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


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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2253) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted andstrong coffee, Moderate herbs and resin for the hops, light to moderate leather and earth for the yeast with wood, solvent and tobacco in the background. Head is huge, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy and chunky, veryt dark brown with swirls of lighter brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and long harshly bitterness like chewing tobacco. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a carbonation between soft and lively, and a finish that’s chalky, moderately alcholic, and very dry, with some bits to chew on. It has a great aroma, but this Imperial Stout is a little harsh in the mouth to justify the price to go back and get another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle from Beer Revolution, Oakland. It pours very dark brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke, espresso, leather, toffee and liquorice. The taste is caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, toast, charcoal, meat, wood, some fruit, liquorice and alcohol warmth, with a long dry-roasted finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance. The best thing Wells & Young have done in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a hearty smoked treacle and coffee flavor with adry finish. Very rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dzimm27 (136) - - MAR 8, 2012
Has a dark, roasty nose but more malt than a typical stout. Taste is heavy and dark, but not the coffee grind bitter I normally expect and don’t like. Really a good stout and if I were a fan of this style it might get a high rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marheb (2047) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Sec, vineux presque sûr avec des notes de cafés et de chocolat. L’amertume complémente assez bien. Tout de même étrange stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A solid imperial stout. Interesting 275ml bottle. It is robust with a focus of cocoa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
limeytheelder (4) - - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
Enjoyed this at the Bx Beer Depot a few weeks ago. Served slightly chilled in 12oz snifter. A: Dark Chocolate, Roast Coffee, Fresh Bread A: Pours opaque black with a rich tan head filled with tiny bubbles. The head is just amazing, its thick and tough like a brick house and the perfectly dark tan color. Lacing is adequate. Sediment remains at the bottom of the bottle. I poured it in after taking the notes... T: Wow. A chorus of flavors. A wonderfully rich dark chocolate. Notes of espresso, milky caramel, and bread crust play with the chocolate to make a wonderfully complex flavor with the very first sip. Dark fruit, cherries and dates play in the background with a hint of pear. M: Medium to moderate carbonation. Rich, thick body without any syrup. It feels a little lighter bodied than it should because of the bubbles. Not a bad thing, but I prefer silkier stouts. O: Amazing beer. It only got better with every sip. Unfortunately, at $8.00 for a 9oz bottle, there weren’t too many sips to enjoy. I’d love to cellar one of these for a year or two and come back to it. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle. Blackish beer with a big tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Toffee and chocolate flavor with light coffee. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and chocolate lingers with light roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
275ml Bottle: Aroma of malt and fresh chocolate fudge. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, and chocolate. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
A - dark brown with large milk chocolate head and excellent lacing. S - raw cacao and roasted malts. T - chocolate covered espresso beans with a light dark fruit tone. M - medium body and carbonation, very creamy. O - Exactly what a RIS should be.

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