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

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


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4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matthewjk (991) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Poured from severely expensive 275ml bottle (May 2011) - Big beers do come in small packages! Damn this thing is heavy--it feels heavy and nice on the palate as well. Caramel, chocolate, espresso, and roasty tones are counterbalanced by a considerable hoppiness. Alcohol very well hidden @ 10 pct.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3108) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle - 2013 vintage - Huge tan head on top of a dark black body. Nose is cinnamon graham crackers, molasses, and a light fruitiness. Taste is the same, with lots of molasses sweetness and a bit of coffee and roast on the finish. Slick and medium-bodied with a lightly boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear, black, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1677) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Appearance: 2013 vintage. Very dark brown. Small amount of tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, coffee. Burnt. Nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, £5.39
Info: 1/8-2015, 84/300M, BB: 2/9-2026

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with cola colors coming through around the edges when held to the light. Huge khaki head containing focaccia bread-like bubbles. Chocolate coffee nose. Thick mouthfeel. Dry for the style. Flavored tobacco and chocolate flavors. Bitters pretty remarkably.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (605) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from dusty...2013 vintage....nose is molasses...taste is the same...really smooth...licorice...nice stuff....(#561)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (297) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2015
Best by 02/09/26. Pours a deep black which barely perceptible as red when held to the light. Head the color and density of dark roast espresso crema. Big fruity aromas from the yeast along side chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavours bring chocolate cherries, espresso and dark chocolate as straight from the block. Thick bodied with a long, sweet chocolate and cherry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3673) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
275ml bottle, 2012 maltage, from Healthy Spirits (or not so healthy in this case cuz itís a calorie bomb amirite? lol). When you pour this bear (oops typo...or is it?), one thing comes to mind: OMG THIS LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE GUINNESS!!! We all know what Guinness is all about. Like thick black tar from the La Brea pits, it could kill a shitload of dinosaurs in one fell swoop. It is the Indominus Rex of beers. If you can down a whole pint, you are basically Joey Chestnut. Now before we get into this beer, letís look at the description on the bottle: "Enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones." Dafuq? Whoís enjoying what? Is the beer enjoying its own body? Iíve heard god kills a kitten every time that happens. This beer is a big-time cat killer. I had to move Foofie out of the room just so I could drink it. Iím glad itís a little bottle because if it were even 12oz, I would die. Also, why are flavor notes being used to describe the body, which is a mouthfeel thing? Have I been ticking beers wrong all these years? What has my life even amounted to? Goodbye cruel world...oh wait, thereís still beer so Iíll keep chugging on. Even if Iím drinking it wrong itís still wicked good. Itís also the 4th of July and AMERICA!!! Am I right? Celebrating that classic day when Mel Gibson said "You can never take our freedom!" to the British and they were like "Righty-O, weíll just hop on back across the pond then. Bugger." That was epic, although Mel Gibson is still a douche. Best country in the universe. Color: Brown (or espresso I guess?), with a small fading tan head. The aroma has evident age on it, a hint of sherry, with chocolate, pear (lol stole that one but really), smoke, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and rich with chocolate, smoke, coffee, and raisin. The body, well, I donít quite enjoy it as much as the beer itself apparently does, but itís not bad. Pretty drinkable with a slick mouthfeel, medium-full body, and light carbonation. Overall a reasonable version of a great but often overrated style. Hey, I survived to tick another day!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5164) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 23, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a opaque dark black brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The nice aroma was vinous and dark malt. The semi-flat mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering dark malt aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of semi-sweet roasted malt toffee toasted malt brown malt dark malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6968) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2015
(Bottle, 2012 vintage) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with black rye bread, caramel, liquorice, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of orange peel. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black rye bread, sweet espresso, liquorice, treacle, raisins, pears, dark chocolate, a touch of orange peel and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, quite sweet. Solid and well made imperial stout with lots of liquorice and espresso. Iím not usually impressed by the Wellsí beers, but this was quite magnificent. Excellent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rafal4985 (6) - - MAY 7, 2015 does not count
Got one bottle from Beers of Europe. In my opinion this beer would be good after over one more year of aging. Alcohol is dominating taste of this imperial stout. Also I expect more oily condition from RIS. Anyway it is good one, worth tasting. Roastiness, coffee, chocolate and alcohol - heating drinkerís throat properly.


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