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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 438   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle from ales unlimited sf. Pours a nice rich dark black with medium bodied tan head that quickly dissipates. Coffee aroma, didn’t pick up anything else really. Mildly bitter. A nice RIS

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2013

Bottle 275ml. @ home.

Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, burnt, alcohol, light prune. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130226]

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (309) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Here I was expecting to be disappointed. I mean, come on, originally brewed for some long dead monarch... who gives a f***? Must have been written by a marketing wanker with trendy sideburns, right? Well, maybe. But this is a hugely delicious, well balanced, full-figured stout. What a nice surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2013
27.5cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Gnoff. Bottle #159076. Brune foncée, col beige-moka laissant une belle pellicule dorée au verre. Arôme est malté, grillé, fruité noir, léger chocolat, malt crystal, noir et sucre résiduel. Palais est épais avec une pointe de malt ajoutant une amertume modérée. Le tout est splendide avec u stout dans la plus pure tradition anglaise. Note de café et de grillé couplé à un malt plus dans les tons pâle. Pointe fruité noire, palais sec, avec un rappel presque de fudge et biscuité. Collant au lèvres.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March. BB 16/08/25. Bottle no 159076. 2012 vintage. Sampled on June 9, 2013.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, alcohol, dark dried fruits, milky scent. Alcohol, toffee, sweet, roasted, bitter cocoa, caramel taste. Warming alcohol. Bitter cocoa and spicy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, a little peat, and dark red fruits on the finish. Nice. Black with a small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a solid RIS with good aroma and drink-ability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (2412) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a beige head. Dark dried fruits, spicy, coffee aroma. Similar flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle, poured in a tulip and appears black with a medium to large lasting brown head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, malt. Flavor is roast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium to full body. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1855) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. There is not much on the nose with this one. Burnt malts and hay perhaps. The body and palette are really good. This is a little less assertive than the super Impys that are coming out these days but maybe that is closer to the style in the end. Overall its a solid impy and a living piece of brewing history. A bit over priced for what it is but its still good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1077) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Deep dark brown with a big beige head that slowly fades down to a film. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, toffee, and figs. Taste is smoke, wood, dark fruits, alcohol, and molasses. Alcohol is somewhat numbing on the tongue and warms on the way down.


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