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

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rulas3 (109) - Madrid, - OCT 10, 2012
Apariencia: clásica stout, completamente negra, sin carbónico aparente, corona escasa, beige, ligeramente consistente y persistente. Aroma: ligero, chocolate, café, torrefactos, algo de canela, que le da alegría, no demasiado complejo. Sabor: la cosa mejora respecto de la nariz, cuerpo medio, pero de textura sedosa, muy agradable, mucho sabor, no demasiado complejo, pero bueno. Chocolate, café, torrefactos, algo de frutas oscuras. Alcohol no muy bien integrado en la boca, pero baja bien. muy buena Imperial Stout, un pelín más ligera de lo que nos tienen acostumbrados nuestros amigos americanos, pero sin duda una gran cerveza. Está filtrada. Equilibrada, bien hecha, fácil de beber... como decía la única pega sea un poco la nariz y la nota alcohólica un poco excesiva para la graduación que tiene.


3.4
Ron (4374) - 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.

3.3
franclh (266) - 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)

3.4
snowcrash000 (209) - 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.

4
AntoineGRD (178) - - DEC 14, 2017
Brassée par les anglais de Black Sheep, cette Black Sheep Imperial Russian Stout est surtout connue pour avoir été sélectionné pour "The Great Baltic Adventure", un concours dégustation organisé à Saint Petersbourg en Juin 2011. Suite à cet événement, la demande est devenue si forte que la brasserie décida de rebrasser cette bière ! A la dégustation, cette bière anglaise propose naturellement un visuel caractéristique, robe noire intense surmontée d'une très fine mousse blanche. Le nez fait la part belle au café, à la banane ainsi qu'au réglisse tandis que la bouche, sous un aspect légèrement sirupeux met en avant de délicieuses saveurs grillées. Un vrai régal pour les amateurs du style. Incroyable de finesse et de nuance, cette bière complexe est évidemment à comparer avec les autres produits de la brasserie, et notamment la Black Sheep Ale ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
Mr_Pink_152 (6155) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Tried at the Lincoln beer festival 3017 8.5%. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma has big alcohol. Taste roasted malt but very sweet. Sickly.

4
Gangstergafje (1437) - 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).

3.8
vinivini (3347) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 11, 2017
Pours deep chestnut brown with small beige head that soon transforms into moderate laces. Big fruit esters on nose accompanied by roasted malts and a light alcoholic note. Medium body. Malty flavour picture. The roast is obvious. Dried fruit, spirits, chocolate and coffee on ending. Low to light bitterness.

3.6
Johnstledger8 (1592) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin lacy light beige head. Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, figs, raisins, plums, treacle. Taste is of chocolate, treacle, liquorice, dark fruits, toffee, bitter finish. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.1
ManVsBeer (11968) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from Saltaire Wines, Saltaire. Very dark with a subdued strength in terms of its taste, which is quite smooth, but not very flavoursome.

3.3
pivnizub (11056) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle: Very deep ruby-amber coloured, small but persisting and lacy off-white head; moderate sweet caramelly-fruity nose with a certain amount of toasted malt in the second row; moderate and relatively dry bitter-sweet flavour, relatively light bodied for a beer of this strength; slightly lingering dryish bitter and toasty finish. Good, but lacking a certain complexity...


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