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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
bottle, deep black pour with a thick brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of hops. Taste is too much coffee, with chocolate creamy taste in the beginning, medium to heavy body, dark bitter chocolate in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bomber bottle. Pours dark black, dark brown head. Aroma is roast coffee, dast is roast coffee and chocolate with a bit of bite at the end. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Evocative black chocolate evolves into roast and black beans in this tight, rich Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the pure darkness.
-Discreet raisins also appear thanks to the specialty malt profile.
-Is there light smoke in here or am I in the mood for some?
-Miso allusions are also there.
-The nose could be more seductive, especially since the flavour profile shares such depths.

Bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2511) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark blackish brown with a tan head that has a dark brown blob of gunk in the middle of it... kind of unattractive, but whatever, it’s beer, right? Aromas are dense with roasted malt - coffee and chocolate with some peat and a little vanilla. Flavor is heavy with peat and smoke that hits hard and compliments the cream and vanilla underbody nicely. Very decent Imperial Stout and my favorite offering from Mission by far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
pqsteve (2) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014 does not count
More coffee than chocolate very little head. very rich taste. slightly sour aroma. overall a pretty good beer but not as good as Ballast Point or wreck alley

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
650ml bottle, black as engine oil color, with a dark tan colored head, nice yeasty, chocolate cake dough, chocolate praline, mocha, chocolate chip cookie dough, bran chocolate muffin nose, with some brownie, milk chocolate, fruitcake, bitter chocolate baking bar accents, with a soft chocolate, roasted, black, toasted malt, burnt chocolate pie crust, light coffee, drak dried fruit, faint spicy licorice note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a very good warmth thick chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake, brownie, mild bitter chocolate, sweet roasted, black, chocolate, toasted, caramel malty character, with some burnt toast, burnt fruitcake, black coffee, faint mild sweet lactose, sweet brown chocolate bar, mocha, café latté, molasses flavors, leading towards a warming, yeasty, chocolatey, burnt brownie, mild roasted, black chocolate, toasted maltiness, lingering 85% cocoa black chocolate bitterness finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Dark brown almost black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and black malt. Flavor is bitter roasted malt with rich chocolate and light alcohol. Full body with average carbonation. Really good beer, very rich but balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1093) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
A good stout. Pours an incredibly deep black with a thick brown head. Smells of cream, chocolate and a bit of hops. Taste is chocolate all around, with some milk upfront, and dark bitter chocolate in the finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2179) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a thin head that fades to a ring and leaves oily webbing. Rich aroma of chocolate fudge, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit, licorice, and light caramel. Taste is intense. Mostly chocolate fudge and strong bitter roasted coffee but some licorice, smoke, and dark fruit show up in the finish. Mouthfeel has a slight chalkiness to it. Medium to thick body. Overall, a really nice, intense RIS.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkinWell (291) - - NOV 29, 2013
Pours dark black with hefty mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and maple syrup. Deep roasted coffee notes balanced perfectly with generous, though not bitter, hops makes for a beautiful beer.


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