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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2015
Dark brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, soy sauce, brown sugar, hint of coffee. Sweet flavour, caramel, coffee. liquorice and brown sugar. Finish liquorice, roasted malts and caramel.
(from 275mL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to this’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (13641) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, some liquorice, dark chocolate, nice bitterness. Quite good! Nice one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (779) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
2013 vintage. Appearance- black, opaque, a 2-3 finger thick and creamy light brown head. Looks the business. Aroma- milk chocolate to the fore, liquorice hints, molasses, raisin, coffee, roast malt, hint of smoke and leather, caramel malt. Taste- lots of coffee, brown sugar, cocoa powder, treacle, molasses, big roast malt. Chewy and silky mouthfeel, with a lengthy very bitter finish. Becomes more intensely roasted as it warms. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (1182) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 11, 2015
275ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of treacle, coffee and chocolate. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (455) - Tasmania, - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. 2013 vintage. Black colour with a creamy-looking brown head. The aroma is assertive and refined with coffee, chocolate, and hop resins cutting through the dark malts. Full-bodied and dry with sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, spice, and a light fruitiness. Bitterness is lasting and lightly fruity, like a well made fresh coffee, into the final. This is really good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle - 2013 vintage - Huge tan head on top of a dark black body. Nose is cinnamon graham crackers, molasses, and a light fruitiness. Taste is the same, with lots of molasses sweetness and a bit of coffee and roast on the finish. Slick and medium-bodied with a lightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear, black, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1931) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Appearance: 2013 vintage. Very dark brown. Small amount of tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, coffee. Burnt. Nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, £5.39
Info: 1/8-2015, 84/300M, BB: 2/9-2026

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1663) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with cola colors coming through around the edges when held to the light. Huge khaki head containing focaccia bread-like bubbles. Chocolate coffee nose. Thick mouthfeel. Dry for the style. Flavored tobacco and chocolate flavors. Bitters pretty remarkably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (874) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from dusty...2013 vintage....nose is molasses...taste is the same...really smooth...licorice...nice stuff....(#561)

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