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

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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pleasant and a good sipper. Strong roasted and woody aroma. Kind of musty. Very dark and looked thick with a small head. Typical thick palate with lower carbonation. Roasted and coffee flavors with maybe a little smokiness. Well balanced. Alcohol was hidden well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8493) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Cask, GBBF 2013, thanks to Kjell for sharing. Opaque jet black body. Naked surface. Roasted dark caramel and chocolate on the nose. Confectionery taste with hints of anise, dried fruits, and coffee. Gentle roasted, dark malty ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Fine night cap to round off the second day at the festival (London Olympia 14.08.2013).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3242) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
11.2 ounce bottle. Dark brown to black pour. Beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla. Some raisin comes through in the taste. Very good. Surprised at how tasty this beer is.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2156) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2013
275ml bottle. Very dark brown, close to black. Medium light beige fine head. Soft subdued licorice and chocolate aroma. Nice roasted malts. Velvety texture. Raisins. Rich flavours. Nice smooth texture. Chocolate and raisins and roasted malts. A really really well made Russian Imperial Stout. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke. Flavor si roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Medium to heavy body, with a slightly bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1048) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2013
2012,Pours dark brownish black with low head. Aroma is huge roast, coffee, chocolate. Taste is very nice roast and coffee with a touch of heat, great stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
Pours black with a medium compact tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, hazelnuts, honey, dark berries. Taste is very well balanced with vanilla upfront, and right after chocolate, hazelnuts, slight blueberry notes. Really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 28, 2013
Black pour, tan head. Roasted malt, aniseed, chicory, espresso, chocolate. Meaty with low carbonation. Nice balance of flavour and aromas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10650) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Cask conditioned at Peterborough Beer Fest ’13. Black with slight cream head. Super smooth but highly alcoholic in character, lots of plummy fruit notes, some coffee, some liquorice. Heavy old stuff, but worth the effort.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft roast dark malts... Little fizzy... Light meaty malts... Little salty... Dark malts... Rich roast... Nice... Heavy malts...


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