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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1700) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a brown head. Aroma: fruity and light vinous, earthy. Taste: roasted, cocoa, coffee, vinous, fruity, licorice, light smoky, brown sugar, medium bitter. Full bodied. Nice, but I am sure this will develop over the years with cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3074) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
Rating #1900. 275ml brown bottle. 2012 vintage. No 018620 of 210,000. Pours a typical deep brown to black shade with no light shining through. The head is medium brown, pretty foamy, airy and larged sized bubbles that throw up some sparse and patchy lacing. It thins down to a ring about five minutes after the pour and leaves a small swirl on the surface. Nose has chocolate and coffee and cherry like dark fruit. Taste has chocolate malts, medium roast coffee, dark fruitiness. Bitterness comes from the roasted malts, a bit mild but noticable. The body is about medium, a bit thinner than I was expecting but still ok. Carbonation retains a fine bead throughout the drink. Alcohol isnít particularly strong, there is a bit of but there is some warming in the throat. The aftertaste is roasty with some coffee beans and chocolate and mild dark fruit. Drank at room temperature. Overall an enjoyable impy, decent depth of flavour, tastes very nice fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2826) - 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 (948) - 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 (1621) - 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 thereís also some woodiness, toffee, and a bit of anise noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy with moderate carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, and Iíd like to try this again in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (675) - 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 (7358) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paulís 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 (5561) - 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 (712) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
I was woken up to try this and it was a bit overhwelming. I appreciate whatís 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 (2911) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
I can see why Catherine the Great liked this so much, though I donít 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.

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