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


on tap

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RATINGS: 106   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (617) - Suffolk, - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 Cask from The Ale House, Chelmsford. Despite its 8.5%, this is not over powering on alcohol. There is vanilla evident and this beer has a very smooth finish. Re-rate: Bottle from The Ale House, Chelmsford. Good aroma of roasted chocolate malt, smooth, medium/full body, soft carbonation, with subtle bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2803) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle thanks tolmyvinyl. Appearance - opaque black with a decent crema head. But it disappears quickly. Nose - candied sugar and liquorice. Chocolate following it in. Taste - molasses into liquorice. Then kinda dry. Palate - medium to full bodied with a tangy texture and a long dry and slightly abrasive texture and a long dry finish. The Overall - decent but not for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9683) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
M_Sack (403) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hub66 (153) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Belle couleur noire avec petite mousse beige; arômes et goût de café; un leu (trop) liquoreux; finale moyennement amère

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1017) - 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 légère et douce grillée.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Jmar33 (171) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AtronSeige (676) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
crlnts (317) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aleksander9 (501) - 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.

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