Brewed by Black Sheep Brewery
Style: Stout - Imperial
Masham, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned, winter seasonal
Now an annual Christmas seasonal
From Yorkshire to Russia with Love. Black Sheep Brewery is one of 12 brewers each producing its own version of Imperial Russian Stout to take part in a grand tasting to be held in Saint Petersburg.

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DSG (17944) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 6, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2019 Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Max & Stas. Brown. Malt, caramel, dark fruits, some nuts, sweet, medium-bodied.

zvikar (9692) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 3, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2019 At Beer and Beyond shop, rusty brown with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, flavor of chocolate, caramel, toffee, medium bodied

Heidbummer (1935) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2018
Bottle. Thick black pour, bubbly brown head. Big chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Mouthfilling. Lots of dry roast, but a sweet chocolate backbone. Solid.

Maris (1921) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2018
From a 330ml bottle on 3/7/2018. Pours dark brown with the barest of heads. The nose features brown sugar and caramel. The flavour is very malty - lots of brown sugar, treacle, golden syrup, caramel and a bit of dark fruit. It finishes with a mild to moderate roasty, ever so slightly sour, bitterness. Relatively light bodied for an impy, with moderate carbonation. Not a stand out by any means, but fairly solid and enjoyable.

mickmac (606) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2018
330 ml bottle. Pours with a burgundy body and a small brown head. Aroma-taste of dark bread crust, raisins, molasses and chocolate. On the sweeter side of balanced. Thin bodied, modest carbonation.

Ron (4880) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2018
Bottle picked up while I was in Maine last year. Deep brown with cream head. Aromas of sherry soaked fruit, dark chocolate and molasses. Heavy alcohol up front and throughout. Dark chocolate in the mid palate and heavily roasted malts through to the end. The flavor profile is not complex enough to stand up to the alcohol but still good.

franclh (2520) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2018 Fles 33cl thuis. Laurier, bitters en zoeten wisselen elkaar af, roasted malts, wat vlak. Beetje onbalans. (18-2-2018)

snowcrash000 (662) - Cologne, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2018
Pours a deep, dark brown coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, dark bread, brown sugar and milk chocolate, with just a hint of licorice and fig. Taste actually has very little roastiness. More mellow, caramel, bready and slightly smoky malts coming through, with notes of milk chocolate, brown sugar, licorice and fig. Very little bitterness in the aftertaste, more brown sugar and licorice coming through. Moderate body, with slightly too much carbonisation, but ok mouthfeel. This seems very poorly balanced, with not enough roastiness and too much sweetness. Still drinkable enough though.

Mr_Pink_152 (7688) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2018 Tried at the Lincoln beer festival 2017 8.5%. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma has big alcohol. Taste roasted malt but very sweet. Sickly.

Gangstergafje (1932) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2017
24-04-2017; bottle; PivBar, Moscow, Russia. The looks of the beer are great. The color of the beer is nice super dark brown, almost black. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of soft greyish brown foam. Nice. The smell of the beer is nice. I smell nice aromas of oak wood, giving a sour touch, toasty malts giving some aromas of coffee and chocolate and a tiny aroma of alcohol. Quite nice. The taste of the beer is also nice. Nice rather sour oakwood, bitter and sweet roasted malts and some nice sweet, bitter and sour hops. All the flavours aren in good balance. Actually quite nice. The palate is nice. Medium-full body, a bit watery texture and medium light carbonation. The finish is nice and filled with roast and oaky touches. Lovely beer, but not the best RIS (Russian Imperial Stout) I’ve had. Ofcourse the Russian ones are better (even though the style originates from England, if I’m not mistaken).

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