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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Dempsey's visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 11-08-2011)
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Reviews by zuperman:
Photo of zuperman
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Imperial. Nice balance and taste. Not too high abv. The coffee notes in the smell are great and the bittersweet taste from the dark chocolate masks the alcohol perfectly. Pour it to sip in enjoy!

zuperman, Jan 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first O'Dempsy beer to try,brewed at Thomas Creek.Poured into a nonic jet black I mean no light getting thru this beer,a thick one finger deep mocha colored head atop.Aromas are really light for the style and ABV. of the beer,faint cocoa and even more faint roast,I hate to give it such a low score but I have to.Alot of roasted char on the palate with a little sweet alcohol and bitter chocolate,very much like a French Roast coffee with a bit of chocolate.It's not bad it lacks in some crucial things but I kinda liked it,it's pretty easy to drink for the style.

oberon, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

OhioBobcat, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jefftuck47, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

This is a thick, black liquid that was completely opaque even in a rather thin glass in bright sunlight. It pours with a large near-creamy head.

Aroma: very dark and some near-burnt malts, with tones of burnt toast. Something unusual here that I did not find objectionable, but couldn't put my finger on.

Taste: An extreme richness that is not too surprising given the thick pour and deep roasted aroma. Loads of dark roasted grains with overtones of coffee, smoke, spicy hops, and burnt toast. Rather minimal chocolate. A bit too strong for me (I know, some people think a RIS can't be too strongly flavored), but does leave a very long-lasting finish, with clear notes of coffee and burnt toast.

M: very full body with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: a bit too rich for me, at least with the burnt tones. Taste reminded me of Founders Imperial Stout (although the aroma was different).

chinchill, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ltdantheman, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of SMKilp
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

whatname, Sep 08, 2013
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 socon67
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark inky black pour. Foam retention is good. Thick and coates the glass.

S - Strong smell of cocoa powder and chocolate. Rich dark malts give a slight smoky smell. As it warmed in the glass, this smelled even stronger of chocolate.

T - Flavor was not quite as strong as the smell, but did have notcieable flavors of chocolate. A mrich malt flavor gave the a "big" stout taste, though there was no warming burn and the ABV was hidden.

M - A big stout that was east to enjoy and not really a sipper. Might be a bit thin for some stout lovers, but was quite drinkable.

O - Glad to have a frined share this one. Haven't heard of this brewery before.

socon67, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Asrugan
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Asrugan, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

FalconA, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

poopsmitherson, Jan 07, 2013
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
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
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

cyrushire, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

wolfeman007, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Used motor oil black/brown, nice layer of light brown head.

Aroma, roast malt, some earthy peat, chocolates. Some herbal hoppy notes.

Taste, it is quite chocolatey. Caramel and roast malt as well. Cocoa finish, not too much coffee or roast here. Just a faint hop bitterness, more from a bitter chocolate though.

A little thin to carry all that sweetness, otherwise mid bodied and fairly easy to drink. Abv not noticeable.

If it had just a little more heft to it, would not mind having again. More like an American Double since it doesn't have the hop bitterness.

Bung, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

dvmin98, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of TSJ4000
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah. I'm going to have to say this is a bitchin' Russian Imperial Stout. Rich and creamy and hop freshness on the finish which keeps this refreshing for a RIS. A+ This beer is not syrupy at all. Boy, this is pitch black with a touch of mahogony on the outer edges. Several really tight lacing rings make this beer awesome. I'm buying these little 4pks again.

TSJ4000, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Devi0us, Aug 04, 2013
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Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.