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RATINGS: 1053   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

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (4033) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
@Mikkeller sthlm 17-3-27: Riktigt bra med sta toner av bourbon och socker. Fin balans med eftersmak av socker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3436) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, nuts, licorice and coffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, licorice, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Excellent imperial stout.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1753) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 30, 2017
"Darkness imprisoning me / All that I see / Absolute horror" - Metallicas "One." Surlys Darkness is as complex and beguiling as any person. Theres a facade and an inner personality. Theres the badass bottle printing, the slow, black pour, and the stated 85 IBUs. Then, theres the true Darkness. Charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, blackened sugar, and hints of smoke - a nuanced, carefully-constructed flavor profile. Its full-bodied but its not too heavy. You dont have to be a fearless, godless heathen to disappear into this Darkness, though it never hurts.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (2046) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. A- Cherry wood, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, cocoa. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head, subtle booze. T- Roasty, tobacco, leather, chocolate. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- This beer was outstanding yet at the same time Im not just it quite lives up to the hype. Certainly dont get any coffee or raisins, or cherry, or toffee and I wish I did. Still amazing as hell. Very balanced and very smooth. Also not crazy sweet. A true RIS. Cant wait to see how it tastes after 1-2 years of age.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ronritter (434) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2017
On tap at surly pours pitch black with tan head very much cocoa and dried fruit nose taste is chocolate and raisin very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate, & vanilla; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeBibere (45) - GREECE - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle 2015 (The Bat).Pours pitch black with beige head.Aromas of dark chocolate, some roast and dark fruits with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.Sweet, but not overwhelming taste of chocolate and some fruits along with some booze.A hint of roastiness in the aftertaste.Really good Imp. Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. 2013 vintage. Wspaniały, likierowy Imperial Stout. Zdecydowanie na słodko. Czekolada, praliny, wiśnie, kandyzowane owoce. Fantastycznie się starzeje.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sudz4Dayz (115) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
2016 bottle shared with Sam and Julien. Pours jet black, light mocha foamy head. Dissipates a little quick but not too quick. Smells boozy, light roast and smokiness. Nice strong cinnamon, dark fruits, slight vanilla bean. A bit of irony metalicness to it as well. Not bad. Tastes smooth vanilla and strong cinnamon throughout. A bit of dark fruits, boozy, a nice roastiness and slight smoke at the end as well. Although all these flavors are present, theyre not as satisfying as one would hope. Good medium mouthfeel. Nice aftertaste. Its ok. Definitely let this one warm up. Youll be disappointed drinking it cold but it gets better. Decent pub beer but not the "Whale" is sought out to be.


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