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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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MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a surprise head that rises up huge after the pour is done. Aromas have a sharp pinyness to them with chocolate and black cherries and currants. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Chocolate, cherries and sugar. Yummmm.

IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievable can only begin to describe this beer heavenliness. A rich dark pour with an aroma of rich chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, and toffee was enough to tell me that this was going to be a really good brew. The thick and rich body, accompanied by the best tasting stout I have ever had, made this the best BEER I have ever had. I would go far out of my way to get more of this for it was made so incredibly well. Wow!

Macegan75 (853) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2009
My friend Greg Yoder brought a 2008 bottle to a great bottle share at UJ’s on the Manatawny. Pours a dark black with slight red cast to it. Dark tan head with very little lacing. The nose is strong with coffee and roasted scents. First sip is dark chocolate & raisains with coffe and toffee flavors penetrating quicklt. Nice small hop finish. Realy great stuff.

13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 2009 edition, firkin at 501 Club in Minneapolis. Appearance is that of...darkness. No head, sweet aroma with a soy sauce type of smell. Sweet, thick syrupy mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Lots going on in the flavor with chocolate and coffee coming out the most for me. Nice smooth almost creamy finish. Re-rate - Had it from a keg at Darkness Day 2009 and enjoyed it much more than from the firkin. The little bit of extra carbonation brought out all the flavors so much more for me and tasted like heaven in a glass. Everything they mention mixes so well together but you can taste each flavor individually if you look for it. This beer is worth the hype.

alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2008 Bottle courtesy of and shared with theisti side by side with a DL. Deep brown/black pour with a nice, 1-inch lasting head. A little sweetness initiallly on the nose, with huge aromas of coffee and molasses and a dry bitterness. Flavor is a wonderful meld of chocolate, black cherry soda and coffee with a tremendous citric hoppiness. Finish is almost crisp, with a touch of licorice candy in there. I loved this beer. All 4 of us tasting the bottle actually preferred it to DL (and only 2 of us have Minnesota roots, so no bias :) ). Thanks again, Tim (assist to theiske).

andersand (531) - Malmö, 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.

joergen (29353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle at Papsø.
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.

fiulijn (21399) - 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.

madsberg (11776) - Søborg, 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.

Papsoe (25055) - 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

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