few days later at Lincoln Station (both Chicago). Appearance is dark with mild tan foam. Aroma is very interesting - bright smell of dark fruits; like a rich dairy smoothie. Taste is WOW - my sort of stout, this vintage. Not overly chocolate heavy or sweet or difficult. Bit of a port like quality but far from the fortified wine world. Lots of great flavours - finishes sweet but not cloying. Loads of dark fruits: cherries, blueberries. Overall, great imperial stout; haven’t been bowled over by a beer like this for a while. Great interplay between the fruity quality and the dark malt. Perfectly pitched between sweet and savoury.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wisdomsolo (309) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
2012 Darkness. Had this at a great neighborhood tasting. Thanks to everyone for sharing! Had so much fun!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
of the overhyped once a year stout releases, this one beats a lot of them.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2014
Rating #1200. Bottle, vintage 2012, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: sweet, caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. TASTE: sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, little hoppy even, vanilla, mocha. Amazing beer! Drank this during a White Pony tasting, glad this beer was there.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!! Pour is pitch black with a big frothy brown head and great lacing. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, vanilla, bready, and graham crackers in the aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, espresso, light peppers, vanilla, graham crackers, semi-smoky, leathery, and figs with roasted bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
At Stephens House with Stephen, and Aaron. Aroma is big sharp toffee in a good way, mild dark chocolate, roasted malt, marshmellow. Taste is toffee, big fig, burnt plum, mocha, soft roasted malt.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duchammer (27) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 26, 2014
This was my first impressions to surly brewing company and has been an excellent one! Poured black with a nice espresso head. Smell of toasty, biscuit to with hints of raison and cherry.


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