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

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: elgiacomo on 11-08-2011

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2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Sludgy, oily black on the pour. The tan head sputters out almost instantly. Spotty and patchy lacing.

S: Fudgy, brownie batter, semi-sweet dark chocolate. Touch of smoke, mild char, coffee roast. Salty/mineral. Dried fig and dried apple.

T: Soy sauce and a brine-like saltiness right up front. A slight rubbery flavor could be coming from a high phenol spike or just some heavily charred malts. Fudge, brownie batter, smoke, deep roasted malt char and soot. Fig and apple fruitiness. Long roasted malt finish of char and chocolate, but unfortunately a slightly distracting solventy alcohol taste follows into the finish as well.

M: Slick, sludgy body. Thick and chewy. Weighty and a little viscous. Light prickling carbonation. This part is done very well.

O: This beer has a lot of potential. You can tell there's some real greatness underneath the flaws. Looks like they just need to nail down their quality control.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown/black with about a half finger of brown head. Foam lacing sticks on the inside of the glass leaving a nice ring after sipping.

S - Notes of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Surprisingly sweet at first but moves into a roasty mocha coffee finish. Also has a yeasty overtone and leaves a bitter finish.

M - Not as creamy as i would have liked but it warms the mouth, excellent for a chilly night.

O - For my taste, I prefer a little less of the chocolate and roast, but for a dessert or cold occasion I would definitely look this beer up again.

Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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).

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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