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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Ar:Sweet, malty, roasted, AP: Dark with light tan head. Taste: Roast, ashy, bit of fruit at the end. Full, thick palate with nice carb, very light bitterness at finish. True to form, great beer from the "original". 2012, cant wait to see what time does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CyborgX (96) - THAILAND - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle - Aroma is sweet chocolate. taste follows the aroma with a sweet dark chocolate dominance, rather than the bitter cocoa been chocolate of most Imperial Stouts. Don't drink too chilled, or you will miss all the nuances this beer has to offer. Comes to an unexpected and unwanted bitter finish. Used to be a difficult to find brew, but definitely worth 10 mins of your time if you see one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svartvit (409) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle shared at the Oirschot tasting. Pours close to black with a tan head. Very malty, liquorice, dark chocolate, bit of coffee, fruity. A bit too malt-forward for my taste. Over medium bitter, light sweet. Close to full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (1144) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 27, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Vinja 666 and Goran. Thanks! Dark brown to black, lasting small tan head. Heavy roasty, licorice, heavy caramel, dry fruits, light leather and chocolate. Sweet, barrel flavors, chocolate develops. Medium to full body, creamy texture, wonderful finish. Complex and right measure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
UjoKlobasa (858) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Black color, tan head. Smell of vodka. Aroma of vodka, chocolate. Not very good within style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (1229) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Shared 9.3 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark malt, alcohol and chocolate. Taste is largely dark malt and alcohol with chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet, alcoholic finish. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1767) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Beautiful black color. Nice boozy aroma, had almost a wine port aroma. Taste is boozy but still lots of quality imperial malts and deep fruits. Mouth is sweet, bitter, and sticks to the tongue. Very full. 10% abv is not overly obvious, but clear. Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (6241) - FINLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle (systemet, some years ago..) #153628. Black. Dark rich malty, slight peppery, soft old woody nose. Feels a bit murky, oxidized, but not really bad still. Med full bodied, smooth, silky, kinda easy to drink. Some old cola in flavour, roasty smooth. Not as intense as more modern- style risses, but real smooth easy, like spiced with old malty wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
darbeer75 (826) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Aroma: very rich and malty with red wine and oak notes; Appearance: pitch black with white head that disappears; Taste: like a straight oak barrel; a little flavor on the edges but mainly lots of woodiness; Palate: heavy body with medium finish; Overall: way too oaky. Will not get again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Parogolima (11) - - NOV 18, 2016
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5138) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2016
This was a pair of bottles (2012 and 2013) that came in a box with a glass. First the 2012 vintage.. Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured black with a tan head and good lacing. Nose is raisins, vanilla, soy, and chocolate. Body is between medium and full and there is a little alcohol in the mouth feel adding a little "bite". The flavor is rich and complex. I get tobacco, raisins, licorice, dark ripe fruit, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts. and some vanilla. Finished with some bitterness. Darn good. So off we go to the 2013 vintage. This was not quite as good as the 2012 vintage. We kind of find the vanila and tobacco disappearing. A little bit more spicy with pepper. Bit thinner. But the biggest difference is that the 2013 vintage has a lot more milk chocolate malts and the finish is more licorice and chocolate than the 2012 edition. But still pretty good. Great pair of beers.

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