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


on tap

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RATINGS: 537   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle 330ml from Purvis. Masterpiece, full marks for me. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla, hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2012
opaque black with a thick tan head. slightly creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: chocolate, licorice, black roasted barley or malt, and some silage. i do get the pear.

taste: foam is sweet and chocolaty, beer tastes much like it smells, but with a leafy and woodsy whole hop character. much more balanced than our american examples, and more sessional, but every bit as complex. with less hop bitterness and burnt astringency, the other flavors can all come through in a complex harmony.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Namlig (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Draft version tasted a few days ago in New York at Rattle n Hum. Delicious and very full-tasted, bitter matching the heavy body. Chocolate, treacle, a slight musty note from good age on it. Absolutely first class, still the standard to beat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
275ml dark bottle from Tesco. Four for £5 deal. Un-fucking-believable. The best beer in the world at a knock down price. I got a bunch of these. Some I have kept and drunk, others I gave away as Christmas presents. And what better present to give someone, eh? One of the best beers in the world. Possibly the best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Very complex aroma and flavor of walnut/pecan, pears in brandy, campfire, dried fruit with a hint of green olive, roast coffee and cream, vanilla and figs. Finish is quite lengthy, and the overall effect is elegant, layered and restrained, while at the same time ebullient. A marvelous tribute to the granddaddy of all Imperial Russian Stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1799) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Courage Russian Imperial Stout (9.3 oz. bottle) has a thick, creamy, tan head and a very dark brown appearance. When one swishes the bottom contents and pours it in, then a heavy, grayish cloud descends into the glass. Good lacing is left around the glass as well. The aroma is rich, with raisin, dark-roasted barley malt, black cherries, chocolate powder, and black bread crust. Taste is of rich, sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate, dark-roast coffee, brown sugar, lots of bitterness, and fudge. The mouthfeel is velvety, thick, and heavy, and Courage Russian Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, and dense. Overall, this is a world-class beer, and I give it the highest endorsement! RJT

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (1445) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a jet black with a small off-white head. Aroma is malts and sweet fruit. Flavor has a strong dose of sweet fruit mixed with roasted malts. There is also a touch of coffee and chocolate, and the smokiness helps balance these flavors out. This has a nice full body a goes down smooth. It is one of the best beers I have had. Everything about it is just pure joy - from the rich aroma to the complex and well-balanced flavors. I will have to get some more bottles to age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kelsei (8) - Curitiba, BRAZIL - MAR 18, 2016 does not count
Liqueur and striking flavor, chocolate, coffee, licorice, a deep dark beer to enjoy in a cold day

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
limeytheelder (4) - - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
Enjoyed this at the Bx Beer Depot a few weeks ago. Served slightly chilled in 12oz snifter. A: Dark Chocolate, Roast Coffee, Fresh Bread A: Pours opaque black with a rich tan head filled with tiny bubbles. The head is just amazing, its thick and tough like a brick house and the perfectly dark tan color. Lacing is adequate. Sediment remains at the bottom of the bottle. I poured it in after taking the notes... T: Wow. A chorus of flavors. A wonderfully rich dark chocolate. Notes of espresso, milky caramel, and bread crust play with the chocolate to make a wonderfully complex flavor with the very first sip. Dark fruit, cherries and dates play in the background with a hint of pear. M: Medium to moderate carbonation. Rich, thick body without any syrup. It feels a little lighter bodied than it should because of the bubbles. Not a bad thing, but I prefer silkier stouts. O: Amazing beer. It only got better with every sip. Unfortunately, at $8.00 for a 9oz bottle, there weren’t too many sips to enjoy. I’d love to cellar one of these for a year or two and come back to it. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pyrmir (5614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
330 ml bottle. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and dill (!). Smell is musty and salty. Taste of coffee, dill, roasted but not burnt, salty. Wonderful taste, great beer.

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