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


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1198) - Sydney, - SEP 11, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. A smoky bacon aroma mixes with some bitter cocoa and Scotch whisky notes. There are some strong smoked meat and cured ham notes up front, along with mild herbal hops. These give way to a rich mix of cocoa and nutty flavours in the mid-palate. More smoked meat and some toasty notes make up the finish. This is quite a nice imperial stout, with an interesting savoury slant to its flavours. My one real complaint would be that it is perhaps just a little too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (1959) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1105) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (9737) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10454) - Bochum, Porř, 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caribou43 (904) - Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2016
I bought this bottle at Amstein. I drank it at home. The body is black and thin and brown foam. The taste is with roasted malt, side of licor, vanilla, alcohol, a bit heavy but it is correct for the price, roasted malt and hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (756) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2016
Bouteille - De couleur noir avec une donne mousse beige mais qui tient bien - Au nez des armes de caf, de rglisse, de fruit confit, de raisin, lgrement madre, malt torrfi, terreuse - En bouche toujours beaucoup de caf et de malt torrfi, on retrouve le madre et les fruits confits, des houblon terreux qui apporte une bonne amertume - Corp moyen, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonatation correcte, sche, final caf amre et terreuse - garde un poule trop longtemps je pense do le ct un peu madre mais dans lensemble une bonne russian stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (1136) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
Noire mais pas dense, collet fuyant, liseret de bulle moyennes. Aromes reglisse, liqueur, chocolat mais un ton en dessous de ce a quoi je mattendais. Vive a lattaque mais avec une carbo qui manque de finesse en bouche, finale assez longue reglisse et cafe

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (1908) - Besanon, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl la brasserie, couleur noire, mousse blanche et effervescence peu prsente. Nez sur le caf, Attaque sur le caf assez grosse amertume sur les houblons et avec une petite longueur sur la rondeur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (3479) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color, good tan foam. Sweetish aroma of fried and roasted malt, wine and caramel, butterscotch, a little butter. Taste similar: slightly sour yeast, buttery, caramel, coffee, wine, a little chocolate. Calm stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (2009) - Besanon, FRANCE - MAR 2, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Noir clair. Done mousse blanche. Peu de co2. Amertume légère. Arômes de caramel, grain grillé.

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