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Black Sheep Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Imperial Stout
Masham, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cask & Bottle Conditioned, winter seasonal
Now an annual Christmas seasonal
From Yorkshire to Russia with Love. Black Sheep Brewery is one of 12 brewers each producing its own version of Imperial Russian Stout to take part in a grand tasting to be held in Saint Petersburg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Philippe (Bov); 28 Mar 2015
Dark brown color, almost black; generous beige head. Thin dark ale, some dark caramel flavor, but very light aroma and simple flavor; traces of liquorice; I guess that using sugar didn’t help.
Very timid offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
6th Feb 2015: shared bottle at the 3rd Annual beer exchange in De Bierboom (Brugge). Almost jet black in looks, the head a tanned foam blanket. Deep roasted malty nose and taste, liquorice notes to the fore. Semi-sweet initially fading to a drier, bitter finish. Decent and easy to drink, even at 8.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Curious Hop. Pours dark brown/black, 2 finger head even in a damp glass. Aroma of Berries, dark fruits, licquorice. On the taste initial smokiness, then carbonation, then dark fruits, winter berries, hit on the abv, coffee and a finish of licqourice. Rate it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (9278) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2015
Dunkel rötlichbraune Farbe, ordentliche bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch stark nach Malzbonbons, viel Karamell, etwas Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack kräftig malzig, Rübensirup, Kaffee, leicht holzig, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (573) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Decent liquorice aroma and flavour, great black colour, just needs something extra on the finish to make it great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is liquorice, berries, chocolate, taste is similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
[6969-20141206] 330mL bottle. Roasted grains aroma. Brown cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Roasted grains and woody bread flavour has a sweet toffee aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7+
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Did we kill Wayne?" "No, he’s death-pooping."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Cask at Kings Arms, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet and roasted, with notes of dark fruits, coffee, ashy wood. Taste is similarly medium sweet and medium roasty, lightly ashy, dry, with notes of espresso, figs and cocoa powder. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Overall, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6897) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark ruby color with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and honey notes on the aroma, nuts and hops, some syrup, mild chocolate. Way too thin for an IS, caramel malts, some juicy fruity notes, resin, syrup and mild wood. A bit too "English" for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6426) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 28.03.2015
Aroma has toffee, licorice and hayish notes. Flavour has toffee, strong British hops, some grapefruit, licorice and grassy tones. Feels thin for IS. Very British.

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