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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
275 ml bottle. Pours an orange tinted black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is sugar, fruits, pear, smoke. Flavor is chocolate, burnt caramel, pear. Finish is boozey, overripe fruits, smokey. Lingering fruit, smoke and tobacco. Medium to full body. Unctuous and oily mouthfeel, with a weak carbonation. An out-of-the-ordinary Imperial Stout, due to its high fruitiness. Interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (706) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Espresso coffee and roasted nuts aroma. Dark black in colour with a dark yellow head. Extremely rich espresso, nuts and smokey flavour. Full bodied with some bitterness in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stuj01 (24) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
Short in taste. No fram. Looks exklusive in bottle. Looks nice. But nothing special at all....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1364) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - NOV 17, 2014
small frothy light browh head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick black body. aroma: heavy toasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee, raisin, ruby port, alcohol. if: heavy sweet. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic heavy alcoholic finish. Primeira stout com dulcor de frutas secas (uva-passa) que provei. Levíssimo toque de café no retrogosto. Amargor herbal e amadeirado surge no final, também bem peculiar, mas não casando tão bem com o conjunto. Ainda assim, excelente cerveja. Dulçor maltado domina todo o gole, sendo bem forte, chegando ao ponto de ficar enjoativo. Aliado ao alto teor alcoólico, a deixa uma cerveja de baixa drinkability, daí a sabia decisão de vende-la em garrafas de 250ml, que eh a dose ideal. O rotulo fala em sobrenotas de pêra no paladar. Há, realmente, no final do gole, uma leve lembrança, atrelada ao amargor, que lembra também cascas de frutas.180 s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at Uber. Nearly black pour with tan head. Chocolate, roast, salt, raisins, and beef jerky. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Full body, average carbonation, slick smooth texture. Overall: quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a full head. Smoky flavor with strong coffee notes. Strong and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1477) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boynton Beach, FL. 2012. Pours a deep black oil in a small snifter at home. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight coffee, oak barrel, and booze. The taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak barrel, booze, and slight anise. Great balance of flavors. Almost room temp it really shined. Medium to full body, boozy finish with deep malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle, Tesco, Bidston. I was very surprised and happy to stumble across a box of this waiting to be put out on the shelves at my local Tesco. Poured nigh on black with a medium tan head. Aroma had notes of molasses, roast, dark choc and dark fruit. Full and rich flavour with fairly prominent booze and notes of chocolate, roasted malts coffee and vanilla. Quite a treat and a bargain at £2 a bottle. I went back for more that weekend but alas it was all gone and has never been seen again. Sob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (707) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Small bottle to snifter. Thick black pour. Sweet roast aroma with a hint of booze. Flavor is spectacular blend of roast, malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Smooth luscious and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1685) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
275mL bottle BB 02/09/26!!! Pitch black body, holds a good sized dense tan head for the duration. Aroma quite different from most (imperial) stouts: dried fig & sultana, burnt toffee, cocoa, vinous red fruits, charred woody notes, almost a hint of Brett-like horsey/cooked pineapple note!? Full rich body, moderate carbonation, nice creamy texture to it. Palate opens out with good measures of charred toast, roast nuts, espresso, burnt sugars & molasses, with dried fruit & smokey, phenolic woody undertones. Moderately bitter finish, dries out with some warmth. Quite a different Imperial Stout, quite savoury. Would be interesting to see how it ages...not sure I would be willing to wait 13 years though!

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