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Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout - O'Dempsey's

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89
very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 11-08-2011)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Brewed at Thomas Creek in SC.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, with a lighter tan shade. Retention isn't the greatest, but it's a relatively creamy head that *tries* to leave a thin collar of lacing behind. Loving the darkness, though. (3.75)

Smell: Really rich and roasty. There is a significant chocolate sweetness, as well. Auxiliary notes of brown sugar help round it out. It's definitely not an endlessly complex beer, but its handful of notes work extremely well together. (4)

Taste: Oh yeah, this is how I like my imperial stouts. Read: it's a roast bomb. Some initial flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits, and brown sugar help give it some needed depth. But even still, the back end is gloriously roasty. I'm really enjoying the coffee flavor, in particular; there are even some notes of leather, tobacco, and char. The big roastiness balances perfectly with the subtle sweetness, creating a superbly enjoyable RIS, even if it isn't infinitely complex. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Definitely not bone-dry, but still dry enough. The carbonation gives it a cake-like density that I love. I could use a touch more creaminess in the texture, though. Still, it goes down very easily for 8%, while retaining its relative richness. (4)

Overall: Crappy label. Not even a morsel of hype. This one sucks, right? NO! It's a killer RIS. This manages to pack a shitload of roasty goodness in 8%. I always love ending up with a hidden gem...it makes me feel like I know something others don't. ;) Or maybe I just like roast bombs, I don't know. (4)

4.1/5: Great roast-laden RIS devoid of hype

ThisWangsChung, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of StHopNick
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

StHopNick, May 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pitch black with a thin lacing of dark brown head that has good retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, sweet sugary notes

T - roasted malts, coffee, some faint chocolate, mildly bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a rich beer. It may not have the depth and intricacies of some of the great RIS out there, but this definitely has some character. It's dark and malty, rich and drinkable. This isn't the best RIS out there but it ain't bad either. It's worth checking out.

tdm168, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Syncro-Vox
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Syncro-Vox, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a soapy, tan head. Acidity and toasted malt combines to make a pleasant black olive-esque aroma. Black. Starts with an acidic, toasted malt. There is a medium hoppiness. Finish is lightly burnt coffee and toasted malt.

Not too shabby. Not overly aggressive on any fronts (an a medium thickness) so it's nothing amazing, but it's definitely solid.

TheSSG, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of coffee and molasses
T: Roasted malt, dark coffee, cocoa and brown sugar
M: Medium-bodied, balanced, a bit bitter
O: A very solid RIS. Wish this were available in Ohio as I'd drink it often

ONUMello, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Roland
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Roland, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

BeerNoobNC, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Georgiabeer, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Sampled October 2014 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hints of chocolate and hops.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination strong malts & coffee, with a little bitterness from the hops. I will buy this again.

JJKBeerLvr, Oct 27, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

MattScratch, Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Christov, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

TimHitchings, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

indy351, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

NonicPanic, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

psmith161, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

superspak, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Mlawrence, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pro_Magnon, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of richj1970
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

richj1970, Aug 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Asrugan, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JamesBell, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of GallowsThief
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

GallowsThief, Jul 27, 2014
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Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
89 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.