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

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RATINGS: 557   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
Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee, fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex good beer.

4
Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light bourbon notes, and light cork. In mouth, a superb sweet fruity chocolate malt with light licorice, treacle, alcohol warmth and iodine, quite well done. Cask Days 2013.

3.3
crossovert (14133) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A solid imperial stout. Interesting 275ml bottle. It is robust with a focus of cocoa.

3.3
mR_fr0g (14028) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Thanks to Beese for the pour. Dark caramel opaque pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is soft roast, veg, salty soy. Full bodied low carb, flavour is salty soy, roast.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, bubbly tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is minty, earthy and woody hops, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes and licorice. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness and dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.8
Rune (13760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Cask, GBBF 2013, thanks to Kjell for sharing. Opaque jet black body. Naked surface. Roasted dark caramel and chocolate on the nose. Confectionery taste with hints of anise, dried fruits, and coffee. Gentle roasted, dark malty ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Fine night cap to round off the second day at the festival (London Olympia 14.08.2013).

3.6
Camons (13520) - 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

3.7
j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a large tan head. Big sweet roast and malt, toast and a bit of sweetness, hoppy fuzzy malt. Medium bodied, plum and prune, roast and malt, chocolate, toast, roast. Soft bitter roast, chocolate, toast. Long roasty bitterness, smooth and drinkable for the 10% ABV that it carries.

4.2
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Holy friggin complexity batman!! Nutty, earthy, bitter, sweet, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit slightly smokey craziness. Nice beer! Slightly too much fizz and alcohol showing in the finish are the only faults, and they are minor. Really nice impy :). Russian, yet distinctly English."

3.8
Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
After 5.5 years had a fresh bottle(so cognac ageing of the 1978 I had in 2006 not there yet as only year old) courtesy of Gary. Very creamy, light chocolate and roast. Very good, and uncomparable to the US versions of this style. A Must try. Big head.


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