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

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8092) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7859) - Carlsbad, 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Wells and Young’s version (2011 bottle) not sure if this is a new entry, as it is reportedly a new recipe. I’ll let the English admins decide. Pours with a black body and minimal tan head. Viscous. Aroma of roast, cocoa, coffee and licorice. Light estery character. Flavors are quite bitter as well, with a good amount of earthy roast. Light boozy and vinous notes. Medium thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Interesting to see how it will age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This dessert of an Imperial Stout joins prunes, milk chocolate, roasted cereals and caramel, leading them to a heavy yet harmonious finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-This lacks hop character in the finish (for my tastes in the style).
-Carbonation is rather low, which makes the sweetness feel heavier.
-The nose is very expressive and predicts the sweet onslaught.
-Unripe pears also appear in the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. The pour is burnt umber toward black, pretty thick, turbid, with a 3-finger tan head. Nose is figgy fruit, raisins, roasty charred black patent malt, and blackberries. Tastes rich, fruity with a lot of fig and blackberry flavor (and yes, I know no fruit was added, so save your BMs), charred black malt, backup hops, and cacao late. Well hidden alcohol, with a dryer finish. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7414) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March. BB 16/08/25. Bottle no 159076. 2012 vintage. Sampled on June 9, 2013.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, alcohol, dark dried fruits, milky scent. Alcohol, toffee, sweet, roasted, bitter cocoa, caramel taste. Warming alcohol. Bitter cocoa and spicy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7346) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Black body with a quick tan head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly alcoholic with a sort of a green hop accent and a weird mix of something I can’t place. 7+ Flavour is a touch odd as well, sweet dark malt base, light roast and an odd not quite peppery undertone to it that eventually turns to a chocolatey cocoa quality. Average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. Bit disappointing given its reputation and my expectations but still decent. I look forward to trying it again in a bottle sometime. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Toronto

"So there’s no simple explanation for anything important any of us do and yea the human tragedy consists in the necessity of living with the consequences" - Gord Downie

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of dark tan head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of dark fruits. Starts with a rich complex body with chewy dark malty sweetness and dark chocolate with some plums before a slightly warming bittersweet finish with some lingering roast. An enjoyable and complex brew that should age well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee, dry roasted chocolate malt and vanilla. Some black licorice notes linger. A little light on the palate, but nice creamy texture with a slightly dry roast finish.


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