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

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RATINGS: 434   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is full of muscovado, licorice, molasses and some dark chocolate. Taste is similar, licorice and dark chocolate that makes way for a very roasty finish. Full bodied, sweet and bitter. Delish. 2000th rate

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1783) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle 2012 vintage. Big sweet dark fruit aroma - figs, raisins. Malt cake, some booze, very rich... a little soy meatiness come in quite quickly after 5 mins or so. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. Dark toffee, light liquorice, rum, raisins, coffee cake, some woody resin... Tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (1395) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a thick tan head. Great lacing. Overly rich aroma of chocolate cake, charcoal, liquorice, dark chocolate, liqueur and vanilla. Sweet flavour of prunes, dark chocolate and furniture polish. Medium to full body with a powdery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but the flavour is simply too sweet, rich and cloying for my liking. I feel it lacks a bitter, tangy hop balance to counteract the heavy malt character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2574) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle from the Guildford Arms. Appearance - when it settles a lovely coffee like beer. Opaque black with a crema head. Nose - it’s that imperial note of prunes in alcohol or Black Forest Gateau. Taste - boozy fruit cake plus chocolate. Tar and liquorice. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy yet drying texture and a well balanced finished. Overall - yep that’s imperial porter by numbers.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3800) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2014
Thx! 275 ml. bottle sampled. 2013 Vintage, should be about 12 months old now I think. The original is a long time want of mine but I doubt that I will ever get to try that one so very exited about this getting to try this one. Pours black, head is mainly only mocha bubbles. Smells of cold chocolate & coffee, sweet, pralines, has a sweeter milk chocolate feel to it with a faint herbal note, distinctly unique & off the style, very interesting. Sweetly herbal upfront, sweetened cold coffee, milk chocolate, mellow, basically no roast, cane & brown sugar, light dark fruits. Feel is a mix of coffee & syrup but far less thick than that sounds, lighter than you would expect a RIS to be these days. There are definitely better RIS around these days but this one did taste distinctly unique, very enjoyable, not sure how prolonged aging would benefit this one. I wouldn’t mind having this one again in the future.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrnoluv (157) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
The smell is straight booze, it overpowers the chocolate, the coffee beans, it’s a rich sweet boozy smell. Dark as night appearance, the taste is sweet, smokey, not much chocolate or bitterness at first but then that bitter taste lingers on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (380) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to 77ships. Pours dark with light brown foam. Aroma alcohol, chocolate. Taste light alcohol, intense chocolate with soft chocolate aftertaste. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3135) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014
Thnx to somebody Pours black no real foam Bit coffee in the smell , Good mouthfeel , bit bitter . Someetalic aspect . Earthyness , , some green , sweet , perfumed aspects . Pretty good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle from 99 Bottles (Federal Way, WA). Big dark chocolate, cherries, ash, and some coffee in the nose. Pitch black, thin tan head. Deep rich chocolate initial / sweet dark fruitiness in mid, and definite alcohol warmth / smooth chocolate finish, with some tongue-coating light bitterness. Thick, medium heavy. Smooth creamy stuff. Alc level is apparent and the body is a bit lighter than many modern-style imp stouts. Very nice palate cycle of flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer-yum (472) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2014
Superb example of the style. Full bodied and perfectly balanced. You wouldn’t know it was as strong as it is...until it catches up with you!


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