Brewed by White Gypsy (Shelta Beer Co)
Style: Imperial Stout
Tipperary, Ireland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A strong, complex dark beer in the 18th century style that was brewed for export to the Russian court. It has plenty of malt character with low levels of carbonation and huge roasted chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Best served with a little warmth. As it can be both sweet and bitter and always full bodied we suggest choosing a similar route with your food. For cheeses go with a robust farmhouse, crumbly blue or strong goats cheese. For mains go with red meat or game, a well marbled rib eye or even a full fat burger compliment this stout really well. You have lots of options for dessert from chocolate brownies to tiramisu and coffee cake or espresso ice cream. Even apple or pecan pie and cheesecake go majestically with this bottled beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DMarra (9) - IRELAND - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
A delicious beer! Completely black in colour with a head the same colour as the crema on a good espresso. Most Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve had are stronger than this beer’s 7% and many are sweeter, so don’t expect a stout of the "chewy" variety. This is a relatively dry example with a nice, but not overpowering hop structure. The real star of this beer is the intense heavily-roasted malt profile. I’m thinking very dark roasted barley & black malt over chocolate malt. The level of roast here is really astonishing and without a balancing caramel aspect, the roasted flavours really come to the fore. There is also a delicious flutter of smokiness - this could either be from a very small proportion of smoked malt, or from the heavy dark roast of the unsmoked malts - really enticing. People who prefer the uber-ageworthy and sweeter 12% abv imperial stouts might not find what they’re looking for here, but, make no mistake, this is a delicious beer. This is definitely in the top handful of stouts made in Ireland today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2693) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2012
One of my drinkstore.ie orders for Christmas Day. Appearance: pitch black, mocha brown head. Aroma: quite mild, coffee, chocolate, chicory, a little spice, milk. Flavour: oh. Decent smoke at the start, lovely coffee and chocolate backbone but the smoke really pushes through. Long bitter coffee and smoke finish. Slight hint of the alcohol strength. Tastes great ! (Not what I’d class ’imperial’ but damn good)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 12, 2012
Pours dark black with minimal white head formation. Tobacco and milk chocolate on the nose. Surprisingly light bodied for 7% with little sign of the alcohol (drinks like a mild!) Chocolate, coffee, a touch of chicory. Want to try this again to see how it develops!

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