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


on tap

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RATINGS: 531   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2013
275ml bottle. Very dark brown, close to black. Medium light beige fine head. Soft subdued licorice and chocolate aroma. Nice roasted malts. Velvety texture. Raisins. Rich flavours. Nice smooth texture. Chocolate and raisins and roasted malts. A really really well made Russian Imperial Stout. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1763) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke. Flavor si roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Medium to heavy body, with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2013
2012,Pours dark brownish black with low head. Aroma is huge roast, coffee, chocolate. Taste is very nice roast and coffee with a touch of heat, great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2780) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
Pours black with a medium compact tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, hazelnuts, honey, dark berries. Taste is very well balanced with vanilla upfront, and right after chocolate, hazelnuts, slight blueberry notes. Really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 28, 2013
Black pour, tan head. Roasted malt, aniseed, chicory, espresso, chocolate. Meaty with low carbonation. Nice balance of flavour and aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12931) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Cask conditioned at Peterborough Beer Fest ’13. Black with slight cream head. Super smooth but highly alcoholic in character, lots of plummy fruit notes, some coffee, some liquorice. Heavy old stuff, but worth the effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (20766) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft roast dark malts... Little fizzy... Light meaty malts... Little salty... Dark malts... Rich roast... Nice... Heavy malts...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at GBBF. Big coffee and cocoa nose. Pitcvh black color with lace. Creamy vanilla, coffee, chocolate flavors. Light but full bodied. Rich and lovely. Nice hops as well, with tobacco notes. bitter, hot finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5816) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015

Aug 2013 - Cask at GBBF, half pint. Black with hardly any head. Smell - some crayon, roasted barley, slight bubblegum. Body is medium with low carbonation. Taste - aniseed, coffee, roasted barley and a liquorice finish. A bit vegetal. Good balance for a beer this strong. I wasn’t that fussed on it overall though. (3.6)

Nov 2015 - Bottle share thanks to Paul - 2012 vintage, bottle #172645, 10%. To compare with the 1977 vintage opened at the same time. Black, small white head. Aroma is chocolate syrup, touch of yeast. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is chocolate, yeasty, twiggy bitterness. Smooth, rounded. Decent. (3.7)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThreeCats (802) - ISRAEL - AUG 14, 2013
Black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, dark caramel, Sherri. Taste of roast, coffee, chocolate, Sherri, burnt sugar. Oddly light for such a heavy beer. Warm alcohol going down the throat.

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