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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biggsbowler (625) - 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 (1893) - 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.

caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2013
Bottled at Masterclass by Ron Pattinson @ de Prael. Dark color, short head. Aroma has a huge alcohol nose, together with some roasted malts and coffee, hint of fruity english yeast, no brett around. Alcohol in taste as well, bit bitter, bit sweet. Bit overpowered by the alcohol, which I didnt expect to be honest.

Cool_Bond (2676) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2013
Heavy flavor of laktris. Heavy scent. Long aftertaste of laktris. But I think this beer was a bit overrated. Had more expectations of this beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl / King of Beer @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
2012 bottle. Lots of thick foamy head, doesn’t have the nice tan colour, looks more like the creamy stuff you get from Guinness. Colour is pitch black but not as thick as I was expecting. The smell is sweet, with hints of oak, black liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Taste is lots of black liquorice, bit of heat from the booze and a molasses like finish that also manages to be sweet. Very enjoyable, not to bold but nice for sure.

resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle from ales unlimited sf. Pours a nice rich dark black with medium bodied tan head that quickly dissipates. Coffee aroma, didn’t pick up anything else really. Mildly bitter. A nice RIS

fonefan (49369) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2013

Bottle 275ml. @ home.

Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, burnt, alcohol, light prune. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130226]

DylansDad (642) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Here I was expecting to be disappointed. I mean, come on, originally brewed for some long dead monarch... who gives a f***? Must have been written by a marketing wanker with trendy sideburns, right? Well, maybe. But this is a hugely delicious, well balanced, full-figured stout. What a nice surprise.

sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2013
27.5cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Gnoff. Bottle #159076. Brune foncée, col beige-moka laissant une belle pellicule dorée au verre. Arôme est malté, grillé, fruité noir, léger chocolat, malt crystal, noir et sucre résiduel. Palais est épais avec une pointe de malt ajoutant une amertume modérée. Le tout est splendide avec u stout dans la plus pure tradition anglaise. Note de café et de grillé couplé à un malt plus dans les tons pâle. Pointe fruité noire, palais sec, avec un rappel presque de fudge et biscuité. Collant au lèvres.

gnoff (10393) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March. BB 16/08/25. Bottle no 159076. 2012 vintage. Sampled on June 9, 2013.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, alcohol, dark dried fruits, milky scent. Alcohol, toffee, sweet, roasted, bitter cocoa, caramel taste. Warming alcohol. Bitter cocoa and spicy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

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