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

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RATINGS: 427   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2143) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium to big, fluffy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, light coffee, soy, bread and toffee. Some light smoke as well. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with a nice coffee/espresso finish with notes of vanilla, raisins and some booze. Full bodied medium carbonation. Nice stuff although a bit boozy. Would probably benefit from ageing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Black with a thin fizzy head. Sweet chocolate, caramel, and light licorice aroma and taste with a thick sticky palate and a burnt cereal grain finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1513) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells ginger, roasted malt, alot of figs and raisins. Tastes very fruity, figs raisins, chocolate, roasted malt, sweet, creamy, abit alcohol and the balance couple be better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty nutty aroma, chocolate, caramel, prunes, figs, dades, coffee notes. Chocolate and hazelnuts aroma, licorice, dades, licorice, raisins, coffee, alcohol. Nice beer, but probably better in a year or two.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle (375) ml from Systembolaget. Pitch black, medium beige head. Dark chocolate roasted aromas with notes of pumpernickel. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is vinous.....dark fruit, roast. Taste is coffee, chocolate...fruit not as pronounced in the flavour. Very good....nicely hidden ABV. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5079) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
330ml Bottle - Dark brown, almost black, with some red tinges. Roasted malt. plain chocolate, coffee and nuts in the aroma. Rich, yet smooth taste, with notes of dried fruit, coffee and salty liquorice. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Dark toasty rich malt aromas. Flavors follow as smokey, and roasted malt. One dimensional but pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee, malt, slight alcohol as it warms. Taste is sweet malt, rich dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, light smoke. Dry sweet malt and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (520) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours very dark, with a strong tan head. Aroma of malts and coffee. Taste is rich and quite drinkable, with malts and notes of smoke. Not as complex as many Imperials, but still quite nice. Thumbs up.


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