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

bottled
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RATINGS: 508   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4478) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle 0.275l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Real Ale Festival 2014. BBE 02/09/26. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5602) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet syrupy notes, dark chocolate, coffee and oak. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with notes of syrup and chocolate. Finish is Strong and slightly roasty with some syrupy notes. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
27,5 cl bottle @ Gallows Bird ⅩⅦ Real Ale Festival, BBE 02.09.2026
Aroma has herbal tones, some salty licorice and cocoa-like sweetness. Flavour has salty licorice, sweet cocoa and some herbal tones. Too salty but not bad still.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9262) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a black with with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has smooth and creamy dark grains with a hint of roast and bitter chocolate. Flavor is full of smooth dark grains with a growing bitter chocolate and a bit of roast.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours black. Nose is sharp roasted acrid malts, fruity, and a touch rubbery. Flavor is roast, chocolate, acrid malts, off musty dusty flavors, rubbery fresh tires. Medium body and pretty darn unpleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (970) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
275ml bottle from Tesco. Black with a tan head. Bitter dark chocolate aroma. Mocha soy sauce, burnt treacle and smoky tar flavour. Not an easy drink, but worthwhile.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (461) - - JAN 17, 2014
Flavors of cherry, dark chocolate and a healthy dose of brown sugar. As it warms, raisins, plums, alcohol and black licorice come out. Velvety feel and smooth carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1119) - - JAN 11, 2014
Had a couple times now. Black pour, surprisingly. Big roasted cocoa aroma. Taste is cocoa powder, roasted malt, milk chocolate, char, coffee ground, black liquorice. Full body. Really, you had it and you loved it and wrote a 9 paragraph essay about it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Tesco - 2013 Vintage; BBE Sept 2026; Drank Dec 2013 - Pitch Black in colour. Very malty; rich, roasty malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, caramel, smoke. Quite salty and spicy. Fruity; dried fruits, raisins, pear overtones. Hoppy; resiny hops. Alcohol warming but not overpowering. Roast malty fruity and very dry throughout; initially sweet but increasingly bitter into the finish. Really enjoyed this. Terrific Impy Stout!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Pitch black with half a finger of tan head. Very rich chocolate malt and roasted aroma, leading to sticky espresso notes and toasted earthy spices. Good medium carbonation for the style and a body leaning on the heavier side. Solid layers of chocolate, smoke and oily coffee, followed by a fairly noticeable alcohol warmth. Just prior to the finish a faint but notable sweet fruitiness helps to try and balance the richness of the aforementioned flavors.


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