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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Imperial Stout
Ripon, England
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ Trade by madmitch76 ]. Clear dark brown colour with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, tart fruit, light rye - sour malt, light earthy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light light acidic and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, licorice, roasted, chocolate, rye, cacao notes, light tart fruit - malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130429]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30912) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and light phenolic. Dark roasted malty, breadish and liqourice. Dense dark malty and liqourice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Bottled. A dark red beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, roasted malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, bread, and metal, leading to a dry roasteed finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of maneliquor. Pours a clear dark brown with an orange hue and a beige head. Phenollic aroma, overripe dark fruits - even rotten. Medium body, again rotten fruit, raisins and phenols, some licorice and surprisingly little roast. Ends slightly tart. 030612

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2011
Cask (handbottled, thanks K.K.). Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is wooden, roasted malty, fruity with some slight acidic notes as well. Flavour is roasted malts, some acidic wooden notes as well as mild alcoholic sweetness. Also some slight tones of rye bread lurking.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
7th April 2012
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Clear dark red - amber beer, little pale tan head. Semi dry crispy palate. Tangy dark malt - a little bitter. Bubblegum esters. Dry finish. Okay if a bit clunky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle at home ... HUGE thanks to @Adamsh for this ... deep brown black ... thin tan head ... huge licorice and berry nose...little overfizzy ... huge licorice ... i mean huge licorice ... dark roast malts ... roast toffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13598) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Bottle at Chriso Easter Tasting 2012. black dark ruby edges. Choc cake. Its ok very choccy. But a bit light in mouth. Decent choc

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10934) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. Pours dark brown with dark orange glints. Not much head. Boozy dark fruit/dark malt aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, smooth burnt dark malt, and something that’s suggesting anise. I think this is rather complex. It does seem less thick than many ISs, but it’s also got quite a different flavor profile. Very interesting and tasty. Here’s what I should have gotten: "Initial sweetness quickly followed by a peppery hop which fades into liquorice and chocolate raisins, then a very long warming finish. We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!"

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10773) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2012
clear dark brown, smooth light brown head. aroma is roasted malts, licorice. flavor is licorice, roasted malts, dry roast. almost sour woody notes.


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