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


on tap

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2154) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a decent tan head. Colour is black. Aroma coffee chocolate smoke. Taste is sweet strong esspreso and roasted malts slight coffee and smoke. Very good well balanced. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Pennywise flash back time. Black as something that is very black. Smells wonderful - espresso stuff, dusty red licorice, oats, dark creamy chocolate, berries, not really any espresso anymore, fruit cake maybe, light molasses. I dig. Gets more fruity as it warms... a ball warming too. Mouth things: creamy, medium bitterness, slick feel, tastes brown. MIld dose of molasses, brown sugar, no alcohol, prune, all around tasty. Itís time for popcorn, Futurama, a quick tug to midgets in firefighting costumes and then a short meditation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2012
9.3oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, and light coffee. Tastes of dark fruits, coffee, chocolates, and brown sugar. Light vinous quality as well. Sweet and smooth body. Lightly spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. Itís awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2136) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Black, with a huge, frothy beige head. Thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, sweet fruit, sour apple, and toast. Taste smokey sweet malt with a pronounced coffee bitterness and a little metal. Medium-full body, smooth, and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2121) - 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
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2091) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Bottle from Kris Wines. 2012 Vintage. Opaque black, tan head that disspates to nothing. Nose is Marmite, salty, pure dark chocolate, dark fruit esters, prune, raisin, antique wood, rum, alcohol. Taste is, similar to the Thornbridge version of the recipe. Itís quite hard, very alcoholic, caramel, ale fruity, roasted malt, little salty, dark bitter chocolate, roast coffee, lots of black treacle, pear wine. Itís very distinctive but maybe not as smooth and soft as many modern Impy Stouts. Also quite dry. I find this a little too hard and maybe not so complex as others, so palate score only gets a 3 from me. However, will keep a bottle to age as I think it will soften. 3.5 bottled rating Cask rating at GBBF 2013. Opaque very very dark brown, off white head. Nose is roasted malt, golden syrup, dark choc, little bit of ale fruity, slight estery, cereal grain. A lot going on in this. Taste is medium bodied, roasted malt, light dark chocolate, very light dark fruit, aromatic. Very dangerously drinkable. 4.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2088) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours a jet black with a medium khaki head, and very good lacing. smell is of cocoa, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, and some nuts. taste is smooth, milk chocolate, dark pitted fruits, malt, a little carbonated, and few hops. ends creamy and a slight bitter.

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