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


on tap

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RATINGS: 532   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (1143) - - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle pour. Dark brown. Beige head. Licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheJestersBeer (2382) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
275ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours nearly pitch black, with a firm brown head. Complex, heavily roasted aroma, lots of dark chocolate, coffee beans, licorice, smoke, ashes, dark fruits, cherries, blackcurrant, vanilla, raisins, prunes. Semi-sweet, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2. Massive, complex taste, loads of roasted malt, licorice, ashes, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, raisins. Long, complex, balanced finish. Beautiful. (2012-07-17)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5669) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Aroma is malts, vinous notes and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is coffee, dark fruit/vinous, smokiness and a mildly tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
27.5cl bottle. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, malty, chocolate. A bit heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, molasses, bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, a little smokey, with a sweet, roasty finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, anise, some spice, pine, and roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a large beige head with good retention and lots of webbing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts moderate-heavy molasses, some chocolate, and vanilla. The finish has notes of spice, roast, pine, and light coffee. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11056) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
After 5.5 years had a fresh bottle(so cognac ageing of the 1978 I had in 2006 not there yet as only year old) courtesy of Gary. Very creamy, light chocolate and roast. Very good, and uncomparable to the US versions of this style. A Must try. Big head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3073) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Heavy hitter. Poured at a good temperature with a super size tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that settle very slowly and some lace. Color is a very dark, almost opaque, but clear amber brown with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, dark, ripe fruit, yeast, wine. Flavor’s like nose with subtle sweetness, soft carbonic tang, roast/yeast/hop bitter and a little clashing between some of those qualities. Body is soft and full; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, long, and quite boozy. Big beer. Neat that Courage is able to come back with a beer like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Black body. Big, frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Fruity, caramel sweet aroma with notes of roasted malt, coffee, sweet licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture turning sticky, lively carbonation. Tastes of classic ESB caramel along with, bitter roasted malts and coffee, licorice and some lighter sweet fruits, pear in particular. Alcohol in the finish to add some peppery notes to the lingering bitterness and a bit of sourness. The beer is rich with lots going on, but the flavors, the sweetness, sourness and bitterness are not complimenting each other.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2012
The label really says it all. Taste is pear, espresso and smoke, with a creamy alcohol finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1478) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2012
opaque black with a thick tan head. slightly creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: chocolate, licorice, black roasted barley or malt, and some silage. i do get the pear.

taste: foam is sweet and chocolaty, beer tastes much like it smells, but with a leafy and woodsy whole hop character. much more balanced than our american examples, and more sessional, but every bit as complex. with less hop bitterness and burnt astringency, the other flavors can all come through in a complex harmony.

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