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RATINGS: 311   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StevieT (610) - - SEP 21, 2013
Mild brown sugar aroma and smokey, thin brown head. Strong coffee flavours and very intense, not a mild beer by any means.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3771) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Not HUGE for an RIS, but pretty agressive flavor and aroma. The body is medium for the style, especially. Malted chocolate, dark fruit and a decent amount of bitterness."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black, lacy tan head. Bittersweet chocolate, raisins, dark bread crusts, cocoa, resiny bitterness, easy drinking for an imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (785) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3369) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (232) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (654) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1259) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bahumat (121) - 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 I’ve 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3446) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4197) - 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.


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