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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 530   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep brown to black with a small, fizzy, brown head. Aroma has heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, lovely licorice notes. Light vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, chocolate, a touch of rubber, light milky, light coffee. Good, lingering warmth. Very elegant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11973) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11399) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11014) - 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 (10928) - 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).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10886) - 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.

3.8
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10837) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10445) - 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.


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