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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5552) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and vinous notes. The flavor is roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit and a very acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (451) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours a coffee black with a minimal tan head. Aromas of cocoa and coffee beans. Flavor is basically the same with some dryness in the end and the coffee ground residue. An imperial? Not enough complexity for me, more like a boozy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5568) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 1/22/13

Aroma: The nose is dark chocolate and roasted malts, with licorice and some alcohol
Appearance: It pours a thick black color with a froth of brown head and some sheeting lace
Flavor: The flavor is roasty mostly, with other malty flavors, dark malts, and a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has average carbonation, a chalky and milky feel, and a dry finish
Overall Impression:  I thought this was a decent one, but not a standout in a rather crowded style. This is some solid stuff for sure, and worth giving a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
The dark brown pour had ruby highlights while coming out of the bottle, but looked nearly pitch black in the glass. The head was nearly two finger thick, and khaki in color. The smell was very foreboding, with dark chocolate, dark coffee, and dark skinned fruits. The taste was not quite as aggressive as the smell hinted at. There was sweet cocoa, caramel toffee, dark roasted coffee, and vanilla in the taste. Some bittering hops showed up in the finish briefly. The body was appropriately dense and chewy. The beer was good, but could have used a bit more boldness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Plours tar black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel with roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Excellent lacing. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3427) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head that fades slowly. Aromas are roasted malt, burnt wood, smoke, brown sugar, and cocoa. Taste has a light sweetness and a light bitterness. Very roasty and smokey but not too overpowering. The cocoa and brown sugar tastes come out more in the finish along with a strong and slightly bitter coffee taste. This is solid Imperial stout, especially for the low price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2020) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5870) - 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.

   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.

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