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

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RATINGS: 523   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011. Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer. The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever. The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish. Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1036) - 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 (1156) - 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 (5756) - 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 (1034) - 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 (422) - - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2016
2 x 275ml bottles 2013 vintage poured oily black & lacy malty fruity aroma the taste is superb all quality coffee treacle syrupy caramel malty dark chocolate hint of the alcohol & a lasting tangy bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1122) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 9, 2016
Dark brown to black colored, small tan creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, bit burnt. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, bit brown sugar, licorice, roasted coffee, medium bitter dark chocolate, dry finish, bit burnt. Medium to full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation. (bottle, Bor Bar, Samobor)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2445) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate.


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