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

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RATINGS: 526   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.


aenima's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (330) - Askim, - APR 15, 2013
Taste starts with coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted aftertaste. Nice but with the high ABV I would expect more taste and complexity.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrus86 (326) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2016
BOTTLE. 2013 Vintage bb020926. Black syrup pour with solid mocha head.. Thick dark syrup malty nose, molasses/vegemite as well??.. Thick dark malt body throughout, some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness at backend, no way it was 10%.. Sourced RW

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (121) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016
2012 edition. 275 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours black with small tan head that persists. Fantastic Africa flavours of toasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Good balance of sweet and bitter flavours. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3909) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle. Thanks Nimrod R. 2012. Murky dark brown. Raisin and cocoa powder aroma, bitter and tons of cocoa, dry, powdery. Full body, rich, some dry fruit finish. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1042) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee, faint fruits, lactose and fudge. Taste of chocolate fudge, lactose, espresso, roasted malts, faint fruits and slightly smoky. Full bodied, soft carbonation, roasted bitterness on the finish, well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trolleo (1199) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 5, 2016
Pitch black, big brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, some booze and cocoa. Chocolate liquor taste, alcohol, thickness and oilyness. Creamy, medium body, soft carbonation. Yes, very good. //bottle at Craft Room

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5843) - 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) - Lethbridge, 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 (1045) - 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 (8) - 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 (429) - - 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


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