overall
99
85
style
Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 550   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (7103) - Helsinki, - FEB 15, 2013
(Bottle, 0.33 l - #156565, 2012 Vintage - BBE 16/08/25, from Systembolaget, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and saltiness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitterness. Aftertaste was rosty, ashy and bitter. A bit too sweet and aftertaste was too harh. Aging would quite likely soften both. Othrwise nicely balanced and alcohol was quite well hidden.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gepajerry (3) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
Coffee, dark chocolate, semisweet with lingering finish ofboth. Totally enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Vintage 2012, bottle at the Publican. Dark almost opaque, mahogany tinged brown. Minimal head. Started with aggressive anise, sweet caramel. Fair bit of alcohol. Some espresso. Quite bitter. Strong sweet underlying malt. Heavy body, thick. Long finish. Pretty darn great. Still pretty raw though, probably could age another 5 years or so.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CyborgX (99) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svartvit (512) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (1174) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 27, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Višnja 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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
UjoKlobasa (902) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Black color, tan head. Smell of vodka. Aroma of vodka, chocolate. Not very good within style.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (1287) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1811) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (6441) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
darbeer75 (860) - 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.


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