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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Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Poured from 9.3 oz bottle- pours like a thick hot chocolate, dark brown in color with light brown thick frothy head. Flavor is a dull smokey licorice with prevalent characters of alcohol and bitterness.

Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
May 2011 vintage. Dark roasted coffee beans, smoke, dark cacao. Slight earthy hops. Burnt chocolate, raisins, anise and a hint of citrus. Very long burnt, smokey finish. Great beer. Thanks to my buddy Vic for this brew! Kick-ass !!

zvsn (2368) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 Bottle sample at the tasting. Thanks zvikar. Pours opaque dark brown, almost black, with a tan creamy head. Rich and pleasant aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and cocoa. Taste – sweet malt, dark chocolate, dried fruits, brown sugar, bitter finish with a hint of smoke, delicious brew. Palate – smooth and creamy, very dense with a full body. Great beer.

EdKing (2663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Bottle from Kris Wines. 2012 Vintage. Opaque black, tan head that disspates to nothing. Nose is Marmite, salty, pure dark chocolate, dark fruit esters, prune, raisin, antique wood, rum, alcohol. Taste is, similar to the Thornbridge version of the recipe. It’s quite hard, very alcoholic, caramel, ale fruity, roasted malt, little salty, dark bitter chocolate, roast coffee, lots of black treacle, pear wine. It’s very distinctive but maybe not as smooth and soft as many modern Impy Stouts. Also quite dry. I find this a little too hard and maybe not so complex as others, so palate score only gets a 3 from me. However, will keep a bottle to age as I think it will soften. 3.5 bottled rating Cask rating at GBBF 2013. Opaque very very dark brown, off white head. Nose is roasted malt, golden syrup, dark choc, little bit of ale fruity, slight estery, cereal grain. A lot going on in this. Taste is medium bodied, roasted malt, light dark chocolate, very light dark fruit, aromatic. Very dangerously drinkable. 4.2.

DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Brewed 5/11. Very dark brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma, pretty powerful, with espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor of dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce notes, some espresso and light licorice notes. Full-bodied, silky rounded mouthfeel. A very good Imperial Stout.

Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle - Licorice, bitter chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Coffee, roasted malts, a bit of smoke and alcohol. Thick on the pallet but appropriately so and a very long coffee finish. Very nice.

superspak (6200) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2013
275 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/19/2024. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, coffee, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, dark bread, light raisin, licorice, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, dark bread, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with light fruitiness; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, fairly chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on for 10%. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2013
A little 275ml served in a snifter 2012 vintage A - Pours the darkest of browns with a thin mocha head morphing into a thin wispy ceiling of micro bubbles. S - Yeasty dark breads, pumpernickel, raisins, fig jam, T - Roasted creamy malts, toasted cocoa, firm woody bitterness, brown raisin bread, roasted figs, smoked malts, molasses, cold espresso, finishes with a nirvana mix of fruit bread, caramelized brown sugar, bitter hops, espresso, anise, doughy brown bread. M - Low carbonation, dense creamy feel, medium weighted body. Very complex and delicious. The roast takes a backseat and lets the raw heavy malt play out with the yeast. Very raw, bold flavors delicately interweaved together. Wish it came in a bigger bottle. Serving type: bottle 01-06-2013

biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle - Pours very dark brown w/ brown head, lots of retention. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. More rich, creamy chocolate in the taste plus some coffee, dark malt, and so dark fruit at the end.

kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2012 Vintage. Lots of caramel aroma for a stout. No head. Some smoke and fruit flavors. Espresso finishes it off. Quite different for a stout but quite enjoyable.

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