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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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4.6
mesacollier (37) - - OCT 14, 2017
Fruity bourbon aroma, dark black color with slight head, hoppy fruity bourbon flavor, extremely smooth velvet taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
Alengrin (6013) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2017 Surly's claim to fame, a very highly acclaimed imperial stout I had in some special bottled edition a few years ago, but this rating concerns the regular version - which makes it sound all too trivial, which this beer very obviously is not. Yellowish beige, thick and creamy, stable head over an opaque black beer only showing warm mahogany edges in the end. Stunningly beautiful, intense bouquet with its own twist compared with many other American style imperial stouts; impressions of chocolate sauce, black cherry jam, toffee, dried blueberries, walnut oil, cured meat, black coffee, shoe polish, butterscotch, whisky. Sweet onset with again this idiosyncratic, yet beautiful, bit spicy black fruit presence of black cherry essence or blackberry coulis, balanced by a cured meat-like umami accent and some light sourishness; medium carbo, thick and syrupy, oily mouthfeel, thick body of chocolatey and intensely toffeeish malts, very clean, long and complex, warming finish, bourbon-like booze, just a tad astringent in the very end, matched with a peppery hop bitter note. It's easy to see why this beer is such a celebrity and a tasting glass from this fresh bottle of the regular version charmed me even more than that special vintage edition of it which I had a couple of years ago. If the alcohol didn't carry just a tad too much tiring wryness in the tail, this would have been even closer to a perfect score for me.

4.3
BadgerBucky (10) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2017
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4.5
Brettsky06 (536) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 7, 2017
2016 release, pours opaque black with a thin layer of dark brown head. Very boozy aroma with chocolate notes. Taste is the same but with raisins as well. Very thick body. Some nice hop character at the back end. Unreal imperial stout.

3.8
Mariox (445) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
W aromacie czuć paloność i estry owocowe. Praktycznie brak kawy, czy czekolady. W smaku czuć gorycz, lekko słodycz i lekką kwasowość. Paloność wysoka, ale nie przeszkadza. Mało ciała, alkohol średnio ułożony. Lekkie wysycenie. Przyzwoite, ale zbyt przehajpowane.

4.8
euniceradio (563) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2017
'16: 22 bomber to tulip. Pours black with big dark tan head. Aroma of toast, chocolate muffin, currants, caramel, toffee, booze. Taste of same with subtle orange rind, cherry, dark chocolate, coffee. Mouthfeel is thick syrupy. Basically a triple chocolate muffin. Finish with boozy heat.

3.8
czlowiekmotyka (605) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Almost no aroma which is a huge shame. Roasty - coffeliscious. Super bitter stout. Negative surprise.

3.7
rami_pl (4998) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Darkness by Surly Brewing Company at Saska Kępa Ciut zielojabca. Troche przypraw. Troche owocowosci. Nie za wiele ciala. Slodkawy. Raczej bez szalenstw, ale dobrze sie pije

3.8
Derbeth (1168) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle, 2016 vintage. Sour cherry, sweets, sweet chocolate. Very sweet. Not much body for an imperial stout. Quite good, but not my favourite.

4.3
creppyiceman (1247) - Cracow, POLAND - SEP 11, 2017
( 2012 vintage, bottle) Aroma: cheeries dipped in dark chocolate, smoked figs. Appearance: black color, big dense head. Taste: very sweet, flavour of cheeries in milk chocolate,chocolate icecream,cacao, tart cherry finish. Palate: full body, low carbonation, Overall: Chocolate-cherry ice cream in beer form. Yummy !


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