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

bottled
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RATINGS: 521   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12192) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, some liquorice, dark chocolate, nice bitterness. Quite good! Nice one!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (691) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
2013 vintage. Appearance- black, opaque, a 2-3 finger thick and creamy light brown head. Looks the business. Aroma- milk chocolate to the fore, liquorice hints, molasses, raisin, coffee, roast malt, hint of smoke and leather, caramel malt. Taste- lots of coffee, brown sugar, cocoa powder, treacle, molasses, big roast malt. Chewy and silky mouthfeel, with a lengthy very bitter finish. Becomes more intensely roasted as it warms. Impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (999) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 11, 2015
275ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of treacle, coffee and chocolate. Dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (455) - Tasmania, - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. 2013 vintage. Black colour with a creamy-looking brown head. The aroma is assertive and refined with coffee, chocolate, and hop resins cutting through the dark malts. Full-bodied and dry with sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, spice, and a light fruitiness. Bitterness is lasting and lightly fruity, like a well made fresh coffee, into the final. This is really good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3166) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle - 2013 vintage - Huge tan head on top of a dark black body. Nose is cinnamon graham crackers, molasses, and a light fruitiness. Taste is the same, with lots of molasses sweetness and a bit of coffee and roast on the finish. Slick and medium-bodied with a lightly boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (640) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear, black, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1879) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Appearance: 2013 vintage. Very dark brown. Small amount of tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, coffee. Burnt. Nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, £5.39
Info: 1/8-2015, 84/300M, BB: 2/9-2026

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1532) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with cola colors coming through around the edges when held to the light. Huge khaki head containing focaccia bread-like bubbles. Chocolate coffee nose. Thick mouthfeel. Dry for the style. Flavored tobacco and chocolate flavors. Bitters pretty remarkably.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (826) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from dusty...2013 vintage....nose is molasses...taste is the same...really smooth...licorice...nice stuff....(#561)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (314) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2015
Best by 02/09/26. Pours a deep black which barely perceptible as red when held to the light. Head the color and density of dark roast espresso crema. Big fruity aromas from the yeast along side chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavours bring chocolate cherries, espresso and dark chocolate as straight from the block. Thick bodied with a long, sweet chocolate and cherry finish.


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