If you can get it where you live, then no, probably not worth an extra drive. If you cannot, then yes, might be worth it depending upon your likes and dislikes. I also advocate going to the brewpub.
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If a brewer entered a Russian Imperial Stout then there should be no place on the entry form or on the pull sheet given to the judges to state that he added any coffee or chocolate. How would the judges be informed of that? If it were stated on the entry form, then perhaps the category should have been "specialty" instead of RIS. Those ingredients, if not mentioned, may add some complexity to the beer, which could be a good thing.
Please don't get me wrong. I don't think anybody needs to brew "to style" to have fun in this hobby, but there are some guidelines to follow to do well in competitions.
Ethics have more to do with blind judging than recipe formulation.