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

bottled
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RATINGS: 412   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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4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matthewjk (860) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swegepe (20) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Mörk mörk och tung känsla. Stor varm mälta. Nikotin och piptobak. Rostade toner men med sötma och behaglig syra.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (3892) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
This one poured a darker brown wih A tanhead. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark chcolate. Flavor was similar, more on the brown side, not deep dark roast, but chocolate and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Sample from Mathieu87. THX APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshAWaddell (33) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Aroma of coffee and malts, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Pours almost black with small tan head. Tastes of malts, coffe and strong alcohol. They did not hide the alcohol nearly enough. Still, a decent beer. I recommend Founders, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY and even Breckenridge 72 for Imperial Stouts over this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenninjas (2) - - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Strong and dark, with a faintly sweet aroma. Aftertaste reminiscent of coffee, great pair for a philly chicken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (142) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Very complex aroma and flavor of walnut/pecan, pears in brandy, campfire, dried fruit with a hint of green olive, roast coffee and cream, vanilla and figs. Finish is quite lengthy, and the overall effect is elegant, layered and restrained, while at the same time ebullient. A marvelous tribute to the granddaddy of all Imperial Russian Stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1689) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Small pour at Falling Rock (keg kicked). Black appearance, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cream, coffee and roasted malts. Similar flavor, adding a touch of dark fruits, earthy hops and smoke. Smooth and creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardsFan25 (54) - - APR 7, 2014
Dark pour with about an inch and a half of head from a vintage 2012 bottle. Very smooth pear, fig, chocolate, and malt taste. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is full of muscovado, licorice, molasses and some dark chocolate. Taste is similar, licorice and dark chocolate that makes way for a very roasty finish. Full bodied, sweet and bitter. Delish. 2000th rate

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1056) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle 2012 vintage. Big sweet dark fruit aroma - figs, raisins. Malt cake, some booze, very rich... a little soy meatiness come in quite quickly after 5 mins or so. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. Dark toffee, light liquorice, rum, raisins, coffee cake, some woody resin... Tasty.


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