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

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RATINGS: 410   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a blackish brown with little to no head. Deep aromatics here. The lead is present, also darker fruits like plum and raisin. Some molasses. Taste is brown sugar, fig. Some earthy tones from a roasted malt. Well balanced. Not as sweet as expected and not as deep a flavor as I'd like. Still enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6087) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. Black colour with a tiny tan head in the aroma. Aroma is strong malt, strong sweetness, plum, dark fruits and mild dryness. The flavour is roasted malt, strong sweetness, mild ashy dryness and mild hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle 0.275l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Real Ale Festival 2014. BBE 02/09/26. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3071) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet syrupy notes, dark chocolate, coffee and oak. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with notes of syrup and chocolate. Finish is Strong and slightly roasty with some syrupy notes. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (4945) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
27,5 cl bottle @ Gallows Bird ⅩⅦ Real Ale Festival, BBE 02.09.2026
Aroma has herbal tones, some salty licorice and cocoa-like sweetness. Flavour has salty licorice, sweet cocoa and some herbal tones. Too salty but not bad still.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a black with with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has smooth and creamy dark grains with a hint of roast and bitter chocolate. Flavor is full of smooth dark grains with a growing bitter chocolate and a bit of roast.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours black. Nose is sharp roasted acrid malts, fruity, and a touch rubbery. Flavor is roast, chocolate, acrid malts, off musty dusty flavors, rubbery fresh tires. Medium body and pretty darn unpleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
275ml bottle from Tesco. Black with a tan head. Bitter dark chocolate aroma. Mocha soy sauce, burnt treacle and smoky tar flavour. Not an easy drink, but worthwhile.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (190) - - JAN 17, 2014
Flavors of cherry, dark chocolate and a healthy dose of brown sugar. As it warms, raisins, plums, alcohol and black licorice come out. Velvety feel and smooth carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (701) - - JAN 11, 2014
Had a couple times now. Black pour, surprisingly. Big roasted cocoa aroma. Taste is cocoa powder, roasted malt, milk chocolate, char, coffee ground, black liquorice. Full body. Really, you had it and you loved it and wrote a 9 paragraph essay about it.


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