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


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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (11950) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice. Flavor is roasted malt, licorice, caramel, little chocolate, some dark fruit, booze. Medium body, soft carbonation, rather bitter finish with some alcohol. 050214

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. 050214

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (16717) - DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, 10%. Very dark brown with tiny head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and bread. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, medium sweet, dusty, hop, little liquorice and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17998) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are soy, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and has a light earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle, only 9.3oz, marked 02/09/26, and yes, that surely refers to the 21st century. Nose from cap-off potent chocolate and darkly roast coffee with sweet underlying malt. Pours brown-black with a dense light brown head and lace. Taste is sweet with medium bitterness and a little char, tons of roast and coffee and chocolate, but smooth and inky, clean, with gentle warming (really did a great job with etoh integration). Fruitiness and a very faint amount of soy, some yeast character despite my care, light salt. Full body oily and makes the lips quite sticky. An excellent impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7654) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa 2014. Thanks - though I can buy this locally, just never did. Big black pour. Chocolate and roast. Coffee. Rich. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (13990) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a fruity malt, oak and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a light smoke and oak with nice dark fruit. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hopman1 (32) - apple valley, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
WOW!!! this beer is exactly what it states on the bottle " Brewed to perfection". Iím swirling it around in a snifter and it develops a light coffee and cream rapidly dissolving head .It has a very pleasant aroma of Toffee and coffee with cocoa very well balanced and easy drinking. At a 10.0 in ABV you couldnít even tell , very enjoyable to drink . This beer will age nicely, if you could wait 13 years. Yep, bottle no 038602 out of 210,000 , you have to try this one. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2014
2012 Vintage and served in snifter: pours inky black with a quickly fading tan head and spotty lace, some oily rears. The aroma has notes of Turkish pipe tobacco, roasted and charred malts, some toffee and espresso, moderate plum and raisin esters. The taste is heavy roast, coffee, mild dark fruits and some bruising alcohol. Seems that the marzipan, oxidation, and marmalade elements I love in these beers would be welcomed here to add depth and character as for now this is actually quite simple and not all the complex. The mouth feel is also a tad off, thinner than I remembered the older vintages and not as slick either. While not a bad brew it does disappoint and I truly question if aging beyond perhaps a year or so would actually help this much more unlike the older Courage RIS which developed for years to decades in the bottle... Well I will grab only one a throw it is the cellar to find out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
275ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2014)
Black, lovely tight tan head. Yeasty, liquoricey. Very rich, full palate, burnt and sticky or oily. Might benefit from a little ageing to mellow it. Best thing is the finish. Marmitey yeastiness is the main thrust. Decent sipper though.

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