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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Imperial Stout
Ripon, England
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rulas3 (107) - Madrid, - OCT 10, 2012
Apariencia: clásica stout, completamente negra, sin carbónico aparente, corona escasa, beige, ligeramente consistente y persistente. Aroma: ligero, chocolate, café, torrefactos, algo de canela, que le da alegría, no demasiado complejo. Sabor: la cosa mejora respecto de la nariz, cuerpo medio, pero de textura sedosa, muy agradable, mucho sabor, no demasiado complejo, pero bueno. Chocolate, café, torrefactos, algo de frutas oscuras. Alcohol no muy bien integrado en la boca, pero baja bien. muy buena Imperial Stout, un pelín más ligera de lo que nos tienen acostumbrados nuestros amigos americanos, pero sin duda una gran cerveza. Está filtrada. Equilibrada, bien hecha, fácil de beber... como decía la única pega sea un poco la nariz y la nota alcohólica un poco excesiva para la graduación que tiene.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9608) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2014
from Amstein - pours a very dark brown beer under a long lasting beige foam; nice lacework; roasted aroma of black chocolate and walnuts; rounded, full-bodied and tasty; quite bitter, long roasted aftertaste of ashes, black chocolate and nuts

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
M_Sack (390) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown with cream head. Aromas of sherry soaked fruit, dark chocolate and molasses. Heavy, hot alcohol up front and throughout. Dark chocolate in the mid palate and heavily roasted malts through to the end. The flavour profile is not complex enough to stand up to the alcohol. Over carbonated. Very disappointed. A beer that had been talked up to me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hub66 (137) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Belle couleur noire avec petite mousse beige; arômes et goűt de café; un leu (trop) liquoreux; finale moyennement amčre

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (872) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
Couleur noire, reflets ambrés, petite mousse beige. Nez café, malté, notes grillées, réglisse, fruits noirs, alcool. Gout malté un peu grillé, café, note douces, réglisse, fruits noirs. Fin légčre et douce grillée.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Jmar33 (165) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Soapy looking brown colour. Not the colour you’d expect from a stout. This must be a bad bottle because it couldn’t be further from an imperial stout if it tried. It’s the first imperial stout I’ve ever poured down the sink...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AtronSeige (645) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 23, 2014
Aroma: Sherry, dark fruit, raisin chocolate, light alcohol, pepper, roasty, no dms, no diecetyl, Appearance: Clear, dark red to dark brown body. Large light-brown head. good retention Flavour: strong Raisin, alcohol warming, medium astringency, dark fruit. Medium-high bitterness, medium-light sweetness, bittersweet, coffee, Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. medium carbonation, creamy. Overall: A good example, but can do with a more body and more complexity from the malts. Higher mash temp will make this change to bring this beer to the 4+ range. 330 ml bottle, poured. 13F. Russian Imperial Stout

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
crlnts (306) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Light beige, small head. Caramel, roasted and apple. Like a Lindemann’s apple was mixed with a random Imperial Stout. No, thank you.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ant_in_wales (10) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUN 21, 2014
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 (475) - 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.


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