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


on tap

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RATINGS: 537   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6247) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-12-15 Göteborg AR: just pure rich dark bitter chocolate AP: dark Brown, frothy/stouthy beige steady head F: rich dark chocolate, heavy warming feeling, vanilla, bitterness, rich wee bubbly carbonation, wee bourbon great brew

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
Very, very dark indeed, but with a brown tint, big tan head that leaves some lacing. Rich and well rounded aroma filled with dried dark fruits, treacle and sweet liquorice, balanced by the roasted notes. The taste is quite sweet with a somewhat more complex fruit flavour. It is also slightly sharper than the very rounded aroma with a salty finish. Medium body, I would have liked a bit heftier, and low carbonation. This one is definitely a sniffer, I could sit with my nose in the glass for hours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2012
Dark brown (almost black) with a medium brown head. Malty with fruity notes. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2716) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2012
Pours dark with no to low brown head Aromas of coffee, chocolate malt, hints of tropical fruits, some alcohol Nice smooth taste, rich, full bodied, medium bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pyrmir (5528) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
330 ml bottle. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and dill (!). Smell is musty and salty. Taste of coffee, dill, roasted but not burnt, salty. Wonderful taste, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3484) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A huge thank you to xpimptastikx for hooking me up with this. I am huge fan of the style, and am grateful for the opportunity to taste this stout for the first time. The beer appears dark mahogany with a substantial beige head that leaves copious lacing on the tumbler. The aroma brings roast, dark fruit, malt, raisins, toffee. Nice flavor. The finish brings a healthy amount of hop bitterness. Prominent dark fruit with a strong hop presence in both the aroma and flavor. Unusual for the style and really delicious. Glad I was able to acquire some of this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-08-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: Smelling of sweet dark bread, dates and figs, dark coffee and chocolate.
Appearance: A brown and black colored beer. A high tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting of sweet bread, grown sugar, dark coffee and grape-fruit zest.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and sticky texture. A big body with a very dry finish.
Overall: Crammed with lots of taste. Not bad at all :)
Note: Bottle 330 ml. Reviewed 2012-12-05.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Small bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts plus some dough and floral hops. Flavor the same, but it could use a little more roasted malts. Smooth texture. A good beer but not the best of its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
Positively surprised, as I’m such a huge fan of the american style. Pours pretty much black with a fairly tall tan head that drops quickly. Aroma of vanilla, raisins, prune, cherry, molasses and brown sugar. You can tell it’s going to be sweet! Taste is pleasantly alcohol sweet with a subtle bitterness in the background, that builds slightly into the warming finish. The finish is quite long and increasingly boozy. Body is thick and creamy, with a fairly low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2320) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - DEC 3, 2012
Pennywise flash back time. Black as something that is very black. Smells wonderful - espresso stuff, dusty red licorice, oats, dark creamy chocolate, berries, not really any espresso anymore, fruit cake maybe, light molasses. I dig. Gets more fruity as it warms... a ball warming too. Mouth things: creamy, medium bitterness, slick feel, tastes brown. MIld dose of molasses, brown sugar, no alcohol, prune, all around tasty. It’s time for popcorn, Futurama, a quick tug to midgets in firefighting costumes and then a short meditation.

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