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


on tap


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RATINGS: 129   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.

ComradeK's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caribou43 (655) - Chavannes-près-Renens, SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2016
I bought this bottle at Amstein. I drank it at home. The body is black and thin and brown foam. The taste is with roasted malt, side of licor, vanilla, alcohol, a bit heavy but it is correct for the price, roasted malt and hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (654) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2016
Bouteille - De couleur noir avec une donne mousse beige mais qui tient bien - Au nez des arômes de café, de réglisse, de fruit confit, de raisin, légèrement madère, malt torréfié, terreuse - En bouche toujours beaucoup de café et de malt torréfié, on retrouve le madère et les fruits confits, des houblon terreux qui apporte une bonne amertume - Corp moyen, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonatation correcte, sèche, final café amère et terreuse - gardée un poule trop longtemps je pense d’où le côté un peu madère mais dans l’ensemble une bonne russian stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (1029) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
Noire mais pas dense, collet fuyant, liseret de bulle moyennes. Aromes reglisse, liqueur, chocolat mais un ton en dessous de ce a quoi je m’attendais. Vive a l’attaque mais avec une carbo qui manque de finesse en bouche, finale assez longue reglisse et cafe

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (1723) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la brasserie, couleur noire, mousse blanche et effervescence peu présente. Nez sur le café, Attaque sur le café assez grosse amertume sur les houblons et avec une petite longueur sur la rondeur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2571) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color, good tan foam. Sweetish aroma of fried and roasted malt, wine and caramel, butterscotch, a little butter. Taste similar: slightly sour yeast, buttery, caramel, coffee, wine, a little chocolate. Calm stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1632) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 2, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Noir clair. Done mousse blanche. Peu de co2. Amertume légère. Arômes de caramel, grain grillé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13396) - 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 (1464) - 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 (722) - 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 (5173) - 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?

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