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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a thick jet black with a nice chocolate head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and molasses. Taste is of dark fruits, chocolate, and roast. Ends a bit bitter from a smoke flavor and coffee. Great body and carbonation. Solid Imp. Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2555) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours out an oily black color with a small tan head. Aroma is of light roast, chocolate, molasses and black licorice. Taste is of rich chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some light earthy notes, mild alcohol and some hop bitterness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Smooth opaque black with an inch of cocoa brown head. Aroma is rich roasted grains and a bit of espresso. Taste is the same with a slightly acrid note, and the overall sweetness and impression of a beverage made by melting bakers chocolate. $4/12oz

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1245) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Solid RIS. Black as night with a coffee-colored foamy head that fades slowly. Oily looking and thick. Full bodied. Nose of some dried dark fruits and dark roast malts. Taste much the same but pretty subtle. Good, but a bit of a let down. Not as powerful or complex as it looked.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7961) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2012
A good and robust one. The coffee like bitterness comes through nicely. Decent mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danrcook (25) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
This is the only imperial stout that can come close to competing with the Speedway Stout from Alesmith. Deep rich color with a toasted, nutty, malty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Must say, this one completely caught me off guard! Totally surprised to find a top-notch Imperial Stout out of this brewery. Kudos! Well-done! Congrats! Squid-ink pour with a deep mocha head that left spots and rings of lacing. Nose of cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, brownie batter, and chocolate chips. Flavor is rich and robust with everything you would expect in a beer this dark. Godiva, Hershey, and Ghirardelli have nothing on Mission here. Quite complex...nice velvety mouthfeel but with enough carbonation to ignite the palate. Dark fruit adds a nice complexity. Yum!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours black in the glass with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla. It has a smooth taste of chocolate, molasses and more vanilla. Creamy texture and a long finish.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
matthewnhart (7) - - JUL 20, 2012 does not count
Mouthfeel was too thin for a RIS. Decent flavor, but I've had better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
From tap. Pours dark roasted malty and liqourice. Bitter and liqourice flavoured. Dark chocolate and roasted dark malty. Bitter and roasted malty. Dark malty and chocolate, light liqourice.


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