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


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RATINGS: 476   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee, malt, slight alcohol as it warms. Taste is sweet malt, rich dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, light smoke. Dry sweet malt and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1938) - - APR 24, 2015
Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of a cream colored foam. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the brew in the snifter, thick fingers of beer cling to the sides of the glass, very slowly receding to the bottom of the vessel to leave some bubbly and sticky looking lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweeter smell of chocolate mixed with caramel. Along with these aromas are some nice notes of a roasted malt smell as well as a nice expresso aroma. Other lighter notes of darker fruits of cherry and raisin are there as well, with these also being accompanied by some sweet vanilla. With a little bit of grain and a light booze there as well the smell is overall quite warming. Taste – The taste begins with a nice drier roasted malt taste mixed with a decent showing of some coffee. A lighter sweet flavor of caramel and some chocolate are at the front with these growing stronger as the taste advances and with them being joined by some light fruit tastes of raisin and plum. The coffee seems to dwindle as the taste advances all while the caramel, chocolate and fruit sweet flavors get stronger and stronger. A light bit of a boozy taste as well as some flavors of vanilla work their way onto the tongue at the end, and with a little resurgence of the coffee, end up leaving one with a dark and robust roasty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the dark roasted flavors mixed with the blend of sweet and the higher abv. the feel is right on and makes this one a slow sipper as it is meant to be. Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable Imperial stout. It has a good blend of sweet, roast, and booze to maintain a good drinkability but yet keep you in check all while bathing the tongue with a whole lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Deep dark brown with a thin brown cap. Nose is sweet, followed by a little smoke and dark fruit. A little sweet and smoky, feels like some anise, and fruity yeast. Decent roast and overall a middleweight body. Ok, but not really my style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
connor0415 (47) - - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 2012 vintage drank in 2015Smells like dark chocolate, esspresso, honey and pear. Tastes like dark chocolate with a bitterness on the tongue at first but then a sweet honey oxidized taste comes in and you get a bit of pear and cherry. The mouthfeel is oily and thick with a good bit of carbonation. Overall it?s a great russian imperial stout made better with age

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
19.1.2015. Aroma of cacao, dried fruits, slight espresso, slight smoke. Taste is sweet, molasses, cacao, almost like feeling the fine cacao powder in your mouth, chocolate. Decent but taste is too much about molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
275 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with moderate tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, roasted malts, creamy coffee, and a little bit of cola. Flavors of black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and dry roasted barley. Maybe some nuttiness. Really dry though ABV is noticeable. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (659) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Ten ounce pour at Pangaea, thin, mocha, disappearing head, roasted, crisp. bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (319) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle on St Patrick’s. Very dense. Medium to light head with a light lace. Very dense inky aroma. Roasted coffee, cocoa, black prunes and a hint of mocha. Off dry, not sour and medium bitterness. The palate is saturated with flavor. So dense and rich and dark. Coffee, toffee, chocolate cake and ice cream all in one. Very rich and moreish. There are also vinous character about the palate. Prune also An amazing surprise. I expected something commercial and it’s certainly not that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Roasty as hell, some molasses, medium sweetness. It’s a little fruity and basically a defining RIS even if it’s far from perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is delicious, thick, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2015
A dark brown color with just a hint of chestnut at the edges. Has a small tan head that settles to a tight ring and leaves decent lacing. I get dark bread first in the aroma followed by a bit of blackstrap molasses, dusty leather and just a bit of pleasant papery oxidation. Brought to mind a study with leather chairs and old books on wooden shelves. The taste also has dark bread along with licorice, some espresso and leather. There’s also a smooth roasty bitterness that lingers and a hint of dark chocolate in the dry finish. The body is on the top end of medium with low to moderate carbonation. This is what I imagine the original RIS tasting like. Enjoyed drinking and contemplating this beer.

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