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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1236) - 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.


3.1
Mr_Pink_152 (5007) - 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 (1142) - 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 (2416) - 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 (1196) - 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 (10467) - 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 (10619) - Bochum, Porúří, 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...

3.8
caribou43 (1025) - Lausanne/Sevilla/Lima, 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.

3.2
weark (795) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2016
Bouteille - De couleur noir avec une donne mousse beige mais qui tient bien - Au nez des arômes de café, de réglisse, de fruit confit, de raisin, légèrement madère, malt torréfié, terreuse - En bouche toujours beaucoup de café et de malt torréfié, on retrouve le madère et les fruits confits, des houblon terreux qui apporte une bonne amertume - Corp moyen, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonatation correcte, sèche, final café amère et terreuse - gardée un poule trop longtemps je pense d’où le côté un peu madère mais dans l’ensemble une bonne russian stout

3.3
Bozo_skeleton (1157) - 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 m’attendais. Vive a l’attaque mais avec une carbo qui manque de finesse en bouche, finale assez longue reglisse et cafe

3.4
freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la brasserie, couleur noire, mousse blanche et effervescence peu présente. Nez sur le café, Attaque sur le café assez grosse amertume sur les houblons et avec une petite longueur sur la rondeur.


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