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

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RATINGS: 455   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
love a good english style imperial stout .. dark black .. placid foam .. . tar .. . mild chewiness with a balanced and subtle finish .. . all and all, quite a nice stout. solid .. . .
-I’m a little worried about being a slut

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle.
Appearance: Black body with a short and dense brown head.
Aroma: The aroma has a sour tinge to it, red wine vinegar esque, with hints of powdered chocolate, espresso beans and some fruity esters. Taste: The flavor is rather big with a very mild sourish vinegar and a bigger espresso flavor accompanied by a mild mocha underlying base. The back-end gets a hint of smoke. The finish lingers semi-dry of espresso beans and a hint of slightly tart raspberry.
Palate: Full-bodied with very mild carbonation.
Overall: This is intriguing, but at the same time off-putting sort of. The sour tinges are odd, but the malt base has great flavor. I’d try this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
On tap at Houghs. Pours a dark brown win a light brown head. Not your typical inky black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light though. Taste is sweet and the mouth feel is medium and not thick. More easy drinking than your typical RIS.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swegepe (24) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Mörk mörk och tung känsla. Stor varm mälta. Nikotin och piptobak. Rostade toner men med sötma och behaglig syra.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
This one poured a darker brown wih A tanhead. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark chcolate. Flavor was similar, more on the brown side, not deep dark roast, but chocolate and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Sample from Mathieu87. THX APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshAWaddell (36) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Aroma of coffee and malts, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Pours almost black with small tan head. Tastes of malts, coffe and strong alcohol. They did not hide the alcohol nearly enough. Still, a decent beer. I recommend Founders, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY and even Breckenridge 72 for Imperial Stouts over this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenninjas (10) - - APR 12, 2014
Strong and dark, with a faintly sweet aroma. Aftertaste reminiscent of coffee, great pair for a philly chicken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (151) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Very complex aroma and flavor of walnut/pecan, pears in brandy, campfire, dried fruit with a hint of green olive, roast coffee and cream, vanilla and figs. Finish is quite lengthy, and the overall effect is elegant, layered and restrained, while at the same time ebullient. A marvelous tribute to the granddaddy of all Imperial Russian Stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2564) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Small pour at Falling Rock (keg kicked). Black appearance, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cream, coffee and roasted malts. Similar flavor, adding a touch of dark fruits, earthy hops and smoke. Smooth and creamy.


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