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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
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RATINGS: 454   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee, dry roasted chocolate malt and vanilla. Some black licorice notes linger. A little light on the palate, but nice creamy texture with a slightly dry roast finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5898) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours very dark brown to black in color with a large dense beige head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, black coffee, dry dark chocolate and light berry notes. The flavor is big roasted malts, char, black coffee, dark chocolate and some berry notes throughout. The char/ ash notes create a dry finish with some bitterness. No sign of 10%. This is fairly tasty, but might smooth out a bit with time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2549) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Bottle, 14C. Black with a tan head that lasts. Aroma of berries, pears, smoke, coffee, pine. Taste is sweet before bitterness kicks in pretty early. Chocolate, coffee, dark sugars and berries. Pine and some alcohol at the finish, along with coffee and berries. Oily, with lowish carbonation. Expected this to be a bit harsh this young, but the balance is very nice and the flavours are all working together. Certainly for drinking not sipping. [3.9]

Black, tan head that lasts. Oily. Mocha and red/ dark berries. Firm bitterness, some astringency. Alcohol and some menthol poke out a little. Looking like one to have around and drink whenever.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2027) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Black, with a huge, frothy beige head. Thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, sweet fruit, sour apple, and toast. Taste smokey sweet malt with a pronounced coffee bitterness and a little metal. Medium-full body, smooth, and slightly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee, fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2898) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Via trade with Ernesto987. The aroma is chocolate, molasses, light fruit. The appearance is a deep black color, fluffy light tan head. The flavor is chocolate, fruity, brown sugar, light pine hops. The finish is dark chocolate, brown sugar, fruit, pine hops. Medium/thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. I assumed that this was a modern beer relatively close to that brewed for Catherine II of Russia, and thus this beer is a long time want. Glad I got to try this. Thanks, Ernesto.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours really dark black with a 3 finger creamy beige/tan head. Aroma is like dark grape/pear/apple or something of that sort. Flavor is very fruity. There is a smokey burnt malt flavor, with pear skin. I’m not getting coffee, let alone espresso. But the pear is like astringent skin. The head is going heavily into ring lacing. How did they get a fruity IS? Our cousins are very experienced? Anyway, really good ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Dark brown pour. Beige head. Aroma of roast, ash, bitter chocolate and green coffee beans. Flavor is very roasty, bitter, cocoa, molasses, ash.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6333) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
330 ml bottle thanks to Santa. This is supposed to be based on the Barclay Perkins, Courage recipe which is pretty cool. Pours a totally black color with a large beige head. A sweet metallic roasted malt nose, some bitter chocolates and nuts, vanilla. The flavor is a very nice robust stout with metal, caramel, molasses, a really heavy roast, cocoa beans, sweet toffee and vanilla, lingering bitterness that I attribute to roast. Very good. Fresh, brewing in May 2011 drank December 2011.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Near black brew with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. Slightly bitter with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Not a bad Impy Stout but way too expensive.


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