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RATINGS: 1042   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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DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bavarian Lodge; Surly Darkness tapping! I’ve done this backwards: had the barrel aged version before the main bottle. Anyway, in the 12 oz. snifter goblet, it seems suitably black. Deep brown head shows some staying power. Smooth nose of dark malts with little distraction. Taste starts with some coffee and chocolate. If this had been my first RIS instead of Goose Island BCS years ago, it would have been the same revelatory experience. I find this has a ton of flavor, making the BA version seem like overkill. I’ve got a lot of Imperial Stouts in my cellar, but there’s something to be said for having them fresh. Still a lot of hops and unfermented malt here, too. And a lot of attitude.


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 (7269) - 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 (3451) - 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 (5754) - 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 (1726) - 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

3.9
rayaron (1886) - 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.


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