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


on tap

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Dark near black pour with dark tan head. Aroma is roast chocolate malt, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerluva (17) - Monroe, Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours inky black with nice creamy head which stays throughout. Aroma is fantastic coffee and hints of smoke, roasted malt. Exhibits medium sweetness on the front with a slight bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and thick with a long finish. Overall a great imperial with a cool history, would definitely try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
A classic Russian Imperial stout - how can you argue with that when you’re drinking the original?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1200) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black/brown stout. Honestly a little hard to tell in the darkness of the Khyber Pass. Perhaps it’s fitting the aroma of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Flavor was big prune, raisin, and chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2885) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This inky dark brown-black beer pours with a thin tan head. It has sweet currants and rich red fruity flavours, roasted and chocolate notes with sherrry and red fruit on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2014
aroma the real standout - sweetened chocolate, one of my favorite aromas ever. the rest is fairly typical for the style. 2013 vintage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap. Snifter shows a pitch black color with lasting full, foamy head. Aroma is deep dark fruit, leather, earthy charred malts and hints of chocolate.

Flavor is just as rich as the nose, all the same elements... start with sweet, juicy dark fruit, dark tones of chocolate, shoe leather with an earthy deep roasted grain finish. Very mild alcohol note but still very light for the gravity, pretty smooth. Body is on the light side of full, could use just a bit more. The dry roast, earth and dark fruit play real well together. I enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
From a bottle to a glass. Pours a dark brown. Taste of chocolate, malt and espresso. Decent English stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5389) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from the Villa Market Ambassador, Bangkok. Poured a murky dark brown with a frothy tan head and a little broken lace. The aroma is strong liqourice, molasses and roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich, chewy, malt, liqourice bitter, chocolate, coffee, light boozy alcohol, light spice palate and a long bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Served at room temperature which is the way it should be. Took a short while to get into this, but eventually I appreciated the smooth malt, alcoholic bitterness of this beer. I probably need a second bottle to rate it properly :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2362) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
From the 275 ml. bottle no. 046168 of 210,000. Deep jet black pour under a modest tan head that dissipates to a ring. As it pours is becomes increasingly milky. Penetrating aroma of dark burnt malts, espresso, meaty fruits, and mild bitterness. Full body. Up front the taste brings out those dark, coffee-like malts, yeast, pear, and a probing bitter bite the ends dryly. Some boozy notes but not off putting.

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