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RATINGS: 122   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Dense black body under a creamy tan head. Coffee, cocoa, and roast malt aroma. Smooth palate that delivers roast malt, chocolate, coffee and a touch of licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Rich dark black pour, lasting 1/2 inch dark brown head and an aroma of lactose and dark chocolate and a little peat. Flavor is also nice balance of smokey peat, a little sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar and soy sauce. Really nice surprise, and well worth $11/4-pack.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3458) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours like used motor oil, with barely a ring of dark brown foa. Scent is roast, prune, smoke, milk chocolate. Flavour is coffee, chocolate, ash. Hop Bitter aspects. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle pours deep brown with adequate brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee beans. Flavors of strong coffee, burnt wood, and molasses with a hint of brown sugar. Very nice stout/porter.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
12 oz bottle served in nonic pint glass: Basically opaque with a huge fluffy beige head which left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of star anise, Cavendish pipe tobacco, burned toast, tar, leather, milk chocolate malt whoppers and prune juice. A touch of herbal and piney hop esters as well. The taste is not nearly as complex as the nose. Roasty and charred with a bitter hop and cold extract coffee finish. Where did the rich malt notes and the dark fruits go? Taste more like a very average coffee stout on the palate. The mouth feel is also a let down after the initial appearance and aroma. Lively and ashy, thin for the genre and metallic "Black IPA" kinda finish. Yep that is it, looks and smells like an Imperial Stout and taste of a Coffee Dry Stout and mouth feel of a Black IPA. Bad or a drain pour... well no but after getting my hopes up it wimped out big time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours like used motor oil with a decent chocolate tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malts up front with smoky oak, dark fruit, coffee, hops, hints of chocolate and a pronounced alcohol taste and burn. Tastes a whole lot stronger than 8%. Full body, texture is thick but not particular creamy. Carbonation is pretty strong and tongue numbing. Very malty aftertaste that lingers. Overall this is good, but the alcohol and malts are a tad overwhelming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
12oz bottle. Black pour with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, ash, and chocolate. Tastes of ash, coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits. Ashy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Dark and roasty with char and malt, hints of coffee. Rather smooth and full leading to a nice, lasting finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick and oily dark lack...not much light through this at all, with a 2-finger frothy tan head. The head is really loud and obnoxious, and says to me, "The music is reversible, but time is not". Nose is roasty slightly charred black patent malt, cacao, walnut. Tastes rich, roasty malty, with notes of cacao, dark choc syrup, ovaltine, molasses, and prunes. Finishes complex, well balanced, with a nice finishing hop kick. This one is great.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2062) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle from /Mari’s. Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head that sticks around. The aroma is bitter chocolate, minimal coffee, and maybe a little alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate with a big coffee finish. Thick, enjoyable palate.


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