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

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RATINGS: 453   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (869) - 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 (816) - 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 (577) - 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 (4502) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (948) - Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
275mL bottle from By the Bottle. May 2011 bottle date. A: Pure ink black with a dense creme head. Pour is quicker than I might expect. Legs are noticeable. N: Intense, smoke, leather, and tobacco. Prunes and raisins and rye bread. Very peppery. Dense and rich with a notable essence of dark fruits. Hops show up with the earth and peppercorn. T: Bitter hops and baker’s chocolate dryness. Very very spicy in a black pepper way. Very much in the vein of the hopped-up stout. M: Oily and medium heavy body. Very prickly. Could use some more heft, but the alcohol is well-hidden. O: really good stuff. It’s well balanced and deft of hand. I want to buy more and age it for the long haul.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
Really deep mahogany pour with ample tan head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, licorice, toasted malt, bread, and a slight earthy hop. Smells amazing, not as roasty as an American. Really powerful taste. Robust body with hit of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit and a strong earthy hop finish. Bit of hot booze, but not overwhelming. More flavors come out as the beer warms, very complex and well made. A real treat from England. Thank you Catherine the Great for ordering this!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Not really my cup of tea to be honest. Pretty weak with foam and a little too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle thanks to Jeremy. We had this along side a 1975 and 1976 bottle. The older bottles were tastier beers. This had a odd fishy/smoky character, roasted malts, chocolate, malty. A good imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (274) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
Taste starts with coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted aftertaste. Nice but with the high ABV I would expect more taste and complexity.


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