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


on tap

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head. Slightly sweet with traces of liquorice and chocolate. Very well balanced and dangerous because it doesnt drink like a ten per center.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
11/5/2013. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, licorice and spice. Smoky flavors with lots of malt, chocolate. Finishes bitter. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (870) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
2012: Nose is sweet smoke, treacle, caramel, cherry, figs, plum, very inviting. Taste is smoke, leading to treacle, figs, plum, sugar, pears and coffee. Its got a thick cream like mouthfeel. Very enjoyable Id like to try a bottle which has been aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bahumat (151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Wow! This is a big beer, well deserving of the Imperial title. Big chocolate and malt roast aromas, beautiful black pour with a thin, lingering tan head. Taste is intensely roasted malt but not at all burnt; with smokey chocolate and lingering medium coffee notes. The palate is perhaps the only letdown of the beer; while silky-smooth and wonderful on the tongue and teeth, the lack of any apparent carbonation except for long-lingering fizz drags this score down. Overall? An unstoppable stout, definitely due to be a favourite for those who enjoy their stouts heavily roasted and sweet. Definitely well worth a 4+ rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
Aroma medium intense. Semi- dry malty with very slight smoke hint on caramel base. Hinted alcohol at end.
Top: medium sized , off-white.
Base: hazy garnet.
Palate : medium full bodied. easy going for size. Lighter carbonation with average plus finish.
Taste: complex malty blend accented by plums , biscuit. Drying feel of alcohol. Still overall quiet mild.
Other notes refined feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Several bottles/glasses at the Amsterdam/Young and Wells Brewers dinner (a million thanks to Iain for the invite). Deep dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. The nose is awesome. Loads of dark plum, cherry and some heavy charry roastiness. Lightly boozy with intensely chewy malt along with a touch of raisin and some ashy notes. Intense and chewy with a lot of lingering sweetness. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Black body with a quick tan head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly alcoholic with a sort of a green hop accent and a weird mix of something I cant place. 7+ Flavour is a touch odd as well, sweet dark malt base, light roast and an odd not quite peppery undertone to it that eventually turns to a chocolatey cocoa quality. Average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. Bit disappointing given its reputation and my expectations but still decent. I look forward to trying it again in a bottle sometime. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Toronto

"So theres no simple explanation for anything important any of us do and yea the human tragedy consists in the necessity of living with the consequences" - Gord Downie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7876) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours syrupy thick black, like coffee. Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso. Thick on palate with a light dose of syrup. Candied and roast malt, sweet and bitter finish. Great mix of stuff. Some booze as well, but well-disguised. Candied apple as well. Cask Days 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (593) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
cask. Deep black, dark brown foamy head. Espresso, chocolate, sour berries? Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13060) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light bourbon notes, and light cork. In mouth, a superb sweet fruity chocolate malt with light licorice, treacle, alcohol warmth and iodine, quite well done. Cask Days 2013.

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