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


on tap

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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2089) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - 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 (1340) - 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 (1310) - 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 (5691) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle of Im 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 (8661) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3457) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 Traded bottle with a best before date, 19/09/24, sometime after my youngest would graduate college. Ill be honest, I thought this would be a little lackluster just because it comes from a large producer but this was really tasty. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Maybe a touch boozy but good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2603) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee, fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1279) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown to black in color with a large dense beige head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, black coffee, dry dark chocolate and light berry notes. The flavor is big roasted malts, char, black coffee, dark chocolate and some berry notes throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (863) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Average head, not creamy at all. Sturdy body with smoke and floral tones. Dark roast coffee in the flavor, and a good portion of hops. Gives a fresher impressions than Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
9.3oz. bottle. Pours dark black with a thick tan head that persists. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and soy sauce. Taste is roasted malt, char, licorice, soy sauce, and alcohol. Pretty nice.

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