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


on tap

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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.

jacobwennbom's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, - MAR 2, 2013
Quite dark but not absolute black. Nose is roasted malt, coffee and fruity notes I canít place (grapes?). Taste is bitter and roasty. There is coffee and fruit (pears?). Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (570) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
2013 vintage. Appearance- black, opaque, a 2-3 finger thick and creamy light brown head. Looks the business. Aroma- milk chocolate to the fore, liquorice hints, molasses, raisin, coffee, roast malt, hint of smoke and leather, caramel malt. Taste- lots of coffee, brown sugar, cocoa powder, treacle, molasses, big roast malt. Chewy and silky mouthfeel, with a lengthy very bitter finish. Becomes more intensely roasted as it warms. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (868) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 11, 2015
275ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of treacle, coffee and chocolate. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (454) - Tasmania, - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. 2013 vintage. Black colour with a creamy-looking brown head. The aroma is assertive and refined with coffee, chocolate, and hop resins cutting through the dark malts. Full-bodied and dry with sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, spice, and a light fruitiness. Bitterness is lasting and lightly fruity, like a well made fresh coffee, into the final. This is really good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle - 2013 vintage - Huge tan head on top of a dark black body. Nose is cinnamon graham crackers, molasses, and a light fruitiness. Taste is the same, with lots of molasses sweetness and a bit of coffee and roast on the finish. Slick and medium-bodied with a lightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear, black, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Appearance: 2013 vintage. Very dark brown. Small amount of tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, coffee. Burnt. Nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, £5.39
Info: 1/8-2015, 84/300M, BB: 2/9-2026

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with cola colors coming through around the edges when held to the light. Huge khaki head containing focaccia bread-like bubbles. Chocolate coffee nose. Thick mouthfeel. Dry for the style. Flavored tobacco and chocolate flavors. Bitters pretty remarkably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (631) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from dusty...2013 vintage....nose is molasses...taste is the same...really smooth...licorice...nice stuff....(#561)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (306) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2015
Best by 02/09/26. Pours a deep black which barely perceptible as red when held to the light. Head the color and density of dark roast espresso crema. Big fruity aromas from the yeast along side chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavours bring chocolate cherries, espresso and dark chocolate as straight from the block. Thick bodied with a long, sweet chocolate and cherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3716) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
275ml bottle, 2012 maltage, from Healthy Spirits (or not so healthy in this case cuz itís a calorie bomb amirite? lol). When you pour this bear (oops typo...or is it?), one thing comes to mind: OMG THIS LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE GUINNESS!!! We all know what Guinness is all about. Like thick black tar from the La Brea pits, it could kill a shitload of dinosaurs in one fell swoop. It is the Indominus Rex of beers. If you can down a whole pint, you are basically Joey Chestnut. Now before we get into this beer, letís look at the deScription on the bottle: "Enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones." Dafuq? Whoís enjoying what? Is the beer enjoying its own body? Iíve heard god kills a kitten every time that happens. This beer is a big-time cat killer. I had to move Foofie out of the room just so I could drink it. Iím glad itís a little bottle because if it were even 12oz, I would die. Also, why are flavor notes being used to describe the body, which is a mouthfeel thing? Have I been ticking beers wrong all these years? What has my life even amounted to? Goodbye cruel world...oh wait, thereís still beer so Iíll keep chugging on. Even if Iím drinking it wrong itís still wicked good. Itís also the 4th of July and AMERICA!!! Am I right? Celebrating that classic day when Mel Gibson said "You can never take our freedom!" to the British and they were like "Righty-O, weíll just hop on back across the pond then. Bugger." That was epic, although Mel Gibson is still a douche. Best country in the universe. Color: Brown (or espresso I guess?), with a small fading tan head. The aroma has evident age on it, a hint of sherry, with chocolate, pear (lol stole that one but really), smoke, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and rich with chocolate, smoke, coffee, and raisin. The body, well, I donít quite enjoy it as much as the beer itself apparently does, but itís not bad. Pretty drinkable with a slick mouthfeel, medium-full body, and light carbonation. Overall a reasonable version of a great but often overrated style. Hey, I survived to tick another day!

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