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

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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (2706) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2015
2013 bottle thanks to olliejobbins. Black with rich beige head. Black chocolate, rich roasted malts, light spices with cinnamon and speculaas, marzipan, marmelade. Sweet with light bitterness throughout and a light fruity tartness towards the finish. Full rich bodied with creamy feel. This is better than a lot of imperial stouts with added coffee or strong barrel aged character. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
275mL bottle, no date for $7.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, probably eight months ago. Black body with a one finer tan head, fair retention. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate with plenty of figs, molasses, and raisin notes to make me think it’d be a good sipper/cigar/dessert beer. Tobacco and decaying leaves are in there. There’s also some fruity English yeast and roast, though the roast isn’t too high. Flavor continues to be rich and chocolatey and fruity, not much roast at all, and I like it. Alcohol is masked well considering it’s at 10%, bitterness at a 2, light roast. Full body with low smooth carbonation. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2683) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2012
9.3oz bottle (May 2011) - pours black with beige head and awesome lacing. Nose is dark fruit, alcohol, caramel and toffee. Flavor adds roasted malts. Sweetish. Burns. Roasted aftertaste. Dry finish. Mild for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
11/5/2013. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, licorice and spice. Smoky flavors with lots of malt, chocolate. Finishes bitter. Excellent stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours black with a large, lasting head. Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and a fair bit of earthy hops. Pretty nice stuff, very interesting. Flavours are incredibly rich. Chocolate truffles, espresso, sultanas, prunes and booze. A bit too full on. Nice thick body, could use more carbonation though. A nice array of flavours but too sweet and boozy for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2574) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Dark pour with a huge, slowly fading tan head. Aroma is raw sugar and figs. Taste is darker with a fair amount of char and a bitter finish. More interesting than good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2571) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a decent tan head. Colour is black. Aroma coffee chocolate smoke. Taste is sweet strong esspreso and roasted malts slight coffee and smoke. Very good well balanced. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2569) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted andstrong coffee, Moderate herbs and resin for the hops, light to moderate leather and earth for the yeast with wood, solvent and tobacco in the background. Head is huge, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy and chunky, veryt dark brown with swirls of lighter brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and long harshly bitterness like chewing tobacco. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a carbonation between soft and lively, and a finish that’s chalky, moderately alcholic, and very dry, with some bits to chew on. It has a great aroma, but this Imperial Stout is a little harsh in the mouth to justify the price to go back and get another one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2565) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
19.1.2015. Aroma of cacao, dried fruits, slight espresso, slight smoke. Taste is sweet, molasses, cacao, almost like feeling the fine cacao powder in your mouth, chocolate. Decent but taste is too much about molasses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of black treacle, cocoa and alcohol. Mouth feel was more watery than I would hope for in a 10% imperial stout. Very syrupy flavour with sweet molasses and some coffee. Palate was dark chocolate, dates, toffee and warm booze... however it ended up being very salty as well. Considering who brews this, I wasn’t surprised to be quite underwhelmed, but it wasn’t undrinkable...


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