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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
Bomber from JonnyJ as a bonus. Black with a brown head that disappears almost instantly. Liquorice, heavy charcoal and roasted malts, some chocolate and used coffee grinds. Full body, moderate to low carbonation, bitter, anise and alcohol become more present as the beer develops on the palate, bit syrupy, long sweetish finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Draft at pony. Where you at King Brendan??? Pours a deep brown with thick creamy chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is light espresso and sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is dry and chalky with toasty notes and flavors of roasted chocolate malts, espresso, and bitter dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4628) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bomber. Pitch black pour, with a nice dark tan head. Chocolate, molasses, heavy roast, sweet, and dried plum. Pretty heavy, a little bit syrupy. Suprisingly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DentonShanks (25) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Good Beer. A little too syrupy/sweet taste. Good aroma. Bought from Whole Foods. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Very dark with nice dark one finger head. Extremely roasted flavor, with not a whole lot else going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopTsing (443) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
The draft that came to the table was very dark with almost no head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Wonderful flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet cocoa. I very muched enjoyed this full bodied stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1023) - 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 (673) - 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 (7203) - 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 (8095) - 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 Missions’ flagship brand; well done.

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