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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
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RATINGS: 453   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5733) - 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 (5108) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusgus (233) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle 153040, L2229. Pours black with thin dark brown head. Fruity and caramelly aroma more than roasted. Chocolate, notes of vanilla, pears, apricots, a hint of smoke and a hint of sour cream. Somewhat closed aroma might be due to young age. This will really take off when it begins to age. Some sulphur notes surprises. Slight caramelly, burnt sugar notes. The taste is similar to the nose. Burnt malt with an acrid tint is almost drowned in the sweetness from the malt. Vanilla and sugar is there, as well as the fruit. Pears and plums, but also red currants and strawberries. Finally the acrid roast makes a desperate attempt to clasp through the almost cloying sweetness. The bitterness is well balanced against the malt, but the residual sugars are still wrestling with the young burnt notes. Hopefully some age will bring notes of leather into the mix, or it might turn up too sweet for my taste. The palate is velvety smooth, but on the full side. The roast finishes dry, almost astringent. This beer is much sweeter than when Courage still made it. I don’t find much in common with the older versions from pre-WW2. A good beer but slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2012 vintage...#117235 of 210000. Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma has dark fruits, tabacco, and sweet espresso...some burnt toffee. Flavor follows suit...mild smoke and bitter chocolate creep in...great job of not getting to aggressive with any one flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a smokey/burnt molasses/tobacco finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. Black, red hued, body with an average sized tan head. Aroma-taste: dark chocolate, tar and dried fruits with a moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied; warming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (365) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours jet black with creamy tanned head. Plenty of roasted chocolate and coffee on the nose. Very rich tasting, featuring lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and some bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4498) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-12-15 Göteborg AR: just pure rich dark bitter chocolate AP: dark Brown, frothy/stouthy beige steady head F: rich dark chocolate, heavy warming feeling, vanilla, bitterness, rich wee bubbly carbonation, wee bourbon great brew

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CarlJonas (218) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
Very, very dark indeed, but with a brown tint, big tan head that leaves some lacing. Rich and well rounded aroma filled with dried dark fruits, treacle and sweet liquorice, balanced by the roasted notes. The taste is quite sweet with a somewhat more complex fruit flavour. It is also slightly sharper than the very rounded aroma with a salty finish. Medium body, I would have liked a bit heftier, and low carbonation. This one is definitely a sniffer, I could sit with my nose in the glass for hours.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2165) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2012
Dark brown (almost black) with a medium brown head. Malty with fruity notes. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1478) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2012
Pours dark with no to low brown head Aromas of coffee, chocolate malt, hints of tropical fruits, some alcohol Nice smooth taste, rich, full bodied, medium bitterness


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