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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tanner0042 (13) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
pours dark black with tan head, good lacing. Thick and rich, creamy, very sweet, but in an excellent way. Lots of flavors collide, chocolate, vanilla. coffee. Make sure you take your time drinking this one. as the temp goes up the flavors get better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievable can only begin to describe this beer heavenliness. A rich dark pour with an aroma of rich chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, and toffee was enough to tell me that this was going to be a really good brew. The thick and rich body, accompanied by the best tasting stout I have ever had, made this the best BEER I have ever had. I would go far out of my way to get more of this for it was made so incredibly well. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HopsLOVE (6) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2010 does not count
This is a very smooth beer, it smells of pine, citrus, chocolate, very black beer, the head was very big, overall this beer is of top quality, would love to have it again!!:)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kathouse (1308) - Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2013
My new number one beer. The aroma on this beer alone is worth the effort to find it. Smooth roasted malts, vannilin, and a deep espresso flavor are followed by deep red fruits and a tad bit of sweetness. I will chase this beer across the country. Fantastic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (426) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Poured from a 2011 bomber autographed from the artist into a snifter a pitch black motor oil with a nice tan head that when swirled gets impressive. The aroma is of thick figgy cocoa & light hops. Smells sweet & so flavorful. Taste of syrupy dark fruits, chocolate caramel in boozy love. Thick on the palate & exceptionally smooth. This is my second time I have had a 2011. As an avid DL fan this is the closest to perfection one can get.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Enjoyed on tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago, IL. I've been wanting to have this for years and am happy that I have the holiday day off to go out of my way to have this. First sip reaction - that's incredible. Appearance is pitch black, oil like consistency, large frothy dark tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is rich in coffee, toffee, raisins, and light almost citrusy hops. Taste has a fantastic chocolate profile, not syrupy, but that consistency which may be an attribute of the fruity characteristics. The cherry / raisin / plum aspects are incredible. It's very smooth as well which is surprising....other RIS brews are fantastic but more of 'sippers', where I could see myself having more than one of these. Very happy that I had this one, definitely one of the best for the style which is probably why it's so sought after. I don't know if it gets a perfect 5 though, and I don't know why. I may bump it up in the future if I get it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timjr2500 (3) - Boerne, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
Creamy, dark, slight bourbon and nut nose but dark chocolate, toffee and cream flavor. So damn delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (8931) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
2012 bottle (750 ml) thanks to Sgt. B / Brian (not on ratebeer). On January 24, 2014.
Clear black color with some dark red to brown in it, big fluffy light brown head. Sweet, vanilla, raisin scent. Sweet, raisin, malty taste. Grainy, sweet, chocolate aftertaste. Full rich mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 on tap acadia cafe. beautiful billowy cocoa head atop onyx tinted liquid. aroma is of sweet, candied fruit and chocolate covered orange rind. explosive hop taste is perfectly integrated into a fantastic dark chocalate malt with just enough thickness. the hops on this are perfect (simcoe?). better than storm king, better than both yetis, better than expedition? i’m not willing to say that based on one glass- but the question must be asked. the hop profile is like the dreadnaught and the malt profile is somewhere between kzoo and expedition. OMAR: THIS MUST BE CANNED IT IS ABSOLUTE GENIUS. RE-RATE 12-06 Had lunch and dinner at cafe 28 in order to enjoy this rare treat before it ran out. I bumped it up a notch for being everything I love in a stout- thick, rich, complex dark chocolate anc coffee with ample sweet and fragrant hop. For a huge beer it is endlessly drinkable and not too heavy. My favorite stout and possibly my favorite beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Thanks Chuck for being second in line on this release on 12/23 and acquiring a full growler. The beer pours to a pitch black beer with a nice thick dark brown head and lots of slow reverse carbonation. Spotty lacing in some glasses and excellent lacing in others. The aroma is huge and laden with lots of chocolate and bright grapefruit and lemon hops. The palate is insanely creamy and rich. Extremely full bodied. I want to give an 8 on palate... The flavor is extremely malty with lots of chocolate, creamy chocolate silk pie, nice bright citrus hops. Freaking phenomenal.

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