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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4526) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Pours a deep black with a smaller tan head. Aroma of molasses, toffee, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and espresso.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle from my backyard fridge. Dark pour with small brown head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, and light chocolate. Taste is burned toast, dark chocolate, a little alcohol, and dark fruit in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3829) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy Fratto. This is the darkest beer I've seen tonight. Pours a very dark brown to black color. Beige color. Aroma is roasty, sweet, dark malts, chocolate. Flavor is malty, dark chocolate, and bitter notes. Meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle from Fratto. Black as night. Pours very dark with a dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and malts. Tastes great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6277) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark malts, chocolate, hints of char, light husky notes, and light earthy notes. Rich and quite drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2326) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Pours a rich smooth burnt umber with a thick three finger khaki foam. The nose is sweet chocolate chip cookies, vanilla and even more chocolate. The palate follows the nose with a touch of boozy vanilla and a creamy full mouthfeel that lingers with charred burnt roasty notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ar26pt2 (4) - Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2013 does not count
Full bodied pitch black pour with fine lacy head. Bitter and powerful as RIS should be. Served about 50F in an oversized wine glass brings out the aroma nicely. Very nice indeed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (756) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours jet black with a small tight bubbly brown head. Aroma is smoky roasted malt with notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Rich roasted malt flavor has an elegant silky mouth feel. I get hints of charred wood and espresso upfront. The finish is bitter and dry with hints of tobacco and resiny hops. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2200) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours an opaque black-brown with a tan head that drops quickly to a head cover, sheets of lace. Taste is a clean toasted malt with hints of dark chocolate (much more understated than in many heavy stouts - good!), followed by bittersweet hoppiness that moves things in balance through a long finish. Quite tasty, ideal with dessert or sweet cheeses. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2288) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
moderate slick and smooth body with some cocoa. hoppy and malty with the imperial type harshness, and the roasted character. deep dark brown with brown head like cocoa.


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