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


on tap

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RATINGS: 548   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAcdr (10) - - NOV 7, 2013
Dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter. Drank out of bottle, nice design though. Pear taste and darker woodiness. Smooth to the palate, no filmy aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Pours black from the bottle. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is sweet, with lots of dark fruits. A hint of bitterness in the finish. A lovely, flavorful, wonderful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (10860) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Thanks to Beese for the pour. Dark caramel opaque pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is soft roast, veg, salty soy. Full bodied low carb, flavour is salty soy, roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7506) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
[Cask at Cask Days 2013.] Beer #17 of the fest. Pours black with ruby hues and a spare bubbly tan head. Big roasty aroma along with darkf ruit, some alcohol, light hops, coffee and chocolate. Big flavour follows the aroma, with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, and ends with a big boozy roasty finish that is almost harsh. Average bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty good but not as good as expected, probably better in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a creamy tan cap. Aroma is waxy with chocolate, mild vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is mild and acidic with chocolate, dark roasted malts and light anise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5230) - 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 (911) - 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 (155) - 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 (7274) - 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.

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