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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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

Gurst's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
2008 Bottle. Chocolaty sweet, kind of like a beer float. Great density and consistency, very smooth. Taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and bread. Not unusual tastes, but a great arrangement of them. But really the feel of the stout is best part.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (1076) - Lodz, POLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage at tasting panel at Warszawski festiwal piwa. Aroma is not so intense that Im expected, but very classical imp. Taste is better, sweet, roasty, with cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simont1 (575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of coffee, toffee, and bourbon. Taste of licorice, raisin, plum, port, bourbon spice and vanilla, a bit bitter acrid burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Aroma is very malt forward with lots of chocolate and some moderate roast notes. Some light tobacco and leather notes. Medium light raisin and prunes notes. Some light alcohol spice. Pours a deep black with some dark brown hues on the edges and a medium large, moderately thick, dark tan head that recedes to the edges where a thin film lingers on the edges. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with a lot of chocolate and some slightly lighter roast notes. Moderate leather and tobacco notes. Some medium fruit notes of raisin, prune and plum. Medium light bitterness and some light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low, but present alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice, complex stout that has aged gracefully. Some oxidation is creeping in, but it’s not presenting itself in a negative way. Nice fruit and malt notes. Could use a thicker mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (2614) - 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 (9592) - 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 (1475) - 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 (999) - 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 (328) - 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 (5699) - 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 (4911) - 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.

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