RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Originally brewed for Russian Royalty in the early 18th century, this style was born of necessity. The porter which was originally ordered spoiled en route. In order for the beer to survive the trip from England to the courts of Russia, the hops and alcohol were dramatically increased. O’Dempsey’s Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout combines a silky mouth feel with a balance between sweet malts and bitter hops that pairs well with strong cheeses, dark chocolates and fine cigars. Truly a luxury befitting even your Royal Highnesss. Enjoy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 [Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, in fact it smells like liquid brownies. Taste is loaded with chocolate again, which slowly becomes taken over with deeply roasted malt. Moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, long finish. Not overly complex, especially in the finish, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Since I’m just getting over a cold, I’ll re-rate this in a few days.

Re-rate: Aroma more of a mix of chocolate and anise. Mouthfeel is still good. Taste is a bit of a letdown with this bottle, with the deeply roasted malt more dominant and the flavor overall not melding as nicely. Dropping it a couple of tenths.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (1146) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle says 9%, from trade, black beer, big walnut colored head. Aroma plums, figs, chocolate, metal, cookies. Taste is chocolate, coffee, kahlua (but in a good way, not too sweet), plum, molasses, hint of cherries. Palate is smooth and rich but not syrupy, carbonation subdued. Finish is roasty dry. This hits all my favorite things about impy stouts. If there’s a flaw, it’s the hops/citrus rind on the finish, just a touch too strong, to my taste, for balance, but this comes very close!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3697) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Shared with Dempsey himself, courtesy of RussianDragon. Dark brown body with a dark beige cap. Licorice, molasses, chocolate, bitter cocoa. Quit tasty! A beautiful merging of an Irish dry stout with a heavier and richer Russian imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (8096) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
2013 bottle shared with Scarlett on Christmas day 2015. Pours a deep brown black body with thin tan lacing. Nose is roast and ash. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of roast, chocolate and sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle. Black in color. When held up to the light hints of brown. Small tan head. Aroma was strong coffee, that really over powered anything else. Taste was like a really smooth Black IPA. Taste was coffee, black chocolate, hints of burnt toast and hoppiness. Slight sweet upfront with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1564) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Deep dark smell...fruity like apricot and liquorice, black appearance, taste is smooth a first then you’re hit with a blast of coffee and liquorice ..gets more bitter but then smoothes out into a roasted coffee taste that lingers...all in one sip! Depth with the coffee and liquorice flavor mixed...very strong flavor that can be a touch too much at times...alcohol hits you quick too

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Jet black. Cold it is a bit soy saucy. Warm, it really opens up. Big chocolate. Similar flavor but less intense than Expedition stout. Quite good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (932) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Deep brown, tall and café-au-lait color and fine mousse. Sweet nose. Full body, flavorful, lively and smooth but not silky mouthfeel, long palate. Bittersweet, tart. Roast flavors predominate but also coffee, chocolate, toffee, smoke and tar. Very good imperial stout, not the best to my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Worsenma (74) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Black as night. Smooth, hoppy, very malty goodness..Nutty, chocolaty stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ordybill (1707) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- Big roasted coffee bean aroma Appearance- Looks like used motor oil, has a small brown head Taste- Not good to me, acidic with no back end flavor, sort of empty after the initial tasting (this occurred on each sip) Palate- A full bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a dry bitter finish. Overall- I did not care for this beer at all. RIS’s are not my favorite style of beer but I do enjoy several; this ain’t one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (1590) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some roast. Flavor is some chocolate and roast, with a bitter finish that is almost sour. A bit thin, a bit odd, and just ok.

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