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RATINGS: 278   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2057) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Very black, very thick tan head, recedes and leaves some thick tan clingy stuff. Nose is big and mostly chocolate with some plums. Palate is velvety and full and rich. Ends with a roasted feel. A bit strong , not the smoothest I have had but complex and full. Tastes include dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of coffee. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Draught at the brewpub in San Diego. Pitch black beer with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted tar and soot aroma, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, some vinous notes, some cocoa. Roasted tar and cocoa flavor, coffee, ash, raisins, figs, dark chocolate, some licorice. Nice heavy imp with alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (239) - , California, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft. Aromas of nice sweet roasted malts that give of more Nutella than dark chocolate with some brown sugar in there too. Nice full body with a medium finish. Almost no booze at serving temp but after it warmed up about 10 min it started to kick in. Very enjoyable and I think bottle aging this beer for a year would make for very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7451) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz from Argonaut Liquors in Denver, on April 4, 2014.
Black color, big frothy dark brown head that leaves lacing on the glass. Sweet, malty, roasted, some smoke, alcohol, berries scent. Sweet, roasted, some wood, char coal, hints of metallic taste. Roasted, ashes, dry, semi-bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8534) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle... Pitch black with a small, creamy, cappuccino head. Good retention. The nose is a marriage of fudge and toasted tree nuts Ė almonds and pistachios. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor furnishes a boatload of roasty bitterness flanked by lighter, sweet notes of caramel and chocolate. Finishes deeply roasted with a kiss of toffee that hangs around a while. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (1694) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 14 months. Opaque, mahogany-black with a 2-finger brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, blackberries, molasses and roasted coffee. Taste of blackberries, roasted coffee, roasted malt, pine, light fruit, licorice, brown sugar and chocolate. Full/medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (236) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pour is motor oil black with a short lived milk chocolate head. Smell is sweet with chocolate and coffee with a hint of hops and booze. Taste is chocolatey sweet with a good note of coffee and spice. The bitter baker's chocolate really comes through with a faint hop profile and slightly boozy burn on the way down. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, true to the style. Really good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (132) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
Aroma of burnt sugars, malts, some minor coffee notes. Pours blacker than Satanís heart with the darkest tan head Iíve seen. Wow. The taste. This is easily the freshest, tastiest stout Iíve had in a long time. The coffee notes are very subtle here with a big focus on the chocolates and brown sugars. Definitely not the most complex stout as other reviewers have noted, however the simplicity is really what makes this one great. Definitely does not taste like 9.8% abv (I honestly canít even taste the alcohol) which could be a dangerous game during the summer with a few in the back yard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Upon opening the bottle, an instant olfaction of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malts filled my nose and made my mouth begin to salivate. Even looking at the dark black liquid fill the glass with a fat creamy of head made it more enticing. The flavor is robust with a rich dark taste of chocolate milk that leaves behind a bitter finish of chocolate. By far the best Mission beer Iíve come across so far.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scoobysnak (328) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Caramel and roasted malt. It also has some pretty good alcohol notes and a little coffee.

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