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


on tap

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RATINGS: 500   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, bubbly tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is minty, earthy and woody hops, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes and licorice. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness and dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
Served from a 9.3 oz bottle from Bine & Vine. The appearance is a deep coffee black with a big foamy light tan head. The nose is rich with smoky malts and fruity tones. Some coffee aromas as well. The flavors enters with a full roast,, smokey malt that fades away to you dark fruits and blackberries. The coffee flavors build on the malt profile very nicely. The mouth has a touch much effervescence but not bad. A definite alcohol burn lingers on the tongue. Very well crafted brew but pricey for a small bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2721) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2012
At just on cool and into a snifter. Pour is black as midnight with an unexpectedly well held dollop of tannish cream atop. Unusual nose has hints of raisin and muscatels, sweet sherry warmth, clove, burnt rubber, cigarette smoke, brine, burnt toffee and anchovy fillets. So sweet and smoky is first taste, the heat of the alcohol adding a whisky like warmth to the swallow. Thick, oily and syrupy body, very smooth and livened only by a tickle of light bubbles upfront. Smoky, charred wood and bonfire ash lives on long after each slow, careful sip. A touch of anchovy and clove similar to the nose peaks out. Burnt sugar and bitter burnt raisins add depth, the fruit joins the smoke of the aftertaste. it actually does have a doughy and supple pear note to it, me the sceptic. A little cloying as it goes though, I think a nip bottle would best suit it. Not quite the Harvey’s Imperial Stout clone I had expected, but a very enjoyable big beer none the less. (27,5cL, May 2011 release, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with huge creamy tan head. The aroma is sour fruit, roast, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is light sweet, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and a dry, somewhat smokey finish. Full bodied with a bit of a heavy mouthfeel, but overall, its just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Nice and muddy dark brown, albeit without much head. the aroma is deep, fruitiy with an almost cedary spiciness. The body is fairly full, though that only makes it moderate by modern impy standards. The flavours are rich and roasty with an underlying fruitiness. Dry, woody, hoppy finish with a healthy amount of roast and some alcohol late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Little bottle. Pours thinner than expected but the slight fizzy head actually lasts forever. The aroma really does have pear overtones, on a lightly dusted cocoa body. Light effervescence. This isn’t a creamy or thick one. But it has a long flavor profile. Peculiar flavors, lots of fruit meets chocolate/coffee, that are actually quite fun: long lingering dark chocolate and coffee in the finish, preceded by a fun panoply of light dessert-like playful flavors. Finishes with a nice fruity slightly acidic finish that is very pleasant. Does not seem as strong as it is because the body is relatively light. I’m liking it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2023) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2012
9.3 oz bottle. Brewed May 2011; almost a year old. Pours opaque black with a giant beige head that hangs around for a nice long time; leaves some lace. Aroma is chocolate, licorice, hops, grain. Taste starts out sweet, then turns bittersweet and sour. Has a somewhat bready flavor. Full-bodied and average carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
275mL bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, butterscotch, burnt espresso and milk chocolate. Flavour of chocolate malt, roasted malt, butterscotch, burnt espresso and some slight metallic notes. Medium-bodied for an impy. stout with a slightly metallic, roasty finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
12oz shared by GatorGuy92. Cheers, Matt! Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of smoke and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with dark chocolate and slight bitterness coming out followed by espresso and dark fruit. Interesting beer, nice yeast cake at the bottom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Mellow bitter aspects mixed with dark chocolate, raisin and a bit of lactose. Quite frothy with some smoke to it. I noticed a bit of grittiness in the mouthfeel, but quite enjoyable. In the finish there was a bit of anise.

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