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RATINGS: 944   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


Rustyham's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1728) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
2007, boozy, dirty, hot black pepper, burnt toast, bitter, roasty. Very rough, dark and very hot. Not enjoying this. Very hoppy for 5 years old.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1926) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with modest beige head, good fine lacing / Full body, light spritz, fat and inky, sweet with good balance and hopping / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, grass, chocolate, coffee / These big, inky things aren’t my taste, but this is a well-done example of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Complex as any Impy I have had in a long time. Molasses,licorice and sorry JK.. lots of hops.This aroma was frigging nuts. Deep dark with a rich tan foamy head.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (864) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle poured in a snifter glass. Vampire bottle from 2010. Gray wax. Consumed in 2012. I’ve bought this one at the last time that I was in California. A: First of all, beautiful bottle art, label printed on the glass. Pours a deep black color forming a medium beige head. Good retention and many lacings left S: Sweet and roasty. Winy and fruity. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and wood T: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate upfront, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, wood and earthy hops in the end M: Creamy molasses body. Low carbonation and nice bitter end O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer [ BA Review @ 5/25/2012 ]

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
berlinmany (224) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Thick, lasting dark caramel foam leaves chunky lacing atop the completely opaque (even in the bright sun outdoors) body....the nose is certainly one of the hoppiest and most pungent of fragrances that I’ve experienced in an IS, loads of wet, citric and resinous PNW hops that really dominate for a spell, though touches of bitter chocolate and anise and perhaps faint brown sugar swirls eventually show up to remind you that yes, this is a stout, whew....and amazingly, the palate is even more impressive, gorgeous silky-smooth cascades of, well perhaps Cascades, citric acids melding lovingly with intense cocoa and rustic molasses, touches of tarragon and peppers, rich and just a bit yeasty with a lovely, lasting and lingering finishing burning.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
robbienate (112) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
A veritable mix of roasted malts and hops. Cherry (the only thing I don’t care for but a persoal taste issue) hint of sweet candy and bourbon chocolate and coffee. Smooth as all get out. A wonderful beer. Re-rate: 2007 Release at cafe twenty eight. perfection. Re-rate: 2008 bottle and it was even better. The hops are so bright. MMM Re-rate: 2009. Forget what I said about last years, this is the best by far. It’s a freaking pinetree molasses party in my mouth. The hops are soo much more prevalent then last year. Booyah!!! Re-rate: 2010 Not nearly as good as other years. It feels thinner and less of everything that makes it great. Its still good, but not outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (42) - - OCT 12, 2014
Enjoyed at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational. Surprisingly thin and clear in appearance -- not as "dark" as the name would suggest. Nose is dark fruit-forward, with raisin, plum and a backdrop of sharper roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet -- tons of fruit. Raisins, plums, figs. A bit of earth as well, along with vanilla. Smooth chocolate balances the fruity tang. Body is silky, creamy and thick with sugar. Mild CO2, with gentle fizz and a noticeable but not distracting alcohol heat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BreWedge (325) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
2010 Vampire. Pours an opaque black with a large mocha head. Aromas are molasses and black liquorice, and cured deli meat (umami). Tastes are black liquorice and molasses. Full body, huge flavour that hides the alcohol well despite a bit of warmth on the finish. I certainly enjoyed this rare vintage but rate a little lower than most simply because Imperial Russian Stouts aren’t particularly well suited to my palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (841) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 12, 2014
750ml bottle 2012 vintage thanks to adnielsen! Pours oily black with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is sweet earthy tar, dirt, cocoa, licorice, vanilla. Taste is surprisingly sweet, earthy baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty malty cream, coffee bean. Nice silkly palate. Finish is sweet chocoalte, coffee, dark fruit, sticky hershey syurp.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (167) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
One of the highlights of the Autumn Beer Revew, 2006. A black beer, as imperial stouts tend to be. Aroma has hops and roasted malt. Some soy sauce and more hops in the flavor. Very thick and heavy. This is a well hopped beer, but there is more to it than an intense hop character. Well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
One of the highlights of the Autumn Beer Revew, 2006. A black beer, as imperial stouts tend to be. Aroma has hops and roasted malt. Some soy sauce and more hops in the flavor. Very thick and heavy. This is a well hopped beer, but there is more to it than an intense hop character. Well done.


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