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Black Sheep Imperial Russian Stout

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

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ant_in_wales (7) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Puzzled by some sniffy comments on here I’m greatly enjoying this Great espresso aroma, lovely Mouthfeel and a great, rich taste Some sweetness, some acidity, a bit of alcohol fizz Hope they continue making it

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aleksander9 (366) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2014
Pours black with espresso head. Good head retention. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses and chocolate, Slick palate with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate, acidic coffee and lingering roasted notes. Overall: Nice and sessionable. Dont like the acidic notes in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robipeardrop (1) - Hove, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Beer Hawk. Appearance - Pours pitch black with a thin but lasting cream head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruitcake and caramel with some balsamic vinegar. Taste starts sweet malt and coffee/chocolate then moves quickly to sweet & sour, tangy soy sauce, ends in longish dry finish. Surprisingly light for IRS. Mouthfeel is similarly light with low/medium carbonation. Not bad but I prefer my Imperial Stouts to be fuller, roastier and with a touch more kick.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
L_inconnu (58) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Contre toutes attentes, c'est une brune, et non une noire. Mousse discrète, de même pour la carbonation, normal. Au nez, on sent le malt d'un scotch et la mélasse.. Même sensation en bouche, malt fumé genre scotch, la mélasse est plus discrète, mais est accompagnée d'une touche raisinet. Intéressante, mais pas du tout ce à quoi je m'attendais

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ngejo (142) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light body, average carbonation, & long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChewyBeer (23) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours dark with good tan head. Not a strong nose. Good paste with medium mouthfeel. Not sweet with strong plum roast flavours. Bitterness follows through with warm alcohol flavours

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (683) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 12, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL from dcmchew. Thanks, Cristian Mihai. Look: almost black with red highlights, beige frothy head with poor retention. Aroma: malty, vanilla, sweet chocolate, some alcohol (should I say ethanol?), oily nuttiness, alcoholic dark fruit. Taste: sweet, warming alcohol, sweet chocolate, phenolic bitterness, not very roasted, ashy finish.

More like a heavy Baltic porter than an impy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle @ THT May, courtesy of deanso. Pours a pitch black beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma is malty, fairly thin and has a faint touch of caramel. Flavor is rather sweet, touch of coffee in the back. Has some notes of aceton in both the nose and flavor, which is strange. Fairly boring impy tbh.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
capetownbrew (18) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 10, 2014
330ml bottle, 8.5% ABV. Pours nice and dark with a tan head. Really good with no "hot" alcohol flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ tht. Aroma is nail polish (aceton) chocolate and some caramel. Flavour is chocolate, liquorice, molasses, roast and more. Nice.


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