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


on tap

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RATINGS: 523   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6348) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle (375) ml from Systembolaget. Pitch black, medium beige head. Dark chocolate roasted aromas with notes of pumpernickel. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5716) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is vinous.....dark fruit, roast. Taste is coffee, chocolate...fruit not as pronounced in the flavour. Very good....nicely hidden ABV. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6509) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
330ml Bottle - Dark brown, almost black, with some red tinges. Roasted malt. plain chocolate, coffee and nuts in the aroma. Rich, yet smooth taste, with notes of dried fruit, coffee and salty liquorice. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Dark toasty rich malt aromas. Flavors follow as smokey, and roasted malt. One dimensional but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee, malt, slight alcohol as it warms. Taste is sweet malt, rich dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, light smoke. Dry sweet malt and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (696) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours very dark, with a strong tan head. Aroma of malts and coffee. Taste is rich and quite drinkable, with malts and notes of smoke. Not as complex as many Imperials, but still quite nice. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2705) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2012
9.3oz bottle (May 2011) - pours black with beige head and awesome lacing. Nose is dark fruit, alcohol, caramel and toffee. Flavor adds roasted malts. Sweetish. Burns. Roasted aftertaste. Dry finish. Mild for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (5379) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2012
Sample at ÖÖWF 2012. Mild smell with some chocolate and dark malts. Musty taste with dark malts, roasted and very sweet. The smell was a bit to mild but the taste was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2376) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Awesome brew with a huge robust aroma and flavour one this guy. the pour is a completely opaque black with a thin ugly beige head. The nose is sweet, earthy, roasted with big chocolate and a woody aroma. A bit of sweetness up front with an encroaching robust and intense roasted malt. A great malt and dark malt flavour with bitterness on the finish. Overall a great imperial stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
9.3oz bottle poured into my squat little Oskar Blues 10-Fidy glass. It pours up with a deep dark body supporting a lasting fairly tall mocha colored head. The aroma offers up sweet dark fruity esters like figs and dates as well as earthy chocolate and dark roasted to a sliver of burnt malts. Smells nice. The taste is rich with mineral nuanced dark roasted malts and chocolate and near firm levels of brown sugar coated simmering figs. To midway the chocolate shows off some dark chocolate richness just as the modest level of booze is noticed. It ends with a pleasing and long lasting dark roasted malt to burnt malt to dark chocolate goodness that you really don’t want to end. Nice brew indeed.

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