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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2257) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2252) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2247) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, coffee/espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit notes; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. Itís awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2191) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget (2012 version). Dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma is very smooth milk chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, caramel. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Taste is at first sweet dark fruits with chocolate in the background, roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Pennywise flash back time. Black as something that is very black. Smells wonderful - espresso stuff, dusty red licorice, oats, dark creamy chocolate, berries, not really any espresso anymore, fruit cake maybe, light molasses. I dig. Gets more fruity as it warms... a ball warming too. Mouth things: creamy, medium bitterness, slick feel, tastes brown. MIld dose of molasses, brown sugar, no alcohol, prune, all around tasty. Itís time for popcorn, Futurama, a quick tug to midgets in firefighting costumes and then a short meditation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2013
275ml bottle. Very dark brown, close to black. Medium light beige fine head. Soft subdued licorice and chocolate aroma. Nice roasted malts. Velvety texture. Raisins. Rich flavours. Nice smooth texture. Chocolate and raisins and roasted malts. A really really well made Russian Imperial Stout. Lovely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2012
9.3oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, and light coffee. Tastes of dark fruits, coffee, chocolates, and brown sugar. Light vinous quality as well. Sweet and smooth body. Lightly spicy.


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