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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7910) - 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 (9816) - 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 (1000) - 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 (464) - - 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 (1248) - - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1568) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2014
275ml bottle from Tesco, courtesy of Mark Allender on the 1st January 2014. Pours oily black with a thin dark tan head. Strong aroma of black coffee and soy sauce. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex gives strong rich flavours of black coffee, burnt treacle, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate. There is a faint suggestion of spicy hop resins hidden in the short bitter aftertaste but this fades fast as malt powers through into the finish. Strong, dry notes of liquorice, soy sauce, toasted almonds and ground coffee beans are full on in the mouth at the end. This was a decent Imperial Stout and a great find by MA as the local Tesco stock rapidly ran out.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Lovely peppery almost sickly sweet around. Dark chocolatey malts with hint of vanilla. Very dark brown. Surprisingly light head. Full brown malty nutty flavor with thick mouthfeel. The strength of the alcohol is visible but goes so well the the nutty flavours and texture. Fantastic effort from courage.


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