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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


KajII's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (780) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1195) - 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 (213) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
Dark beer with only a small tan head. Big rich molasses and roast grain nose with nice blooming alcohol. Thick, oily mouth feel. Lots of molasses, dark caramel, buttered toast, Quite a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Very nice Impy Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jagad5 (65) - - MAR 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle, producing thick, foamy head. Roasted, and a bit smokey, cofffe flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Growler sample at RBWG courtesy of thebeersommelier. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, some black coffee notes. Not as sweet as the description says, but more dry and roasted.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. Aromas of sweet raisins, milk chocolate, and fresh malted grain, straight from the bag. Dark black with a tan head. I’m really shocked at how much I like the taste of this beer, based on previous experiences with O’Dempsey’s. Full chocolate and tobacco flavor up front, with a firm hop finish that lingers and leaves a great taste. I love how rich and smooth this beer is up front, and how sharp and lingering it is on the back end. This is the epitome of "begging for another sip". Really stunned by how much I like this rock solid imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3584) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Poured black with aromas of light roast, dusted cocoa, light earth and some feint almonds. Flavors were the same a little thin in the mouth feel for stout s for me but decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle
This lingered for a while but finally I made enough of a dent to get into what turned out to be a nice imperial stout. Slightly below average for the style it is still a good enough beer to make an evening pass quickly. While not the best Georgia has to offer it still gets the job done.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base crawls down the sides of the shaker. Mocha head bubbles with a creamy texture as if recently whipped. Black raspberries, chocolate, fresh ground small batch coffee, and sweet notes highlight a balanced experience which is close to the textbook definition of the style.

Flavor / Palate - Dusty coffee, almonds, bittersweet cocoa, and dry notes mark a light tough that builds in the throat. Like a blast of iced coffee chased by anise it is a fine dessert beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Sampled at 2014 RBWG Grand Tasting. Black, ring of foam. Smells like coffee and chocolate, pretty much the same in the flavors. Some marshmallow creme, too. Smooth, rich palate.


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