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


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

JorgeLee's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1572) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12163) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottled, 330ml, aged 4.5yrs from Beer & Spirits, Knaresborough, Yorks.N (now closed). Black with cream head. There is a rich, Port Wine like character to this, some sweetness, fructose, fermented red grapes. Silky and smooth on the palate, full. Very decent and aged nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuartyboy (1209) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2015
On cask at York Tap a dark brown beer with some fruity aroma but limited flavour is chocolate treacle and boozey fruits dry finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (582) - FRANCE - MAY 5, 2015
Brune très foncée, limite noire, fine mousse chocolat au lait. Nez complexe, vineaux, fruits secs (raisins, abricots, ...), alcool, chocolat. Bouche moyennement amère, première bouche sur les fruits secs, le vin puis des saveurs chocolatés et café apparaissent, l’alcool est relativement présent malgré un titrage relativement modeste pour le style (8,5°). Faible carbo, corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4432) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Pours translucent dark chocolate brown with a th light tan head. Smoky aroma has coffee and subtle chocolate and roast malt tones. Malt comes forth more in the flavor, smoky and earthy, with accompanying mocha and subtle woody notes. Mouthfeel has average viscosity but some good firm fizz. Baa baa black sheep, have you any beer?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (17458) - 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 (5387) - 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 (504) - 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 (13040) - 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 (1097) - 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 (8326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is liquorice, berries, chocolate, taste is similar.

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