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

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
bottle, black pour with some good creamy tan foam, aroma is meaty malt and chocolate with a touch of hops, flavor is quite well melded with lots of chocolate , roast malts, licorice, very expedition like after some time to settle, great lasting smooth not bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Good stuff thats totally not worth the price. Paid nearly a dollar an ounce for a good imperial stout with nice rich milky texture and billowy head. Taste is medium sweet with very little bittering but nice notes of roasted malt and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(275ml bottle 2011 vintage bottled in May) near black pour, huge frothy medium tan head that lasts and laces really well. Nose and taste of cocoa, plastic, orange peel from the hops, well hidden alcohol, and medium dark chocolate. Nice creamy cocoa palate finish, a bit more hops than Iíd prefer in a British imperial stout. As it warms the hops and piney linger really detract from it. Nice medium to thick body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3332) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Smoky aroma has a chocolate undertone and hints of molasses and coffee. It pours a rich, warm sable just a whisker above black and with a very thick, somewhat fluffy tan head that hangs around for a little bit. Flavor has elements of roast quality coffee, molasses and chocolate with a hint of licorice. There is some subtle sweetness and bitterness that balance each other nicely. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and a little syrupy - doesnít get any better. A truly worthy RIS.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pours a solid black color with a huge bubbly tan head that takes forever to recede and leaves plenty of sticky lace on the way down the glass. Smells of roasted grains, caramel, toffee, and a hint of dark and pomme fruits. Tastes is caramel and roast with a touch of warming alcohol. A slight bit of ash and dark fruits mixed in there somewhere. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice Imperial stout. Itís a bit ashy and a little hot, but it drinks pretty good right now and should age well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Tiny ass bottle, a great malt bill, well hidden alcohol, I really like it but not theprice tag. No hops for an ris.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours black with a small light biege head. Aroma has a cocoa and light roast character, also a bit ashy with a bit of an earthy woody note. Flavor follows suit with a strong cocoa character picking up the woody and Earthy notes. Coffee roastiness comes out a bit before a slightly biting boozy finish and some lingering piney hops. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Nice English imperial stout more delicate and less in your face than American versions

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pours a darker muddy brown with a super tall frothy sudsy tan colored head. Really enjoy the aroma, milk chocolate, hay, malt powder, lightly fruity with a subtle hint of alcohol, well balanced and reminds me of some of my favorite Belgian and Danish Imperial Stouts, simple aromas yet complex depth overall, excellent. Flavor follows exactly, milk chocolate, perfect bitterness, just light pine, alcohol is completely hidden, love the flavors but could use a bit more definition which might be due to the slightly watery body and soft carbonation, which might be absolutely appropriate for this, but Iím now used to the fine effervescence of beers today that tend to amplify certain flavors, light ashy fruitiness that is in very nice balance, malty and chocolate, just hints of the espresso towards the finish and lingering aftertaste. Just a bit fluffy in the body, but mostly tending towards flat and watery. Love the rich fruity aftertaste! Very nice here! My kind of beer! Not sure why these Southerners donít get it, but itís en excellent example of a traditional style, it really does put many American examples to shame.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
275 ml bottle brewed by Wells & Young. Pours deep black with deep tan head. Aroma of astringent dark roasted grain and bakers cocoa. Flavor is much the same with sharp dark roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy body, silky with fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid brew but seems like something is off, none the less a good brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2011 bottle. Poured dark brown with a small off white head, big bubbles. Left some good lace though. Aroma was somewhat fruity with a decent roast presence and some smoke. Notes of sweet milk chocolate poked out a bit. Not bad. Flavors were somewhat sweet, like a lactose sweetness. Cocoa, roasted malt and some fruity esters. Eh. Carbonation was too big here, almost tingly. Canít stand that in big stouts. Little to no presence of alcohol though. Gotta give em some credit there. Iím glad imperial stouts have evolved into what they are today, at least the good examples.


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