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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of black treacle, cocoa and alcohol. Mouth feel was more watery than I would hope for in a 10% imperial stout. Very syrupy flavour with sweet molasses and some coffee. Palate was dark chocolate, dates, toffee and warm booze... however it ended up being very salty as well. Considering who brews this, I wasnt surprised to be quite underwhelmed, but it wasnt undrinkable...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
2013 Vintage bottle from my local Tesco (4 for 6 which is a bargain). A dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy tight beige head on top. Rich chocolate, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, rich chocolate, some coffee, licquorice, hint of dark fruit. It is pretty good but Im sure it would improve considerably after some years of ageing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Aroma of coffee and liquorice with some cocoa notes. Flavour adds perhaps a hint of roast and even marmite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4133) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle from Tesco. 2013 Vintage. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and some wood shavings. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla and dark fruits with a touch of licorice. There is a little warmth from the alcohol but nothing imposing. Medium bodied and moderately oily. Very nice. Have a few more to open at various years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 5, 2013
9.3Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Super dark brown color with a huge fluffy dark beige head that stays. Dark chocolate aromas, cocoa nibs, vanilla, marzipan and some roasted wood. Sweet chocolaty flavor, dark fruits, lo bitterness, espresso, some alcohol and vanilla. Med-full body, surprisingly fizzy, somewhat creamy and quite rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Pours black with decent tan head. Fantastic coffee and cocolate flavours before a big bitter licorice finish. This is really rich and delicious. Very close to perfection. Jut a touch of harshness on the finish, which might be sorted out by ageing. Ill have to get a few more bottle to find out!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Cask at Pigs Ear 2013. Boozy too hot. Some intense dark chocolate. Quite whisky like. Ok but not my thing just way too whisky boozy. Some paper. Some choc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
11/30/13 $6.99 cool looking expensive bottle from CBO. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a big fluffy tan head. Smelled mostly of dark fruit with slight chocolate and coffee. Taste was similar with hints of licorice. Mouthfeel was average. I love a good RIS and was very excited for this especially with the cost but found it average at best ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Draft. Dark maroon brown color, brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit. Tast is cocoa, anise, coffee, figs. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (533) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet roast malts and a hint of fruit. Taste is rich chocolate, espresso and and brown sugar. Some licorice, raisin and cinammon as well. A touch of booze, but decently well-disguised. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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