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


on tap

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RATINGS: 111   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1269) - Greater London, - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle sourced from Beer Hawk. Pours a curiously light and brown beer for an imperial stout. Actually it really tastes like a stronger and more boozy version of traditional Black Sheep beer, you can really get the house character. Some dry malt with licorice, bit of fruit cake, not so much of the powerful darker bits of the barrel one might expect from an imperial. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6520) - 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 (5966) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
2014-12-06. Black body with a modest tan head. 3++ Aroma is interesting, lightly fruity dark malt. Flavour is similar, dryish lightly tangy dark malt. English yeasty quality. Average to light bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Decent, a bit light for the style overall. Bottle shared by DuctTape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1460) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from a wine shop in Grassington. Pours mahogany with a thin cream head. The taste is fairly fruity with some roast notes. Mostly liquorice and treacle. The body is particularly thin for an imp. Lacking the sweetness and luxuriant feel you’d hope for with the style. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (1761) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Cask west riding dewsbury been cellared for a year. Black thin tan head. Aroma dark fruits roasted malts taste same some coffee decent bitter finish. Ok body thin if anything. Not the best imperial by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2924) - 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 (9763) - 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 (169) - 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 (1125) - 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.

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