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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2465) - 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 (388) - 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 (110) - 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 (153) - 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 (821) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (621) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 I’ve been avoiding this beer for a couple of yours now. Not because I didn’t want to try it but I feared it would not live up to how it last tasted back 1994. But I just couldn’t contain myself. And it started well. The nose has that dank damp concrete quality typical of this beer when fresh and brewed at John Smith’s in Yorkshire. On the palate its a bit Sweeter and richer than it once was which os no bad thing and it coats the inside of your mouth with a light austere bitterness. Still as potent as ever too. Has lost some its complexity, dimension and individuality since last brewed in 1992 but it could have been far worse. Still, because this beer is built for long term aging, like a big tannic fine wine, it won’t really won’t show its hand for some time. But this is where it is at the moment. I expect big things down the line.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (594) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle - opaque black with a fizzy dark brown head which lasts a good while. Aroma is loads of chocolate, light roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Taste is sweet malts, roasted and vanilla with loads of chocolate again. Light bitterness on the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, incredibly well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
[5946-20131019] Cask. Sour roasted malt grain aroma. Black body with a quick bubbly tan head. Boozy roasted grains and woody malt flavour. Full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)


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