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

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RATINGS: 521   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.


maslupulos' rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
Really deep mahogany pour with ample tan head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, licorice, toasted malt, bread, and a slight earthy hop. Smells amazing, not as roasty as an American. Really powerful taste. Robust body with hit of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit and a strong earthy hop finish. Bit of hot booze, but not overwhelming. More flavors come out as the beer warms, very complex and well made. A real treat from England. Thank you Catherine the Great for ordering this!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5636) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
275ml bottle (2012 vintage) at home on 7th April 2016. Poured into ’Gordons’ thistle shaped glass, it is very, very dark, the head a wispy light tan colour. Rich, smooth and boozy with coffee and dark chocolate esters oozing through the brew, raisin like flavours abound with a wild berry undertone. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
revoltingblob (45) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
2012 bottle. Pours an inky black with small tan head. Tiny lacing with a slick glass feel. Nose is light roast, chocolate, some hop character, dry fruit. Palate is similar, chocolate, some fruit. No booze. Very balanced. I’m not crazy about this but a nice drinker.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (1022) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Black pour with a small light-brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate, some sweet and dark cocoa notes, hints of dark fruit and bread. Tastes like an aged RIS, some nice chocolate, no heat or booziness yet rich and tasty, hints of raisin and coffee. Mostly wanted to try this for the story and the sake of checking it off, but wow, quite tasty.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kelsei (5) - Curitiba, BRAZIL - MAR 18, 2016 does not count
Liqueur and striking flavor, chocolate, coffee, licorice, a deep dark beer to enjoy in a cold day

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_sully (421) - - MAR 11, 2016
Brown body with thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar. Taste is sweet but balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waiake (605) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2016
2 x 275ml bottles 2013 vintage poured oily black & lacy malty fruity aroma the taste is superb all quality coffee treacle syrupy caramel malty dark chocolate hint of the alcohol & a lasting tangy bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1063) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 9, 2016
Dark brown to black colored, small tan creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, bit burnt. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, bit brown sugar, licorice, roasted coffee, medium bitter dark chocolate, dry finish, bit burnt. Medium to full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation. (bottle, Bor Bar, Samobor)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2358) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (3604) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Feb 16, courtesy of Mike. Many thanks! Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is dusty old dried fruits. Taste is quite lean with smooth light dark fruits and caramel, some chocolate malts, faint liquorice. Decent but rather thin. Would’ve loved to try the original.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (770) - - FEB 18, 2016
Vintage 2013: Pours black, oily, clear, slightly haze, with foamy brown stable head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, which is overtoped with hop aroma, with notes of plums, prunes and other dark fruits. Flavor: rich dark malt flavors, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of licorice, vanilla, port wine, cognac, oak wood, supported with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially prunes and plums. Finish is sticky, dry. Alcohol warmth is noticable. Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is low. Simple, delisious archetype of real Russian imperial stout!


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