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RATINGS: 1097   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
’16 = Cerberus
’17 = Baba Yaga - Forest Witch

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3.9
Jabic (835) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2018 Ar: Char and raisin; clean alcohol; dark, rich caramel; blackcurrant and moss. Ap: Black and opaque; medium light tan head with good retention, leaving a fine curtain of lacing and a wispy covering of foam. T: Dark caramel and raisin; moderate sweetness; bitterness is medium-high, with accompanying pine and moss flavors. P:Rich and lush; medium-high carbonation; medium finish. O: Big, burly stout; great in the Midwest in winter!

4
TimE (7147) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2018
Pitch black color. Massive molasses, dark chocolate, tons of brown sugar, dark cherries, marshmallows with a bit of port. Wow. Amazing depth. Sticky sweet mouth with tons of dark chocolate, port, brown sugar in the mouth. Very full body. The mouth isn’t as deep as the nose but the abv is so well hidden. Excellent

4.1
DiarmaidBHK (6741) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2018
Draft at brewery. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Big chocolate and pine on the nose and Tongue. Pretty hop forward for an impy stout but it’s Surly so it mostly works. Hides it’s booze very well.

4.2
Oxytocin (293) - AUSTRIA - JUL 26, 2018
100 ml taster (2017)by Werckmeister - many thanks! black with beige/brown head. coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, umami (meaty, soy sauce), nuts, tobacco. Full body, oily mouthfeel, medium sweetness, light bitterness, light umami. Well balanced taste. Really good plain imperial stout without any adjucts.

3.9
wlajwl (7981) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2018
Aroma is dark/roasted malts, chocolate/dark chocolate and dark fruit. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, fruit/dark fruit, mild hops, chocolate and an acidic/warming alcoholic finish.

4.1
PowY (1889) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 16, 2018
From bottle at Werckmeisters place, vintage 2017 at 12% ABV, shared by Werckmeister, many thanks! Pours a dark mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, dark fruits, quite some soy sauce, nuts, some herbal notes and some alcohol. Medium-full creamy body with a soft carbonation a medium sweetness and a medium bitterness. Lots of roasted malt in the flavor - lots of chocolate, caramel, molasses, nuts, coffee, raisins and some tobacco. Becomes more roasty towards the finish. Finishes with a distinct roasty bitterness, some residual sweetness and a lightly warming feeling. Overall really good - full of sweetish roasted malt and with a nice roasty bitterness to keep the beer balanced.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 17

4.2
Saeglopur (3051) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 14, 2018
650 ml bottle, bottled 09/07/17. Shared by Werckmeister, many thanks!
Black body, with a medium, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of roast, soy sauce, liquorice, bitter chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits.
Tastes similar, while smoother, with more chocolate, subtle vanilla.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes medium roasty, medium dry, a bit sweet, a bit wooden, with dark chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, liquorice.

Very tasty! Quite straight, old-school RIS, but really well balanced and smooth to drink. Complex and round at the same time. Not among my favourite style examples, but really delicious nonetheless.

Score: 8 / 4 / 9 / 4 / 17

3.8
Werckmeister (4547) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 14, 2018
0,75l bottle at home shared by me. Vintage 2017. 12% ABV. black color, small coffee colored head. smells earthy, licorice, peppery, spices, some lactose. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, of licorice, peppery, spices, nutty, soy sauce, marzipan, light cocoa. finishes lightly bitter with notes of licorice, spices and some earthy notes. Quite good one, not super complex, but overall nice to drink.

3.7
Zymurgeist2 (2698) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 13, 2018
On draught in Chicago. Only black with almost no head. Explosion of coffee and lots of ash.

4.4
Andrew196 (2140) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2018
2016 bottle - pours black with a beige head, sheen. Aroma is Rich of leather, wood, licorice and coffee. Thick velvety smooth. Wood, smoked meat, dark fruit, taffy and fudge, as good as billed... So smooth and easy for the abv.


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