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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TreborWhip (393) - 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 (6373) - 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 (350) - 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 (9570) - 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 (1992) - 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 (8341) - 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 (2332) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 [Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, in fact it smells like liquid brownies. Taste is loaded with chocolate again, which slowly becomes taken over with deeply roasted malt. Moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, long finish. Not overly complex, especially in the finish, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Since I’m just getting over a cold, I’ll re-rate this in a few days.

Re-rate: Aroma more of a mix of chocolate and anise. Mouthfeel is still good. Taste is a bit of a letdown with this bottle, with the deeply roasted malt more dominant and the flavor overall not melding as nicely. Dropping it a couple of tenths.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3533) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours a basically black with a medium sized tan head.

The aroma is nice, very chocolaty, mildly hoppy, overall it’s appealing.

The flavor has it’s charms, particularly speaking it’s bitter and fairly dry, a departure from the standard American Imperial Stout. The chocolate is nice, but it’s a little over bitter & the use of dark roasted malt seems liberal and the flavor it lends is fairly intrusive and out of balance. The beer is fairly boozy in more of a vodka kind of way as opposed to a ’warming’ kind of way. As the beer warms some licorice & more clearly defined hop character surfaces. The beer also seems to mellow and balance out as it sits in the glass for a bit. Less burnt character/more dark chocolate & cocoa.

The longer this sits in the glass the more I like it, a very enjoyable beer even if it gives a bad first impression.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (122) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Yep, definitely dark. Dark brown head has a toasty smell. Roasted malts dominate, and I like that I can taste the alcohol a little bit and feel some carbonation. Good aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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