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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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

papat444's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papat444 (23) - Mercier, Quebec, - SEP 11, 2012
***2009 Vintage (Mummy)*** Big thanks to Masterski for getting me this rarity. Poured from a bomber and split with my wife. Appearance: Pours a thick body, kind of almost plops in with a thin ting that grows thicker as the pour intensifies. Smell: Alcohol soaked nuts, raisins and figs. Whiffs of cocoa and chunks of chocolate but much more on the sugary, dark fruits side. Taste: Raisins, figs, nougat, discreet chocolate and a tinge of black licorice. A bit of coffee as it warms but this resembles a barleywine almost. Not exactly what i’m looking for flavor-wise. Mouthfeel: Boozy a bit, slight;y bitter and you eventually get in a groove but this doesn’t feel like the strong RIS i’m looking for. Overall: Have to say i’m a bit disappointed by this one. Compared to DL, this one is not as good. Flavors were good but for me, not worth the hype IMO. I’ll take a DL instead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1007) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose is mostly bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar. Thick mouth feel. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Draught @ Brewery: 2015 edition. This one pours a deep, dark inky brown color. There was just a bit of a beige head that didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma was good. Complex and a lot going on. Molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, bready, a touch of alcohol. Some faint hops in there too. The taste was very good. Similar characteristics to the nose, with some raisins, licorice. Limited sweetness with some bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel. Very Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1812) - Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2015
2015 vintage, tap - average size tan foamy head, black color, sweet malty aroma and favor, moderate alcohol notes, moderate chocolate and vanilla, mild licorice, pretty smooth finish, very good overall, definitely lives up to the hype ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
On tap at darkness day. Plastic cup. Dark dark brown in color. Small tan head. Aroma is dark fruit. Coffee, chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet. Bitter finish. Rich flavor in general. Full body. Good mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1488) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2015 rating for the 2009 (mummy) version. dense beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is molasses, port, some oxidation, cherries, raisins but not that much. taste is sweet, molasses, dates, raisins, hint of oldspice, roasted malts with a sweet aftertaste. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. reminded me of an old black albert although sweeter. nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1389) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
On tap, Beavertown Brewery, 19th September 2015. Pretty intense RIS. Loads of chocolate. Boozy. You knew what you were drinking. It felt more than 9.6% which could explain why they call it Darkness. The chocolate was really nice. Just a bit too heavy going on the drinkability. I liked that it wasn’t overrun with caramel. Toffee was nice. Really hoppy too. I had it bottle-conditioned once and it was not good. On keg at Beavertown it was a different beast. I think it would work brilliantly in Scotch whiskey casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2576) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
On tap at Beavertown Rainbow Project 2015, Tottenham, London. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, chocolate, caramel, rich, boozy, slightly sweet. Quite heavy going but still an excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuchessOfIowa (99) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Poured from a 2014 bottle. Rich chocolate, vanilla nose. Very dense with deep tan head that disappears quickly. Im not going to rate this based on all beer styles but compared to its category. Its a nice barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (205) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Old rating from 2011. Big, dark colour, thick aroma and chocolatey taste. Really nice imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (1716) - GREECE - AUG 1, 2015
From tap, v2013. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some vanilla, dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full siky creamy body with soft carbonation.

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