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RATINGS: 126   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9453) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1964) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8239) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2315) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3488) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (113) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5145) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Perfectly black body with a light brown colored head. The nose has some rich mushrooms and tobacco. There is also some almond. The body on this is thick and lightly carbonated. This tastes of pancakes and sweetened coffee. There is also some light roast and amaretto in the finish. A decent impy stout that is not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (905) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
i’ve had plenty upon plenty of RIS beers over the years and after awhile they all look the same coming out of the bottle but even so, i was surprised at how black this one looked and w/ a huge toffee colored head to boot. really a great tasting beer that i particularily like b/c it’s only 8% and not some monster at 10+. good beer from the palmetto state.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7449) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with some dark chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Flavor has a strong roasted malt note with a bit of bitter chocolate and some coffee that comes out in the finish.

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