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

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RATINGS: 558   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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SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2012
opaque black with a thick tan head. slightly creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: chocolate, licorice, black roasted barley or malt, and some silage. i do get the pear.

taste: foam is sweet and chocolaty, beer tastes much like it smells, but with a leafy and woodsy whole hop character. much more balanced than our american examples, and more sessional, but every bit as complex. with less hop bitterness and burnt astringency, the other flavors can all come through in a complex harmony.


3.8
malibrat (102) - Pula, CROATIA - JAN 21, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2018 Pivo u flaši. Negdje sam pročitao da je Michael Jackson u svojoj knjizi o pivi posvetio ovom pivu dvije stranice i smatrajući ga sinonimom za „Imperial Stout“. Navodno se ovaj sada proizvodi po originalnom receptu iz 18. stoljeća. Tijelo mu nije baš gusto kao ovi noviji Imperial Stoutovi i nije tako 'nabrijano' kavom i drugim tipičnim okusima za Imperial Stout. Više je onako likerast , ustvari baš odiše nekak 'starinski'. Morate ga probati i piti ga uz , kad je već 'recept' iz 18. stoljeća nek i muzika bude takva npr. J. S. Bacha :)

3.6
fombe89 (4243) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2018 Botella, @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 18/01/2018
Color negro con buena corona de espuma beige, aromas torrefactos, cafe, sabor tostado, cafe, cuerpo denso, bien.

4.1
Kita (2304) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 17, 2018
Bottle, 0.275l. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. Pours hazy dark brown color with thin quickly diminishing tan-like head, floating yeast particles and soft visible carbonation. Taste starts with moderate sweet and rich roasted malt, follows by chocolate, slight sour fruitiness with light coffee note, mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, while finish is mild bitter. Full body, thick creamy texture and average carbonation in palate. Small bottled poison...

3.2
rob19a (530) - - OCT 16, 2017
14/20 very good, chocolate coffee taste, doesn't have the depth of flavour of the best imp stouts, slightly gassy, but decent

3.8
BeardedAvenger (1280) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2017
2013 vintage. Bought in the CAMRA shop, GBBF 2017. Rich coffee and boozy Christmas pudding aroma. Glossy and dark. Thin beige head. Medium bitter, surprisingly restrained. Coffee. Tart berries. Almost smoky. As I drink more it gains a stewed fruit sweetness. Medium bodied. Surprisingly thin. A muted fizzy carbonation. Astringent finish. The booze remains. Was wondering what it'd turn out, seeing as it had presumably been lugged around CAMRA events. Enjoyable, if perhaps basic, Impy Stout.

4.3
einherjar (501) - Rijeka, CROATIA - SEP 12, 2017
275ml bottle. Aroma coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. Taste chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, alcohom warm.

3.8
CraftyHare (131) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2017
275ml bottle pours deep opaque brown with no head. Malty aromas of dark cocoa, brown sugar, caramel malt and stone fruit. Smokey flavours of dark chocolate, caramel, dried fruit characters, espresso, roast malt, ash and alcohol. The pear is not distinct, but there is a strong sweet fruit background which cuts through the dark smoky characters. Long finish with very mild bitterness. Beautifully balanced Russian imperial stout.

3.9
Lowenbrau (4814) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2017
275ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 07-09-2017.
BBD: 02-09-2026.
In short: liquor IStout.
Did I enjoy it: no doubt.
Pours quite dark brown, opaque, with some garnet reflections. Average light tan head, short retention, little lacing. Roasty and licorice aromas, some nuts, sherry, almond like., like, caramel notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Taste is roasty, licorice, some coffee, nuts, wood, nuts. Smooth, maybe a bit too boozy, liquor character. Enjoyable.

3.2
angel77 (4072) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2017 Botella 27, 5 cl en Cimmeria 06..09..2017. Vintage 2013. Lote L3248A 22;58 fcpref 02..09..2026 en botella. Color negro intenso con espuma beige oscuro persistente. Sabores originales, caramelos, especias maderas empapadas, si ropes de arce. Cuerpo ligero a medio algo espumoso. Buena sensación alcohólica. Original imperial stout con recuerdos de escocesas potentes. Original. Se podría repetir.

3.8
BarrelTamer12 (10) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Rich espresso body with pear overtones and a fresh smoky fruity finish. 10% alcohol by volume. Can be aged for up to 13 years. 2012 vintage #065999. A very good stout would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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