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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2067) - 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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (674) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some roast. Flavor is some chocolate and roast, with a bitter finish that is almost sour. A bit thin, a bit odd, and just ok.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle: A very dark brown, near black pour with a creamy brown head. Great aroma of roast, espresso, light smoke, and molasses. Sweet, yet roasty, and inviting. The flavors parallel the aroma, sweet and roasty. Just the right amount of ash to go with the sweeter notes, espresso, and some bittersweet pieces. A little tin on the body, but overall I’m digging this. 9/4/8/3/16 = 4.0

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Old rating. Black pour with tan head. Big char, chocolate, anise, some dark fruit. Long bitter finish. Just okay for imperial.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (836) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
This is a good stout. Enjoyable taste and great looking on tap. Enjoy my friends.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Cask with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs sampled at ACAT 2015. Pours a deep black with tan brown head. Aroma of mostly chocolate and vanilla, just a hint of roast. Taste follows with a bit better balance, alcohol well hidden, a little thin though. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3915) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Winter Beer Fest, Philadelphia: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate, not very much coffee, roasted malt. This is a rather light Imperial Stout. this is not anything all that impressive either. Mostly chocolate. It is lightly sweet. It ain’t very bitter. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3140) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of earthy hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, light char, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and moderately chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of deep roast/black malts and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1616) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from ck1, thx bro! Black pour with brown head. Aroma has chocolate, dark fruits, and later some anise. Taste is dark chocolate, black licorice and a bit of roast. Some caramelly malts. Medium to full body did with some alcohol. Finish is of bittersweet chocolate; slightly more bitter than sweet with some strength. Initially there was grape presence which was not attractive but down through the glass became very solid and representative 14.4.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
Black with very little head. Roasty, chalky fusel notes on the aroma. Charcoal and a bit of chocolate with considerable bitterness and a definite alcohol note on the end. Creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmccullough916 (7) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2014 does not count
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. I get a strange candy/fruit smell that I can't place. A little chalky. Appearance is jet black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Very fine bubbles. Taste has big roast with chocolate and a little coffee. Considerably sweet. Moderately bitter and a little heat on the end. Mouthfeel is thick and silky. Decent carbonation. This is what I like in a stout. Overall I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I wish the heat was a little more subdued, and I could use a little more roast/less sweetness. But those are minor things. I plan to buy more to age. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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