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Courage Russian Imperial Stout (- 2003)

Formerly brewed at John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Note: This beer is retired and new bottles should not be rated here but instead under the Wells and Young or Thornbridge entry. Bottle conditioned. Appeared in the cask at GBBF in 2003 after being brewed in a secret location in Scotland. Last known brewery for the bottled product is John Smith’s Tadcaster brewery.
Ingredients: Pale, Amber, Black and Pilsner malts; 16% sugar; caramel; Target hops - 25lb per barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6563) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
1985 bottle kindly shared by Puzzl. Black with a touch of orange, flat. Lots of umami and soy in the nose, very oxidized, tobacco, wood, citrus and a touch of acetic acid. Sour, slightly acetic flavor, chocolate, soy sauce, apples. Silky, slight, and flat body. Fascinating. Rather sour and oxidized, as is to be expected, but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1224) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
1993 vintage. Beautiful bottle and label. Pours completely flat, looks like a black glass of wine. Probably matured a touch past its best to be honest. Malty marmite aroma, Lakshmi thought the same, a bit odd. Very rounded flavour, bitterness mellowed out. Treacle, malt loaf, hint of booze. On its own I’d have given this bottle low 3s probably, although previous bottles drunk younger pre-Ratebeer were more on the impressive side. Always difficult now tasting the old legend beers with so many of similar styles available, but not sure this holds up as well as some others.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mallen386 (20) - OKC, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2014
The stout that started it al. Start your stout journey here then voyage into the crazy current stout milieu. This one noses perfect, IMO. Great appearance, that blackish brown color with only the thinnest trace if light milk chocolate colored laces. Mouthfeel like...creamy foam but not chinky. The aftertaste won't quit, which balances the brew. So nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DearBeer2013 (59) - - APR 10, 2014
Nasty. Smells like rotting prunes. Tastes like fruit with high amount of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MunBro (399) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, toffee, hints of chocolate, etc. Tastes of roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolates, burnt toffee and caramel with some fruit notes at the end. A wonderfully complex beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Black with a dark brown head. Coffee, chocolate and malt aroma. Dark sweet chocolate, licorice, espresso and dried dark fruit flavors. Finish is long beginning sweet and ending with a nice sharp bitterness. Wonderfully complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2013
1992 Bottle. Dark with a thin brown head. Intense aroma of sweet, roasted malt, licorice, port, raisin and spices. Very intense. Roasted malt taste, ripe fruit ,raisins,, some chocolate, very pleasant sherry like oxidization. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (713) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
Aroma: Roasted malt aromas Taste: Roasted malt flavors, and some coffee finish, warm alcohol present at end aswell Appearanc: Thick dark body with a head that disappears fairly fast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
10oz bottle at George street. Black with brown head. Smells like chocolate chips. Very rich brownie and dark chocolate taste. Can taste the booze. Good tho

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. What’s all the hubbub about?? Colour...nearly black but not much head. Nose...lightly roasty with some chocolate and hops. Palate...similar to the nose but some texture to the whole deal . There’s some thickness and slightly viscous feel with some dryness, but overall this seems ok and not much else.

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