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

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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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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4.4
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Yeah it is a soft rating for me but at this point of completion of the MJ 500 book and my 366 rating I will take it.

3.7
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 A fruit, roasted malts/meats, and brewed coffee nose. Pours a blackish brown with a large, mostly diminishing rocky dark tan head and nice lacing. Taste was medium bitter - a strong roasted/burnt quality with fruit and coffee notes. A pronounced bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with minium carbonation. Overall, would drink again. Catherine the Great obviously had good taste.

4
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2012
9.3oz bottle, brewed May 2011. Poured medium-deep brown with a short, tight-bubbled darker beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty coffee and chocolate malts with rich cocoa and vanilla warmth accenting.. some airy biscuit and bready accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found roasty, meaty coffee at the core, with cocoa and darker chocolate notes shooting outward.. vanilla showed at times, and complemented well.. finished roasty with rich malts, some earthy bitterness, and pleasing alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied, and a little thicker than expected on the palate.. very well-balanced.. tasty and very enjoyable. This was an excellent, classic, English-inspired imperial stout.

4.5
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Aroma is delicious- vanilla, light caramel, mild cacao and dark berry and plummy fruit notes. Tastes great, but not quite as layered as the nose, mostly rich dark chocolate, like a 65% cacao that approaches espresso flavors without getting overly tannic or biting.

4
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
275mL bottle, no date for $7.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, probably eight months ago. Black body with a one finer tan head, fair retention. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate with plenty of figs, molasses, and raisin notes to make me think itíd be a good sipper/cigar/dessert beer. Tobacco and decaying leaves are in there. Thereís also some fruity English yeast and roast, though the roast isnít too high. Flavor continues to be rich and chocolatey and fruity, not much roast at all, and I like it. Alcohol is masked well considering itís at 10%, bitterness at a 2, light roast. Full body with low smooth carbonation. Very tasty.

3.4
bbbeer (811) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Very dark brown with medium-large beige head. Aroma roasted malt, nuts, wood, cocoa. Medium-full body. Just a little alcohol. Flavor coffee, hint of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Slightly sweet. Decent balance. All the elements are good, although didnít really excite.

3.6
italianjohn (3113) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Black pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of dark chocolate, light anise, dark fruits and roasted espresso ..... taste of deep roasted espresso, dark chocolate, light anise and dark fruits ... bitter, roasted and dry with a big bitter bite on the backend and lingers for a bit .... solid abv hidden well

3.5
anders37 (26257) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish.

3.9
robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours a jet black with a medium khaki head, and very good lacing. smell is of cocoa, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, and some nuts. taste is smooth, milk chocolate, dark pitted fruits, malt, a little carbonated, and few hops. ends creamy and a slight bitter.

4.1
jonno (2756) - JAPAN - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle May 2011. About as prototypical as you could hope -rich, oakey, heavy dark malts, alcohol well hidden. Long lingering, smokey finish. A bit hoppier than expected and a big espresso roast finish. Warming as it enters the esophagus. Just missing something to really elevate it above the pack, but when you are the innovator, I guess the rest are turning some interesting tricks to best the original. Perfect size for one person to enjoy too.


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