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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small, well rounded light tan head. Decent lacing left. Nose is all about the charred chocolate mingling with the dark fruits. Plums and raisins with a touch of wood. A touch of booze in the aroma as well. Taste starts with dark fruits which are quickly taken over by ashy malts and heavy, dark cocoa powder. Slight booze and wood tones on the finish. Lingers with warmth. A touch of sharp carbonation and booze but it works. Should age quite nicely which should cut down the booze a little. Very well done. That’s 2 awesome english beers in two days !! Crazy stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
bottle from kegs and barrels brewed by Wells & Young. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aromas are roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, soy sauce. The mouthfeel is bitter, roasty and warm with a heavy body. Excellent beer! Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4880) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
bottled in may of 2011 by wells & young. deep brown almost black with a thick khaki head. nose is sweet chocolate malts, roasted malts, ash, and more chocolate. thick on the palate, flavor is heavy roasted malts, syrupy chocolate, bitter finish from coffee maybe?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from midway mart. Poured dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma was chocolate, dark roast, slight licorice, and some raisin. Flavor was hoppy, dark roast bitter, pine resin, and alcohol. Body was full with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6021) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5593) - 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 I’d prefer in a British imperial stout. As it warms the hops and piney linger really detract from it. Nice medium to thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3377) - 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 - doesn’t get any better. A truly worthy RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2340) - 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. It’s a bit ashy and a little hot, but it drinks pretty good right now and should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3768) - 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.

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