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RATINGS: 1075   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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4.4
edgallow (4689) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2018
Bottle pours black with brown head. Aroma of toffee, cherries, chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate, raisins , coffee, vanilla and grains

4.7
onceblind (11150) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2018
2018 version, I think; Draft pour at First Draft Denver on 1/27/18. 11.5%ABV. Inky black pour under a medium sized light tan head. Chocolaty nutty biscuit malty aroma with a roasty fullness. Smooth flavor that’s dark and roasty with notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, roast black malt, gentle sweetness throughout, and a lingering cabinet spiced undertone, perhaps nutmeg. Hint of coffee throughout. Really tasty with loads of depth and body, but never overwhelming. Superb.

4.4
fraternie (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2018
A blast of purple fruit dominates here in somewhat of a surprise- prunes, raisins and figs control the flavor profile here over bitter dark chocolate and coffee undertones. Somewhat like a carbonated port.

4.6
mnurda (1320) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottled sample of 2016 version...sampled with friends on Christmas Day...I can see why folks wait overnight for this...spectacular

4.1
ajnepple (7565) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2018
22 oz bottle (2016) shared, purchased at Hy Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Oily black colored appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, mild earthiness, lightly charred oak and hints of dark fruit. Similar flavor, rich, dark and roasted with dark chocolate notes and a pleasant bittersweet finish. Medium to full body. Excellent RIS overall.

4.4
truebluehes (212) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. Awesome. Thick dark pour with a thick beige head. Robust, thick, chocolate malt and so well balanced. Superb beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
glennmastrange (2949) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2017
Bottle. Heavy toasted cereal and chocolate cake for the malt, light herbs for the hops, light to moderate dough and earth for the yeast, with notes of tar and vanilla. Head is small to average sized, frothy, light brown, with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full, syrupy, with a lively carbonation and has a boozy finish. Great Imperial Stout. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it definitely lived up to the hype. Thanks Sherry from the Crafted Crust for sharing.

3.4
czar (9681) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2017
bottle shared by fred, thanks man! probably of 2010 vintage. pours unclear dark brown-purple with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. grapey sweet caramel, relatively dark roastiness, cardboard, old berries and vinous notes. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - very oily; sweet, hot and spicy finish. obviously suffered from maderization but still complex and.. sipper-able.

3.8
Maverick34 (3410) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2017
Bottled, I think it was a 2014. Dark pour, little head, the cherry comes through quite a bit.

3.1
mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - NOV 29, 2017
Draft at the brewery. Pitch black, actually pretty easy drinking. Pairs great with smoked chicken.


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