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


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
bottled, special
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is mild tarish, dark malty and solid bitter. Ends dry and coffee herbal. Dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7184) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is toasted malts, ripe fruit and light chocolate. The flavor is roasted malts, light coffee and light chocolate. Light in body but tasteful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (2351) - DENMARK - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Vegetables, roasted, charcoal, burnt. Medium body, oily/thin texture, a bit high on carbonation. Not that imperial, but ok I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1333) - - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours an opaque dark brown with a smallish, beige head. Rustic aroma of dark, dried fruit. Medium-bodied, overripe dark fruit, A little tar and ashes. No real bitterness. Still enjoyable. 130913

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21889) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2013
Bottled, from The Drink Store, Dublin. Near black, small head. Earth and tobacco, soy sauce a nd hay up front. Medium bodied with clean, rounded mouthfeel. Tobacco and coffee before a mildly resinyt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15321) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at omhper’s tasting 130817. Very dark amber/brown beer with a small beige head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, tar notes, vanilla, creamy, raisins, prunes, milk chocolate. Malty roasted flavor, creamy, caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla, woody, hay, some licorice. Very drinkable imp stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (3148) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Jet black with a tan mocha head. Fruity stout aroma. Flavour is black currant, roast malt, dry smoke in the finish. Lacks some bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bomber courtesy of ACD, cheers man! Aroma is distinct breadiness and smoke, aroma is similarly smoky, hammy, really interesting, finishes moderately dry. Can’t decide what I think about this one, there some elements in the flavor profile that I can’t put my finger on, but are intriguing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 3, 2013
Very deep, almost black shade of brown, fizzy head which doesnt last. Espresso, oaky wood, dark chocolate, roast malt aromas. Big rich flavours, more coffee and dark malt tempered with bitter hops. Slick mouthfeel, carbonation is more lively than other Russian Imperials Ive tried. Finish is a nice balance of dark chocolate and sharp hops. Very nicely done.

   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.

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