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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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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
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boynton Beach, FL. 2012. Pours a deep black oil in a small snifter at home. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight coffee, oak barrel, and booze. The taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak barrel, booze, and slight anise. Great balance of flavors. Almost room temp it really shined. Medium to full body, boozy finish with deep malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle, Tesco, Bidston. I was very surprised and happy to stumble across a box of this waiting to be put out on the shelves at my local Tesco. Poured nigh on black with a medium tan head. Aroma had notes of molasses, roast, dark choc and dark fruit. Full and rich flavour with fairly prominent booze and notes of chocolate, roasted malts coffee and vanilla. Quite a treat and a bargain at £2 a bottle. I went back for more that weekend but alas it was all gone and has never been seen again. Sob.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (590) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Small bottle to snifter. Thick black pour. Sweet roast aroma with a hint of booze. Flavor is spectacular blend of roast, malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Smooth luscious and creamy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1273) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
275mL bottle BB 02/09/26!!! Pitch black body, holds a good sized dense tan head for the duration. Aroma quite different from most (imperial) stouts: dried fig & sultana, burnt toffee, cocoa, vinous red fruits, charred woody notes, almost a hint of Brett-like horsey/cooked pineapple note!? Full rich body, moderate carbonation, nice creamy texture to it. Palate opens out with good measures of charred toast, roast nuts, espresso, burnt sugars & molasses, with dried fruit & smokey, phenolic woody undertones. Moderately bitter finish, dries out with some warmth. Quite a different Imperial Stout, quite savoury. Would be interesting to see how it ages...not sure I would be willing to wait 13 years though!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1909) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
October 31, 2014 - bottle shared by Jake. Dark brown pour with limited head. Aroma was smoke, roasted malt and coffee. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had a mild fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, chocolate malt aroma, taste is bitter with roasted malt aroma,with a dry bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (964) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 275ml bottle served in a mug like glass. A: Pours a dark brown color forming a big and solid dark beige head. Excellent retention and tons of thick, creamy and lingering lacings left in the glass S: Sweet. Chocolate cake. Strong notes of roasted malts. Licorice, Oreo and espresso. Dark dry fruits. Light notes of dyacetil. Very earthy and a bit booze in the end T: Slightly sweet. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, dark dry fruits. Brown bread and earthy yeasts. Intense bitterness, a mix of roasted malts and herby hops M: Creamy, heavy full body. Medium to low carbonation. Dry, bitter and roasted aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Russian Imperial Stout [ BA Review @ 8/14/2014 ]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
pours black with no head of lacing. aroma is grape, wood, tobacco and spice. taste has notes of Timothy hay and other barnyard notes with an odd balance of bitterness and spice. finish is a bit dull with some earthyness. odd.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - SEP 25, 2014
275 ml bottle at home. Black color with very nice one finger beige almost creamy head. roasted malty aroma of coffee (mostly) and chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisins, light hoppy. Taste is sweet and bitter, malty, like the aroma, coffee and dark sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Full body, almost creamy, soft carbonation, bitter chocolate and coffee and slightly alcoholic long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Holy friggin complexity batman!! Nutty, earthy, bitter, sweet, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit slightly smokey craziness. Nice beer! Slightly too much fizz and alcohol showing in the finish are the only faults, and they are minor. Really nice impy :). Russian, yet distinctly English."


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