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

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RATINGS: 532   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9472) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle #18508 of 210000.. Very dark brown with auburn highlights anda light brown head. Burnt malts and molasses and prunes. Not truly smokey, but some char. The finish is lightened by fruit acids. Enjoyable.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2367) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle shared by Johan Schultz thanks. Short light brown head. Clear dark brown color. Rubber aroma with some roasted malty aroma. Mild bitterness and chocolate taste. Balanced bitterness and well fermented beer to give a good imp stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (2373) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle, 275 ml from Pivoteka. Courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown, brownish head. Sweet, milk chocolate, licorice, smooth, some vanilla. Finishes bitter. Nice one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2736) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
A 0.275 l bottle. It poured almost black, red hued body with a small brown head. Strong aroma of licorice, roasted malts like coffee and cocoa with some sweeter fruity notes. Flavor was lightly sweet, also a bit bitter, all from roasted malts where the coffee dominated. Cocoa, brown sugar, some licorice made it up as well. Medium complexity, I thought it would be higher. Medium body with longer, sourish coffee finish. Okay, a correct and enjoyable imperial stout, although quite an average or sub-par one. Also overpriced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (700) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 Totalmente negra, turva, espuma marrom cremosa de média formação e boa persistência. No aroma mais chocolate, avelã, nozes, malte intenso. Torrado aparece mais no paladar mas de média intensidade, mantém o equilíbrio com o dulçor médio/intenso. Corpo licoroso, média carbonataçao para o estilo. Final de média/longa persistência mantém o equilíbrio do dulçor achocolatado,cacau, toffe em menor intensidade. Muito boa, mas não chega a ser uma referência no estilo.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5076) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle from The Wine Emporium 101116. Little bottle that packs a big punch. Holds the alcohol really well and you wouldn’t know that that was a 10% ABV beer by just drinking it. Dark and deliscous with everything that is good about beer packaged into this one bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12023) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrus86 (390) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2016
BOTTLE. 2013 Vintage bb020926. Black syrup pour with solid mocha head.. Thick dark syrup malty nose, molasses/vegemite as well??.. Thick dark malt body throughout, some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness at backend, no way it was 10%.. Sourced RW

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (136) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016
2012 edition. 275 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours black with small tan head that persists. Fantastic Africa flavours of toasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Good balance of sweet and bitter flavours. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (4032) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle. Thanks Nimrod R. 2012. Murky dark brown. Raisin and cocoa powder aroma, bitter and tons of cocoa, dry, powdery. Full body, rich, some dry fruit finish. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee, faint fruits, lactose and fudge. Taste of chocolate fudge, lactose, espresso, roasted malts, faint fruits and slightly smoky. Full bodied, soft carbonation, roasted bitterness on the finish, well balanced.


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