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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
The ancient legends that abound the Russian Imperial Stout of yore are filled with tempestuous romance, sinful thievery, and scurvy, too. So highly regarded was this historic recipe, the Russian Kings tried to keep it all to themselves. They failed. Today we bring you our own dastardly dark version, with a rich and roasty aroma, notes of plum and port and a velvety texture so luscious it just might make a grown man weep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (325) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Parry's. Pours an inky midnight black and makes a thin brown head. Syrupy consistency. Smells of coffee, cocoa. tastes of cocoa, alcohol and smoky malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (862) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
This deep black beer has a tiny milk chocolate colored head. Fruity almost brandy like notes come through and it has the flavor of chocolate covered cherries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Black with creamy light brown head. Dark Roasty. Lots of coffee. Dark bitter chocolate. Moderate burnt roasty bitterness. Pretty burnt. Ashtray. Good, but missing some balance for my liking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bahumat (139) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma: 5/10. Ashes, like faint cigar. Very little nose on this one. Appearance: 5/5. Pours an inky motor oil black with the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen. Taste: 7/10. Initial hit of black licorice and ashes, fading into a nice chocolate. Medium hoppy bitter for a stout, a little dryer than expeceted. Palate: 5/5. Smooth, sweet, cloys just a little like milk, with a long, peasant chocolate finish that lingers with a thread of ashy coffee. Overall: 14/20. Not bad at all. A nice mixture of ash and chocolate, a nice accompaniment to cookies or sweets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique April 2014. Pours a deep black colour with aromas gnat jump out of the glass. Flavour fills the mouth from the first mouthful to the last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Sweet, doughy, dark cocoa, latex paint aroma. Inky. Pencil shavings, nutty sweetness, light creosote, generally dry, warming. Good balance, interesting, more great stuff from Mission. On tap, Brass Tap, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrnoluv (248) - long beach, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
This is a perfect tasting stout, the 9.8% ABV is perfect, not very boozy because of the great blend of chocolates, coffee, malt notes, unlike some stouts where you are overpowered with one specific element. I do taste a fruity note as the bottle says, maybe pum or grape, but it helps with the bitter sweetness. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4940) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Poured a black color with aromas of roast, light cacao, and some light soy. flavors are the same, light earth mixed in, with some chocolate, a basic imperial stout, decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (417) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2014
Pitch black beer with one finger high brownbeige head.

Nose: Coffee, cacao, dark chocolate, whipped cream, cardboard, rosted malt, licorice and coffee beans.
Taste: A lot of dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and roasted malt. A great bitterness at the end.
Body: Full, complex budy with a little carbonation and a beatiful smoothness with the right bitterness.

I really like this stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Draft to mini goblet at Aces and Ales Tenaya. Pours black with a coffee icecream head. Aroma is semisweet chocolate, coffee, molasses. Flavor has all that, followed by some cpgrassy bitterness.

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