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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle, dark pour, girl on a card on the bottle, not hot!!! Smokey smell, creamy taste, smooth. If you like a thick dark stout, you will love this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2168) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle into glass, Pitch Black Pour, brown head, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, coffee, crazy good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frank0830 (69) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2013
What a huge, beautiful beer! Served in my snifter at almost room temp, this beer exploded with aroma as soon as I poured it. Really nice head, and really nice color, though a little on the dark side. Lots of dough and chocolate notes come through on the flavor, as does tar and a bit of rasin characters. It finishes very clean! The only thing I would change...this would be 100% awesome spiced with a pepper! Fantastic RIS!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2013
A good beer overall, but far from a standout as far as Imperial stouts are concerned, as this style is dominated by some of the biggest and best beers around. Pour is a nearly black with a dark brown head that quickly fades. Nose is nice. Roast and coffee most prominent, with some sweetness. Flavor parallels the nose, with more of the sweet fruit flavors coming out in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (400) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Solid. Bitter stout taste similar to all the great Russian Imperials. Poured from 12oz bottle, solid dark pour with cocoa colored foam.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6629) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3/6/13. 12oz bottle from 5 Points. Deep black pour with a small brown head that fades. Rich aroma with lots of roast, coffee, some acidic aspects, dark fruits, cherry, and a touch of licorice. Rich flavor with ash, rich coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, and lingering dry, roasted malts. Not bad - overcarbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6836) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a jet black color with a medium beige head. A sweet roast and cocoa nose. The flavor is char, fruity dark malts, metal, some bitterness, some ash. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. Pours deep black into the glass. Small head. Minimal lacing. Deep aroma of malts and chocolate. Sweet taste with a crisp bitter finish. This is a really good all around RIS. Could be a little thicker in the mouth feel and maybe a slight less carbonation. Still great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Very dark in colour with tan foamy head. Smells of cocoa. Tastes chocolate immediately with a roasted malt finish. Good imperial stout. It helped me become one with myself.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Draft. Almost black, brown head. Aroma of burnt coffee, bitter cocoa. Taste is bitter coffee grounds and chocolate. Nice.


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