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


on tap

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RATINGS: 550   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
275ml. Tar pour with a fat manila collar. Roasted veg and yeast extract aroma with brine, peppery alcohol and fudge hints. Slick and rusted with a somewhat flimsy charred posh crisp (beetroot) and fudge profile. Burnt Twiglet finish with ill-suited soapy hop. Pleasant warmth and bitter espresso roast. Needs time. Or mixing with Advocaat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (3019) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinsons Beer Shop, Inverness [231213] 2012 Vintage
Pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma of rich meaty dark malts, deep soy sauce, some rich dark fruits, vinous notes, dab of leather, bit earthy, soft alcohol. Taste of rich dark malts, very soft roast, dab of tar, soy, some meaty roast malts, liquorice, woody, dab of dark molasses and chocolate, complex stuff, alcohol is very well hidden. Palate - very soft carb, medium body- itís a bit light in body but fine for this beer, soft sweet with light burnt bitter notes. Finish as main flavour, all those complex dark malts, slightly smoky, soy, smooth tail.
Overall - Complex flavour and not heavy...really nice old-fashioned impy. Certainly the best beer Iíve had from Wells and Youngs!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (5063) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle from Testicles. Nearly black. Thin, tan head. Licorice, blackberry, leather, dried vinous fruit. Taste is brown sugar sweet, then dark chocolate tangy. Palate is thick, oily, and quite frankly, delicious. Long, bitter finish. Best value beer of the year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle, from Tesco, Scunthorpe. Jet black, fluffy but quickly reducing coffee beige head and gentle condition. Treacle, toffee and sweet liquorice, some woody smokiness and a touch of coffee in the nose. Sweet liquorice again in the mouth with a developing roast barley bitterness and a delicate chalky sweet coffee note. Alcohol is quite dominant and lingers retronasaly, finish has a sweet start with notes of coffee before a slight fruitiness and finally a roasted bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1827) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to McNeillR, Pours black, quite simple but that should not be considered a bad thing in this beer. Coffee, vanilla, sweet, nice and comforting. You would never have guessed that it was 10%

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Nice creamy full bodied imperial stout. Full of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Lovely aftertaste.Nice frothy 2 finger head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (3669) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Rating 2300. 275ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours jet black with a medium head. Aroma is liquorice, espresso, tobacco and beef. A little mint. Taste is liquorice and coffee. Touches of mint ice cream. Less complex than the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2012 Nip. Found this in the discount section for $1.50. Seemed like there couldnít be any reason not to give it a swing. Aroma is intensely scented with toffee, pipe tobacco, molasses, and cocoa powder. Flavors start similarly, but then develop a slightly acrid, kind of harsh chemical quality to them that reminds me of Fuggles, but could be something else. There is some dark malt smokiness in the middle and the overall dark malt build will be interesting to re-engage as it smoothes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (2381) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle at home, 13th December 13. Pours black, aroma is smokey ash, sweet chocolate. Taste is not so complex, but a reasonable sipper, for the price

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (2083) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Thought of Handelís "Zadok the Priest" when pouring, so thatís the soundtrack for this beer at the moment (John Eliot Gardinerís rendition with the Monteverdi Choir, described by one listener as being "coldly dignified") Aroma: Espresso up front, something that almost reminds me of sandalwood in a subtle way, vanilla beans, fudge, slight peat; really marvelous and, well, dignified. Appearance: Inky, pitch black pour with a lively, frothy head that settles into a mocha coloured coating. Flavor: Espresso and earth; vanilla in the background; a little bit of a hot edge towards the end. In every way avoids the label of "sweet." Palate: Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: 2012 vintage, bottle #083833. Maybe a little too soon to open, but still quite nice.

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