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

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RATINGS: 411   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (923) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a black opaque colour with big light brown head that leaves some lace up the glass but after sitting and rising in temperature becomes a small ring around the glass.. Aromas of roasted rich malt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Flavours are rich malty profile, bitter/sweet chocolate, coffee, some fruity esters. Very smooth 10 percent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Pitch black, small head. Aroma of pear brandy and licorice. Sweetish with full body and grainy moithfeel. Notes of raisins, lots of licoric and salmiak. Almost sake-like aniseed finish. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5618) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Murky dark brown pour with minimal head. Super smooth, fairly dense. Awesome chocolate and roast balance. Fantastic beer, and amazing value at $2.69 a 12 oz bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1931) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle: Thanx to Mr.Rask: Black colour, with a big creamy brown head. Aroma is dominated of sweet maltynes, coffee, rasins, caramelly, and a nice fruitynes. Flavor had a nice smouth mouthfeeling of dark choclate, viny, portviny, dry fruitynes, medium body, long dry fruity finish!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (681) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
275 ml bottle pours a dark black color with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Full bodied but very smooth. 2012 bottle

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s deep brown with a massive tan head. The nose is chocolate syrup, some artificial sweetener, roasted malts, ash. The taste is toffee-dipped coffee, very sweet milk chocolate, light roasted malts. Syrupy thick palate. Oily. Not too hot. The ABV is well hidden. Overall, pretty decent. The slightly artificial sweetness holds this back a bit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (3900) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle 27,5 cl, SB. Pours pitch black with a good foamy tanned head leaving lacing. Aroma is roasted malty chocolate sweetish raisins dark fruits licorice slightly acidy. Flavor is velvety smooth fruity raisins chocolate coffee licorice slightly salty soy good roastiness a bit acidy bicely sweet towards the end and well bitter. Finishes bitter roasted malty chocolate and a bit sweet. Excellent and very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a large tan head. Vinous aroma and taste with licorice, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and some notes of wood. On the sweet side with a smooth and "soft" mouthfeel. Fairly bitter finish. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2012
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, beige head. Vinous aroma with sweet fruits and chocolate. Slightly smoked flavour with some tar. Vinous with raisins and prunes. Coffee and chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Perfectly black colored body in the glass. There is a thin orange brown tinted head. The nose is sweet with lots of prunes and tobacco. There is also some anise and a little bit of vinous goodness. Tasting this one is interesting considering it has a slightly chalky mouthfeel. The tastes that come up front are strong anise and orange peel. There is also some dark chocolate and a sharp note of lightly ashy tobacco, but it’s not a bad thing. There is a smooth finish that lingers with the citrus and anise. A smooth frighteningly easy to drink body helps make this one an absolute pleasure on the palate. Nicely done and better than most imperial stouts I have had recently.


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