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


on tap

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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (4011) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from the Villa Market Ambassador, Bangkok. Poured a murky dark brown with a frothy tan head and a little broken lace. The aroma is strong liqourice, molasses and roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich, chewy, malt, liqourice bitter, chocolate, coffee, light boozy alcohol, light spice palate and a long bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Served at room temperature which is the way it should be. Took a short while to get into this, but eventually I appreciated the smooth malt, alcoholic bitterness of this beer. I probably need a second bottle to rate it properly :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
From the 275 ml. bottle no. 046168 of 210,000. Deep jet black pour under a modest tan head that dissipates to a ring. As it pours is becomes increasingly milky. Penetrating aroma of dark burnt malts, espresso, meaty fruits, and mild bitterness. Full body. Up front the taste brings out those dark, coffee-like malts, yeast, pear, and a probing bitter bite the ends dryly. Some boozy notes but not off putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
love a good english style imperial stout .. dark black .. placid foam .. . tar .. . mild chewiness with a balanced and subtle finish .. . all and all, quite a nice stout. solid .. . .
-I’m a little worried about being a slut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Appearance: Black body with a short and dense brown head.
Aroma: The aroma has a sour tinge to it, red wine vinegar esque, with hints of powdered chocolate, espresso beans and some fruity esters. Taste: The flavor is rather big with a very mild sourish vinegar and a bigger espresso flavor accompanied by a mild mocha underlying base. The back-end gets a hint of smoke. The finish lingers semi-dry of espresso beans and a hint of slightly tart raspberry.
Palate: Full-bodied with very mild carbonation.
Overall: This is intriguing, but at the same time off-putting sort of. The sour tinges are odd, but the malt base has great flavor. I’d try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1496) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
On tap at Houghs. Pours a dark brown win a light brown head. Not your typical inky black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light though. Taste is sweet and the mouth feel is medium and not thick. More easy drinking than your typical RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swegepe (22) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Mörk mörk och tung känsla. Stor varm mälta. Nikotin och piptobak. Rostade toner men med sötma och behaglig syra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
This one poured a darker brown wih A tanhead. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark chcolate. Flavor was similar, more on the brown side, not deep dark roast, but chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Sample from Mathieu87. THX APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshAWaddell (36) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Aroma of coffee and malts, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Pours almost black with small tan head. Tastes of malts, coffe and strong alcohol. They did not hide the alcohol nearly enough. Still, a decent beer. I recommend Founders, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY and even Breckenridge 72 for Imperial Stouts over this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenninjas (4) - - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Strong and dark, with a faintly sweet aroma. Aftertaste reminiscent of coffee, great pair for a philly chicken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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