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

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RATINGS: 434   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1948) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. It’s awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (646) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. 2012 Edition. Dark pour. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits. Flavor is a complex mix of dark fruits, pear, and some coffee. Beer is a lot fruitier than most if not all Imperial Stouts I have had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghendrix (106) - Cardiff, WALES - AUG 30, 2014
2012 vintage. Pours deep reddish brown with good beige head, reduced to thin lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, fruit cake, roasted malt, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Finish is long and ends with bitter roasted malts and coffee, and warmth from alcohol. Nice heavy body and smooth mouth that you’d expect from this brew. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4515) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Courtesy of Left4Beer. Pours a thin beige head atop a deep brown body. Very alcoholic, molasses, and chocolate. Very boozy, rum and coffee. Great flavour profile.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (296) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2014
Well balanced alcohol. Coffee taste and smell. Great texture and medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3100) - 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 (686) - - 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 (2615) - 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 (999) - 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 (3328) - 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 (1067) - 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.


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