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


on tap

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RATINGS: 526   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2971) - 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 (2517) - 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 (1462) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (548) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Black with thick beige head. Smoky aroma of dark chocolate. Sweet malty Kahlua and nougat flavor with a dry espresso finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11841) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
at papsø tasting. clear brown , smooth light brown head. looks nice. aroma is malty, slightly flowery. flavor is rosted malty, flowery, woody dry, nice woody fruity flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Poured from a 9.3 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. nonic half pint glass. Pours pitch black with a beige half finger head, considerable lacing present. Aromas of roasted malt with espresso undertones dominate accented with pleasant inviting booziness. Creamy, smooth, and full-bodied the flavors of roasted malt, espresso, dark fruit, all accented with notes of apricot, pear, and apple. Very complex and satisfying this brew justifies its historic status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2012
9.3oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, and light coffee. Tastes of dark fruits, coffee, chocolates, and brown sugar. Light vinous quality as well. Sweet and smooth body. Lightly spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2012
275 ml. bottle, brewed on May 2011- Pours almost black with a creamy one finger tan head. Aroma is very English, it has that Sam Smiths smell to it, sweet and earthy. The taste is the same, very English, chocolatey, coffee, earthy, very drinkable for 10%. Body is full, but have had fuller Impy Stouts, carbonation is medium. Overall have had better, but I really liked this, I think the year of age has really helped this, but I haven’t had a fresh one, so I couldn’t say for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4053) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2012
03-JUN-2012, bottle @Papsø tasting. Dark, dark, clear brown with light brown head. Fruity roasted aroma. Roasted, coffee, alcoholic, almost burning sensation. Medium body, high carbonation. Just OK.

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