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


on tap

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Several bottles/glasses at the Amsterdam/Young and Wells Brewers dinner (a million thanks to Iain for the invite). Deep dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. The nose is awesome. Loads of dark plum, cherry and some heavy charry roastiness. Lightly boozy with intensely chewy malt along with a touch of raisin and some ashy notes. Intense and chewy with a lot of lingering sweetness. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Black body with a quick tan head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly alcoholic with a sort of a green hop accent and a weird mix of something I can’t place. 7+ Flavour is a touch odd as well, sweet dark malt base, light roast and an odd not quite peppery undertone to it that eventually turns to a chocolatey cocoa quality. Average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. Bit disappointing given its reputation and my expectations but still decent. I look forward to trying it again in a bottle sometime. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Toronto

"So there’s no simple explanation for anything important any of us do and yea the human tragedy consists in the necessity of living with the consequences" - Gord Downie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours syrupy thick black, like coffee. Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso. Thick on palate with a light dose of syrup. Candied and roast malt, sweet and bitter finish. Great mix of stuff. Some booze as well, but well-disguised. Candied apple as well. Cask Days 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (510) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
cask. Deep black, dark brown foamy head. Espresso, chocolate, sour berries? Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light bourbon notes, and light cork. In mouth, a superb sweet fruity chocolate malt with light licorice, treacle, alcohol warmth and iodine, quite well done. Cask Days 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3698) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Un petit flacon de 275 ml qui porte le numéro 069100. Vintage 2012. La bouteille crache un liquide visqueux. La tête brune est un anneau qui laisse quelques traces sur la paroi de ma tulipe. Le nez est lourdement malté. Ses notes rôties lui vont à ravir. Mes narines nagent dans le chocolat et dans la mélasse. L’alcool est habilement monté sur une structure fruitée. Il y a des vapeurs de torréfaction qui tourbillonnent sans cesse. Le goût est imposant et riche. De gros malts noirs emprisonnent l’intérieur de ma bouche. Le café noir, le chocolat et le caramel brûlé martèlent mes papilles. J’entends maintenant l’alcool qui perce le fond de ma gorge. En bouche, mon palais est complètement tapissé. Le liquide foncé est très texturé. J’ai le sentiment qu’il peut m’étouffer à chaque gorgée. La finale est intense, chaude, amère et dégoulinante de chocolats et de mélasse fruitée.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
jd543 (418) - SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Black with a thin beige head. Aroma of roast malt, berries, chocolate, poorly-disguised alcohol and yeast. Taste is sweet, with a tart and bitter finish. Oily texture, light carbonation. This is not very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
9.3 oz. bottle. It pours a muddy dark brown with a decent light brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate and rich bread with lighter notes of smoke, treacle and dark fruit as it warms. The flavor has a lot of raisin, prune, fig, bread, coffee and some dark chocolate and ash in the finish. Much fruitier than most American versions of the style. Very rich, complex and satisfying. I’m glad I finally got a chance to try this world classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3962) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of honey, caramel, chocolate, coffee, cherry, pretty live, flavor of coffee, caramel, cherry, brandy with pleasant bitterness, medium to full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6042) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Conyers, Ga - Sigman Bottle Shop - 275 ml bottle. Pitch black, licorice-like pour with a thin but sticky khaki colored head that leaves a light film of lacing. Aroma of creosote, licorice, a touch of espresso. Flavor is enticing, with some licorice accents, some plums and prunes, espresso hints in the back end with just a hint of warm booziness ans smokiness, . Mouthfeel has a warming thickness to it.

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