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

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RATINGS: 408   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
275mL bottle, no date for $7.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, probably eight months ago. Black body with a one finer tan head, fair retention. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate with plenty of figs, molasses, and raisin notes to make me think itíd be a good sipper/cigar/dessert beer. Tobacco and decaying leaves are in there. Thereís also some fruity English yeast and roast, though the roast isnít too high. Flavor continues to be rich and chocolatey and fruity, not much roast at all, and I like it. Alcohol is masked well considering itís at 10%, bitterness at a 2, light roast. Full body with low smooth carbonation. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (539) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Very dark brown with medium-large beige head. Aroma roasted malt, nuts, wood, cocoa. Medium-full body. Just a little alcohol. Flavor coffee, hint of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Slightly sweet. Decent balance. All the elements are good, although didnít really excite.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Black pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of dark chocolate, light anise, dark fruits and roasted espresso ..... taste of deep roasted espresso, dark chocolate, light anise and dark fruits ... bitter, roasted and dry with a big bitter bite on the backend and lingers for a bit .... solid abv hidden well

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15493) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours a jet black with a medium khaki head, and very good lacing. smell is of cocoa, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, and some nuts. taste is smooth, milk chocolate, dark pitted fruits, malt, a little carbonated, and few hops. ends creamy and a slight bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle May 2011. About as prototypical as you could hope -rich, oakey, heavy dark malts, alcohol well hidden. Long lingering, smokey finish. A bit hoppier than expected and a big espresso roast finish. Warming as it enters the esophagus. Just missing something to really elevate it above the pack, but when you are the innovator, I guess the rest are turning some interesting tricks to best the original. Perfect size for one person to enjoy too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of dark tan head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of dark fruits. Starts with a rich complex body with chewy dark malty sweetness and dark chocolate with some plums before a slightly warming bittersweet finish with some lingering roast. An enjoyable and complex brew that should age well.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3299) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Black with a frothy tan head. Sweet caramel aroma. Strong roasty malt flavor accompanied by a huge bite and not the sweetness that you find in the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours black in color with a finger or two of khaki head. Nice dark fruit aromas which offset the roasted malt aroma. Dark chocolate, plenty of coffee, and a hint of licorice. Some nice burnt sugar notes and just a touch of smoke. The flavor is fairly sweet, but still a good roast and coffee character. Some dark chocolate, a touch of toasted nuts, molasses, mild licorice, and some dark fruit sweetness. A well balanced Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
From a 275ml bottle on 13/8/2012. Pours close to black with a small head. Has a huge, lovely aroma dominated by raisins, prunes and cherries, along with dark chocolate and a touch of muscat. In the mouth itís rich, full and boozy, with the dark fruits again at the fore. Thereís also some coffee and chocolate, a real dash of boozy port notes, and a big roasty hoppy bitterness. The texture is quite slick and the carbonation a little high than Iím used to in an imperial. A really big beer with the 10% ABV no surprise. A lovely fruity sipper.


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