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


on tap

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RATINGS: 434   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1029) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
275ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. There s a fair amount of pear in the aroma, along with sweetish alcohol and a touch of oak. Mild herbal and spice hops up front give way to sweet drinking cocoa and mild black coffee. Charry, slightly smoky oak comes through in the finish. Whilst an enjoyable beer, this is fairly simplistic for an imperial stout. I suspect it is closer to the original export strength stouts sent to Russia than most modern imperial stouts are, especially as it at least claims to be the original version shipped there in 1795. An interesting one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
11.2oz bottle-trade with hbmason-thin brown-black. Aroasty/anise-dk malt, some spice. T-roasty/anise-dk malt, peat, spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Black pour with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, and chocolate. Complex flavor with roasted malt, espresso, licorice, and fruit at the back end. Slight alcohol warmth noted. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4506) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a fine foamy beige head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and fruity.
Palate: Thick and oily body. Slightly sweet and a light bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Rich dark chocolate, coffee, fruity, vanilla and dark malt.
Overall impression: I do understand The Russian Tsar.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Uddevalla, Sweden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a medium suzed beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of soy sauce and hops. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dried fruits and licorice with notes of soy sauce. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Wee man from Sam’s, Durham. This one kind of slipped into town unheralded, funny for such a highly coveted beer (guess it’s not Hopslam durrrrrr). 8 ounces of chocolate sludge for a pour, with a silky cafe au lait head and tons of nice lacing. Rich nose of chocolate and dark fruit, mild smoke and coffee bean too. Velvety mouthfeel, and just a bit of chalk in the finish. Huge dark fruits and intense roasts dominate the taste, but that’s right where you want a beer like this to be. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjoxen (167) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2013
Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and licorice. Taste of licorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Oily thick consistence. A bit week in the finish but there is some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1316) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Black pour slight tan head. Quite carbonated for an imperial stout. The aroma has some coffee and some chocolate malt but somewhat mild. Taste is full of that stale english malt. Slight coffee on the back. Touch of sweetness. Im really not big on the english malt this and traditional porters. Not bad. Just not very good either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beer_est_deus (670) - örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2013
Svart öl med fast brunt skum. Doft: Gummi, alkohol, mörkt surt rågbröd, starkt svart te, gräddkola, bränt socker. Smak: Gummi, kemisk, bränt socker, jenka tuggummi blandat med bränt kött.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
triskaideka (137) - Killarney, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2013
Single bottle at a local beer tasting. My enjoyment was not hindered by the fact that this was the 11th of 11. Jet black colour almost, long tasting tan coloured head. Superb beer - almost a liqueur type drink - and at 10% ABV - it ’s for sipping not guzzling.

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