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

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Shared a cool-looking little 9.3oz brown bottle (#048498) with gregwilsonstl. It poured opaque black with thin but persistent tan foam, some sticky lace. Aromas of toast, roasted barley, alcohol, hints of raisins, raspberries. Strong fruity flavours: dried apricots, pears, plum sauce. Strong caramelized sugar flavours, toffee, molasses. Bready, nutty. Heavy body and full mouthfeel, below-average carbonation. Complex and tasty, but rough-around-the-edges, Iím sure it would benefit from aging. A bit too boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1518) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Lovely. Bottle at Lincoln Wine bar. Oily black. Big brown head. Aroma has chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is semi-sweet with notes of alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malt, leading to a dry, slightly toasted finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Orlando. Nice two finger foamy head. Nice big aroma of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Creamy texture. Medium bodied at least. Kind of like a roasted malt/warming alchohol milkshake. Frothy yumminess. I wonder if Catherine the Great put down her vodka for good after drinking this stuff. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5341) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle ($7): Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is raisin, roasted malt, sugar, coffee, and a pinch of booze. Taste is somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Not really much on the bitter side. Lots of dark fruity flavors, coupled with a light alcohol burn. (2012 Vintage).

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1885) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2013
ark brown to black pour. Beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla. Some raisin comes through in the taste. Very good. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2715) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft at Monks. Opaque pour with a thick creamy brown head. Rich chocolate nougat. Caramel malt. Espresso. Raisin pie. Pecan brownies. Figs. Prunes. French roast coffee. Silky smooth start to finish with a slight alcohol bite in the middle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bcBelgianbrew (115) - , British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Lovely to look at. Dark and thick. Big alcohol. Itís was overpowering in a few ways, nothing subtle about it, but maybe thatís an imperial stout. Tan head. Very rich and malty sweet. This bottle had a skunky smell to it. Not sure if it was just me b/c I had a cold or it was the bottle. It didnít jive for me.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregwilsonstl (2111) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Looks like motor oil. Smells like alcohol. Not very balanced. Overly hot. Thanks Seymour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (3999) - NORWAY - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle. Black body, big beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins. Taste is heavy roasted, with plums, raisins, cocoa, red fruits. Good thick body. A nice strong coffee touch at the finish seals a good taste experience, with a roasty malt bitter aftertaste. This beer was actually a lot better than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAcdr (10) - - NOV 7, 2013
Dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter. Drank out of bottle, nice design though. Pear taste and darker woodiness. Smooth to the palate, no filmy aftertaste


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