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


on tap

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RATINGS: 555   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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zacgillbanks (5651) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Aged for around 2 years: Inky black in colour with a rapidly disappearing than head. It has chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee flavours followed by oak, leather, dark chocolate and warming vanilla on the finish. Superb!

cathcacr (649) - Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2014
aroma the real standout - sweetened chocolate, one of my favorite aromas ever. the rest is fairly typical for the style. 2013 vintage

AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap. Snifter shows a pitch black color with lasting full, foamy head. Aroma is deep dark fruit, leather, earthy charred malts and hints of chocolate.

Flavor is just as rich as the nose, all the same elements... start with sweet, juicy dark fruit, dark tones of chocolate, shoe leather with an earthy deep roasted grain finish. Very mild alcohol note but still very light for the gravity, pretty smooth. Body is on the light side of full, could use just a bit more. The dry roast, earth and dark fruit play real well together. I enjoyed this a lot.

TappanGordo (71) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
From a bottle to a glass. Pours a dark brown. Taste of chocolate, malt and espresso. Decent English stout.

jmgreenuk (10322) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from the Villa Market Ambassador, Bangkok. Poured a murky dark brown with a frothy tan head and a little broken lace. The aroma is strong liqourice, molasses and roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich, chewy, malt, liqourice bitter, chocolate, coffee, light boozy alcohol, light spice palate and a long bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Served at room temperature which is the way it should be. Took a short while to get into this, but eventually I appreciated the smooth malt, alcoholic bitterness of this beer. I probably need a second bottle to rate it properly :-)

puboflyons (3529) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
From the 275 ml. bottle no. 046168 of 210,000. Deep jet black pour under a modest tan head that dissipates to a ring. As it pours is becomes increasingly milky. Penetrating aroma of dark burnt malts, espresso, meaty fruits, and mild bitterness. Full body. Up front the taste brings out those dark, coffee-like malts, yeast, pear, and a probing bitter bite the ends dryly. Some boozy notes but not off putting.

SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
love a good english style imperial stout .. dark black .. placid foam .. . tar .. . mild chewiness with a balanced and subtle finish .. . all and all, quite a nice stout. solid .. . .
-I’m a little worried about being a slut

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Appearance: Black body with a short and dense brown head.
Aroma: The aroma has a sour tinge to it, red wine vinegar esque, with hints of powdered chocolate, espresso beans and some fruity esters. Taste: The flavor is rather big with a very mild sourish vinegar and a bigger espresso flavor accompanied by a mild mocha underlying base. The back-end gets a hint of smoke. The finish lingers semi-dry of espresso beans and a hint of slightly tart raspberry.
Palate: Full-bodied with very mild carbonation.
Overall: This is intriguing, but at the same time off-putting sort of. The sour tinges are odd, but the malt base has great flavor. I’d try this again.

Art (3220) - 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.

swegepe (26) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Mörk mörk och tung känsla. Stor varm mälta. Nikotin och piptobak. Rostade toner men med sötma och behaglig syra.

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