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RATINGS: 310   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isnít the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind. S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And thatís not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesnít have the depth of other imperial stouts, but whatís here works quite well. T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isnít the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, itís still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style. M: Itís not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, itís quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isnít much booze to be felt on the palate. O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, Iíd have no trouble drinking this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (754) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black, lacy tan head. Bittersweet chocolate, raisins, dark bread crusts, cocoa, resiny bitterness, easy drinking for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (743) - Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma is very chocolate, smokey, rich. Taste is thick, heavy, very roasty, dry. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
On tap at GH. Black with mocca head. Aroma with lots if chocolate, ed malt and mild alcohol. Taste has chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol with a warming boozy chocolate finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (230) - 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 (642) - 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 (1245) - 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 (118) - 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 (3391) - 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 (4176) - 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 (157) - 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.

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