Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout - O'Dempsey's
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of earthy hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, light char, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and moderately chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of deep roast/black malts and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
08-13-2014 02:44:32 | More by superspak
3.81/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
A: Pours a deep black with hint of brown. Small tan colored head and light lacing.
S: Roasted espresso beans and bitter chocolate. Subtle hints of oak.
T: Bold roasted malts, and rich espresso flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate.
M: Full bodied but not thick. Finish is a little bitter and dry. It did get a little creamier as it warmed up.
O: Solid RIS but a touch on the bitter side. Perhaps a bit more sweetness would have made this more enjoyable.
08-01-2014 00:24:19 | More by richj1970
3.96/5 rDev +0.3%
Picked this up in Savannah, Georgia. Served in my tulip.
A – Black as night. Nice rich, creamy tan head that left a small amount of lacing.
S – Roasted malts, toffee, coffee and dark chocolate.
T – Nice strong punch of coffee and espresso flavors with roasted malts. Dark and milk chocolate flavors with just a bit of sweetness. Light toffee and molasses. Finished with a bit of alcohol burn and a touch of bitterness.
M – Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Creamy on the palate.
O – Good solid RIS here with very nice flavors. Warms up well and the flavors shine through. Pleasantly surprised with this nice brew.
07-26-2014 23:28:20 | More by GallowsThief
4.34/5 rDev +9.9%
This is one of the best beers brewed in georgia. I very light bodied RIS that you can drink for a while if you can handle the 9+% alcohol. Really good coffee and chocolate flavors. A not overwhelming aftertaste completes this excellent beer. Every beer drinker in Georgia should try this. Outstanding for Georgia's new and budding craft brewing community.
05-27-2014 01:21:40 | More by StHopNick
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured a 1/2F head in a snifter, with an opaque dark chocolate color.
The aroma wasn't strong for an RIS, but it was different. Lot of emphasis on dark dried fruit ( raisins etc) , licorice and some coffee. The aroma intensifies with warming.
The beer is not as carbonated as other RIS, and the body is lighter.
The taste is coffee-chocolate, some plum , raisins or licorice.
The finish is lightly hoppy.
Overall, an enjoyable RIS, especially at higher serving temps. 50F+
There is more emphasis in this beer on the dried fruit & licorice than the chocolate-coffee.
Regardless, this is an excellent beer worth looking for.
05-05-2014 02:48:58 | More by brureview
3.71/5 rDev -6.1%
A-Pours very dark brown. Nearing black. Thin, brown head rises then pops away.
A-Nice and roasty. Dark chocolate. Bitter, dark maltiness. It's not overpowering or specifically unique but it's pretty tight to the style.
T-Flavor is again pretty roasty. Dark chocolate and some fudge. Dark coffee and some burnt, charred flavors.
M-Full bodied but not exactly viscous. There is a creamy component to the feel. Alcohol warms my cheeks.
O-Very solid but very generic. Not many negatives with this brew except for it lack of memorable flavors. Pretty cut and dry.
05-04-2014 23:13:40 | More by VelvetExtract
Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
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