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


on tap

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RATINGS: 523   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (3739) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Feb 16, courtesy of Mike. Many thanks! Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is dusty old dried fruits. Taste is quite lean with smooth light dark fruits and caramel, some chocolate malts, faint liquorice. Decent but rather thin. Would’ve loved to try the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (788) - - FEB 18, 2016
Vintage 2013: Pours black, oily, clear, slightly haze, with foamy brown stable head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, which is overtoped with hop aroma, with notes of plums, prunes and other dark fruits. Flavor: rich dark malt flavors, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of licorice, vanilla, port wine, cognac, oak wood, supported with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially prunes and plums. Finish is sticky, dry. Alcohol warmth is noticable. Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is low. Simple, delisious archetype of real Russian imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7033) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2016
Bottled 275ml. -from Pivoteka Zagreb. Vintage 2013. Deep black coloured, small to medium sized brown head, chocolate in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, distinct alcohol presence, some licorice and notes of prunes. Bitter and pretty harsh roasty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saltyseadog (32) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2016
275ml bottles (?) in a gift set from Windsor Hy-Vee, 2012 & 2013 vintage, in their own John Courage tulip glass. Both vintages show off well integrated aromas of dark chocolate, buttercream and condensed milk, rum raisins, caramel and butterscotch. 2012 is photogenic perfection with oily dark liquid and more than a finger of creamy tan head with magnificent lacing to the bottom of the glass. 2013 has almost no head at all, but retains better carbonation within the liquid, easing up the outrageous weight of the beer, making 2013 slightly more sippable. Both vintages open with really well integrated coffee and dark chocolate flavors and a pleasant caramel vanilla finish, both with a pleasant belly warming alcohol effect midway from that 10% ABV. 2012 has a bit of a raisiny flavor up front and an excellent buttercream sweetness that really makes my mouth water, but is also a bit undercarbonated and trapped under its own weight in terms of drinkability. Both vintages are heavy, dark, roasty and bitter, not very well suited to extended drinking, not that you’d ever find a 6-pack of them for sale. Still a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1236) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, and hints of vanilla; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, and hints of caramel and vanilla; finish has some light roasted bitterness; very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1207) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Teriyaki sauce with French Roast coffee, thick, dark with no head to speak of. Nearly flat but a hint of effervescence in the throat. Shoyu, over ripe dark plums, warm alcohol, sweet with traces of burnt toast. I like this and will certainly score a few more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (911) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2016
Deep black pour with very little tan head. Dried fruit, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel aromas. Big dark chocolate and coffee flavours, boozy warmth, thick, almost oily body, long dark choc finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (672) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
275ml bottle. (2012 Vintage) Pours an opaque black with sediment and a small, short lived, tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, dried fruit, licorice, dark chocolate and alcohol. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, licorice, dried fruit, dark chocolate, soy sauce and warming alcohol with a dry, bitter coffee finish. Full body with a rich, oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCx240 (197) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
2012 Vintage. Deep, dark brown in color. Thin tan head. Smoky, chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, bitter, earthy. Finishes with lingering smokiness. Softly carbonated. Thick, creamy, slightly oily texture. Full body. Delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turboninja (433) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle@hotel, from Vintner Wine Market, NYC, USA. Strong sweet malty aroma of licorice and coffee. Pitch black color with minimal beige head. Strong taste with licorice, plum, coffee and some roasted sweeter malts. Semi balanced with medium taste spectrum and long sweet’n’malty aftertaste. Strong body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, basic but high quality IS. More balancing and body would make this perfect one.

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