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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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ZacM612 (813) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2016
2009 bottle from BelgianBeerGal. Black with a thin light brown head. Aroma is sweet, cherries and chocolate, some toffee. Taste is sweet, fruity, chocolatey finish. Not much coffee. A bit syrupy in texture. Nice.

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2016
2016 bottle pours black with a tan head. Vanilla, roasted malt, Ovaltine. Thick mouthfeel low carbonation, mild bitterness that plays well with the coffee and chocolate flavors from the malts.

Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2016
2016. Bottle. Pours dark black with nice thick brown head. The taste is chocolate and fruit. Carmel. Palate is thick full body. Nice and smooth. The big is yuuge. Big dark fruit. Big chocolate. Raisins and the aftertaste is coffee.

emartell (353) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - OCT 30, 2016
Sirly Darkness 2015. Sus aromas principales son a frutos rojos, principalmente cerezas, pasas, café, chocolate y algo de especias. De color profundamente negro, cuerpo medio, corona de espuma abundante, buena retención. En boca es dulce, equilibrado, complejo y fácil de beber. Al paladar destacan las notas a cerezas, pasas, chocolate y cafe Simplemente exquisita!

BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle poured jet black with a thin off-white head and oily lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, raisens, caramel, and dark chocolate. Flavor is boozy semi sweet. Awesome.

rosenbergh (11872) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Draught at the Surly Brewing Co, Minneapolis, MN as 2016 Darkness, 12%. Black color with a small tan head. Dry roasted malt aroma with licorice, salt, dryness, mild alcohol and some spices. The flavor is... heavenly... or something equal... roasted malt, dryness, hops, mild bitterness, alcohol, salt and licorice. Really intense and complex. Strong, heavy and intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Mesjasz (1666) - Lodz, POLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage at tasting panel at Warszawski festiwal piwa. Aroma is not so intense that Im expected, but very classical imp. Taste is better, sweet, roasty, with cocoa.

simont1 (622) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of coffee, toffee, and bourbon. Taste of licorice, raisin, plum, port, bourbon spice and vanilla, a bit bitter acrid burnt finish.

ineedbeer (2269) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Aroma is very malt forward with lots of chocolate and some moderate roast notes. Some light tobacco and leather notes. Medium light raisin and prunes notes. Some light alcohol spice. Pours a deep black with some dark brown hues on the edges and a medium large, moderately thick, dark tan head that recedes to the edges where a thin film lingers on the edges. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with a lot of chocolate and some slightly lighter roast notes. Moderate leather and tobacco notes. Some medium fruit notes of raisin, prune and plum. Medium light bitterness and some light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low, but present alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice, complex stout that has aged gracefully. Some oxidation is creeping in, but it’s not presenting itself in a negative way. Nice fruit and malt notes. Could use a thicker mouthfeel.

Iznogud (4526) - CROATIA - AUG 30, 2016
On tap at BRUS, Copenhagen. Pours black with lasting beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some licorice, dark fruit. Quite sweet with bitterness coming afterwards. Full bodied. Complex yet balanced. Great.

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