Milly's Imperial Death March Stout
Stark Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
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4.15 | pDev: 12.29%
Stark Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Reviews by brewandbbq:
Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours charcoal black, with a thick, batter-like off brown head.
Fine, miniscule dots of carbonation struggle to reverse cascade through the opaque, viscous liquid.
The thick roof of carbo-dough falls shortly, leaving veins of tan froth, but thin coverage remains.
Nose is lush with rich, dark chocolate, cocoa dusted espresso, and freshly roasted coffee beans.
Aromatics finish with shades of vanilla, hazelnut, and some leafy hop oils under chocolate cake batter.
Body is thick, chewy, and creamy, with tremendous mouthfeel clingability.
Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee bits, and unsweeted fudge dominate the pallet.
Brownie mix spiked with Sumatran roast and carbonized barley.
Bitterness is right on, balancing the slight residuals, and a hint of lupuline underneath the burlap of flavors.
Finishes long, with barely a whisper warmth, and reluctant.


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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a growler of this bier a bit back and finally got around to quaffing it the last 2 nights.

This stout is deep black (as if black isn't dark enough, it is DEEP black!). Looks, and pours, like crude oil... viscous and thick. Gets topped by a big, finely bubbled, creamy, mocha-hued head. Hits about 1" before slowly ebbing to a thin layer of suds, all the while sticking superbly to the glass, a fine trail of lace left in its wake. Nose is replete with coffee and choco notes; striking and solid. Some dark fruit, like currants, show briefly, but it's the malts which hold firm here. Feel on the tongue is thick and chewy, body being a very solid medium-plus, though not quite reaching full-fledged fullness. It has a light, soft carbonation, making for a velvety passage towards the stomach.

Death March has an immense milk chocolate flavor, with a creaminess (if that can describe flavor) like semi-sweet chocolate morsels in toll-house cookies. Some more coffee, and underneath are currant/fig notes and a smidge of mocha. Floral hops finish up and coat the tongue, with nary a suggestion of bitterness, just a super balance of luscious lupulins and magnificent malts. A top-shelf bier!! Yummy!!

Had the growler since EBF, and it kept extremely well for 3 months or so. Had 1/2 Tues eve and the rest last night....held up verrry well!


overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Franchise
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This offering has been aged for 1 year

Pours a dark and evil black with a thick tan head that stays strong with this brew. The aroma is chocolate, freshly ground espresso, vanilla, dark fruit, syrupy caramel. The taste is bitter upfront, fruit syrup, coffee, chocolate, wonderful flavors throughout. This is a delicious aged stout. Some earthy hop notes bitter this brew up with a smooth alcohal feel at about 9% thick and viscious this is a serious stout that please the palate.

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Photo of adowney523
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the tap at Milly's Tavern.

Jet black color with a pretty 2-finger tan head that faded slowly.

Surprisingly sweet on the nose. I got hints of vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste is sweet upfront with vanilla notes. Roasted malt and chocolate in the middle fade to a nice lingering hop bitterness.

I really enjoyed this stout. It was surprisingly drinkable and is highly recommended.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

came via growler.
surprising froth retention for traveling across the country in a growler. must be amazing fresh. Black as night folks. Chestnut froth that is large and clingy.
Smells of molasses, cherries, espresso with a little buttermilk

Blast of molasses and a shot of vanilla extract. Acrid malts give rise to big smokiness, but there's equal sweetness, and some fruitiness. A hint of sour, and some yeast cake. this has a huge creamy mouthfeel with alcohol sting that doesn't last. Finishes clean with smokiness, alcohol spiciness, and charred jam. I could sip this for hours. That counts as drinking, right?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a recent BA gathering at Milly's, and brought a growler home. This is a beautiful beer: as black as can be, with a thick coffee-colored head. Nice lacing. Wonderful coffee/chocolate aroma. A sweet chocolate taste, some coffee, a hint of licorice, little bit of hops. My only (minor) quibble is that I didn't think it had quite the depth I expected. But, this is a very minimal complaint. I would gladly drive the hour to Milly's for more of this wonderful beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am slightly biased when it comes to imperial stouts. I like strong dark, malty with the right combination of bitter / roasted coffee taste and robust body. This is it. Great looking growler, great tasting brew.

Opened the growler and poured into a large glass. Viscuous black, with a no initial head. Poured it cold so that probably is what did it. head did show lightly as the beer warmed up as a dark brow clingy head.

Smell is perfect imperial stout - Hops, roasted coffee, rich dark malt.

The taste delivers. Roasted coffee, hint of chocolate, thick malty flavor. Rich brew to be enjoyed slowly. Drinks wonderfully and is better as it warms up and releases layers of flavor waves.

Well done! I would buy this again and again!

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I went into Milly's today on a whim and was surprised to find this beer on tap, yes please.
Pours a jet black color with a creamy beige head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells heavy on the burnt caramel, anise, brown sugar and light roasted coffee and earthy hops. Frankly this wasn't what I was expecting as I set the glass under my nostrils. Taste is bitter astringent coffee and roasted grains, hints of anise and molasses, burnt caramel, and a moderate earthy hop bite. Medium body, thick sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel, light to medium level of carbonation. Wow this one is a mess. It smells like a Foreign extra stout with too much dark caramel malt. Missing is any chocolate or dark fruit flavor, creamy mouthfeel, etc. I did not enjoy this one very much. Maybe I can try it in a couple of months after it has had time to settle down, but as is this is a pass.

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Milly's Imperial Death March Stout from Stark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 8 ratings