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


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RATINGS: 548   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (7179) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Two versions from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. First is the 2012. Almost black with just a little amber. Aroma of soy and vanilla beans. A little chocolate and raisins, too. Big raisin flavor to begin. A little tobacco in the aftertaste. Burnt brown sugar and then a little grapefruit. Molasses, black licorice, The 2013 vintage has no vanilla or tobacco. But it does have some kind of pepper. Plus there is big milk chocolate and then some dark chocolate. A little bitterness, too. These two years were quite different. I preferred the vanilla in the 12 but with warming the 13 improved with that milk chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Rating #2152 - 2015.11.05 - Sampled at Willow Park Beer Bash - Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt espressoey bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2016 Bottle 275ml (2013) - cellared for 3 years. Served at cellar temperature. Pours extremely dark brown (virtually black). Head is small, tanned, and is mostly lasting. Aroma is rich and malty; toasted white bread, burnt chocolate, brownies, prunes, dried currants, burnt brown sugar, soft liquorice, treacle, and leather. Flavour is smooth and complex with a light-to-medium roasted/earthy hop bitterness; roasted barley, salted liquorice, dark raisin chocolate, prunes (light), strong black coffee, soil, charcoal/smoke and notes of burlap in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, an oily texture and an extremely long, warming, progressive finish. A VERY big, yet somehow refined Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle to a pint. Pours black with thin mocha head. Toffee and espresso notes. Full flavor, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, some oakiness... The original RIS... Excellent... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
Bottle, 275ml. *** Colour: Pitch black, with a small, creamy beige head. *** Nose: Strong aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, some roasted malt, altogether sweetish. And alcohol!. *** Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, very soft carbonation. *** Taste: Intense licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, brandy at the outset. In the middle the sweetness evaporates, dark cocoa dominates the palate. Dark Chocolate and burnt malts in the finish, aftertaste is sweet again, of licorice and coffee malt. *** Impressions: Intense flavours in this imperial stout which alternates between sweet and bitter notes. A great desert, certainly, but the string sweetness may not be everybodys cup of tea. But a very good strong stout nonetheless, though I would slightly prefer Samuel Smiths Imperial Russian Stout.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Highm (2) - USA - AUG 31, 2016 does not count
A good, decent stout. Full flavored. A light coffee taste. Little sweet. Almost bourbon barrel taste. B minus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle shared by Johan Schultz thanks. Short light brown head. Clear dark brown color. Rubber aroma with some roasted malty aroma. Mild bitterness and chocolate taste. Balanced bitterness and well fermented beer to give a good imp stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (3590) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle, 275 ml from Pivoteka. Courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown, brownish head. Sweet, milk chocolate, licorice, smooth, some vanilla. Finishes bitter. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
A 0.275 l bottle. It poured almost black, red hued body with a small brown head. Strong aroma of licorice, roasted malts like coffee and cocoa with some sweeter fruity notes. Flavor was lightly sweet, also a bit bitter, all from roasted malts where the coffee dominated. Cocoa, brown sugar, some licorice made it up as well. Medium complexity, I thought it would be higher. Medium body with longer, sourish coffee finish. Okay, a correct and enjoyable imperial stout, although quite an average or sub-par one. Also overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (914) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 Totalmente negra, turva, espuma marrom cremosa de mdia formao e boa persistncia. No aroma mais chocolate, avel, nozes, malte intenso. Torrado aparece mais no paladar mas de mdia intensidade, mantm o equilbrio com o dulor mdio/intenso. Corpo licoroso, mdia carbonataao para o estilo. Final de mdia/longa persistncia mantm o equilbrio do dulor achocolatado,cacau, toffe em menor intensidade. Muito boa, mas no chega a ser uma referncia no estilo.

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