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

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RATINGS: 438   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel malts, some dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, and a touch of booze. T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, some plum and other dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, some bitterness, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy with a sweet, roasty, and warming finish. D - Great RIS. Great balance and complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (2568) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown with a mocha head. Aroma is deep roast malt. Flavour is coffee, roast, liquorice, dry burnt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 2, 2013
0.275 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Black color, virtually no head. Thick roasty aroma with coffee, raisins and charred bread. Sweet roasty and vinous flavor with coffee, salty licorice, charcoal, raisins and port wine. Full body, feels sparkling in the mouth although does not look like sparkling.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3347) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
From a 275 ml bottle. Pours bkack with a tan head. Licorice aroma carrying through to the taste. Notes of chocolate and espresso. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (985) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
A licorice aroma brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, heavy cloying sweetness, full body, creamy, long finish,

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Natai (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, with a respectable light brown creamy head and light lacing. Enticing aromas of roasted coffee and dark fruit with hints of dark chocolate in the finish. Smooth, creamy palate with gentle carbonation. A fine stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Heavy malts and roastiness, sweet dark fruit. Has a bit of a black licorice sting, also due in part to the high ABV. A manly, robust stout... in a little baby bottle, alas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (741) - Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle pours brown-black with one finger tan head. Aroma licorice and cocoa. Taste matches aroma with some bitterness, roasted mats. Finish a surprisingly brief and mild bitterness Full creamy palate which coats the mouth well. Well done RIS..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
275 ml bottle (#035221/20000) from Country Club Liquors. Nose is chocolate, a hints of tobacco and smoke, and a mild sweet caramel. Black with a medium, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is chocolate, light sweetness, a mild bitterness, and some char.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1277) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Courage Russian Imperial Stout (9.3 oz. bottle) has a thick, creamy, tan head and a very dark brown appearance. When one swishes the bottom contents and pours it in, then a heavy, grayish cloud descends into the glass. Good lacing is left around the glass as well. The aroma is rich, with raisin, dark-roasted barley malt, black cherries, chocolate powder, and black bread crust. Taste is of rich, sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate, dark-roast coffee, brown sugar, lots of bitterness, and fudge. The mouthfeel is velvety, thick, and heavy, and Courage Russian Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, and dense. Overall, this is a world-class beer, and I give it the highest endorsement! RJT


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