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

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 5, 2013
9.3Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Super dark brown color with a huge fluffy dark beige head that stays. Dark chocolate aromas, cocoa nibs, vanilla, marzipan and some roasted wood. Sweet chocolaty flavor, dark fruits, lo bitterness, espresso, some alcohol and vanilla. Med-full body, surprisingly fizzy, somewhat creamy and quite rich.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gegwilson (2102) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Pours black with decent tan head. Fantastic coffee and cocolate flavours before a big bitter licorice finish. This is really rich and delicious. Very close to perfection. Jut a touch of harshness on the finish, which might be sorted out by ageing. Ill have to get a few more bottle to find out!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15041) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Cask at Pigs Ear 2013. Boozy too hot. Some intense dark chocolate. Quite whisky like. Ok but not my thing just way too whisky boozy. Some paper. Some choc.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
11/30/13 $6.99 cool looking expensive bottle from CBO. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a big fluffy tan head. Smelled mostly of dark fruit with slight chocolate and coffee. Taste was similar with hints of licorice. Mouthfeel was average. I love a good RIS and was very excited for this especially with the cost but found it average at best ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Draft. Dark maroon brown color, brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit. Tast is cocoa, anise, coffee, figs. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (421) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet roast malts and a hint of fruit. Taste is rich chocolate, espresso and and brown sugar. Some licorice, raisin and cinammon as well. A touch of booze, but decently well-disguised. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Shared a cool-looking little 9.3oz brown bottle (#048498) with gregwilsonstl. It poured opaque black with thin but persistent tan foam, some sticky lace. Aromas of toast, roasted barley, alcohol, hints of raisins, raspberries. Strong fruity flavours: dried apricots, pears, plum sauce. Strong caramelized sugar flavours, toffee, molasses. Bready, nutty. Heavy body and full mouthfeel, below-average carbonation. Complex and tasty, but rough-around-the-edges, Im sure it would benefit from aging. A bit too boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Lovely. Bottle at Lincoln Wine bar. Oily black. Big brown head. Aroma has chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is semi-sweet with notes of alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malt, leading to a dry, slightly toasted finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Orlando. Nice two finger foamy head. Nice big aroma of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Creamy texture. Medium bodied at least. Kind of like a roasted malt/warming alchohol milkshake. Frothy yumminess. I wonder if Catherine the Great put down her vodka for good after drinking this stuff. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4101) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle ($7): Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is raisin, roasted malt, sugar, coffee, and a pinch of booze. Taste is somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Not really much on the bitter side. Lots of dark fruity flavors, coupled with a light alcohol burn. (2012 Vintage).


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