Courage Russian Imperial Stout (- 2003)

Formerly brewed at John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Stout - Imperial
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Note: This beer is retired and new bottles should not be rated here but instead under the Wells and Young or Thornbridge entry. Bottle conditioned. Appeared in the cask at GBBF in 2003 after being brewed in a secret location in Scotland. Last known brewery for the bottled product is John Smith’s Tadcaster brewery.
Ingredients: Pale, Amber, Black and Pilsner malts; 16% sugar; caramel; Target hops - 25lb per barrel.

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Holmen1 (9242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2019 0,25 flaske delt på hyggelig rbhd-samling på Gandal feb-19: 1992-årgangen, brewed by Courage Ltd. 10%. Lydløs åpning, helt uten karbonering. Oksydert aroma og smak med sviskeplommer, fiken, svisker og engelsk julekake, pluss noen portvinsvinøse toner. Mørk mahognyfarge. Fin bitterhet i avslutningen. Interesting. 637413

Sigmund (9661) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2019 Shared 250 ml bottle, brewed by Courage 1992. ABV is 10.0%. Black colour, no head nor carbonation. Aroma of roast malts, molasses and dark dried fruits, oxidised of course, but not bad. Sweet flavour with the same elements. No acidity.

Holmen2 (5850) - NORWAY - FEB 15, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2019 Shared bottle at RB/HD at Ganddal 15.12.19. Brewed i 1992. Very dark brown. Small beige head. Aroma and lingering taste of figs, prunes, ripe plums, juniper, pine shoots and English Christmas cake. Still a solid bitterness after 27 years. Good!

gunnar (12316) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2019 Shared bottle at local tasting.1992 vintage. Pours clear dark amber/brown with a tiny head. Strong malty aroma, BW style, with some alcohols. Taste is smooth dark malty, with dates, prunes and spices, light oily mouthfeel. Decent dry bitter liquorice finish

Bitterbill (2607) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 18, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2018 1968, labeled Barclay's Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Courage. 6 fluid ounces. Pours pitch black with a surprisingly healthy head of tan foam. I didn't expect that as there wasn't even a hiss when I popped the rather stubborn cap. Highly roasted malt and dark chocolate nose. Bits of smoke, leather and tobacco are present but the first 2 dominate. Roasted malt kicks arse, dark chocolate adds a lot of bitterness, leather and tobacco, smoke, really much lower oxidation levels than I expected. Maybe it could have used more as I love the hints of port, sherry, raisins...oh well. Medium bodied and whoah Nelly, the carbonation is just fine and dandy. Another thing that I would not have predicted. All in all, I reckon that this 50 year old held up like a champ. No regrets.

BuckeyeBoy (12065) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2018
Always fun to try a beer that was made before you had been born, I am a 1978er and the 2 bottles we opened thanks to Douglas 1975 and a 1976. Thanks again buddy. Pours out black top with just a few bubbles of a head. Nose is cold roast malt chocolate like soy. Taste is more of the heavy Roast malts, I cannot believe this has held up so well for all these years. Plenty of roast Ash very fun to try it.

hohops (1544) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2018
1971 edition. When the cap eventually comes off, the appearance is pitch black, pretty much no head unsurprisingly, a few tan bubbles. Aroma- quite a lot- leathery malt, tar, big vinous and port wine notes, plums, dates, tannins, oak, booze, rich coffee, rum, dark chocolate, scorched malt. Taste- woody malt, tar, dark bitter chocolate, rich thick coffee, stewed dark fruits, dark rum, rich and plummy, blended sugary raisin, red wine is quite dominant. Lasting smoky sticky finish. Syrupy mouthfeel, very flat of course. Actually holds up pretty well for a near 50-year-old stout.

mcberko (28680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2018
Vintage 1993. 170mL bottle, pours black with almost no head - just some brown head. Nose is massively oxidized, with heaps of soy sauce and faded bready malt. Flavour is hilariously oxidized but surprisingly inoffensive, with lots of faded English bready malt, soy sauce and cardboard. Not too horrifying, but nothing you’d want to drink at this point.

MrTipple (12202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2017
1977 vintage. Oak, all sorts of other rotting wood, funk, earthy. Hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium bitter. Loads of alcohol, dark malts, dark berries, funk, berry tart, soft carbonation, medium bodied, alcohol in the in the finish. Amazing for this age, still very decent palate. Bottle shared at Leighton’s - thanks to The_Osprey!

mR_fr0g (19452) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Bottle shared at Leightons place, 10/07/2017. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. 1977. A dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a tidy tan head. Aroma is rubber., cola cubes Brown sugars, mint. Earthy funk on the nose. Flavour is composed of soy salty, liquorice, meaty, ashy roast, brett tangy. . Palate is medium full, tangy, salty, moderate carbonation. Loads of umami. For the age this is great.

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