Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.

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TedE (1355) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2017
275ml bottle into tulip. 2013 vintage. Served at outside temperature (10°C). Black beer with a creamy tan-coloured head. Nose is milk chocolate and caramel. Full bodied, slight spritz. Viscous, oily texture. Taste is more chocolate with a little coffee bitterness before a subtle fruity finish. Pear flavours do appear late on, then more sweet coffee notes. Alcohol well hidden. Beautiful beer, really enjoyable.

tmendes (6) - BRAZIL - JUL 9, 2017 does not count
Cerveja fantástica! Cor escura e turva, com espuma na cor creme. Aroma de café, chocolate toffee, caramelo... Na boca, uma explosão de intensidade e sabores, principalmente café, além de diversos tapas no meio da tua cara!

Alebarasi (114) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - JUN 10, 2017
Deep brown to black color with a thin, quickly dissolving beige head. Full body, soft carbonation, small lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, plums, oak, caramel, vanilla, licorice, whiskey and wood smoke. Taste has nice alcohol warmth and earthy aromas of sweet chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, roasted/caramel malts, hops, licorice, molasses, cognac and charcoal. Interesting vinous hint in aroma and slight umami taste. Soft texture. Slightly dry mouthfeel and aftertaste, but it leaves that warmth, which 10% alc. by volume (stout) beers can provide. Robust, delicate and quite easy-to-drink beer. I recommend it.

SvanteL (569) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2017
Flaska från 2012. Nästan svart med litet beiget skum. I doften finns mörk choklad, kaffe och en aning mörk fruktighet. Mycket mörk choklad i smaken, plus lite kaffe, här finns en liten kolasötma men en avslutande bitterhet tar över och sitter kvar länge i munnen. Rund och mjuk munkänsla, ganska lite kolsyra. Det bittra känns ganska rått trots fem års lagring; jag undrar hur den var från början.

gepajerry (9) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
Coffee, dark chocolate, semisweet with lingering finish ofboth. Totally enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

markducommun (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Vintage 2012, bottle at the Publican. Dark almost opaque, mahogany tinged brown. Minimal head. Started with aggressive anise, sweet caramel. Fair bit of alcohol. Some espresso. Quite bitter. Strong sweet underlying malt. Heavy body, thick. Long finish. Pretty darn great. Still pretty raw though, probably could age another 5 years or so.

CyborgX (109) - THAILAND - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle - Aroma is sweet chocolate. taste follows the aroma with a sweet dark chocolate dominance, rather than the bitter cocoa been chocolate of most Imperial Stouts. Don't drink too chilled, or you will miss all the nuances this beer has to offer. Comes to an unexpected and unwanted bitter finish. Used to be a difficult to find brew, but definitely worth 10 mins of your time if you see one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Svartvit (628) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle shared at the Oirschot tasting. Pours close to black with a tan head. Very malty, liquorice, dark chocolate, bit of coffee, fruity. A bit too malt-forward for my taste. Over medium bitter, light sweet. Close to full body, low carbonation.

hrabren (1271) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 27, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Višnja 666 and Goran. Thanks! Dark brown to black, lasting small tan head. Heavy roasty, licorice, heavy caramel, dry fruits, light leather and chocolate. Sweet, barrel flavors, chocolate develops. Medium to full body, creamy texture, wonderful finish. Complex and right measure.

User369532 (907) - - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Black color, tan head. Smell of vodka. Aroma of vodka, chocolate. Not very good within style.

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