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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 428   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (648) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2012 Vintage Aroma is dominated by dark chocolate and moderate coffee and espresso. moderate fruit character including cherry, plum and pear. Light smokiness and low alcohol note. Really nice complex malt aroma. Pours black with some dark brown notes on the edges. Moderately thick mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. Light lacing. Flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate, roast and light smoke. The roast is dark coffee with a light smoked meat quality. Moderate fruit quality with cherry, plum, prune and berry. Some smokiness in the finish with a bit of an ashy character. Medium low bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Low creaminess. Overall a very nice imperial stout with good malt complexity that is well balanced with the fruitiness from the yeast. The chocolate and roast are well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4788) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle of Im guessing 2012 vintage, bottle #53196 purchased at Ale Wine & Spirits. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, raisin, chocolate, creamy vanilla and light roast. Malty and raisiny flavor with some alcohol before a chocolatey and roasty finish. Different, and pretty nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This dessert of an Imperial Stout joins prunes, milk chocolate, roasted cereals and caramel, leading them to a heavy yet harmonious finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-This lacks hop character in the finish (for my tastes in the style).
-Carbonation is rather low, which makes the sweetness feel heavier.
-The nose is very expressive and predicts the sweet onslaught.
-Unripe pears also appear in the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Traded bottle with a best before date, 19/09/24, sometime after my youngest would graduate college. Ill be honest, I thought this would be a little lackluster just because it is comes from just a large producer but this was really tasty. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Maybe a touch boozey but good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee, fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (675) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown to black in color with a large dense beige head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, black coffee, dry dark chocolate and light berry notes. The flavor is big roasted malts, char, black coffee, dark chocolate and some berry notes throughout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (788) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Average head, not creamy at all. Sturdy body with smoke and floral tones. Dark roast coffee in the flavor, and a good portion of hops. Gives a fresher impressions than Guinness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
9.3oz. bottle. Pours dark black with a thick tan head that persists. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and soy sauce. Taste is roasted malt, char, licorice, soy sauce, and alcohol. Pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2012 Vintage, Bottle #070749. Black color with a small head. Strong sweet malt aroma with light cocoa. Very malty flavor. Light sherry, cocoa and coffee. Some alcohol noticeable. Very full bodied, yet quite carbonated.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
podol666 (8) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013 does not count
This courage stout is nice beer but to sweet. Nice deep colour but to haevy on stomach. I had few not its not good after r pints haha. Any way you have to try


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