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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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fonefan (48790) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark black color with a large, frothy - creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, chocolate, moderate roasted, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, berry sweet - cherry ? Flavor is heavy sweet, light light acidic, and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20090608]

FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Originally reviewed 11/10/2008... 750 bottle #174 (2007), black over maroon wax into Reidel Vinum Cab glass... Pours a black coffee brown with a maple/peanut butter-colored head (1 finger) that comes and goes, leaving sparse bubbles in the middle of the glass. Very viscous...sparse to decent lacing but solid trails up and down the glass. One word...bountiful. Hearty malt candy sweetness with salty roasted peanuts and extremely deep caramel and chocolate malt. Alcohol wraps up in the thickness of it all. Is there enough room for hops? A cool bitterness of grass and slight pine detected. Aroma mellows slightly after pouring and with time. This, for all its depth and complexity, is much drier on the palate than on the nose. Grass hop profile comes about with slight pine in the back. Salty peanut brittle forward malt taste. I know the sweetness...I know there’s alcohol, but it’s quite contained. Bittersweet chocolate emerges and strengthens with warmth. Absolutely love the dryness of this. After a while the alcohol gets a little warm but it works in Beautiful Chemistry with the dry, chocolate coffee texture along with solid hop wilderness. Slowly slides down the palate in its extreme viscosity. Finish is slow and sultry. In spots there’s slight emptiness but the holes get filled in right quick. Oh, it’s a sipper alright, but a damn fine one at that. One of the ultimate examples of balance in overabundance and utter depth. One of the best!

AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
2007 Bottle @ Anders37. Black with dark brown head. Roasted soy chocolate herbs alcohol.

Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Shared by Odeed. Black. Aroma is very roasty, chocolate, coffee, light alcohol. Taste is very hoppy, something like an imperial alpha klaus, some alcohol showing, light toffee- hoppiness masks much of the beer.

bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to andrew. Pours solid black. Thinnish tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, soy sauce. Flavor of chocolate, toffee, hops. Great beer.

TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 28, 2009
I loved this beer...its everything an Impy should be...simply phenomenal...might have to go to darkness day next year..............................................

dogfish120love (1325) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Pours dark brown very close to black and to the untrained eye may appear black haha. The head is brownish and disaptes quicker than expected. Overly sweet and syrupy compared to most Impy’sin aroma and flavor. I’m slightly dissapointed in what I thought would be a great find at the ACBF.

PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Tap at ACBF 2009: Opaque motor oil pour with a thick brown head that fades to a film. Gigantic chaotic aroma dominated by molasses with notes of coffee, burnt raisin/sugar, and charred black malt. Cloying sticky body- no finesse nor subtlety here. Flavor is dominated by molasses, burnt plummy sugars and nondescript char. A disgusting under attenuated mess lacking finesse. Why all the hype?

zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Outstanding. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate side notes. Sweetness smooth in the taste with chocolate (dark and milk) and caramel notes just coming brilliant through. Well balanced and awesome.

LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 1200th rating! Draft at ACBF09 (08 version). Pours black with only a small ring of head. Aroma of sweet malt and some bitter hops as well. Rather indistinct aroma actually. Flavor is very sweet and malty, but not the roasted malt that I’m used to in imperial stouts. It was a very odd experience, and I thought this seemed more like an ASA to me. Overall it was alright, but certainly on the sweet side. I would like to try this again though. 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Update 11/28/09: 2009 bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of piney hops, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is initially quite sweet with some bitter hops (pine, even some citrus) in the finish. Texture is a bit syrupy. I’m not changing my #s just adding new commentary.

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