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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As Originally brewed in 1795 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Enjoy now or allow to mature in the cellar.
Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh smokey, fruity finish.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - very dark brown with tan head. Impressive aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruit. Full bodied, sweet, sour, bitter, excellent mouthfeel. Nice bitterness in the long finish. Well hidden alcohol, just a slight warming. Can’t believe it was being sold reduced to £1 at Tesco. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2011 bottle. Black with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel and coffee in the nose. Very smooth coco/coffee flavor with a slight bitterness at the end. Wow this is good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Namlig (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Draft version tasted a few days ago in New York at Rattle n Hum. Delicious and very full-tasted, bitter matching the heavy body. Chocolate, treacle, a slight musty note from good age on it. Absolutely first class, still the standard to beat.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerandhockey8 (335) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
From 12oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a dark brown color, with a thick khaki head. You can tell how thick this beer is even just in the pour. Nose is insane; huge coffee, espresso, heavily roasted malt, leather, molasses, black licorice, chocolate. Also lighter notes of fruit. Taste is a heavy body, sour mostly but sweet notes coming through to round it out. Thick motor oil texture, but an unbelievable balance. Sometimes these beers can be overpowering, this one is dangerously drinkable. Amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3099) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: roasted, coffee malts, dark fruits, prune ?. Appearance: clear black, large creamy head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: long, slightly bitter finish, complex flavours, dark chocolate, caramels. Overall: Great Imperial Stout, fantastic flavours. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (604) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2014
Less bitter than I expected, less coffee too. Might have done with a lift in the middle. This is one of the best british beers I had in a long time,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (9629) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice. Flavor is roasted malt, licorice, caramel, little chocolate, some dark fruit, booze. Medium body, soft carbonation, rather bitter finish with some alcohol. 050214

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (16690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. 050214

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (14622) - DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, 10%. Very dark brown with tiny head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and bread. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, medium sweet, dusty, hop, little liquorice and a little bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16187) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are soy, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and has a light earthy finish.


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