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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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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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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 MyKroberts237

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-23-2012 15:35:42 | More by MyKroberts237
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:13:25 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of GetTheYayo


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12oz. bottle from Hop City in Atlanta for $1.99. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with roughly an inch of dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Mild espresso, cocoa, and a whisper of peanut. Dark fruit and chocolate comes through the more it warms.

Taste: Bitter chocolate presents strongly with faint espresso notes accented nicely by hints of fig. At 8% ABV alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, semi-heavy.

Overall: A simple, solid stout. Not the best I've had, but definitely not bad. Would drink again. Plus it's a local beer, and I like to support local breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 04:29:17 | More by GetTheYayo
Photo of LouDogg114


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-20-2012 22:47:38 | More by LouDogg114
Photo of sendsilk


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in my annual visit to North Carolina. I have never seen or heard of this beer before. After reviewing my notes, I did have the 2 other offerings by this brewery at this same time last year.

I did not look at any reviews on this beer before reviewing so this should be pretty unbiased:

A- Nice, very dark pour with some nice lacing. Seems a bit high on carbonation.

S- I'm a little excited now since I have let it warm for about 10 minutes. I am seriously getting a very strong smell of peanuts from this beer. If there is an excellent stout and someone added peanuts/peanut butter to it, I would absolutely hunt it down.

T- A little bit of a let down on the PB, but pretty solid none the less. I'm pretty impressed by how easily I could easily knock of this bottle.

M- Nice. Who cares, I can taste peanut butter in this beer!

O- I will have to pick up some more of these in the next week that I am here!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:26:09 | More by sendsilk
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your Black Heart, 12-oz bottle bought at The Charleston Beer Exchange.

Appearance: Served in a plastic glass at a cheap motel near Savannah, Georgia, YBH comes with less than a finger of persistent head that lasts forever. Great lacing too. Black color throughout.

Smell: Roasty-toasty, burnt grains, coffee, oatmeal, Midwest agriculture and campfire.

Taste: Chocolate powder, dairy, milk. Tastes like a milk stout! Super smooth, some hops on the back. Watery coffee, a tad too thin at the end.

Mouthfeel: Too low on carbonation, but good flavor and body. Milky, creamy, smooth, never dry. If anything, too watery around the edges.

Overall: Drinkable, pleasant enough, unremarkable but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:17:56 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2012 23:47:15 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of ColSanders123


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-26-2012 03:12:12 | More by ColSanders123
Photo of jriggins6


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-15-2012 12:57:00 | More by jriggins6
Photo of avalon07

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 CelticAleMan


4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-14-2012 04:16:20 | More by CelticAleMan
Photo of OldTime


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-06-2012 04:37:57 | More by OldTime
Photo of ThickNStout


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99/ 4 pack. From the initial bottling batch released 10/2011. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers thick mocha head. The froth recedes within a few minutes but leaves a few spots of lacing here and there. 

Smells of roast, chocolate and coffee. Overall smooth and subtle with some dark fruits noticable as it warms. 

Taste follows the nose- nice roast malts hit first with a pleasing blend of bittersweet cocoa, mild coffee and molasses mixed in. Slight plum/ raisin and almost leathery (in a good way) notes. Obviously well-hopped with a long, balanced bitter aftertaste. The relatively low abv (for a Russian Imperial) is covered by the layers of flavor. 

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is good and mellow. It could stand to be thicker but it's quite drinkable as-is. 

I'm glad I waited 6 months to review this. I enjoyed it fresh but time has really helped the overall feel and blend of flavors- making it rich, creamy and pleasing. While I'd be lying if I said this is the best RIS available, it is a solid brew and my favorite of O'Dempsey's releases (with the exception of the one-off collaboration with Jailhouse Brewing, "Community Service" Wee Heavy- that stuff was/is outstanding!). Like most stouts, if you have the patience to wait a few months to enjoy Your Black Heart you'll be duly rewarded. I'm happy to have a few more from the same batch downstairs "developing" for a later date

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:18:44 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of wolfeman007

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-27-2012 23:41:41 | More by wolfeman007
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle....it pours jet black, like you would expect with a creamy brown head - larger than you'd expect for an Imperial Stout. The dissipates quickly but around 1/2 inch stays around, along with decent lacing. The nose is somewhat mild, but include roasted malt, smoke, and coffee along with a hint of alcohol. The taste is abrupt and includes bitter chocolate and coffee and then finishes somewhat cleanly for a big stout. The mouth is a little watery for the style. Not bad, I've certainly had many better, but this is a very drinkable stout for the ABV, which is well-hidden. Solid, but not special.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:02:39 | More by raszputini
Photo of LJWalker


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-18-2012 02:56:57 | More by LJWalker
Photo of BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-11-2012 03:48:10 | More by BenTherHppedThat
Photo of RescueKitty


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured black like motor oil-old motor oil. I mean this is totally opaque in the glass. Even held up to the light, I can see nothing but black, so it's aptly named. Has a half imch dark brown head. Smells nice and roasty, but not too strong. Faintly floral over the coffee base. Mouthfeel is creamy but not too thick. Taste is overwhelmingly dark, rich coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There's a nice high note of hops and a bitter, dry finish. This very drinkable as the lower ABV of 8.0% is well hidden. I was pleasently surprised by this beer. As it warms, the favors really stand out. Thankfully, it is not sweet but nicely bittered.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 21:44:22 | More by RescueKitty
Photo of Sparrow

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-12-2012 01:25:23 | More by Sparrow
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 FalconA


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-01-2012 02:36:11 | More by FalconA
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-18-2012 04:40:21 | More by Daniellobo
Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
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