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


on tap

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (6372) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014
Thnx to somebody Pours black no real foam Bit coffee in the smell , Good mouthfeel , bit bitter . Someetalic aspect . Earthyness , , some green , sweet , perfumed aspects . Pretty good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3513) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle from 99 Bottles (Federal Way, WA). Big dark chocolate, cherries, ash, and some coffee in the nose. Pitch black, thin tan head. Deep rich chocolate initial / sweet dark fruitiness in mid, and definite alcohol warmth / smooth chocolate finish, with some tongue-coating light bitterness. Thick, medium heavy. Smooth creamy stuff. Alc level is apparent and the body is a bit lighter than many modern-style imp stouts. Very nice palate cycle of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer-yum (1367) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2014
Superb example of the style. Full bodied and perfectly balanced. You wouldn’t know it was as strong as it is...until it catches up with you!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (1445) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a jet black with a small off-white head. Aroma is malts and sweet fruit. Flavor has a strong dose of sweet fruit mixed with roasted malts. There is also a touch of coffee and chocolate, and the smokiness helps balance these flavors out. This has a nice full body a goes down smooth. It is one of the best beers I have had. Everything about it is just pure joy - from the rich aroma to the complex and well-balanced flavors. I will have to get some more bottles to age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
275ml dark bottle from Tesco. Four for £5 deal. Un-fucking-believable. The best beer in the world at a knock down price. I got a bunch of these. Some I have kept and drunk, others I gave away as Christmas presents. And what better present to give someone, eh? One of the best beers in the world. Possibly the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Aroma has dark fruits and slight roast. More fruit though. Flavor reverses that and is more roasty than I expected. Medium to full bodied and finishes drier than I expected. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3765) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, cask, Cask Days at Toronto, savoured on October 19 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, soy sauce, light woody, light bourbon, light alcohol, light Cherry Blossom; mouth: roasted barley, soy sauce, light woody, light bourbon, light alcohol, light Cherry Blossom, light soy sauce, finale in roasted barley with presence of acridness, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, oily texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en cask, Cask Days à Toronto, savourée le 19 octobre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, sauce soya, léger boisé, léger bourbon, léger alcool, léger Cherry Blossom; bouche : orge torréfiée, sauce soya, léger boisé, léger bourbon, léger alcool, léger Cherry Blossom, léger sauce soya, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’âcreté, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillWyce (1015) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2012 vintage, bottle #046950 of 210,000. Pours opaque black with lots of bubbling along the glass and a 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Deep, rich aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Body is full, with some oily thickness and a touch of booziness in the finish. Flavor of roasty coffee with a light fruity note underneath. The roasty tone lingers on the tongue in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3225) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a thick black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of booze, dark fruit, and rich dark chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, rich dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
not at all harsh and with little alcohol this brew is smooth and with lighter flavor of cocoa,coffee and lighter on the spice aspect. fuller body is nice and altogether pleasant.

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