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

BA SCORE
88
very good
196 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Your Black Heart Russian Imperial StoutYour Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Dempsey's
Georgia, United States
odempseys.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by elgiacomo on 11-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brentbowden
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of 40ozofGore
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of marley2112
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ChrisRoemer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SMKilp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CanMan79
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

 968 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  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.

 807 characters

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of neckbracesub
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of csparace
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up back home as I sampled all the local flavors. Currently working as my night cap and is working perfectly for that task!

Smell (4.25) – The biggest thing present here is chocolates and roasted grains. Hints of fruits and coffee notes. The smell makes me think its going to be sweet and even a little milky. Once it's poured the coffee notes come out a bit more. If you really really look for it you can potentially smell alcohol – or something else that smells similar.

Appearance (4.00) – Pours a pith black tar with a two finger nutty brown head. No light penetrates. Huge active bubbles in the head which comes down quickly. Once the head comes down you can see slight amounts of carbonation coming to the top.

Taste (4.25) – Initial impression is that of roasted grains and coffee with a hit of hops. The coffee fades while the roast continues. The hops come out more a few seconds later. A slight smoke feel is present throughout. The roasted flavors are huge in this beer but not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – This stout has a moderate thickness. Lips are decently sticky. Its definitely a slow drinker but not to the extent that you're chewing it.

Overall (4.00) The main idea of this beer seems to be in the bitterness that the roasted body delivers. It's pretty satisfying as a stout and delivers a complexity that includes chocolates and coffee.

 1,398 characters

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of horshack7
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark in fact down right black. The head is a dark beige pushing brown.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate with some milk sugars. Light char, dark roasted hops with a floral note. A few dark fruits in the back.

Taste: Very malty in the front that has so many chocolate malts. Silky smooth mouthfeel, hops are roasted very dark. Milk sugars, and some char.

Notes: Very tasty all over and would pick this one up again. Cheers.

 463 characters

Photo of bcm75
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bacasnax
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of PatDow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout from O'Dempsey's
3.94 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe