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RATINGS: 1033   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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
’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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9495) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1434) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (949) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidezdonz (287) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (5577) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4751) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4200) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (798) - 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!

5
   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!🍻

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1903) - - JUL 12, 2016
2012 Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, some roasted malts and chocolate.


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