Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Bakewell, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Cask; Special (at 9.5%). Also available in bottles.
Brewed to a Courage recipe from the 1850s, this extra strong stout was first brewed for export to Russia where it was a popular drink at the court of Catherine the great.
Hops: Appollo, Hallertau, Hersbrucker
Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Black Patent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (200) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2014
330ml bottle @ home. From Saveur Biere.

Black stuff with sticky brown foam. Aroma of salty liquorice. Dark chocolate and liquorice at taste. Toasty smooth IS. I like a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzgorog (255) - FRANCE - JAN 9, 2014
bière brune très foncée, léger col de mousse beige. Nez qui pourrait plus prononcé de pain grillé et de café. En bouche, énormement de corps, liquoreuse, bonne carbonation, belle amertume, toujours sur le pain grillé et le café, un peu de chocolat, l’alcool est également présent mais pas mnsquanr. Excellente imperial stout, un régal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (716) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
DWF; Pours dark brown with fading head. Nose is heavy malty, roasted, coffe, smoky and chocalate. I have to consider my friend.. 2 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Nice dark tan head. Bottled Dec 2011. Aroma: Dark malt, coffee, roasted. Taste: Very dark malt, chocolate, coffee, some bitterness. Warming. Very nice! Info: 330ml bottle, 25/12-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma is light coffee, big liquorice, caramel, toffee and light chocolate. Taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and quite thick texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (167) - - DEC 23, 2013
A black beer, with a light brown average head. In the nose there is, light chocolate, light coffee, liquirish, malty and light salty. It is a full bodied beer, with a fine but light carbonation. In the taste the salty liquirish is the most prominant taste. In the background there are roasted malts, light stingy and alcohol. The aftertaste is light bitter, coffee and liquirish, stays long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vipinvelp (2176) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
Clear dark ruby red, almost black with hughe brown foam head, leaving drinking rings. Aroma is nice bitter stout like. Tastes real bitter cold coffee, some licorice, some roasted nuts. Nice beer. (Utrecht 201312)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2179) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Sticky and sirupy beer. Thick sweet body of chocolate and malt, you could eat it with a fork.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (746) - Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle from Todd. Thanks! A: Black like an abyss with a creme head. Good legs. N: Tons of colar, licorice, some cocoa, what I think is rosemary (or sage), rye, peppercorn, and cedar. T: Peppery to the max. With a lot of wood elements. A touch of sourness. M: Oily and medium-heavy. Sticky. O: A strange bird. It’s all over the place in terms of flavor. Big bitterness over big malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
The trifeca! Bottle thanks to Todd. The third incarnation of this most ancient and venerable of Stouts. Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. A big nose of sweet malts, candies and nuts. The flavor borders between bitterness and very sweet malty profiles, almost glue like intensity, round sweet malt throughout, light roasted chestnuts. Interesting. Unusual. Very different than the Courage I’ve had from the 1970s. I still liked it.

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