RATINGS: 1072   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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_angst_'s rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, - DEC 22, 2012
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Adnielsen! Pours reddish black with a small frothy dark chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet, tiny fruity, slightly herbal and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, sweet liquorice candy, freshly cut grass, pine needles, high quality dark chocolate, resinous wood, grilled meats, alcohol, toffee and burnt cookies. Taste is sweet, bitter and hoppy with roasted malts, high quality bitter chocolate, grapefruit juice, pine needles, dark roast coffee, orange peal, charred wood, figs, prunes, raisins, resinous wood, grass, caramel, toffee and dark grape syrup. Mouthfeel is round, hoppy dry, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with roasted malts, pine needles, grapefruit rinds, salty liquorice, resinous wood, resinous wood, dark roast coffee and dark grape syrup. Very sweet but yet hoppy dryish harsh. I like this...

mnurda (1305) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottled sample of 2016 version...sampled with friends on Christmas Day...I can see why folks wait overnight for this...spectacular

ajnepple (7338) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2018
22 oz bottle (2016) shared, purchased at Hy Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Oily black colored appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, mild earthiness, lightly charred oak and hints of dark fruit. Similar flavor, rich, dark and roasted with dark chocolate notes and a pleasant bittersweet finish. Medium to full body. Excellent RIS overall.

truebluehes (211) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. Awesome. Thick dark pour with a thick beige head. Robust, thick, chocolate malt and so well balanced. Superb beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

glennmastrange (2939) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2017
Bottle. Heavy toasted cereal and chocolate cake for the malt, light herbs for the hops, light to moderate dough and earth for the yeast, with notes of tar and vanilla. Head is small to average sized, frothy, light brown, with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full, syrupy, with a lively carbonation and has a boozy finish. Great Imperial Stout. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it definitely lived up to the hype. Thanks Sherry from the Crafted Crust for sharing.

czar (9601) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2017
bottle shared by fred, thanks man! probably of 2010 vintage. pours unclear dark brown-purple with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. grapey sweet caramel, relatively dark roastiness, cardboard, old berries and vinous notes. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - very oily; sweet, hot and spicy finish. obviously suffered from maderization but still complex and.. sipper-able.

Maverick34 (3389) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2017
Bottled, I think it was a 2014. Dark pour, little head, the cherry comes through quite a bit.

mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - NOV 29, 2017
Draft at the brewery. Pitch black, actually pretty easy drinking. Pairs great with smoked chicken.

Terminus (3739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2017
Bottle-thanks to one of my great friends (not a ratebeer guy) for trading me this amazing brew. pours pitch black with huge viscus legs and a nice tan somewhat fizzy head for the style. Nose is all char, dark chocolate, anise, lite "young-ness" to it and i dont mean that in a green way. flavors exhibit heaps of dark choolate, char, roast, anise, vanilla, lite smoke, it has it all for sure. My only gripe with this one is that it maybe a tad on the hot side, but again, its a young beer, It is 12% for this year, which is a huge jump at least according to the previous years listed for this brew. Gives it a little tingle on the finish after the massive flavors have settled away. Well, this would be an insane beer to have on some type of barrel. I am sort of over the barrel thing but for this beer, it would work so well. "fingers crossed" Surly makes a barrel aged version of this.

BlazerT (1332) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 22, 2017
Rocznik 2013. Fajne, mnóstwo suszonych owoców, sos czekoladowy, dżem wiśniowy, gładkie, słodkie, później trochę zrównoważone goryczką. Alkohol praktycznie niewyczuwalny. Gładkie, pijalne i kremowe.

Beerowulf (136) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2017
Bomber into snifter. Medium lacing. Aroma of licorice and chocolate and tastes of those as well. Very smooth. A bit of raisin in the finish and then cherry as it warms. No hint of the 12% at all. Lives up to the hype.

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