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RATINGS: 1056   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap @ Mackenzies Pub (Minneapolis). Despite many efforts, I FINALLY got my hands on some of this (2011 version). Pitch black and "wobbles" in the cup much like pitch. Powerful aromas of sweet chocolate and some earthiness (hops?). Very thick --almost enough to put on pancakes--and extremely forward flavors of chocolate and coffee with a heaping amount of sweetness from the malt. Not one to pass up. I do knock this down a bit since I feel even a RIS should be fairly drinkable and this just isnt. I really want to be able to enjoy a small goblet (7 oz), but even after just a few sips, its too much and becomes a harder to enjoy from there. Even though more alcoholic, I would point to Goose Islands Night Stalker as a good example of achieving drinkability in a strong RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edwardbass (827) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2017
Super dark brown, letting very little light through. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain. Taste is the same, with a nice tang, great sweetness and a good bit of hops bitterness for a stout this huge. Bitterness lingers for quite a while. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 12, 2017
Pours black in color with a soft off white head. Deep chocolate aroma with notes of coffee, and roast malt, light alcohol notes. Rich and robust flavor that coats the mouth; chocolate dominates, roasty malt, sweet but not syrupy, flavors linger with some charred notes and a touch of alcohol in the finish. An excellent beer. Notes: Pn tap at Mimosa in the MSP Airport, Apr 17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow (7386) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2017
How: Draught.
Where: Mikkeller Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, spices, some liquorice and coconut.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, some alcohol, liquorice, dried fruit, some coconut and cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (4050) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
@Mikkeller sthlm 17-3-27: Riktigt bra med sta toner av bourbon och socker. Fin balans med eftersmak av socker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3608) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, nuts, licorice and coffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, licorice, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1837) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 30, 2017
"Darkness imprisoning me / All that I see / Absolute horror" - Metallicas "One." Surlys Darkness is as complex and beguiling as any person. Theres a facade and an inner personality. Theres the badass bottle printing, the slow, black pour, and the stated 85 IBUs. Then, theres the true Darkness. Charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, blackened sugar, and hints of smoke - a nuanced, carefully-constructed flavor profile. Its full-bodied but its not too heavy. You dont have to be a fearless, godless heathen to disappear into this Darkness, though it never hurts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (2076) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. A- Cherry wood, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, cocoa. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head, subtle booze. T- Roasty, tobacco, leather, chocolate. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- This beer was outstanding yet at the same time Im not just it quite lives up to the hype. Certainly dont get any coffee or raisins, or cherry, or toffee and I wish I did. Still amazing as hell. Very balanced and very smooth. Also not crazy sweet. A true RIS. Cant wait to see how it tastes after 1-2 years of age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ronritter (475) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2017
On tap at surly pours pitch black with tan head very much cocoa and dried fruit nose taste is chocolate and raisin very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate, & vanilla; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeBibere (50) - GREECE - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle 2015 (The Bat).Pours pitch black with beige head.Aromas of dark chocolate, some roast and dark fruits with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.Sweet, but not overwhelming taste of chocolate and some fruits along with some booze.A hint of roastiness in the aftertaste.Really good Imp. Stout.

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