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


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1022) - The Vale of Dundas, - SEP 11, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. A smoky bacon aroma mixes with some bitter cocoa and Scotch whisky notes. There are some strong smoked meat and cured ham notes up front, along with mild herbal hops. These give way to a rich mix of cocoa and nutty flavours in the mid-palate. More smoked meat and some toasty notes make up the finish. This is quite a nice imperial stout, with an interesting savoury slant to its flavours. My one real complaint would be that it is perhaps just a little too thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (697) - 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 (158) - 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 (570) - 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 (289) - 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 (9) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
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 (425) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
L_inconnu (64) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Contre toutes attentes, c’est une brune, et non une noire. Mousse discrète, de même pour la carbonation, normal. Au nez, on sent le malt d’un scotch et la mélasse.. Même sensation en bouche, malt fumé genre scotch, la mélasse est plus discrète, mais est accompagnée d’une touche raisinet. Intéressante, mais pas du tout ce à quoi je m’attendais

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ngejo (245) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light body, average carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChewyBeer (37) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours dark with good tan head. Not a strong nose. Good paste with medium mouthfeel. Not sweet with strong plum roast flavours. Bitterness follows through with warm alcohol flavours

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