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

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RATINGS: 430   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4498) - Helsinki, - FEB 15, 2013
(Bottle, 0.33 l - #156565, 2012 Vintage - BBE 16/08/25, from Systembolaget, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and saltiness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitterness. Aftertaste was rosty, ashy and bitter. A bit too sweet and aftertaste was too harh. Aging would quite likely soften both. Othrwise nicely balanced and alcohol was quite well hidden.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3003) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
250ml bottle bottle from a liquor store in rocky mountain house alberta. Jet black pour, opaque and viscous, with a dark rocky mocha head. Intense roasty aroma, loads of cocoa, dark coffee, burnt espresso, and some strong soy notes also. The mouth feel is viscous, and luscious, the carb is soft, but fitting. The finish is slightly sweet, with a strong bitter finish. More notes of bitter cocoa, and strong coffee, with loads and loads of roasted dark malts. This is what an imperial stout should be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (518) - - JUL 29, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, and has a bitter and smokey aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt chocolate and, smoked notes.Sweet flavor that ends dry and quite bitter. Full to medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent Impy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (947) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick beige/tan head. Aroma: Cold coffee, chocolate, liquorice, light fruit cake note, bready, peat note. Taste: Medium bitterness, low sweetness and low/medium sourness. Slight saltiness. Palate: Thin smooth texture, light body, low/average carbonation, abrupt, fairly dry, malty cold coffee, fruity finish. Slight alcohol note and subtle warmth. Comments: Good and glass lace. Rating is for 2013 vintage. A bit young for this one but still got another one left.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
275ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours deep dark black, light just about makes it through, thick, long-lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, prune, liquorice. Taste is dark chocolate, sweet, light coffee bitterness, charcoal maybe. Chewy texture, rich and full-bodied. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1040) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Dark near black pour with dark tan head. Aroma is roast chocolate malt, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows nose.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerluva (14) - Monroe, Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours inky black with nice creamy head which stays throughout. Aroma is fantastic coffee and hints of smoke, roasted malt. Exhibits medium sweetness on the front with a slight bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and thick with a long finish. Overall a great imperial with a cool history, would definitely try again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
A classic Russian Imperial stout - how can you argue with that when you’re drinking the original?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (844) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black/brown stout. Honestly a little hard to tell in the darkness of the Khyber Pass. Perhaps it’s fitting the aroma of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Flavor was big prune, raisin, and chocolate. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2161) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This inky dark brown-black beer pours with a thin tan head. It has sweet currants and rich red fruity flavours, roasted and chocolate notes with sherrry and red fruit on the finish.


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