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RATINGS: 933   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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

JLAudio's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap at Sheffields bar (Chicago, IL). Poured into a goblet at perfect semi-cool temperature. Black opaque with a fantastic 3 finger tan head. The aromas of roasted malts hit my nose most predominantly along with chocolate, oak, and dark cherry. The mouthfeel was phenomenal, soft, velvety, and mouthfilling. It had slight, slight carbonation, it worked perfectly. The flavors were so refined and balanced, full of roasted chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, honey, and a slight bourbon. The IBU’s could be felt on the finish, along with a gentle warming of alcohol. Superb. One of the best imperials out there. Now I need to try in bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle with massive thanks to Mike. Sorry Stu, they made me do it. Black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and roast, some chocolate. Taste is roasty, vanilla and chocolate. Decent body. Balanced. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
symmetric (62) - - SEP 25, 2014
Chocolate and vanilla with a slightly boozy finish on the nose. Sweet and moderately bitter taste, very smooth mouth feel. Chestnutty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (393) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Horizontal with some other whales: Dark Lord ’12, Darkness ’13, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ’n Bake ’13, Hunahpu ’14 -- Poured into a snifter sampler. Second time having this beer and it is an incredible stout. Very "classic" compared to the other 3 listed above. One of my top beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (3170) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Had two pours of this it was that good. Dark black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is big earthy, coffee, roast and some dirt. Palate is full bodied, creamy and melts on the tongue. Flavour is a revelation, full creamy, vanilla, booze, balanced smooth. Rich roast and some sweet vanilla. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Too much sugar! Sugar overpowered the other ingredients! Had a 2011 and guessing it mellowed out, couldn't imagine what it tasted like fresh! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (216) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours dark black, very oily in appearance and has a thin tan head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is fairly bitter upfront with the chocolate/soy sauce/molasses following quickly behind. Not as much depth to this as I hoped....and overly sweet by my standards. The mouthfeel was very thick and almost became too sticky for my liking. While this is a good beer, I don’t think it is one that I will come back to often. (Although, some barrel aging may do this some needed justice)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_MedievAle (170) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Aroma: floral coffee, roasted barley, some fragrant hops against a muted background of soy sauce. Appearance: motor oil w/ minimal head. Taste: sweet vanilla, sweet chocolate, bitter licorice, bitter coffee, w/ a final and kind of off-putting astringent note. Palate: full-bodied and creamy. Good carb. Overall: really harsh and overhopped in my opinion. another over-hyped beer that benefits from rating inflation. people need to get real.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Draft->snifter at Churchkey. Near black with dense tan head. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Very good, but not as smooth or dense as hoped or expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1901) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Retrospective from beer log at FWIBF 2014... Light dark malt aroma.... Dark brown-black in color... Very malt forward, berry, raisin notes... Not a ton of balance... Still very very good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kyle. 2013 bottle. Had at the Beechneer Blind Beer Bash. Lots of roast in the nose and flavor. Significant alcohol warming. Moderate bitterness with a medium mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable, but the alcohol is really prominent. I think this might be another one that needs some age on it to mellow

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