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


on tap

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2775) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: Pitch black, small brown head. Aroma: Rich chocolate, bran, espresso, quite toasty and a good deal of spice. Smells great. Flavour: Smokey, rich chocolate, espresso, wood, a little whiskey, spicy with a creamy velvet mouthfeel, great slightly alcoholic barrel finish. Cherry. Tastes great. What a lovely find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
The character of this beer really came forward as it warmed up to room temp. Light and very enjoyable carbonation on the tongue with light fruit notes. Strong espresso flavor with unmasked alcohol behind every sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1502) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
275 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, bottle #053469. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, dark bread, molasses, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some woodiness, toffee, and a bit of anise noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, and I’d like to try this again in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (607) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and coffe. Taste follows aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Rich chocolate and roasted malts, medium sweetness, dark fruits, and hints of chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4546) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with an off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Flavour is sweet chocolate, rather weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamflower (639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
I was woken up to try this and it was a bit overhwelming. I appreciate what’s going on here, but it was a bit intense after being asleep. I really like the aroma, but it smells better than it tastes, which after brushing my teeth and sleeping tastes a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2494) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
I can see why Catherine the Great liked this so much, though I don’t understand her horse fetish. Black with some off white head, though fades quickly, nice lacing. Great aroma of molasses, dried fruit, malts, licorice, cherries, hops. Taste is velvety chocolate and dried fruit. Overall, a solid Imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2013
Bottled. Black color with pale brown foam. Menthol, blackcurrant and licorice most prominent in nose. Really nice. Very balanced flavor. Soft, delicious and elegant. Dark chocolate fudge up front, with blackcurrant and licorice after followed up by a warming alcohol feel without being fiery. Caramel is sensed after. Body is pretty big but elegant. Really good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
nose of caramel roasted nuts earth and dark fruit. residual sweetness is there and malts dominate. pours dark brown with a tanning head. flavors of dark fruit roasted nuts caramel and residual sugar. very light hint of smoke. dry sweet finish. classic solid ris.

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