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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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MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
2010 (vampire) This long time want graciously provided to me by bauermj. Poured into my new Darkness glass that was sent by Beeruser in perfect timing. Appearance The beer flows forth languidly, boasting its full body and robust color. The collection in the glass is dense and blackened. An undertone of burnt red, much like the color of the wax that crowns this bottle, gives the beer warmth and character. The head is a yellowed khaki with a frothy and soft pretense. Creeping rings of lace adorn the glass in short order, fueled by the ever-present ring of foam. Smell Darkness carries with it aromas of soy sauce and tobacco that are uniquely its own. Rich molasses and brown sugar lay a sweetened backdrop to licorice, steak sauce and freshly laid mulch. The bouquet is indeed full of darkness but encompasses the realm of caramelized and aged sugars and sweets. A consideration of the final glass of the bottle yields strong aromas of prunes and hints of chocolate covered raisins. Taste The soy sauce and molasses flavors are the dominant ones. They grip the sides of the tongue with a sharp, rum soaked fruitcake flavor that is bracketed by sweet pipe tobacco. There is a milky creaminess that tries to push through but the denser molasses and anise flavors suppress it for the most part. As the glass warms, caramel and a faint citrusy hopping come out. A fleeting hint of smoke pops out just at the end, and only after this beer warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel The best part of this beer is the way it slides over the palate, offering little resistance. It feels frictionless. Its very low and fluffy soft carbonation furthers the effects of the full body. There is a little bit of stickiness left on the lips, but this is a sweet beer, that should be expected. Some alcohol warmth and an oily, licorice flavored coating is left behind for a long finish and aftertaste. Overall This is a great stout. It’s large in stature and silky smooth and thick. It is, however, quite sweet and wrought with tobacco and soy sauce notes that get in the way of its roastiness. So, all things considered, this did not live up to what I expected from it.

Borresteijn (6969) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
66cl Bottle sample at Potjepalooza, 2013 version. Finally get to rate this. Black colour, creamy beige head. Aroma of massive liquid sweet rye bread/pumpernickel, raisins, chocolate milk, roasted malts, some molasses. Flavour is sweet, pumpernickel, chocolate, some roast, hint of coffee, molasses, bittersweet finish. Full bodied. Very sweet, pretty much like a strong Baltic Porter. Good stuff though, albeit somewhat one-dimensional.

ShivanDragon (4086) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza. 2014 bottle. pours black with a kaki head. aroma of malts, roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, cacao, vanilla, some red berries. taste is pretty sweet, chocolate, roasted and toasted malts, cacao, firm and thick, nice sticky sweetness, full body, lovely

PotjeBier (3218) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2017 Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza, 2013 edition. Black color, light brown head with good retention. Aroma’s: red fruit, berries. Retronasal it’s red fruit, rye bread, sweet, a bit alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet, (rye) bready. Full bodied. Long finish, bready, roasty. Good stuff.

Maakun (5406) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Potjepalooza. Black with thick beige head. Strong rye bread, dark chocolate, light cinnamon, toffee, soft red berries, light spices, raw cocoa, molasses and some licorice. Very sweet, medium bitter and very light sour. Full bodied. Really nice stuff.

sjogro (3956) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Shared from bottle at Potjepalooza. Black with tan head. Deep roasted chocolate malts, rye, dark berries. Big sweet and medium bitter. Big body, creamy roasty feel.

beerplace (1603) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2017
650ml bottle (thx, John P.!). Bottled 2016-09-26. Pours a very dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, roasted malt, molasses, grassy notes, slight booziness. Taste is similar. Very good!

bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
One of those stouts where you can taste EVERY flavor. Smooth, a little boozy, but rich. Very memorable. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 33

rayaron (1797) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 15, 2017
2016 bottle sample at Delirium Hoppy Loft, Brussels. Thanks 77ships. Deep brown, oily with no head. The aroma has lots of prune, chocolate and licorice. Bitterish flavor, oily with notes of soy sauce, licorice, wood and dried fruits. Oily texture, medium to full-bodied.

zvsn (2084) - ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2017
Bottle sample at Delirium Hoppy Loft. Thanks 77ships! Opaque black. Aroma and flavors of coffee, chocolate, prunes, roasted grains. Alcoholic warmth. Full bodied, oily. Great RIS.

gschrade (1084) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2017
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste boozy initially, chocolate, hint of dark fruit. I thought wants you get past the boozy taste it was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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