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

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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
11.2oz bottle-trade with hbmason-thin brown-black. Aroasty/anise-dk malt, some spice. T-roasty/anise-dk malt, peat, spice hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12286) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a fruity malt, oak and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a light smoke and oak with nice dark fruit. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12270) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep brown to black with a small, fizzy, brown head. Aroma has heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, lovely licorice notes. Light vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, chocolate, a touch of rubber, light milky, light coffee. Good, lingering warmth. Very elegant.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
at paps tasting. clear brown , smooth light brown head. looks nice. aroma is malty, slightly flowery. flavor is rosted malty, flowery, woody dry, nice woody fruity flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11794) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A solid imperial stout. Interesting 275ml bottle. It is robust with a focus of cocoa.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (11633) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is delicious, thick, sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11630) - Troms, 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).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11487) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. Black colour with a tiny tan head in the aroma. Aroma is strong malt, strong sweetness, plum, dark fruits and mild dryness. The flavour is roasted malt, strong sweetness, mild ashy dryness and mild hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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