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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 (2638) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Unde (641) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Dark brown colour with smallish brownish head. Aroma has roasted malts, licorice, herbs, chocolate. Salty flavours, herbs, dark chocolate and herbs. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2015
355ml bottle, batch number 472, bought at Vinmonopolet Langnes. The oily pour reveals an espresso head slowly declining over a pitch black body. Clingy lacing. Confectionery nose, together with wood and dark bread. Coffee and grainy chocolate flavours, some dark spices and molasses. Dark fruity bitterness to a long-lived ending. Port impression. Warming and full bodied. Excellent sipper (Friday eve at home in Tromsø, 20.11.2015).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (1054) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : black with a small tanned head. Aroma : liquoroce, dark chocolate, dark berries, smoke, ripe fruits, madeira. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8703) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie. Consumed at home Saturday 21st November 2015 Pitch black, shark eye black, with a film of beige head, there was probably a much larger more impressive head, however I was too busy cooking my African Stewed Beef with Peanut Butter so the head had largely disappeared by the time I got to. Thick and rich in the mouth, really rich, you can pick out vanilla and chocolate, mmhhh...it’s like an ice cream. Sweetish, a little creamy it’s lovely. Good beer, not spectacular, but good. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABS (772) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Lillemarkens. Pours very dark brown. Some dark brown head, which quickly disappears. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Dark chocolate. Alcohol. Very smooth mouth feel. Thick body. Bitter and dry ending. Soft to flat carbonation. Coffee, dark chocolate, plum and vineous flavours. Cocoa, hint of vanilla. Very good. I was beginning to give up on imperial stouts, as I feel most of them are severely overrated, but this one has restored some of my faith. Well done Mission.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (822) - Skui, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2015
Svart med brunt skum. Medium høyde. Aroma av røstet malt, kakao og noe kaffe. Mildt av lakris. Litt anonym. Flust av kakao samt noe kaffe og lakris i smaken. Bitter ettersmak. Medium/tykk konsistens, lavt karbonert. God.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (2239) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2015
Svart med fingerhøyt brunt skum. Siste tre cm var en tykk grøt. Lukter mørk sjokolade, kakaopulver, mørke frukter og lakris. Fyldig. Smaker salt, lett bitterhet, noe dyp fruktsødme. Middels lang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Sentrum. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Ganske tett. Tynn tett lacing. Beskjeden - men god - aroma av sjokolade. Oljeaktig munnfølelse. Smaken litt tilbakeholden. Svakt sjokoladepreg før alkoholen slår gjennom som tørrhet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (451) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2015
Fles gekocht @Kaapse Brouwers. Mooi zwart bier met kleine schuimkraag. Aromas van gebrande mout, chocola, koffie, gedroogd fruit. Dit komt ook volop in de smaak terug. Deze heeft een heerlijke bittere afdronk met koffie en chocolatonen. de textuur is olie-achtig. Prachtige RIS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
355ml. Noire, col blanc-cassé, moka, huileux au verre. Arôme offre un bouquet de stout impérial américain dont le caractère grillé et chocolaté ressort bien mais restant moyen avec une pointe de noisette, et un café presque renforcé au niveau des malts. Palais est réchauffant, montre de suite son niveau alcool. Grillé, pointe de caramel et un renfort épicé tirant sa force des houblons tout comme l’amertume qui reste modéré - citronnée. Léger côté fruité noir, sec avec un fini cendre.

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