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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


KajII's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle.Pour was a deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head and had fair lacing. The aroma was of burnt bread malts, a mild resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee and had a pronounced alcohol presence. Taste was malty sweet and very lightly bitter with a mild notes of chocolate and molasses at first with a nice bitter strong coffee flavor, a hint of smoke and a strong alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a long duration with the taste of coffee and alcohol left to settle on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was very full in body and dry yet creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice and strong flavored Imperial Stout with the coffee and chocolate flavors blending very well with the high alcohol finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1476) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Jet black. Cold it is a bit soy saucy. Warm, it really opens up. Big chocolate. Similar flavor but less intense than Expedition stout. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (514) - - JUL 25, 2015
Deep brown, tall and café-au-lait color and fine mousse. Sweet nose. Full body, flavorful, lively and smooth but not silky mouthfeel, long palate. Bittersweet, tart. Roast flavors predominate but also coffee, chocolate, toffee, smoke and tar. Very good imperial stout, not the best to my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Worsenma (45) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Black as night. Smooth, hoppy, very malty goodness..Nutty, chocolaty stout.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ordybill (693) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- Big roasted coffee bean aroma Appearance- Looks like used motor oil, has a small brown head Taste- Not good to me, acidic with no back end flavor, sort of empty after the initial tasting (this occurred on each sip) Palate- A full bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a dry bitter finish. Overall- I did not care for this beer at all. RIS’s are not my favorite style of beer but I do enjoy several; this ain’t one of them.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (837) - Royal Oak, 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 (2898) - 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 (1591) - 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 (904) - 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 (2984) - 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 (4196) - 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.


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