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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (852) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Tap. Very dark with mocha head. Smells like dark roast coffee beans and liqueur. Nice toasty and sweet flavor. A little syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle: pours black with large brown head. Aroma is chocolatety, a little charred toast, roasted grain and molasses. Flavor is silky bitter-sweet chocolate with roast grain, some dark caramel and spent coffee. Palate is creamy and initial rather sweet but quickly balances with so growing bitters. Nice RIS, tasty and easy to sip down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a shortish-lived dark brown head. The aroma picked up ashy, roasty black patent, dark chocolate, fig, and deeper chocolate liqueur malts.. warm and inviting.. light, fresh earthy hops and alcohol warmth around. The flavor found dry-roasted dark chocolate, vinous notes, and licorice at the core.. hot, peppery alcohol, scratchy roast, and earthy bitterness around.. very warm finish with residual boozage and roast. Heavier-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. roasty and quite smooth across the middle.. this grew on me as the drink progressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2012
Draught Medium, dark beige-brown head over pitch-black beer. Coffee nose, dark chocolate, espresso or coffee drays. Sweet-bitter, roasted; good balance. Ends on good bitter chocolate. Well-bodied, hint at spirit, quite slick-oily, warming. Ah - this is Missionsí flagship brand; well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10605) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Black in color with low carbonation and very little in the way of head formation. Heavy on the roasted malt with lots of licorice and coffee, maybe some molasses, too. The flavor has a nice burnt sugar flavor to it as well as some toffee and molasses sweetness. Quite a bit of roast with a bit of coffee to break up the sweetness of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - APR 24, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: typical RIS black with nice mocha colored head quickly dissipating. Aroma: strong chocolate aroma with touches of dark fruit. Taste: a tiniest touch of floral hops on the front leading into the main dark chocolate, some of those plum/dark fruit notes, finishing almost tobacco/coffee with mild lingering dry bitterness. Palate: nice creamy, oily, full-bodied texture with medium range carbonation for the style. Overall: a pretty tasty RIS with nice body and decent balance. Just something in the aftertaste that I donít love kind of like that tobacco flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a rich deep black, light lacing of brown sugar colored foam. Aroma is thick of roasted malt, bakerís chocolate, and earthy, leathery notes. Taste is sweet and rich, almost like chocolate milk, up front, before fading to to a middling bitter, tinged with sweet and sour!, taste that pervades to the repetition of a bitter finish. Palate is lovely, medium body, oily-to-creamy texture, with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish that clings to the teeth and lips. Overall, better than I was expecting from Mission, and Iím happy to say it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (530) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours heavy and dark black with a slight, foamy, malted cherry red head. The aroma is subdued, the taste is big and bold. A little hoppier in the finish than Iíd expected. I pick up on the usual suspects, chocolate and coffee and burnt toast, but I thought I detected a little bit of peach in there, too. Nice. The damn near 10% ABV announces itself with authority in the nose after each sip. I like this, Iíd drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (671) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours thick and very black. This has a roasty burnt aroma with some smoke in the background. Coffee chocolate milkshake flavors, still has some burnt malt hidden in the back. A little sweet carmel shows up in the middle. The hops take a backseat. Very full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a bit of foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and just a bit of coffee. Taste is roasted malts and just a bit of smoke. I usually like my RIS to have a bit more chocolate malts.

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