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


on tap

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RATINGS: 500   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2012 Vintage, Bottle #070749. Black color with a small head. Strong sweet malt aroma with light cocoa. Very malty flavor. Light sherry, cocoa and coffee. Some alcohol noticeable. Very full bodied, yet quite carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
podol666 (8) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013 does not count
This courage stout is nice beer but to sweet. Nice deep colour but to haevy on stomach. I had few not its not good after r pints haha. Any way you have to try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1542) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
275mL bottle from By the Bottle. May 2011 bottle date. A: Pure ink black with a dense creme head. Pour is quicker than I might expect. Legs are noticeable. N: Intense, smoke, leather, and tobacco. Prunes and raisins and rye bread. Very peppery. Dense and rich with a notable essence of dark fruits. Hops show up with the earth and peppercorn. T: Bitter hops and baker’s chocolate dryness. Very very spicy in a black pepper way. Very much in the vein of the hopped-up stout. M: Oily and medium heavy body. Very prickly. Could use some more heft, but the alcohol is well-hidden. O: really good stuff. It’s well balanced and deft of hand. I want to buy more and age it for the long haul.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
Really deep mahogany pour with ample tan head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, licorice, toasted malt, bread, and a slight earthy hop. Smells amazing, not as roasty as an American. Really powerful taste. Robust body with hit of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit and a strong earthy hop finish. Bit of hot booze, but not overwhelming. More flavors come out as the beer warms, very complex and well made. A real treat from England. Thank you Catherine the Great for ordering this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Not really my cup of tea to be honest. Pretty weak with foam and a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle thanks to Jeremy. We had this along side a 1975 and 1976 bottle. The older bottles were tastier beers. This had a odd fishy/smoky character, roasted malts, chocolate, malty. A good imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (323) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
Taste starts with coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted aftertaste. Nice but with the high ABV I would expect more taste and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (769) - USA - APR 13, 2013
Brown, tan head. Nutty and bready malt, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, some light fruit, warming alcohol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at home, from BOE, 13/04/13. Bottle #122,815 of 210,000. Mid black with a big frothy tan head that retains well. Nose is roast malt, molasses, dark treacle toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugars. Taste comprises, dark roast malts, touch of booze, chocolate, dark treacle toffee, light soapy notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, pitched perfectly, makes for fairly effortless drinking of such a big beer! Overall a more than decent offering, looks great, feels great, the flavour profile is solid enough - the alcohol is well disguised and the feel on the palate is first rate. I’d take this one again any day!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget (2012 version). Dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma is very smooth milk chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, caramel. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Taste is at first sweet dark fruits with chocolate in the background, roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the end.

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