RateBeer
overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Ofortuna's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2009
08 version. Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting, but with a beautifully thick head. Displays a lighter floral aroma with a bit of citrus. Not nearly as intense as I was expecting from what folks had said about the previous years vintage. Huge creamy character that really stood out. Very much the calling card of this vintage. A dryer overall beer and quite easy drinking compared to other beers in its class that leave a much higher finishing gravity. However, too sharp of a contrast between the sweet/roasted malt backbone and the citrus/orange hop profile. Overall, it left me a bit confused. It seemed like it was trying to be both a sweeter/creamier imperial stout and one of the more highly hopped examples of the genre at the same time. While I really loved the first side of this along with how nicely attenuated the gravity was, and is why my score is so high, I really didn’t care for the choice of hops. They just seemed to detract a bit from the overall experience. I know there was a change in the recipe, particularily in the type of hops used, but I think they would’ve been better off doing what made this beer so exceptional initially.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Dark black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is well balanced with a strong chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and coffee. Overall good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2364) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2016
Draft @ Mikkeller CBC 2014. Pitch black, brown head. Sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Heavy roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, ashes, vanilla, honey. Impressive. (2014-05 backlog)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (3467) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 26th 2015. Black body with a creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark malt, roast, raisin, earthy and herbal hops. Taste of bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, medium sweetness, good bitterness, boozy towards finish. Nice balanced yet dark as hell. Very nice!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (677) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
Draft at Local Option... Pours black in the snifter...thin beige head and lacing. Notes of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, warm boozy finish... Outstanding RID, lives up to the hype!!! Delicious...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1014) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2016
Rating #1000 Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with chocolate, roast, raisin/fig, and some caramel. The flavor is about the same, some lingering earthy and floral hops and coffee on the back end. Nice viscous body and mellow carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Krej (221) - USA - APR 7, 2016
This really good. Smooth and creamy and I really like it. More words I hate words

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
20107589 (673) - randers, DENMARK - APR 5, 2016
pour black with a small tan head. lots of aromas. like in the text above. chocolate, raisins, coffee, and toffee. this is really sweet, not much bitterness going on. creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. drinking it with cheese cake and enjoying it!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (2659) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2016
Aroma is whiskey, some chocolate and raisin. Flavor is strong whiskey, raisin, and some cherry. Strong bite, this may need to age a few years to take the edge off.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4841) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours coffee brown with a nice tan head. Aroma presents roast malt, coffee, molasses and licorice tones. Bold flavor delivers rich molasses, roast malt, coffee, semi-sweet and licorice notes; it is rather sweet but not cloying. Viscous body delivers a strong and persistent fizz. Enjoy the darkness! Another one off me beer bucket list.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Sampled at the SCCCT event at Friendship Brewery. 2012 Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with more roasted malts, dark fruits, some sweetness and just an overall awesome brew. Need to try it again.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 103


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50