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Courage Russian Imperial Stout (- 2003)

Formerly brewed at John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Note: This beer is retired and new bottles should not be rated here but instead under the Wells and Young or Thornbridge entry. Bottle conditioned. Appeared in the cask at GBBF in 2003 after being brewed in a secret location in Scotland. Last known brewery for the bottled product is John Smith’s Tadcaster brewery.
Ingredients: Pale, Amber, Black and Pilsner malts; 16% sugar; caramel; Target hops - 25lb per barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lym_flyer (24) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
Bottle shared with Chris and Ann at Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Vintage 1993. Label states ’Brewed in the UK, Courage, Staines, Middlesex’. Pours deep brown-black with very little head. Aroma of old leather. Tastes of chocolate, prunes, raisins, plums, dark fruits, berries. Like a fine old Port. Very little carbonation left, but it is still delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8080) - ITALY - JAN 12, 2016
1993 thanks alex bottle dark flat malty oxidation marsala vinous malty chocolate almost dry Scura piatta vinosa ossidazione marsala buona maltatura leggero liquoroso filo tostature leggero cioccolato amaro abbastanza contenuto non molto corpo piuttosto morbida

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6574) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle shared at Paul’s 10K tasting. No ABV stated. This 1977 vintage was brewed by "Courage Limited" rather than the brewer currently stated. Black, decent foamy tan head, dotted lacing. Aroma is meaty, wet dog, cheddar and dark chocolate. Aged, and not that inviting. Body is medium, smooth, rounded. Taste is earthy, chocolate, plastic, rubber, woody and slightly sour. A complex flavour. Nice, and still drinkable after all this time. Has always been a big want, and was very interesting to dry - didn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (6732) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle shared at Paul’s 10k tasting in London. Many many thanks to Danny for the vintage (1977) tick. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly dusty malty sweet dark fruits. Taste is light sweet boozy with cherries and cardboard. Rum cherries and booze. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle shared during Scopey’s 10k - many thanks to Daniel. Vintage 1977. Pours deep brown-black with a creamy tan head. The aroma holds charred wood, scorched earth, iodine. Medium sweet flavor with nice meaty chocolate character, roast, prunes, raisins, plums. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Ashy roast in the finish, bitter charcoal, baking cocoa, scorched earth, leathery dark fruits, berries. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle big thanks to Dirty Danny at my 10K tasting. It pours pretty much black with a decent tan head. The nose is rich, umami, must, sweet dark fruit, fruit cake, dark chocolate, risen chocolate chew, marmite and light oxidised notes. The taste is rich, oily, bitter roast, dark chocolate, umami, chewiness, light ash, some oxidised notes, salted caramel, liquorice and marmite with a dry, rich finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Has aged pretty well actually. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, thanks to Daniel, 1977 vintage, 26/11/15. Light black with a decent tan covering, appearance has held up well. Nose is soy sauce, chocolate fondue, caramel, light cheese, musty dark fruit rinds. Taste comprises light cocoa powder, spice, umami, touch of soy, dark fruits, earthy, malt, fruit cake. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with a touch of alcohol. Decent for age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at craig’s, 1976 version. Pours black, nose is chocolate, soy sauce, wood, taste is sweet, chocolate, toffee, light smoke, soy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geovanicalixto (36) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - APR 14, 2015
Aroma adocicado. Coloração escura com espuma amarronzada persistente. Dulçor predominante no início com leve tom cítrico e baixa carbonatação. Seguido por tabaco e leve nota de chocolate. Intenso gosto alcoólico final com retrogosto de café torrado.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2014
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet, like prunes yes, musty. Taste is well balanced and yes more prunes. Sweet with a bitter kick then the alcohol really hits the back of the throat. Chocolate and prune aftertaste

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