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

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RATINGS: 526   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11742) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle from Beer Revolution, Oakland. It pours very dark brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke, espresso, leather, toffee and liquorice. The taste is caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, toast, charcoal, meat, wood, some fruit, liquorice and alcohol warmth, with a long dry-roasted finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance. The best thing Wells & Young have done in a long time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Brewed 5/11. Very dark brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma, pretty powerful, with espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor of dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce notes, some espresso and light licorice notes. Full-bodied, silky rounded mouthfeel. A very good Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (11034) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle - Licorice, bitter chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Coffee, roasted malts, a bit of smoke and alcohol. Thick on the pallet but appropriately so and a very long coffee finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Name: Courage Imperial Russian Stout
Brewery: John Smiths (Scottish Courage - Scottish & Newcastle)
Date: December 29, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Vintage: 2011
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
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (10861) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A solid imperial stout. Interesting 275ml bottle. It is robust with a focus of cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10833) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Cask, GBBF 2013, thanks to Kjell for sharing. Opaque jet black body. Naked surface. Roasted dark caramel and chocolate on the nose. Confectionery taste with hints of anise, dried fruits, and coffee. Gentle roasted, dark malty ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Fine night cap to round off the second day at the festival (London Olympia 14.08.2013).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Dark brown pour. Beige head. Aroma of roast, ash, bitter chocolate and green coffee beans. Flavor is very roasty, bitter, cocoa, molasses, ash.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10748) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
After 5.5 years had a fresh bottle(so cognac ageing of the 1978 I had in 2006 not there yet as only year old) courtesy of Gary. Very creamy, light chocolate and roast. Very good, and uncomparable to the US versions of this style. A Must try. Big head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9918) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
275mL 2011 ed. Pours clear sepia with a towering, enormous, tan mocha head. Rocky with incredible retention. Massive lace. Nose is sweet pears, relatively estery for style, sweet chocolate, spicy chocolate, fudge. Relatively subtle but complex nose with spiced apple pie. Taste is bitter, earthy, a bit dirty for me. Iron laden soil takes forefront moving to thicker bitter chocolate. Finish is dry and loses metallic character. Warming and decanting the nose becomes richer dark chocolate and heavy mousse. Taste is fuller and thicker chocolate mousse. Really improves over time in the glass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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