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


on tap

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RATINGS: 553   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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GRM (4145) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, cask, Cask Days at Toronto, savoured on October 19 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, soy sauce, light woody, light bourbon, light alcohol, light Cherry Blossom; mouth: roasted barley, soy sauce, light woody, light bourbon, light alcohol, light Cherry Blossom, light soy sauce, finale in roasted barley with presence of acridness, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, oily texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en cask, Cask Days à Toronto, savourée le 19 octobre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, sauce soya, léger boisé, léger bourbon, léger alcool, léger Cherry Blossom; bouche : orge torréfiée, sauce soya, léger boisé, léger bourbon, léger alcool, léger Cherry Blossom, léger sauce soya, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’âcreté, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

BillWyce (1098) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2012 vintage, bottle #046950 of 210,000. Pours opaque black with lots of bubbling along the glass and a 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Deep, rich aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Body is full, with some oily thickness and a touch of booziness in the finish. Flavor of roasty coffee with a light fruity note underneath. The roasty tone lingers on the tongue in the finish.

Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a thick black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of booze, dark fruit, and rich dark chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, rich dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of booziness.

BREWMUSKCLES (2731) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
not at all harsh and with little alcohol this brew is smooth and with lighter flavor of cocoa,coffee and lighter on the spice aspect. fuller body is nice and altogether pleasant.

jjsint (3437) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle at home from Tesco’s. Extremely dark brown with a bit of tan head. Aroma of rosewater and lavender, roast malt, fine coffee. A bit of light fruitiness adds to the aroma’s complexity. The taste is mouth-watering sweetness tempered with light bitterness on the tongue. The many flavours are asserted throughout the taste profile without overpowering at any point. Maybe a tiny, tiny bit too much bitterness in the finish, otherwise perfect. The best beer I’ve had in years.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - very dark brown with tan head. Impressive aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruit. Full bodied, sweet, sour, bitter, excellent mouthfeel. Nice bitterness in the long finish. Well hidden alcohol, just a slight warming. Can’t believe it was being sold reduced to £1 at Tesco. Excellent.

OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2011 bottle. Black with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel and coffee in the nose. Very smooth coco/coffee flavor with a slight bitterness at the end. Wow this is good.

Namlig (12) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
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.

Beerandhockey8 (423) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
From 12oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a dark brown color, with a thick khaki head. You can tell how thick this beer is even just in the pour. Nose is insane; huge coffee, espresso, heavily roasted malt, leather, molasses, black licorice, chocolate. Also lighter notes of fruit. Taste is a heavy body, sour mostly but sweet notes coming through to round it out. Thick motor oil texture, but an unbelievable balance. Sometimes these beers can be overpowering, this one is dangerously drinkable. Amazing beer.

MrTipple (6000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: roasted, coffee malts, dark fruits, prune ?. Appearance: clear black, large creamy head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: long, slightly bitter finish, complex flavours, dark chocolate, caramels. Overall: Great Imperial Stout, fantastic flavours. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

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