Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Cask; Special (at 9.5%). Also available in bottles.
Brewed to a Courage recipe from the 1850s, this extra strong stout was first brewed for export to Russia where it was a popular drink at the court of Catherine the great.
Hops: Appollo, Hallertau, Hersbrucker
Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Black Patent

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1211) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma is light coffee, big liquorice, caramel, toffee and light chocolate. Taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and quite thick texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (294) - - DEC 23, 2013
A black beer, with a light brown average head. In the nose there is, light chocolate, light coffee, liquirish, malty and light salty. It is a full bodied beer, with a fine but light carbonation. In the taste the salty liquirish is the most prominant taste. In the background there are roasted malts, light stingy and alcohol. The aftertaste is light bitter, coffee and liquirish, stays long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vipinvelp (4076) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
Clear dark ruby red, almost black with hughe brown foam head, leaving drinking rings. Aroma is nice bitter stout like. Tastes real bitter cold coffee, some licorice, some roasted nuts. Nice beer. (Utrecht 201312)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4403) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Sticky and sirupy beer. Thick sweet body of chocolate and malt, you could eat it with a fork.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2097) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle from Todd. Thanks! A: Black like an abyss with a creme head. Good legs. N: Tons of colar, licorice, some cocoa, what I think is rosemary (or sage), rye, peppercorn, and cedar. T: Peppery to the max. With a lot of wood elements. A touch of sourness. M: Oily and medium-heavy. Sticky. O: A strange bird. Its all over the place in terms of flavor. Big bitterness over big malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8674) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
The trifeca! Bottle thanks to Todd. The third incarnation of this most ancient and venerable of Stouts. Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. A big nose of sweet malts, candies and nuts. The flavor borders between bitterness and very sweet malty profiles, almost glue like intensity, round sweet malt throughout, light roasted chestnuts. Interesting. Unusual. Very different than the Courage Ive had from the 1970s. I still liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (5245) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2013
Fra flaske p Mandag i Annen (Cardinal) nov-13: perfekt timing her, denne kom som kveldens nest siste. Cremeskum, feit og god - sjokolade/kaffe/sviskearoma. Enorm munnfylde med en stor og kompleks smak hvor ogs lakris melder sin ankomst. So smooth, og saftig i tillegg. Et trestjerners klassel, life is good indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (8430) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2013
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with a small tanned head.Aroma is dark malty, roasty and light burnt, dark bitter chocolate,vinous with woody notes. Thick and filling mouthfeel.Taste is moderate roasted malts, liquorice,chocolate, overall a very good IS, not on the sweet side, more balanced malty, with some nice roasty and liquorice notes on the finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Dark brown color, small brown head. Aroma of toasted malts and licorice. Full-bodied. Salted licorice, toasted malts, light sweet note, backing hops. Brilliant!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (4793) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This very dark brown beer pours with a rapidly disappearing bright tan head. It has sweet red fruit and oak flavours, leather and marzipan notes, with slight smoke with more deep red fruit and a roasted coffee finish. Fantastic!

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