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100
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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2009
08 version. Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting, but with a beautifully thick head. Displays a lighter floral aroma with a bit of citrus. Not nearly as intense as I was expecting from what folks had said about the previous years vintage. Huge creamy character that really stood out. Very much the calling card of this vintage. A dryer overall beer and quite easy drinking compared to other beers in its class that leave a much higher finishing gravity. However, too sharp of a contrast between the sweet/roasted malt backbone and the citrus/orange hop profile. Overall, it left me a bit confused. It seemed like it was trying to be both a sweeter/creamier imperial stout and one of the more highly hopped examples of the genre at the same time. While I really loved the first side of this along with how nicely attenuated the gravity was, and is why my score is so high, I really didn’t care for the choice of hops. They just seemed to detract a bit from the overall experience. I know there was a change in the recipe, particularily in the type of hops used, but I think they would’ve been better off doing what made this beer so exceptional initially.


4.6
dzudohonor (189) - POLAND - AUG 21, 2017
PAKK 2017 - wersja 2015. Imponująco nachmielony RIS, bucha żywica, czekolada, wiśnie, subtelna śliwka. W smaku ponownie wuchta żywicy, pierwotnie posmak mlecznej czekolady, po chwili skontrowany ziarnami gorzkiego kakao. Bardzo zbalansowane, gładziutkie, mega NACHMIELONY RIS., super piwko, jesteśmy pod wrażeniem. Łączona nota 4.6/5

4.4
mariuspoenari (2724) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2017
Very dark brown pour with a tall fine-grained tan head that is slow to rise to the surface. Notes of roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate, molasses, dark cherries, roasted coffee beans, some very nice sherry-like bitternes and veeeery light fruit sourness. A really well-made stout, dark, heavy, roasty, just the way I like them. Maybe just a bit boozy for its ABV, though.

4.5
kingcom (1) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 18, 2017 does not count
Awesome looking 2016 bottle with cool artwork and black colored wax that didn’t overly stick to the bottle which is good in my opinion. Anyways, I shared this bottle between 2 other people at about 50F in a snifter. Appearance: Pitch black with about 1 finger of head Aroma: burnt chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit Taste: Completely tasted like it smelled which was awesome Palate: Thick and full Overall: To date, this was one of the best regular imperial stouts I’ve ever had. It will be interesting to see how this one ages. Try it if you get the opportunity.

3.9
Borresteijn (7273) - 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.

4.4
ShivanDragon (4205) - 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

4.2
PotjeBier (3459) - 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.

4.2
Maakun (5756) - 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.

4.2
sjogro (4263) - 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.

4.2
beerplace (1737) - 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!

4.2
bwy (89) - 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


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