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

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Your Black Heart Russian Imperial StoutYour Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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 brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tar black, with an inch of tan foam on top; a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Dark chocolate syrup, with a hints of caramel and tobacco

Taste: Dark chocolate dominates, with hints of caramel, tobacco and vanilla, in the middle; the caramel and vanilla come through with more vigor in the finish, but this is still a very chocolatey stout

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and somewhat creamy; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: More like an American double stout than an RIS, this is a nice beer for what it is though it lacks the depth and complexity of others in either the American or RIS styles

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:28:40 | More by brentk56
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, black body with a slow-growing, didn't-get-there, short-lived, cafe head.

Smell: Roasted malts scattered with distilled alcohol and some portions of dark chocolate, though not quite as much that plays in the taste. Faint, underlying resinous hops and dark fruit esters with some late-breaking graham cracker.

Taste: Squares of dark chocolate fused to black coffee-accented, hard roasted malts and joined by sweet burnt caramel. Plump grape dark fruitiness. A small pinch of Captain Black pipe tobacco. Hop flavor is somewhat masked by the heavy maltiness, but the bitterness comes through abetted by a bit of astringency from the roasted grains and egged on the alcohol. Another thoughtful round of roast, chocolate, and dark fruits nearing the enduring finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fairly decent imperial stout. Some time in the cellar may benefit this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:41:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 22:58:52 | More by oberon
Photo of JAHMUR


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-23-2013 01:51:17 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan to mocha head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall a very light aroma to this beer which is surprising for the style. There are very light aromas of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some dark fruits.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of charred roasted malts with some lighter flavors of bittersweet chocolate and light hints of dark fruit (red grape) sweetness. Overall this beer has moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not bad but I wish that the smell matched in the intensity of the taste of the beer. There are some good notes but it needs to have the alcohol a little more well hidden and a little more sweetness to balance the beer out.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:53:19 | More by dbrauneis
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-20-2012 05:13:07 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown; clear with a tan head. Leaves a good amount of lace on the snifter, and looks very nice.

Aroma: Consisting of roasted malts, dark fruits, smoke and alcohol. Also kind of has a woodsy hint to it as well.

Taste: Robustly malty, reminiscent of a strong coffee. Mild citrusy hop flavor, but fairly bitter. Malts have some peat and nutty cocoa notes. Alcohol is present but well tempered. This imperial stout is warming and tastes quite nice.

Feel: Full bodied, well carbonation. Malty sugars linger into the finish along with some smoke, like sweetened coffee.

Overall: A nice beer brewed by Thomas Creek, O Dempseys must be contract brewed. Thomas Creek seems to do a lot of that, they need to get credited for their work on this site. Good recipe, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:11:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-15-2013 15:00:19 | More by BillRoth
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:08:56 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-27-2013 21:44:49 | More by Kelp
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-09-2012 19:12:19 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-22-2013 14:08:53 | More by PEIhop
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:57:32 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-21-2013 22:51:18 | More by rolltide8425
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South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, malt, and a little dark fruit.

T: Tasted of coffee (though not as much as I would have thought), a hint of chocolate, malt, hops, and possibly a little dark fruit. Doesn't have quite the punch that a lot of RISs have. Not a bad flavor, but closer in character to a typical American stout.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A decent enough beer with some good attributes, but there are other Russian Imperial Stouts I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 12:05:14 | More by avalon07
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and notes of sweet chocolate. In the taste, a sweet dark chocolate malt. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small sweet chocolate malt in the aftertaste. Big chocolate and nice coffee presence in the end, a super nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 16:32:13 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has firm tones of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with hints of licorice and anchovies. It pours a rich, opaque coffee brown just a hair above black with a thick, fairly persistent tan head. Flavor has notes of roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses with hints of licorice, anchovy and hops and just a touch of sweetness. Full-bodied texture is fizzy and lively, quite satisfying. Definitely fit for royalty!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:40:15 | More by Cyberkedi
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2013 03:05:10 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of aasher


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a full bodied dark chocolate black with a nice one finger, foamy dark khaki head. The nose is soft and full of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malt. The flavors too, loads of milk chocolate. It's smooth and bitterness is minimal. If a chocolate bomb is what they were aiming for then they nailed it. It is just so smooth and easy to drink. It's big but the alcohol isn't present at all. I don't know if its 100% up to RIS standards but its definitely a solid imperial stout. If you're looking for chocolate then definitely try this out. It's a great bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 04:59:53 | More by aasher
Photo of rudzud


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a nice pitch black hue with a thin one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket, but not much side lacing.

S - Aromas of big, strong dark chocolate. Heavy swirls bring out sweeter dark fruits, faint roast, light nuttiness, brownie batter aroma. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste is much more smokey/roasty , the big dark chocolate is still there, but the dark fruits are more assertive as well. A bit more harmonious than the nose, the alcohol was hidden well though is a bit noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, alcohol hidden nicely, quite drinkable.

O - Overall, this was a tasty RIS. Wish the taste was a bit more chocolate heavy. Not a bad RIS though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:46:11 | More by rudzud
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-12-2014 03:59:39 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 23:13:40 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dropped into the snifter with some chunk; a nice sludgy black with about a half of an inch of mocha foam. Looked really thick coming out of the bottleneck.

I smell creme de cacao, plummy fruits, heavy roast, milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, and a light backdraft of booze and piney hops. The hops are overpowered by creamy dark malts that have a berry fruitiness and some mild coffee after-effects.

Big and burly with espresso-laced cocoa, dried berries, and a lactic sweetness; but, not to outdo huge roast bitterness and peat. There's some nice, simple hop character both upfront and in the finish; mostly of the pine variety, but offering even more earthy notes. Almost tastes minerally like the way topsoil smells. I really enjoy how beefy this is on its own. Quite excellent.

There are some big bubbles in here and it really stirs up the body, which is nice and thick, but not one of the thickest. There's a lovely mouth-coat upon the sip, but the loud carbonation is exactly that. Still has a great feel with a warming alcohol that does its job for a lower-tiered strength R.I.S.

Awesome chocolate notes and big-time Imperial Stout flavor and body make this a superior offering. This beer should have more reviews than it does, because I have a feeling that it's the cream of the crop from this brewing company and an excellent example to compare many other Russian Imperial Stouts to. Not to say that it's average, just that it executes in all of the qualities a RIS should have, but isn't showy or exceptional. It's close, however, where the only fault is a bustling effervescence and a coming-up-short lack of great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:31:41 | More by thecheapies
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:32:38 | More by Bung
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-19-2013 17:25:12 | More by MSandahl23
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Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.