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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1006) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2016
Deep black pour with very little tan head. Dried fruit, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel aromas. Big dark chocolate and coffee flavours, boozy warmth, thick, almost oily body, long dark choc finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (850) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
275ml bottle. (2012 Vintage) Pours an opaque black with sediment and a small, short lived, tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, dried fruit, licorice, dark chocolate and alcohol. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, licorice, dried fruit, dark chocolate, soy sauce and warming alcohol with a dry, bitter coffee finish. Full body with a rich, oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCx240 (198) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
2012 Vintage. Deep, dark brown in color. Thin tan head. Smoky, chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, bitter, earthy. Finishes with lingering smokiness. Softly carbonated. Thick, creamy, slightly oily texture. Full body. Delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turboninja (493) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle@hotel, from Vintner Wine Market, NYC, USA. Strong sweet malty aroma of licorice and coffee. Pitch black color with minimal beige head. Strong taste with licorice, plum, coffee and some roasted sweeter malts. Semi balanced with medium taste spectrum and long sweet’n’malty aftertaste. Strong body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, basic but high quality IS. More balancing and body would make this perfect one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2015
A vicious Russian Imperial Stout from the U.K.. They say it was made for Katherine the Great. I’ll believe them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1037) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Aroma - heavy roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit elements. Some alcohol. Appearance - dark black color with an average frothy and creamy. There is some good lacing. Taste - sweet dark chocolate and roast, there is some licorice as well. Palate - full body, texture is sticky, carbonation is average, astringent roast finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1459) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
Clearish deep brown with little head. Roasty aroma, espresso andmolasses. Very fruity stout, some coffee, raisin, but boozy and sweet. Overall quite decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2012 bottle (shelf), drunk 11/25/15.
Opened this at room temperature and it poured an ebony black with a dark tan head. Moderate retention, as the head eventually fades to cover. Clarity indeterminable, but I assume this is filtered.
Prunes, salted toffee, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla in the nose give a very true and classic rendition of the style. Like Harvey’s with some peanut brittle notes, tons of vinousness, light ash and well-controlled alcohol.
So I gotta admit, I was expecting a thin, filtered, fizzily-carbonated, mediocre beer. And I can’t help but say, this stuff is pretty god damned good. Rich flavors showcase a caramel and chocolate maltiness that is chewy and supple, despite being well-attenuated. Lovely prunes, cigars, raisins and salted toffee add tons of complexity and keep things dry but still add a wonderful bittersweet, lightly tart edge. Carbonation is low, but ample and not fizzy or seemingly force carbonated (though I’ve got to imagine it is). Espresso, prunes, cigars, salt and more fruitiness lingers long. Very impressed. Will be buying another bottle soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (6463) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
33cl bottle split at Paul’s 10k tasting in London. Many many thanks to the beerthday man for this one. It pours a dark brown color with minimal beige head. Aroma is muted with some booze and sweet raisin. Taste has booze raisins rum chocolate and dust. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, meh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HappyHandsClub (32) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Basic, natural, no frills simple over 200 year original recipe brew yet tailored & balanced, about as mid-weight & charactered as Mikkeller Black without over the rainbow abv. In that, this is a sipper, whereas, Evil Twin’s I Love You With My Stout is prone for inhalation. There’s enough going on holistically in this original recipe imperial stout to tell the brain take it easy & get a tan slowly without getting sunburned. Roast barley/hoppy front end transitions to hoppy back end with interesting transitions through the middle. Could have been a bit more bodied & less dry. U.S. distributor lists the beer but apparently there’s a corporate change since Wells & Youngs website is now just Wells.

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