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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Originally brewed for Russian Royalty in the early 18th century, this style was born of necessity. The porter which was originally ordered spoiled en route. In order for the beer to survive the trip from England to the courts of Russia, the hops and alcohol were dramatically increased. O’Dempsey’s Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout combines a silky mouth feel with a balance between sweet malts and bitter hops that pairs well with strong cheeses, dark chocolates and fine cigars. Truly a luxury befitting even your Royal Highnesss. Enjoy.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Sampled at 2014 RBWG Grand Tasting. Black, ring of foam. Smells like coffee and chocolate, pretty much the same in the flavors. Some marshmallow creme, too. Smooth, rich palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1115) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft sample opaque black with brown hue. Nose coffee and roasted malt. Taste sweet malt, chocolate, Mild roast. Light in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (258) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
Growler @ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting, thanks to thebeersommelier! Dark pour, ashy, chocolaty, inky aroma. Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, grain. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (941) - Vermont, USA - FEB 4, 2014
$6.50 for the full pint ordered at Gulu-Gulu. Pours a murky mauve-tinted dark brown; nonexistent head which lingered for a bit, then finally went into retirement. This is hugely cocoa-focused. A little bread and spiciness by mid-palate to swallow, but it’s nothing too breathtaking or extreme. Just another chocolately strong stout, I thought. It was slick and medium-bodied, but I honestly kept forgetting the flavors in this thing so I had to order another. That’s never a good sign. Not a bad beer, but also not an incredibly memorable one, either.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate and wood. Black hue with a small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with average carbonation. Overall a nice smokey impy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Tap. Black body with a dark tan head. Oatmeal, licorice, black patent malt, with some wintergreen. This beer is really full bodied for 8%.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (623) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours an oily black with a dark mocha head that fades quickly. The aroma is very heavy on roasted malt with a touch of licorice and hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is very similar. The chocolate and roast seem to dominate here and then the coffee and maltiness come in. The mouth feel is great. It's very creamy and the flavors really coat the mouth nicely. Solid, solid stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
From the November 2013 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick and black with a medium sized creamy dark tan head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet with notes of anise, malted milk, strong vanilla and coffee. The flavor was bitter and roasty with sweetish black licorice, vanilla, malted milk, port wine and a hint of smoke. Long roasty licorice and vanilla finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7732) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate fudge malt and ash aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet chocolate malt, prune, and light ash flavor. Nicely blended. Very pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1327) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2013
12oz bottle shared, pours dark brown to opaque with mocha colored head. Aroma is dark roasted malts some hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is much more of the same. Lots of deep,roasted malts and chocolate and some coffee. Nicely balanced throughout.


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