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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jagad5 (89) - - MAR 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle, producing thick, foamy head. Roasted, and a bit smokey, cofffe flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8713) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Growler sample at RBWG courtesy of thebeersommelier. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, some black coffee notes. Not as sweet as the description says, but more dry and roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. Aromas of sweet raisins, milk chocolate, and fresh malted grain, straight from the bag. Dark black with a tan head. I’m really shocked at how much I like the taste of this beer, based on previous experiences with O’Dempsey’s. Full chocolate and tobacco flavor up front, with a firm hop finish that lingers and leaves a great taste. I love how rich and smooth this beer is up front, and how sharp and lingering it is on the back end. This is the epitome of "begging for another sip". Really stunned by how much I like this rock solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (5265) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Poured black with aromas of light roast, dusted cocoa, light earth and some feint almonds. Flavors were the same a little thin in the mouth feel for stout s for me but decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle
This lingered for a while but finally I made enough of a dent to get into what turned out to be a nice imperial stout. Slightly below average for the style it is still a good enough beer to make an evening pass quickly. While not the best Georgia has to offer it still gets the job done.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base crawls down the sides of the shaker. Mocha head bubbles with a creamy texture as if recently whipped. Black raspberries, chocolate, fresh ground small batch coffee, and sweet notes highlight a balanced experience which is close to the textbook definition of the style.

Flavor / Palate - Dusty coffee, almonds, bittersweet cocoa, and dry notes mark a light tough that builds in the throat. Like a blast of iced coffee chased by anise it is a fine dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6010) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2238) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (286) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, 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.

   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.

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