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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted andstrong coffee, Moderate herbs and resin for the hops, light to moderate leather and earth for the yeast with wood, solvent and tobacco in the background. Head is huge, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy and chunky, veryt dark brown with swirls of lighter brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and long harshly bitterness like chewing tobacco. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a carbonation between soft and lively, and a finish thatís chalky, moderately alcholic, and very dry, with some bits to chew on. It has a great aroma, but this Imperial Stout is a little harsh in the mouth to justify the price to go back and get another one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a thick tan head. Great lacing. Overly rich aroma of chocolate cake, charcoal, liquorice, dark chocolate, liqueur and vanilla. Sweet flavour of prunes, dark chocolate and furniture polish. Medium to full body with a powdery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but the flavour is simply too sweet, rich and cloying for my liking. I feel it lacks a bitter, tangy hop balance to counteract the heavy malt character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours black with a large, lasting head. Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and a fair bit of earthy hops. Pretty nice stuff, very interesting. Flavours are incredibly rich. Chocolate truffles, espresso, sultanas, prunes and booze. A bit too full on. Nice thick body, could use more carbonation though. A nice array of flavours but too sweet and boozy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pours a darker muddy brown with a super tall frothy sudsy tan colored head. Really enjoy the aroma, milk chocolate, hay, malt powder, lightly fruity with a subtle hint of alcohol, well balanced and reminds me of some of my favorite Belgian and Danish Imperial Stouts, simple aromas yet complex depth overall, excellent. Flavor follows exactly, milk chocolate, perfect bitterness, just light pine, alcohol is completely hidden, love the flavors but could use a bit more definition which might be due to the slightly watery body and soft carbonation, which might be absolutely appropriate for this, but Iím now used to the fine effervescence of beers today that tend to amplify certain flavors, light ashy fruitiness that is in very nice balance, malty and chocolate, just hints of the espresso towards the finish and lingering aftertaste. Just a bit fluffy in the body, but mostly tending towards flat and watery. Love the rich fruity aftertaste! Very nice here! My kind of beer! Not sure why these Southerners donít get it, but itís en excellent example of a traditional style, it really does put many American examples to shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
not at all harsh and with little alcohol this brew is smooth and with lighter flavor of cocoa,coffee and lighter on the spice aspect. fuller body is nice and altogether pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Black body. Big, frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Fruity, caramel sweet aroma with notes of roasted malt, coffee, sweet licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture turning sticky, lively carbonation. Tastes of classic ESB caramel along with, bitter roasted malts and coffee, licorice and some lighter sweet fruits, pear in particular. Alcohol in the finish to add some peppery notes to the lingering bitterness and a bit of sourness. The beer is rich with lots going on, but the flavors, the sweetness, sourness and bitterness are not complimenting each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget (2012 version). Dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma is very smooth milk chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, caramel. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Taste is at first sweet dark fruits with chocolate in the background, roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (2414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: roasted, coffee malts, dark fruits, prune ?. Appearance: clear black, large creamy head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: long, slightly bitter finish, complex flavours, dark chocolate, caramels. Overall: Great Imperial Stout, fantastic flavours. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from midway mart. Poured dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma was chocolate, dark roast, slight licorice, and some raisin. Flavor was hoppy, dark roast bitter, pine resin, and alcohol. Body was full with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2391) - 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.

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