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


on tap

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RATINGS: 455   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6916) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2013
27.5cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Gnoff. Bottle #159076. Brune foncée, col beige-moka laissant une belle pellicule dorée au verre. Arôme est malté, grillé, fruité noir, léger chocolat, malt crystal, noir et sucre résiduel. Palais est épais avec une pointe de malt ajoutant une amertume modérée. Le tout est splendide avec u stout dans la plus pure tradition anglaise. Note de café et de grillé couplé à un malt plus dans les tons pâle. Pointe fruité noire, palais sec, avec un rappel presque de fudge et biscuité. Collant au lèvres.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March. BB 16/08/25. Bottle no 159076. 2012 vintage. Sampled on June 9, 2013.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, alcohol, dark dried fruits, milky scent. Alcohol, toffee, sweet, roasted, bitter cocoa, caramel taste. Warming alcohol. Bitter cocoa and spicy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, a little peat, and dark red fruits on the finish. Nice. Black with a small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a solid RIS with good aroma and drink-ability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a beige head. Dark dried fruits, spicy, coffee aroma. Similar flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle, poured in a tulip and appears black with a medium to large lasting brown head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, malt. Flavor is roast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium to full body. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. There is not much on the nose with this one. Burnt malts and hay perhaps. The body and palette are really good. This is a little less assertive than the super Impys that are coming out these days but maybe that is closer to the style in the end. Overall its a solid impy and a living piece of brewing history. A bit over priced for what it is but its still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1142) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Deep dark brown with a big beige head that slowly fades down to a film. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, toffee, and figs. Taste is smoke, wood, dark fruits, alcohol, and molasses. Alcohol is somewhat numbing on the tongue and warms on the way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (893) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2012 Vintage Aroma is dominated by dark chocolate and moderate coffee and espresso. moderate fruit character including cherry, plum and pear. Light smokiness and low alcohol note. Really nice complex malt aroma. Pours black with some dark brown notes on the edges. Moderately thick mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. Light lacing. Flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate, roast and light smoke. The roast is dark coffee with a light smoked meat quality. Moderate fruit quality with cherry, plum, prune and berry. Some smokiness in the finish with a bit of an ashy character. Medium low bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Low creaminess. Overall a very nice imperial stout with good malt complexity that is well balanced with the fruitiness from the yeast. The chocolate and roast are well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle of I’m guessing 2012 vintage, bottle #53196 purchased at Ale Wine & Spirits. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, raisin, chocolate, creamy vanilla and light roast. Malty and raisiny flavor with some alcohol before a chocolatey and roasty finish. Different, and pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This dessert of an Imperial Stout joins prunes, milk chocolate, roasted cereals and caramel, leading them to a heavy yet harmonious finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-This lacks hop character in the finish (for my tastes in the style).
-Carbonation is rather low, which makes the sweetness feel heavier.
-The nose is very expressive and predicts the sweet onslaught.
-Unripe pears also appear in the flavor profile.


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