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RATINGS: 1056   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2009
Black with reddish edges and a nice coffe-brown head. Aroma is extremely sweet and fruity with notes if caramell, chocolate, sweet berries and cocoa. Flavour starts very sweet with some coffe, dried fruit, caramell and chocolate and leads to a dry, hard roasted and quite bitter finish. Somewhat out of balance but it grows on you as you finish the glass. Suprisingly fruity. The body is thick, creamy and smooth without ever being sticky or unpleasant. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle at Paps. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized fast disappearing beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with notes of smoke and hops. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, alcohol and hops. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 Black color; small creamy head. Pleasant aroma, with chocolate, roasted malts, chocolate cookies, light phenols. Strong body, with quite evident alcohol perception; dark caramel flavor, chocolate and light liquorice; sweet and oily mouthfeel. The final is very chocolatey; there is too much alcohol. Powerful, but not orgasmic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Botled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, fruits, berries and light spice. Flavour is sweet and roasty. Has cocoa, choclate and berries. Light alcohol. Meidum to full bodied. Ends on a roasty sweet bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of BrianK. Pours black with a vague reddish hue and a rich light brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts and a whiff of smoke. Solid body, hard roasted malts, some vanilla. Deeply malt bitter. Not bad, but not exactly Top 50 to me. 220909

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Served from a 750mL bottle for the 2008 vintage. Appearance is a pitch black darkness with a small creamy brown head. Aromas are full of raisins, fresh cherries, and coffee. Flavors follow with a wonderfully melded mixture of chocolate, prunes/raisins, coffee, dark cherries, candied apple. Taste like a candy treat. Mouth is sweet and smooth

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 2008 Bottle, very special thanks to danielcurtis for sharing on his wedding week. Pours pitch black with deep tan head, simply magnificent in appearance. Aroma contains much more than I can pick out. Raisins, figs, vanilla, chocolate, sugar cookie, sweet malt. Flavor is very smooth and fruity, nose comes through as well. Super sweet and easy to drink. This is major league complex and a true rarity. If you really want to put it up to DL, Ill take the DL any day, but this is amazing in its own right. FANTASTIC!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
08 Bottle, huge thanks to TampaBrew for sharing. Poured pitch black with a thin tan head. Nose is roasted malts, tons of milk chocolate, coffee, and a hint of molasses. Full bodied with a smooth viscous mouth feel. Flavor is too sweet for my taste. Big chocolate notes as well as coffee, anise, molasses and roasted malts. Has a slight vinous character. Finishes sweet and lightly alcoholic with lingering chocolate notes and mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Thanks Tom for cracking this beauty at the end of the night - 2008 bottle - Aroma is complex with dark roasted malts, tons of chocolate and a fruity finish. Flavor is cherry and raisin quickly overcome by an onslaught of coffee and chocolate and closed out with a nice amount of bitter hops. Palate is creamy and dry. A fantastic brew worthy of the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Pours black with a thin head. Grassy, boozey, sugary mollasses, floral hoppy, hints of citrus mess. Flavor is fudgey, cloying sweet, worty, bitter hops, cocoa, chocolate sauce vanilla and prune. Sickeningly sweet, under attenuated mess of a beer. Big miss on such a hyped beer.

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