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

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RATINGS: 463   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
voyageurmike (102) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2015
On tap served in a tulip glass. Brown with pretty tan foamy head. A medium-bodied beer with coffee and cocoa flavors, and richness reminiscent of bourbon barrel imperial stout. Finish is very enjoyable, not bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1887) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2015
It’s nice to compare different vintages of this awesome brew. I am one of the lucky ones to have rated a 22-year old 1993 vintage, and can now rate its contemporary counterpart. This pours pitch black into the glass, with the deepest of ruby-mahogany hues to the fringes. A wispy eggshell head ensues, reducing to a thin cap of suds that leave light ring lacing. The nose is of mixed bitter and semi-sweet chocolates, alongside a port wine essence. Flavors have bitter chocolates, semi-sweet chocolates, melon and pear notes, dark fruit esters and skins. The finish is of lightly smoked bittering hops and a toasted baker’s chocolate that provide a curt, yet super complex end of the pull. The rich, full body is silky on the palate, substantive and complex for days. The carbonation provides enough mouthfeel activity to keep things interesting, but not a deterrent to the silky richness of the brew. Thank goodness I ran into the contemporary counterpart of the vintage rated before. What a difference, and what a brew! Aging has only mellowed this out to an exquisite aperitif/nightcap. This 2-year-old 2013 vintage is rich, luscious, complex, substantive.... and did I mention delicious? A great brew.... with a 20+ year history of excellence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenmanalishi (492) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
2011 bottling - drank 2014 Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2011+) Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2011+)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2499) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle gift from Knackers. Nice notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, Earth and smoke. Body was medium. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkleu357 (424) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Dark black body. Big aroma of toastyness and sweets. Taste is mostly molasses. A little too much for my liking. It’s ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenriqueBraga (111) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 14, 2015
Negra, espuma bege clara. Boa persistência de espuma. Aromas de malte torrado, toffee, café, cacau, açúcar mascavo e álcool. Corpo bem alto, sabor de café, tostado, equilibrado. Boa carbonatação. Amargor crescente da tosta e persistente. Aftertaste amargo, doce, seco, sutíl acidez.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (165) - BRAZIL - JAN 14, 2015
Cor negra com espuma marrom amarelada (capuccino) de altas formação e permanência com excelente lacing; Aroma de chocolate ao leite, licor de café e um surpreendente frutado de pêra; Sabor de início de café e chocolate com final amadeirado e alcoólico e leve dulçor frutado; retrogosto persistente alcoólico e amadeirado que aquece a boca; Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Welley_Alves (223) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2015
Courage Russian Imperial Stout. Imperial Stout inglesa que, segundo a cervejaria, replica a receita original desse estilo, feita para a czarina russa Catarina, a Grande, no século XVIII. Fiel ao estilo, com perfil mais seco do que as RIS americanas. Frutado tipicamente inglês, lembrando frutas escuras, cassis, uva-passa. Notas de chocolate e café amargo, com final seco e álcool bem inserido nos seus 10% de ABV. Ótima breja! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cruzer (67) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Strong malty aroma, with hints of chocolate and fruit. Smooth smokey fruity taste, with a nutty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (844) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014
Opaque black with a creamy beige/ creme head. Aroma is molasses with some burnt caramel and mineral yeastiness. Flavor is burnt coffee, molasses, some prunes and dark chocolate aftertastem, really nice. Medium palate, really drinkable and complex. Not as good as the classic, but very solid nonetheless.


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