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

bottled
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RATINGS: 546   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2967) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2012
9.3oz bottle (May 2011) - pours black with beige head and awesome lacing. Nose is dark fruit, alcohol, caramel and toffee. Flavor adds roasted malts. Sweetish. Burns. Roasted aftertaste. Dry finish. Mild for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2964) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2012
At just on cool and into a snifter. Pour is black as midnight with an unexpectedly well held dollop of tannish cream atop. Unusual nose has hints of raisin and muscatels, sweet sherry warmth, clove, burnt rubber, cigarette smoke, brine, burnt toffee and anchovy fillets. So sweet and smoky is first taste, the heat of the alcohol adding a whisky like warmth to the swallow. Thick, oily and syrupy body, very smooth and livened only by a tickle of light bubbles upfront. Smoky, charred wood and bonfire ash lives on long after each slow, careful sip. A touch of anchovy and clove similar to the nose peaks out. Burnt sugar and bitter burnt raisins add depth, the fruit joins the smoke of the aftertaste. it actually does have a doughy and supple pear note to it, me the sceptic. A little cloying as it goes though, I think a nip bottle would best suit it. Not quite the Harveys Imperial Stout clone I had expected, but a very enjoyable big beer none the less. (27,5cL, May 2011 release, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2940) - GREECE - SEP 25, 2014
275 ml bottle at home. Black color with very nice one finger beige almost creamy head. roasted malty aroma of coffee (mostly) and chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisins, light hoppy. Taste is sweet and bitter, malty, like the aroma, coffee and dark sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Full body, almost creamy, soft carbonation, bitter chocolate and coffee and slightly alcoholic long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2930) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours black with a large, lasting head. Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and a fair bit of earthy hops. Pretty nice stuff, very interesting. Flavours are incredibly rich. Chocolate truffles, espresso, sultanas, prunes and booze. A bit too full on. Nice thick body, could use more carbonation though. A nice array of flavours but too sweet and boozy for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: Pitch black, small brown head. Aroma: Rich chocolate, bran, espresso, quite toasty and a good deal of spice. Smells great. Flavour: Smokey, rich chocolate, espresso, wood, a little whiskey, spicy with a creamy velvet mouthfeel, great slightly alcoholic barrel finish. Cherry. Tastes great. What a lovely find.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft at Monks. Opaque pour with a thick creamy brown head. Rich chocolate nougat. Caramel malt. Espresso. Raisin pie. Pecan brownies. Figs. Prunes. French roast coffee. Silky smooth start to finish with a slight alcohol bite in the middle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2888) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinsons Beer Shop, Inverness [231213] 2012 Vintage
Pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma of rich meaty dark malts, deep soy sauce, some rich dark fruits, vinous notes, dab of leather, bit earthy, soft alcohol. Taste of rich dark malts, very soft roast, dab of tar, soy, some meaty roast malts, liquorice, woody, dab of dark molasses and chocolate, complex stuff, alcohol is very well hidden. Palate - very soft carb, medium body- its a bit light in body but fine for this beer, soft sweet with light burnt bitter notes. Finish as main flavour, all those complex dark malts, slightly smoky, soy, smooth tail.
Overall - Complex flavour and not heavy...really nice old-fashioned impy. Certainly the best beer Ive had from Wells and Youngs!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle. Rating #67. Dense dark black pour with a real nice tan head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Dark fruity aroma, raisins, molasses and a bit of chocolate. Big flavor, roasty and bitter chocolate with some soy sauce, very rich and quite tasty. (2245)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
275 ml bottle brewed by Wells & Young. Pours deep black with deep tan head. Aroma of astringent dark roasted grain and bakers cocoa. Flavor is much the same with sharp dark roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy body, silky with fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid brew but seems like something is off, none the less a good brew!


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