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


on tap

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RATINGS: 429   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1652) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Sample from Mathieu87. THX APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Awesome brew with a huge robust aroma and flavour one this guy. the pour is a completely opaque black with a thin ugly beige head. The nose is sweet, earthy, roasted with big chocolate and a woody aroma. A bit of sweetness up front with an encroaching robust and intense roasted malt. A great malt and dark malt flavour with bitterness on the finish. Overall a great imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Dark pour with a huge, slowly fading tan head. Aroma is raw sugar and figs. Taste is darker with a fair amount of char and a bitter finish. More interesting than good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1570) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2013
It is a truth universally known that Jimthechap loves an Imperial Russian Stout. I am an adherent, enjoying the fulsome healthy body, rich dark chocolates and the anti-freezing alcohol content, It is not the alcohol content that draws me to this example. The land of origin and the pedigree of the brewer bring me to this beer, and what it says is: Almost impenetrable black in colour with a good carpet of dark cream coloured head. Aromas of treacle tart, dates, dark chocolate, cinnamon, mace, plums, carob, port, oak and rich old whisky. I am worried that I may be recycling terms of previous well-loved stouts, but I think this provides an insight that this is a beer well worth savouring. The mouthfeel is filling, voluminous and then pillowy like sucking a marshmallow. Just sexy and oily. As you sit and appreciate this, you have to put to one side the flavours as you type: chocolate, cocoa, burnt caramel and Yorkshire parkin. There’s more too it than this, such as the on-going chocolate mousse on the tongue. It is a stunning beer and is catapulted immediately into the pantheon of my favourites. Just gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Near black brew with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. Slightly bitter with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Not a bad Impy Stout but way too expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1557) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a brown head. Aroma: fruity and light vinous, earthy. Taste: roasted, cocoa, coffee, vinous, fruity, licorice, light smoky, brown sugar, medium bitter. Full bodied. Nice, but I am sure this will develop over the years with cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel malts, some dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, and a touch of booze. T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, some plum and other dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, some bitterness, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy with a sweet, roasty, and warming finish. D - Great RIS. Great balance and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
On tap at Houghs. Pours a dark brown win a light brown head. Not your typical inky black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light though. Taste is sweet and the mouth feel is medium and not thick. More easy drinking than your typical RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1541) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells ginger, roasted malt, alot of figs and raisins. Tastes very fruity, figs raisins, chocolate, roasted malt, sweet, creamy, abit alcohol and the balance couple be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of black treacle, cocoa and alcohol. Mouth feel was more watery than I would hope for in a 10% imperial stout. Very syrupy flavour with sweet molasses and some coffee. Palate was dark chocolate, dates, toffee and warm booze... however it ended up being very salty as well. Considering who brews this, I wasn’t surprised to be quite underwhelmed, but it wasn’t undrinkable...

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