kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Courage Imperial Russian Stout
Brewery: John Smiths (Scottish Courage - Scottish & Newcastle)
Date: December 29, 2012
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, creamy sudsy lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, dark chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, light coffee character amungst the dark malts, just a touch of balancing sweetness, hoppy and bitter
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Pinball (10870) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
at papsø tasting.
clear brown , smooth light brown head. looks nice. aroma is malty, slightly flowery. flavor is rosted malty, flowery, woody dry, nice woody fruity flavor.
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
imdownthepub (10488) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Peterborough Beer Fest ’13. Black with slight cream head. Super smooth but highly alcoholic in character, lots of plummy fruit notes, some coffee, some liquorice. Heavy old stuff, but worth the effort.
Lubiere (10165) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light bourbon notes, and light cork. In mouth, a superb sweet fruity chocolate malt with light licorice, treacle, alcohol warmth and iodine, quite well done. Cask Days 2013.
BeerandBlues2 (9881) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, bubbly tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is minty, earthy and woody hops, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes and licorice. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness and dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
FatPhil (9421) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2014)
Black, lovely tight tan head. Yeasty, liquoricey. Very rich, full palate, burnt and sticky or oily. Might benefit from a little ageing to mellow it. Best thing is the finish. Marmitey yeastiness is the main thrust. Decent sipper though.
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. This baby sounds super interesting historically, so I’m very excited to taste it. Cloudy, dark brown appearance with a big, foamy, dark brown head. Burnt woody, charred dark chocolate malty, lightly smoky, mild fruity aroma. Rich chocolate malty, dark roasty coffee, a touch smoky/charred woody flavor with some light fruit notes. Pretty nice brew.
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Beige head. Aroma of roast, ash, bitter chocolate and green coffee beans. Flavor is very roasty, bitter, cocoa, molasses, ash.
Theydon_Bois (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from BOE, 13/04/13. Bottle #122,815 of 210,000.
Mid black with a big frothy tan head that retains well.
Nose is roast malt, molasses, dark treacle toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugars.
Taste comprises, dark roast malts, touch of booze, chocolate, dark treacle toffee, light soapy notes.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, pitched perfectly, makes for fairly effortless drinking of such a big beer!
Overall a more than decent offering, looks great, feels great, the flavour profile is solid enough - the alcohol is well disguised and the feel on the palate is first rate. I’d take this one again any day!