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RATINGS: 925   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


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4.6
   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1740) - 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...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1809) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sitzds (286) - - JUL 19, 2014
Shared at Hunahpu’s day 2014 in the massive bottle share, poured into souvenir taster. Opaque black body with a resilient tan cap that leaves webbing all over the little glass. Aroma features roasted malt, coffee, raisin, unsweet chocolate, dried cherries, and a surprising bit of soy and citrus. Taste is roasty malt and dried fruit sweetness, coffee and cocoa bitterness. On the lower end of the full body spectrum, thick and creamy texture, soft but appropriate carbonation, warming boozy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (1202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, nuts. Taste is very sweet sticky caramel and molasses, medium bitter chocolate finish, light alcohol note in the finish. Full bodied, smooth carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2842) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
23-MAY-2014, draft @Mikkeller, following DØE Ølfestival. Black with low off-white head. Aroma is roast, molasses, chocolate. Taste the same. Full, full body, soft carbonation. Smooth. Very harmonous. A big beer but not the biggest:-) Also a well made and fantastic beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1527) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
[Bottle / 2012] Approximately one year old. Thanks to Kevin. Midnight black color, extremely deep ruby & brown at the edges. Fine bubbled, deep mocha foam, creamy & layered nicely on top. Super sweet aroma of dark currants, black licorice, caramelized brown sugar, bittersweet chocolates, a touch of vanilla, just a small hint of char, ash, & roasted coffee bean. Taste is also very sweet but controlled well. Nice balance of leafy hops & roasted char to counter the sweet notes of baker’s chocolate, cream, brown sugar, plums, star anise, & syrupy molasses. Currants, dates, chocolate, brown sugar, & a hint of coffee bean & roast lingers long into the sticky, coating finish. A delicious beer.

[Bottle / 2011] Thanks, Mike. About two years old. The hops have edged off a little bit, making this version a little more sweet. But still very palatable & not over-the-top compared to many other stouts of this type. Heavier sugary burnt caramel notes with lots of bittersweet cocoa & roast in the finish.

[Bottle / 2009] Thanks, Ed. Getting close to five years old. Huge presence of brown sugar coated dates with a river of sweet baker’s chocolate underneath. Most prominent coffee bean flavor in the lingering finish. No sign of oxidation for this one, even at five years old. Possibly my favorite bottle yet.

[Bottle / 2008] Thanks, Ed. Almost six years old. This bottle probably had the most commanding dark fruity presence of all the Darkness I’ve had. Lots of dates, prunes, currants, coated in brown sugar, molasses, & burnt caramel. Still a very robust underbody of creamy-sweet milky chocolate. Slight oxidation present in the aroma & flavor... A little papery staleness; not completely distracting, but I wouldn’t let this one go for too much longer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Had at a share. Pours a deep black color with tan head. Cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, and some toffee/caramel notes as well as roast on the nose; got a lot going on in this one. Finishes with a roasted coffee cocoa note. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (898) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2014
shared a vintage 2011 bottle with 2 friends. big thick red waxed bottle! pitch black pour with a verry small beige head. sweet roasted malts, caramel, still some coffee, sweet bakers chocolate, marzipan, toffee, some vanilla, some weird faint fluffy hop taste, wich couldn’t be after 3 years of age? medium mouthfeel, i don’t think it’s getting better with age.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - JUN 20, 2014
2010 bottle via trade. Arom of nuts, coffee, almonds, chocolate, old hops seem to come across as nutty in the context of the beer. Appears pitch black, seemingly viscous, tan head that settles to half a finger. Spotty lacing. Taste is dark fruits, currants, cherries, chocolate, coffee, with lasting cherry coffee after taste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
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